1. Amazing Public Schools - At the end of August, Boston Magazine published a list of the "Best Public School Districts in Boston". Newton came in at #7 of the ranking of 125 districts in Greater Boston. With some of the highest enrollment numbers in the state, the city still manages to keep schools student-centered with small class sizes, a low student:teacher ratio, and high graduation rates.
2. Crystal Lake - This beautiful swimming hole is nestled right in Newton Centre and offers a reprieve from the summer sun if you don't vacation on Cape. People come here to fish, sun-bathe, and paddle-board. Shoreline path and sidewalks allow for walks along three sides of the lake.
3. Yard Space - Space to throw a ball in your yard, or even sit in a chair outside and enjoy a nice cup of coffee is limited in the Greater Boston Area, which is why many families flock to Newton. The single family homes that sold in Newton in the last 6 months had an average lot size of 13,400 Square Feet. You're not going to find that in Brookline or Boston!
4. Easy Parking - Street parking in Newton is a little more easy than in neighboring Brookline and Boston. Just like these two areas, there is no overnight parking in the winter, but in general the streets are much wider and easy to navigate & park on. There is also overnight parking allowed in Newton in the summer months (which is not the case in Brookline).
5. Great Running - Mile 16-18 of the Boston Marathon route swings right through West Newton and up Heartbreak Hill. If you're a competitive runner, you have the hardest part of the marathon at your fingertips to train on. If you're more of a casual runner, the schools, carriage lanes, and paths in Newton offer a few options to run without all of the buzz of car traffic right next to you.