Arlington, MA

Arlington is a vibrant, peaceful town with a little something for everyone.

Welcome to Arlington

Close enough to Boston to make commuting easy but far enough away to enjoy tranquil living, Arlington is a lush, vibrant suburb steeped in fascinating history

Located only six miles from Boston, Arlington is a vibrant, peaceful town with a little something for everyone. East Arlington is more cosmopolitan since it's closer to Cambridge, while other areas lean into their suburban roots. Morningside is home to some of the largest property lots in the area. The one thing each neighborhood has in common is the strong sense of community shared between residents, as evidenced by the many local festivals and town parades. 

This Middlesex County town has a rich history revolving around the American Revolution, celebrated throughout its historic districts with landmarks, sites, and monuments. Expect to see Victorian and Colonial single-family homes along quaint, tree-lined streets in addition to many attractive condominiums and townhouses throughout the region. 

If you enjoy city life but prefer to live in a quiet suburb, Arlington is a great fit. Easy access to public transport and close proximity to the highway make it a dream location for commuters. Families looking to settle down will appreciate the family-friendly vibe, the wide selection of local restaurants, Spy Pond, and the excellent public school system.

What to Love

  • Gorgeous public library
  • Historical homes
  • Spy Pond
  • Something for everyone
  • Peaceful parks and views
  • Town parades

People & Lifestyle

Arlington is a great place to live if you want to have a yard, live near great schools, and escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Arlington is home to several impressive historic estates located close to the town center, particularly in Jason Heights. East Arlington is conveniently close to the Alewife T subway station. 

The town is easy to traverse and is home to a lovely public library, two movie theaters, and a few beaches. Arlington has lots of green space, like the beloved Spy Pond, yet remains close enough to Boston and Cambridge that quick trips are easy and manageable. Activities for all age groups are available year-round, and the community is known for being very friendly and personable.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

The 13FOREST Gallery in Arlington is always worth visiting if you're passionate about art. The gallery owners scour all of New England for emerging and established artists, showcasing only the very best. Every 6 to 8 weeks, the gallery rotates their exhibitions to make use of their dynamic space.

Before going to 13FOREST, grab a coffee at Barismo, a local roaster that guarantees high-quality, fresh-roasted beverages. They work hard to sustain relationships with the top growers, importers, exporters, and millers worldwide.

Za Pizza is the hippest of hip neighborhood pizza joints in Arlington. They utilize farm-fresh ingredients and unique menu offerings to set them apart from local competitors. Aside from pizzas and salads, they also sell an assortment of coffees, teas, and desserts.

Hailing from Southwestern France, Ma France’s owners are genuinely passionate about bringing an authentic, family-style experience of visiting France to their charming boutique/café. Chat with the owners (they're bilingual!), watch them cook, or peruse their wares. Almost every product in their market comes directly from France, aside from a few traditional recipe items.

Things to Do

Every year, Arlington honors its military heritage, patriotic history, and the Revolutionary War's beginning battles with the Patriot's Day Parade. Before the parade, the town sponsors historic house tours, battle reenactments, and more. All events are suitable for the whole family to enjoy!

Cyclists flock to the Minuteman Bikeway, which passes through the historic spot where the American Revolution began in April 1775. This 10-mile paved multi-use trail runs from Bedford to Alewife station, passing through Arlington and Lexington along the way. It’s considered one of the most popular rail-trails in the United States. 

Once a farm, Robbins Farm Park has been renovated into a public park known for its large green space, soccer field, community garden, playground, picnic areas, and seasonal events, such as its annual 4th of July celebration and summertime movies in the park. Robbins Farm Park also boasts breathtaking views of the Boston skyline.

Menotomy Rocks Park is another stunning local park with amenities like two spacious green areas, wooded walking trails, a fishing pond, picnic areas, a playground, and several ball fields.


Arlington is home to ten public schools housed within the district and several private schools. The following lists the most notable and highly-rated:

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