Less than 45 minutes from downtown Boston via train, subway, or express bus, Newton, Massachusetts is a vibrant community comprised of 13 distinctive “villages” loaded with classic New England charm. Most have pedestrian-friendly shopping districts, parks, and playgrounds. Newton is well respected for the quality of education, community life, exceptional homes, and beautiful open spaces. Newton has frequently been voted as one of the 10 best communities to live in. Newton also houses Boston College, Mount Ida College and Lasell College. The Boston Marathon runs right through the City with Heartbreak Hill beginning next to City Hall. The Newton Free Library is well respected as one of the largest, most well equipped libraries in the Commonwealth.