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Newton MA is an immediate suburb of Boston, known for its school system, many villages, and beautiful homes.
Thanks to its many benefits, Newton cinched the Number 4 spot on CNN Money’s 2012 list of America’s Best Small Cities. This suburban city is comprised of 13 villages, each with its own little something special, and most offer public transportation options. There’s plenty to do for young families, whether it’s swimming in Crystal Lake or attending the fabulous farmers market. It is also home to several private schools and Boston College . Search Newton MA houses for sale.
Correct Local Pronunciation: New-un
Location: 7 miles West of downtown Boston.
Neighbors: Waltham, Watertown, Needham, West Roxbury (Boston), Wellesley, Weston Brookline, and Brighton (Boston).
History: Newton was settled in 1630 as part of “the newe towne”, which was renamed Cambridge in 1638. Roxbury minister John Eliot convinced the Native American people of Nonantum, a sub-tribe of the Massachusetts led by a sachem named Waban, to relocate to Natick in 1651, fearing that they would be exploited by colonists. Newton was incorporated as a separate town, known as Cambridge Village, in 1688, then renamed Newtown in 1691, and finally Newton in 1766. It became a city in 1873 and is known as The Garden City. (Wikipedia)
MBTA Service: Parts of Newton are served by the Green line (D). Bus service includes express Bus 505.
Population: According to the 2011 Census, Newton population is 85,945.
Schools: Newton North High School landed a silver medal on the Best High School’s list by U.S. News & World Report. It’s ranked 35th in Massachusetts and 861st in the nation. Newton South High School received a gold medal, and is ranked 12th in the state and 224th in the nation. For more information on schools in Newton, check out the official Newton Public Schools website.
Home Prices: Newton home prices vary by zip codes, villages and T access. Because of the variety and size of this city, it’s important to narrow down your search. For more information, search houses for sale in Newton MA.
Boston Marathon and Newton’s Heartbreak Hill
The famous Boston Marathon is the oldest continuously running marathon, and the second longest continuously running footrace, in North America. It is considered to be one of the more difficult marathon courses because of the Newton hills, which culminate in Heartbreak Hill near Boston College.
Heartbreak Hill is an ascent over 0.4-mile (600 m) between the 20 and 21-mile (32 and 34 km) marks, near Boston College. It is the last of four “Newton hills”, which begin at the 16-mile (26 km) mark and challenge contestants with late (if modest) climbs after the course’s general downhill trend to that point.
It was on this hill that, in 1936, defending champion John A. “Johnny” Kelley overtook Ellison “Tarzan” Brown, giving him a consolatory pat on the shoulder as he passed. This gesture renewed the competitive drive in Brown, who rallied, pulled ahead of Kelley, and went on to win—thereby, it was said, breaking Kelley’s heart.
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