Discover Newton

historic buildings and a church in downtown Newton

Newton is a residential, cultural, and commercial community in Middlesex County, just west of Boston and Brookline. Located along the Mass Turnpike (I-90) freeway and Boylston Street (Route 9) corridors. It proudly boasts 13 village centers within its city limits, each with unique character, shops, and restaurants. Served by the MBTA green line, commuter rail, and bus routes, Newton is a convenient location for commuting to various locations in Boston and its surroundings. With slightly more affordable housing than Brookline, Newton attracts a broad range of residents.


Newton was incorporated as a separate town in 1681, known as Cambridge Village, then renamed Newton in 1766. It became a city in 1874 and is known as the Garden City. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, several mills were built due to the water power provided by Newton Upper Falls and Newton Lower Falls. Products produced ranged from chocolate, glue, and paper amongst others. From 1902, Newton was home to the Stanley Motor Carriage company, the maker of the Stanley Steamer.

The Boston and Worcester Railroad was one of America's earliest and contributed to Newton's transition to one of the first commuter suburbs in America. Bostonian businessmen took advantage of the railroad to build grand homes on farmland in the West Newton hills and along Commonwealth Avenue. They commuted to the rail stations by horse and carriage. Streetcar lines were built in the 1920s, and the growing use of automobiles further contributed to Newton's development as a suburban commuter community.

Why Newton

There are many reasons to live in Newton, from excellent educational opportunities, easy commuting options, cultural sites, and events. Newton's 13 villages, Newton Centre being the largest, provide convenient local shopping and dining options. Its reputation as the Garden City is well-earned due to the many parks and green spaces throughout Newton.

Patriot's Day in April each year brings the Boston Marathon runners through Newton along Washington Street and Commonwealth Avenue on their way from Hopkinton, Massachusetts, to Copley Square in Boston. Residents and visitors line the streets to cheer on the runners along the infamous Newton Hills portion of the race route.

There are several popular shopping districts or plazas in Newton; most prominently are the Newton Centre, Newton Highlands, and the Needham Street shopping corridor. Other nearby shopping centers include the indoor The Shops at Chestnut Hill and an outdoor plaza called The Street at Chestnut Hill. If you're looking for world-class culinary experiences, luxury retail therapy, or just a fun night out on the town, these districts have enough to keep every member of your party entertained.

To learn more about some of the amenities, public transit systems, and academic institutions Newton has to offer – and see why this sought-after suburb of Boston has stood the test of time — visit our Newton community guide, read about top Newton schools, from private and public Pre-K–12 and higher education, and discover more of Newton's luxury shopping and fine-dining experiences.

Find Your Forever Home in Newton

There are many reasons why you should consider moving to Newton, from our excellent public and private schools to our preserved historic buildings, architecturally diverse homes, and scenic grounds. If you are considering purchasing or selling a home in NewtonChestnut Hill, or Brookline — or if you simply want to learn more about Newton — I can handle all of your questions.

Whether you are looking for a new single-family housecondo, or investment property, I will help you navigate the current market to find the place you can call home. Contact me online or call my office at (571) 481-0440 to get started on your journey!