Just a quick eight miles from the city, Belmont in the 1900s became a place where artists, authors, educators, physicians, and scientists began moving to, and it’s still a popular place for those that work in Cambridge and Boston.
Though Belmont is heavily residential, it has a few town centers and quite a bit of green space.
Check it out.
1. You’ll live in…
… a single-family home. Belmont is known as the “town of homes,” according to its website. Though the home prices differ somewhat from neighborhood to neighborhood, Belmont Patch notes “most Belmont residents won’t see a perceptible difference in the immediate neighborhoods, [but] looking at the whole census tracts shows a significant drop-off in household incomes in some areas.”
Homes currently listed for sale vary in style, but for the most part they have a historic feel on the outside with renovations done on the inside.
2. You’ll pay…
… on average, under a million dollars. The Zillow Home Value Index puts the median home value in Belmont at $854,200. It has increased 7.1 percent over the last year and is expected to continue to rise 1.9 percent over the next.
For $800,000 to $900,000, you can get a single-family home close to 2,000 square feet in size that almost certainly has some character. Belmont’s Walk Score is 59, meaning some errands can be done on foot. Some neighborhoods get a higher score, such as Waverley Square, Cushing Square and Belmont Center.
3. You’ll hang out…
The Belmont Farmer’s Market is also a good place to get some local produce from various venders. The market is on Thursday afternoons in the town center parking lot from 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. during the summer, and until 6 p.m. after Labor Day. Along with its weekly vendors, the market also has story time for kids, tasting events, and performances.
Belmont also has its own distillery, which was started in 2011 with the goal of using local ingredients for a farm to bottle experience. Damnation Alley has a retail store and you can contact it for a small group tour or tasting.
If you want to hang out outside, there are plenty of parks and playgrounds in town, including the Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a nature preserve where you can take educational classes and go on walks.
For some history, visit the 1853 Homer House, former home to a wealthy Boston merchant and his wife. Their nephew, the famous artist Winslow Homer, lived nearby and would often paint there. The home hosts a variety of events and is open for tours.
The old-school Belmont Studio Cinema is also a great place to catch a movie.
When it’s time to eat, the No. 1 rated restaurant on Yelp is My Other Kitchen, which is known for its Greek and Mediterranean food, along with its breakfast.
4. Your kids will…
… go to amazing schools. Three different public schools in Belmont get a 10 on the 1-10 GreatSchools rating scale. Belmont High School, and two others, each received a 9 on the scale.
5. You’ll love…
… Linda’s Donuts. The small, old-school, unassuming donut shop is a local favorite in Belmont and is very highly-rated on Yelp. The busy shop has been in town since the 1950s or 60s, according to The Boston Globe, but came under new ownership in 1983 and has stayed as a family business.