Newton

Posing as a town in village clothing, Newton’s friendly atmosphere attracts many to Boston’s commuting suburbs.

Newton may be a residential town, but it defies the stereotypes of suburban living. You don’t need a car to access Newton’s independent restaurants, bakeries, and bookshops. Instead, the neighborhood’s village-inspired atmosphere seems to warrant a slower-paced lifestyle that rewards relaxing on rocking chairs and cheering for the local little league team. Leaving this pastoral enclave is as simple as its charm—Downtown is a quick ride away on Boston’s commuter rail.

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On the Map

Newton is bordered by Watertown, Allston-Brighton, Chestnut Hill, West Roxbury, and Brookline

  • Public transit is Possible
  • Having a car is Easy

Harvard Square: 50 minutes on the T or 20 minutes by car
Boston Common: 40 minutes on the T or 20 minutes by car
Logan International Airport: 60 minutes on the T or 30 minutes by car
Downtown Boston: 45 minutes on the T or 25 minutes by car

Picturesque Suburban Living

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Spacious Victorians and manicured sidewalks define Newton, a Boston suburb where main streets look like small-town movie sets.

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Green medians and old stones comprise Newton's pastoral landscape.

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Parking isn't sparse in this homey suburb, so don't be afraid to drive to Newton's commercial core, Newton Centre.

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Rediscover small-town suburban charm in Newton.

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Newton's shops line up like its bike line up.

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Neatly and sweetly all in a row.

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You might like to know that Newton (called the “Garden City”) was ranked number 3 in “Money Magazine’s” Top 100 best small cities in America, and is proud to have one of the top school systems in the country."

Big City Amenities With a Small-Town Feel

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Although Boston proper is easily accessible by T, car, or commuter rail, Newton's businesses cater to your every need so you don't have to leave.

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Whether you're in the market for a gift, a drink, or an eye exam, Newton's got a spot for you.

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See what we mean?

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Enjoy 19th Century architectural styles on walks past historic homes on the way to Crystal Lake. Jog along Commonwealth Avenue on the annual Marathon route ... or just do nothing and chill here."

Getting There

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The Green Line D train's open doors will whisk you into Boston proper within a half hour.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Kenn Tam is a Canadian photographer living and working in New York City's Manhattan, that specializes in portraits and street photography. And yes, he was that high school year book guy with a 50mm lens for a face.

Kenn Tam

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