MetroWest Communities near Wellesley


Natick is located in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts, a short fifteen miles outside of Boston.  Natick Center is the cultural and civic center of the area, although it is also known as Downtown Natick. In 2012, Natick Center was named a state-designated cultural district – only the 10th district to receive this honor, which is designed to boost arts, culture and history within Massachusetts communities. South Natick is particularly scenic, with views of the Charles River.  Canoe or Kayak at Lake Cochituate State Park. For indoor activities, the Natick Mall provides opportunities for shopping, dining and entertainment.


Part of Greater Boston, Wellesley is located in Norfolk County.  It is home to a number of colleges, including Wellesley College and Babson College, as well as, parts of Massachusetts Bay Community College.   It is bordered by Newton in the east and Weston in the north.  In 2009, reported that Wellesley ranked number 2 “Most Educated Small Town,” second only to Bethesda, Maryland. Wellesley also boasts over 25 miles of wooded trails and scenic destinations including Centennial Reservation, Maugus Hill, Boulder Brook Reservation and Rocky Ledges.


Weston is a suburb of Boston and boasts the highest per capita income in Massachusetts according to the 2010 United States Census.  It is also one of the top 100 most affluent towns in the United States (with more than 1,000 households).  It is only one of 2 Massachusetts cities to make the list, the other being Carlisle.  According to Boston Magazine in 2009, it has the number one public school making it an exceptional area for children. Historically speaking, Weston is the location of the Boston Post Road Historic District, which runs along both sides of the Boston Post Road and in 1983 was added to the National Register of Historic Places.


Located in Middlesex County, Newton is about 7 miles outside of downtown Boston.  It is made up of thirteen villages (Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Lower Falls, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Upper Falls, Waban and West Newton.)  Newton is convenient to the greater Boston area by MBTA public transportation and easily accessible by car using Route 128, Route 9 or I-95. It was originally settled in 1630 and is home to a number of historical sites, including Crystal Lake and West Parish Burying Grounds. In August 2012, Money Magazine included Newton on its list of best small towns in America.