Waltham

Waltham has been called "watch city" because of its association with the watch industry. Waltham Watch Company opened its factory in Waltham in 1854 and was the first company to make watches on an assembly line. The company produced over 35 million watches, clocks and instruments before it closed in 1957. The city of Waltham was an early center for the labor movement as well as a major contributor to the American Industrial Revolution. It's bordered to the west by Weston and Lincoln, to the south by Newton, to the east by Belmont and Watertown, and to the north by Lexington.

Neighborhoods

  • Angleside
  • Banks Square
  • The Bleachery
  • Cedarwood
  • The Chemistry
  • Ellison Park
  • Gardencrest
  • Headyland
  • The Highlands
  • The Island
  • Kendal Green
  • Kendall Park
  • Lakeview
  • The Lanes
  • Northeast
  • The North Side
  • Piety Corner
  • Rangeley Acres
  • Ravenswood
  • Rock Alley
  • The South Side
  • Warrendale
  • West End
  • Wildwood Acres

Arts and Culture

Waltham's combination of population, parks, public transit, stores, and trails gives it 62 (out of 100) walkability ranking on walkscore.com. Downtown and along the Charles Riverwalk, it's often crowded on summer nights by people fishing, jogging, or walking off a meal at one of the many restaurants.

Moody Street in downtown Waltham offers its own brand of entertainment with a colorful assortment of shops, restaurants, and bars, including The Gaff, Outer Limits, Gourmet Pottery, and the Embassy Cinema. Moody Street's booming nightlife, convenience to the commuter rail and lower rents have attracted younger professionals to Waltham in growing numbers in recent years. Moody Street is also referred to as "Restaurant Row" and has become a destination because of the number, variety and quality of its locally owned restaurants. The city of Waltham has a free "Tick Tock Trolley" on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6pm - 11pm for visitors that provides easy access to local municipal parking lots.

For over 25 years, the Waltham Arts Council has sponsored "Concerts On Waltham Common", featuring a different musical act each week of the summer, free of charge to attendees.

The city's history is also celebrated at a number of museums, monuments, and archives. The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation, the Waltham Watch Factory historic district, the Gore Estate, the Lyman Estate, and the Robert Treat Payne Estate are among the most well known of the 109 sites in the city on the National Register of Historical Sites. Many festivals are held at these sites each year, such as the annual sheep shearing festival at the Gore Estate. *wikipedia.org

Education

Elementary Schools:

  • Northeast
  • Fitzgerald
  • MacArthur
  • Plympton
  • Whittemore
  • Stanley
  • Waltham Dual Language Elementary School

Middle Schools:

  • McDevitt
  • Kennedy

High School:

  • Waltham High School

Private schools:

  • Chapel Hill - Chauncy Hall School
  • Gann Academy
  • Our Lady's Academy 

Higher education:

  • Bentley University
  • Brandeis University

Transportation

Due to its proximity to the center of the Cambridge-Boston-Quincy metropolitan area, a number of state highways are within a few miles. Route 128 runs through the western part of the city. Exits in Waltham are 26, 27, and 28. Massachusetts Turnpike, is just to the south in Newton. 

The MBTA commuter rail has two stops in Waltham as part of the Fitchburg-Boston Line: one in Central Square Waltham across from the City Hall and one near Brandeis University.

MBTA bus service also covers the city, including routes 70, 70A, 170, 505, 553, 554, 556 and 558.

Useful Links

City of Walthamhttps://www.city.waltham.ma.us/ 

Waltham Public Schools - https://www.walthampublicschools.org/

About the Neighborhood

There are community events
Neighbors are friendly
Car is needed
It's walkable to restaurant
Easy commutes
Good transit
Parking is easy
There are sidewalks
Parks and playgrounds
Kids play outside
Great nightlife
Walking / Hiking trails
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