Living in Medford
The bustling city of Medford is located 3.2 miles northwest of Boston. Popular with commuters, the city is served by the MBTA Commuter Rail at West Medford station (11 mins to North Station) and the Orange Line T that runs through Wellington into the center of Boston and beyond. The I-93 also offers convenient access to Boston and all points south and north into New Hampshire and beyond.
In recent years Medford has become popular with young professionals and families alike, for easy and convenient access to Boston and the unique neighborhoods in the city offering a mixture of housing. From the modern apartments at Station Landing to the larger single family homes on the Lawrence Estate, there is a diversity of housing styles to choose from. Other neighborhoods include West Medford, Brooks Estate, South Medford, The Heights, Wellington / Glenwood, and The Hillside.
Shopping & Restaurants
The main shopping/dining areas are focused around several distinct areas across the city - Medford Square, Haines Square, West Medford, South Medford, and Hillside. Each of these areas has its unique character, a mix of locally owned stores, larger chain stores, restaurants, coffee shops, and offices. Also, the new development at Station Landing offers shopping, dining, commercial and residential space in a picturesque riverside setting.
Medford is home to Tufts University, a highly rated private university, and the schools of Arts and Science, Engineering, The Fletcher School, and The Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life are all located within the Medford Campus. The City has a robust public school system with 9 schools from K-12 including Medford High School and Medford Vocational Tech. There are also several private schools within the city catering to different religious and academic preferences. Medford also has a public pre-K program for children ages 3-5yrs. Parents in Medford are well supported by the Medford Family Network (MFN), an organization that offers parenting education and support to children and caregivers living or working in Medford.
Things to Do in Medford
The vibrant arts and music community in Medford is supported by Medford Arts Council. The Chevalier Theater offers movie screenings, concerts, comedy shows, and other performances from local and national acts. CACHE, another organization dedicated to community arts, hosts several events across the year including Circle The Square and the Mystic River Celebration. The Condon Shell on the banks of the Mystic River also hosts free community programs such as music concerts and movie showings during the summer.
Despite being so close to Boston, Medford has a vast array of outdoor spaces for residents to enjoy. The Middlesex Fells Reservation covers parts of Medford, including popular hiking trails to Wright’s Tower and Panther Cave. The Mystic River offers kayaking and paddle boarding opportunities, along with beautiful walks along the banks to admire the changing foliage. During the summer, Wright’s Pond is open to residents only and offers a safe bathing spot and a beach, and Tufts Pool also gives outdoor swimming options.
With so many options for work, play and home life it’s easy to see why homes in Medford have been increasingly in demand in recent years. Speak to one of our experienced realtors to find out how you could find your dream home in Medford.
OUR REALTORS RECOMMEND:
"If you love Italian food, Medford is the place for you! My favorites are Nappi’s and FiorItaly, both on Salem Street. For pizza, Amici’s in West Medford has the best pizza around!
I like to take my pup on a hike to Wright’s Tower - the views are amazing especially in the fall during peak foliage. Another spot we like is by the Thomas Brookes Mansion behind the Oak Grove Cemetery - so peaceful and the history is remarkable." - Nick Freda
"I love living in Medford for its easy access to Boston, hiking in the fells, and kayaking on the Mystic River. My favorite restaurants include Bistro 5 in West Medford, Salvatore’s, and Oasis Brazilian Restaurant (for a taste of home!). For treats, go to Colleen’s Ice Cream and Sandwich Shop in Medford Square or my new find, Goldilox Bagels - so good!" - Ides Figueiredo