Belmont is primarily a residential suburb that bestows beauty and comfort. Once an agricultural-based town made up of several large farms, Belmont still hasn’t lost its charm. At the turn of the twentieth century much of it had remained rural until transportation services and improved roads were built, making the town a much more desirable residential area, particularly in the development of large estates. It is best known for the mansion-occupied Belmont Hill neighborhood, even though most residents live in the denser, low-lying areas established around the Hill. Belmont has three major commercial centers in the town with Belmont Center, Cushing Square, and Waverley Square. All predominate with quaint shops and boutiques. The Town Hall and other civic buildings can be found at Belmont Center. There’s plenty of open space from former farms and greenhouse estates that are public or public-accessible such as Rock Meadow and Mass Audubon Habitat.
Belmont also has excellent schools with Belmont High having an outstanding reputation for college placement, and it is most notably strong in athletics, academics, music, theater and arts.
Belmont is bordered by Cambridge on the East, Arlington on the North, Lexington on the Northwest, Waltham on the West, and Watertown on the South.
Belmont is connected directly by two state routes. Close to the middle of town runs Route 60, also known as Pleasant Street, and on the border to the north is Route 2 which outlines most of Belmont’s boundary with its neighbor, Arlington. Also to the west in Waltham, there’s access to I-95/Route 128 highway.
There are two commuter rail stations provided by the MBTA at Waverley and Belmont Center, both located in the town, and Belmont is roughly a sixteen minute commute by rail to Boston’s North Station.
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