Belmont

Welcome to Belmont

A sophisticated suburb of Boston that is culturally diverse and quaint

 

Located just eight miles from Boston, Belmont has been a popular community for physicians, scientists, authors, and educators since the 1900s. The town has ample green space with several town centers to make up a charming community.

Belmont was established in 1849 and was initially formed by a group who wanted to be able to sell or buy alcohol on their land. The city grew steadily to its current population of a little over 25,000 by the 1950s and now exists primarily as a residential suburb.

The typical home value in Belmont is $1.1 million, a rise of over 8.5% over last year. Homes are expected to appreciate another 11% in 2021.

What to Love

  • Craft Beer Cellar is a destination for all the beer lovers in Belmont. The bottle shop has domestic, imports, and craft beer for sale as well as hard seltzers, spirits, clothing, grocery items, and more
  • Essentials Salon is a local favorite for cut and colors as well as skin treatments and waxing
  • Belmont Books and Black Bear Cafe is the perfect destination to find your next read or enjoy a cup of coffee with your bookish friends

People & Lifestyle

Belmont takes pride in its local restaurant and shops, most of which are clustered in either Belmont Center or Cushing Square. This culturally diverse and affluent town is comprised of friendly professionals and young families who are well-educated and always willing to welcome new faces.  

Locals enjoy a lifestyle full of little pleasures, from finding a new brew at the Craft Beer Cellar to perusing fresh produce at the seasonal Farmers Market. Belmont residents also enjoy plenty of outdoor exploration at the numerous parks and playgrounds in town or at the Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Locals love the spicy dishes served at Patou Thai. Favorites at this locally-owned Thai restaurant include eggplant and grilled jumbo shrimp, royal Thai noodles, and mussels framboise. Il Casale is the go-to restaurant for an elegant dinner in Belmont. With their classic Italian dishes, extensive wine list, and relaxing atmosphere. The Wellington Neighborhood Eatery is also a local favorite. Their multiple dining spaces, craft cocktails, and variety of entées including vegetarian cauliflower steak, smoked maple-glazed salmon, fried chicken plate, and tuna poke.

Shoppers will find a number of fun local destinations in Cushing Square. They can shop for apparel at Zia Clothing Outlet or Revolve Consignment Boutique, gifts at Bells and Whistles, or jewelry at GVS Jewelers. After a long day of shopping, residents can relax with a drink or bite to eat at nearby Gen Sushi Fiorella's.

Things to Do

There is always plenty for active families to do in Belmont. Visit the 853 Homer House, where famous artist Winslow Homer would often paint when visiting his wealthy aunt and uncle. The house is open for tours and often hosts events. Those who want to take in the outdoors can explore trails and commune with nature and wildlife at the Mass Audubon’s Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary.

Belmont is also home to Belmont Town Day, a celebration that takes place in late spring and features a classic car show, crafts, a dog show, live entertainment, and more. For community-minded residents, Belmont also offers a number of boards, committees, and groups to get involved with to help improve the quality of life of the city’s inhabitants.

Schools

Belmont is home to a number of excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  •  Mary Lee Burbank School, for kids in kindergarten through fourth grade, is ranked as the 10th best public elementary school in the state
  • Belmont High School, which teaches kids in grades nine through twelve, is ranked the 12th-best public high school in Massachusetts
  • Brandeis University is a quick 15-minute drive from Belmont. This private research university has been ranked the #42 best national university



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