Belmont is a suburban, residential community located in the heart of the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, about 8 miles from Downtown Boston. According to the town's official website Belmont is,
"Known to longtime residents as 'The Town of Homes' ... [because of its] close promimity to the region's economic centers."
Belmont is a part of Middlesex County and is bordered by Cambridge, Watertown, Waltham, Lexington, and Arlington.
In 1630, approximately 40 families separated from the first settlers of Massachusetts and moved inland to create an agricultural community. Belmont was originally named Pequosette after a local Indian tribe, but the name was soon changed to Watertown. According to the town's website,
"The original settlement spread inland extensively into the present towns of Watertown, Waltham, Weston, Lincoln, and parts of Cambridge and Belmont. In 1738, Waltham seceded from Watertown, and the future Belmont was now part of three towns."
In 1843, Frederick Tudor and his business built the railroad line from Charlestown to Fresh Pond. Citizens in Waltham wanted the railroad extended into their village because of its close proximity. It was granted and the line ran through what is now the Town of Belmont. The railroad gave the agricultural community access to residences in Boston. Settlements started forming around Wellington Station (now Belmont Center), Waverley Station, and Hill's crossing station and those settlements grew into villages.
In the early 1850s, a group of approximately 1,000 residents joined together and announced their wish to form a separate town. After some resistance from surrounding towns, the Town of Belmont was born on March 18, 1859.
Belmont offers an array of outdoor activities including the Beaver Brook Reservation Spray Deck & Playground, Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary, and Rock Meadow.
Beaver Brook Reservation Spray Deck & Playground is the perfect place for children to play on the playground or run through the Spray Pool. The Habitat Education Center & Wildlife Sanctuary is an 88-acre urban oasis devoted to environmental education. There are over 2.5 miles of trails winding through deciduous and evergreen forests, across ponds, meadows, and a wetland. Rock Meadow contains lots of meadows, community gardens, and easy terrain trails through the woods.
Belmont has two local centers, Belmont Center and Cushing Square. Both have a variety of local restaurants and shops. The Belmont Farmer's Market is held on Thursday afternoons from 2:00-6:30 p.m. in the summer and until 6:00 p.m. after Labor Day. It is a great place to get local produce from various vendors. Along with local produce, the market offers story time for kids, tasting events, and performances. Belmont also has its own distillery that uses local ingredients for a farm-to-bottle experience.
Belmont is a heavily residential community. In the 1900s, it became a place where artists, authors, educators, physicians, and scientists began moving to. It is still a popular place for those who work in the Cambridge and Boston areas. Prices for homes differ between neighborhoods. Homes vary by style, but you mostly find a historic feel on the outside with renovations done on the inside.
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