Steeped in history, the town of Arlington was originally settled 350 years ago, when it was known as Menotomy—the name change came about in 1867. Arlington is located six miles northwest of Boston and borders Cambridge, Medford, Winchester, Lexington, Belmont and Somerville. Arlington has preserved many of its historic buildings as well as its town common. Paul Revere's famous midnight ride took him through Menotomy, and on the first day of the American Revolution, more blood was shed in Menotomy than in the battles of Lexington and Concord combined.
In 1837 the town built Massachusetts’ first free public library and in1868 the nation’s first black Freemason cemetery was dedicated on Gardner Street. Arlington is also the birthplace of the man who came to be known as Uncle Sam, Samuel Wilson; the town has an Uncle Sam Committee and an Uncle Sam Day.
Arlington is bounded on the south by Route 2, providing easy access to Boston and the western part of Massachusetts; it is also a short distance from Interstates 93 and 95. The Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) has bus and subway service with the closest subway access point for rail service to Boston being the Alewife Station in Cambridge. Buses run through many of Arlington’s main routes with bus service available to Cambridge’s Harvard Square.
As of this writing (in October 2016), the town’s school system is highly rated with seven elementary schools, one middle school and Arlington High School. Every public school in Arlington received a minimum of 8 on the GreatSchools 1-10 rating scale. Bishop Elementary School scored the highest with a perfect 10; Arlington High School was right behind it with a 9, as were Brackett and Dallin Elementary Schools. There are also local private schools in Arlington.
Residents enjoy outdoor activities at Parks Buck Field, The Great Meadows, Magnolia Park, Scannell Field, Menotomy Rocks Park and Spy Pond Field which feature playing fields, playgrounds, walking trails, bike paths and gardens. Ice skating and hockey take place at the Ed Burns Arena and Ice Rink. Community groups include The Arlington Garden Club, The Menotomy Bird Club, Arlington Friends of the Drama and the Arlington Dog Owners Club.
Today, Arlington is primarily residential although at one point there were seven active mills and an ice industry. As of October 2016, the median home price is $620,000, although many homes top the $1 million mark and there are a few condos and townhomes in the lower price range. Some of the single-family homes date back to the late 1800s and there is some new construction as well along with many renovated homes and condos.
If you are interested in learning more about Arlington, Massachusetts homes and condos for sale, contact an agent who is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Buyer Agents (MABA). He or she will work exclusively on your behalf to find a home that meets your lifestyle and financial needs.