Located just six miles northwest of downtown Boston, Watertown has a rich history of its own and a distinct regional flavor. The town is home to the Perkins School for the Blind and was the birthplace of the Stanley Steamer line of steam engine cars. Mount Auburn Cemetery is the site of second oldest public garden in the U.S., and the Watertown Arsenal, now home to a park, restaurants, and offices, retains much of the original landscaping planted pre-Civil War. The population of Watertown was 31,915 as of the 2010 census.
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Steeped in history! Watertown was first established in 1630, making it one of the oldest settlements in the country. Visitors can tour some of the area's historic homes, such as the Browne House built in 1690, and the Edmund Fowle House, built in 1740.
Great transportation! The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority operates several bus lines in Watertown, with multiple stops along Belmont, Arsenal, Main and Mt. Auburn Streets, and Concord Avenue. Although the rail line does not pass directly through the town, the Waverly station is just a few blocks beyond the north border.
Spend time outdoors! Arsenal Park encompasses 13 acres and includes an amphitheater and a bike path. Across town at Casey Park, visitors can enjoy one of the many ball courts and fields or the outdoor ice rink.
A variety of housing options! New residents in the market for rent to own detached houses should visit the West End and Bemis neighborhoods, as those areas have a higher percentage of stand-alone houses. Coolidge Square, East Watertown and Watertown Square have more duplexes, townhomes and apartments.
Great restaurants for everyone! Greg's Restaurant has been a Watertown staple since 1933, serving premium steaks and seafood alongside traditional Italian meals. Molana is a popular Persian grill, while La Casa de Pedro dishes up Venezuelan fare with a Spanish twist. For good old-fashioned coffee-shop food, head to Stellina's, which also serves beer and wine.
A great art community! Arsenal Center for the Arts operates out of the historic Watertown Arsenal built in 1816. The center offers classes and workshops in visual and performing arts, author readings, music performances and live productions by the New Repertory Theatre Company.
Increasing home values! Like much of the country, Watertown took a hit on property values during the late 2000s recession, but values have increased 7.2 percent from 2013 to 2014 and are forecasted to increase another 1 to 2 percent in the coming year. Homes in the area are now valued higher than they were at their previous peak in 2005, and the rate of upside-down homes with negative equity is a quarter of the national average.
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