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Welcome To Waltham

Nestled along the banks of the Charles River, Waltham is a vibrant city that attracts a diverse mix of young professionals, families, and retirees. Waltham home owners love the quiet residential streets, friendly atmosphere, and easy access to green spaces, shops, restaurants, nightlife, and schools. Plus, Waltham is just 11 miles from downtown Boston, which makes for an easy commute. Learn more about Waltham real estate below.

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About Waltham

Waltham is located in Middlesex County just 11 miles northwest of downtown Boston. It is surrounded by a number of communities including Newton, Watertown, Lincoln and Belmont.

The history of Waltham dates back to 1634 when the area was settled. It was originally part of Watertown, but was incorporated as a separate town in 1738. Although some estates were built here early on, the city didn’t really see substantial growth until the 19th century.

By the 1800s, Waltham had become a major player in America’s Industrial Revolution. Numerous companies set up factories here including the Boston Manufacturing Company and the Waltham Watch Company, which earned the city the nickname ‘Watch City’.

Today Waltham still attracts a significant number of businesses thanks to its affordable real estate and close proximity to Boston. Employers in the community include Raytheon Technologies, AstraZeneca,and Brandeis University.

Waltham, MA Real Estate

As a city that has a rich history but is ever evolving, Waltham offers a diverse range of real estate. You’ll find classic New England architecture such as Cape, Colonial, and Queen Anne style homes, as well as modern constructions.

Waltham homes for sale come in styles and sizes to suit all lifestyles. Home buyers will find multi-family homes, detached single-family homes, townhouses, condos, and apartments. There are plenty of turnkey homes and some that you can work on and mold into your own.

Some common features you might find in Waltham real estate include hardwood floors, large windows to let natural light in, fireplaces, stainless steel appliances, patios or porches, and backyards.

Townhouses and condos for sale in Waltham vary considerably in terms of size and style. You can opt for spacious multi-story townhouses with several bedrooms or modest one-bedroom condos. These homes can be excellent investments with great rental potential.

Many people in the city rent their homes, so there are plenty of Waltham homes for rent available. Rent can be lower in Waltham than other Boston neighborhoods, which is why you find many young professionals and students renting here.

Living in Waltham

Residents who own real estate in Waltham have access to excellent amenities right on their doorstep including restaurants, museums, shops, and recreational spaces. Whether you’re an outdoorsy type, a history buff, or a foodie, you’ll find something to do in Waltham.

Art lovers can take a trip to the Rose Art Museum to see over 8,000 pieces of contemporary art including works by Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol. During the summer you can catch live music concerts outdoors at Waltham Commons.

Moody Street is also known as Restaurant Row because of the sheer number of restaurants that line either side of the street. You can find everything from pizza to tacos, Spanish tapas, and Malaysian curries here. Popular eateries include:

  • Gustazo Cuban Cafe
  • Soleá Restaurant & Tapas Bar
  • Tempo
  • In a Pickle
  • Amuleto Mexican Table
  • Sweet Basil on Moody

If you want to learn more about Waltham’s history, there are several historic homes that will give you a glimpse into the past. Gore Place is a grand estate built in 1806 for a Massachusetts governor. The Lyman Estate was built even earlier in 1793.

The Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation is an interesting spot with exhibits detailing Waltham and Boston’s roles in the Industrial Revolution. You can view artifacts and watch movies about mechanized transport, Victorian phone booths, and more.

Reconnect with nature at Prospect Hill Park, which spans 252 acres and has multiple hiking trails. North Waltham is also home to the Cedar Hill Reservation, Storer Conservation, and the Beaver Brook Reservation.

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