Newton, Massachusetts Real Estate

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Someone suggested Newton, Massachusetts real estate after learning that you want to buy in the greater Boston area? It's a place you might indeed be happy to own a house. Home to Boston College, the city of Newton lies about 10 miles from downtown Boston to the southwest. It sits directly and conveniently on the MBTA, with two stops on the green line.

An early offshoot of Cambridge, Newton was established in the early 17th century in a meeting house at Centre and Cotton Streets and incorporated in 1688. That earliest of Newton, Massachusetts real estate is long since gone but the East Parish Burying Ground is not. By 1774 the center of Newton had shifted to its present locale, near Centre and Homer Streets.

Now a predominantly affluent Boston suburb, the city of Newton offers all the amenities of downtown Boston with less of the traffic and its own character, history, and government. Its museum, for example, was once a stop on the Underground Railroad. Known as the "Garden City", Newton has attractive neighborhoods, an award-winning public library, and is one of five cities with a population of more than 50,000 to receive the U.S. Conference of Mayors Livability Award.

What's Available in Newton, Massachusetts Real Estate?

The city's population at the 2000 census stood at 83,829. For these urbanites were 32,112 houses, half of which date from before World War II. More than 21,000 are owner occupied, leaving about 9,500 tenant occupied. The median value of Newton, Massachusetts real estate--that is, residential--was $438,400 in 2000.


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