Thinking of a Move to Melrose?
Are you considering a move to a town that effortlessly blends small-town charm with modern amenities? Look no further than Melrose! Nestled just north of Boston, Melrose is a picturesque town that has become a sought-after destination for those seeking a close-knit community atmosphere. In this blog post, we'll explore the many reasons why moving to Melrose might be the best decision you'll ever make.
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A Classic New England Suburb
Melrose is the perfect melding of city and suburban life. You can find great dining, fun shops, and parks all within easy walking distance. It is a great town for those looking for more green spaces and family oriented activities, but are not quite ready to leave the city behind.
Rich History and Architectural Beauty
Melrose boasts a rich historical heritage, evident in its stunning Victorian and Colonial-era architecture. The town's downtown area is lined with beautifully preserved historic buildings, offering a glimpse into the past. Strolling through the tree-lined streets, you'll find a sense of nostalgia and a genuine appreciation for the town's history.
Convenient Location and Transportation
Situated just a short distance from downtown Boston, Melrose offers the perfect balance between suburban tranquility and urban convenience. Commuting to the city is a breeze, with several public transportation options available, including the commuter rail and bus services. Melrose is also well-connected to major highways Route 1, Highway 93 & 95, making it easily accessible for those who prefer to drive.
Vibrant Community Events and Activities
Melrose takes pride in its vibrant community spirit, which is evident in the numerous events and activities that take place throughout the year. From summer concerts in the park to farmers' markets, art festivals, and holiday celebrations, there's always something exciting happening in Melrose. These events provide the perfect opportunity to meet new people, foster community bonds, and create lasting memories.
Abundance of Outdoor Spaces
Nature enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of parks and green spaces in and around Melrose. Middlesex Fells Reservation, a nearby state park, offers miles of hiking and biking trails, tranquil lakes, and breathtaking scenic views. Residents can also enjoy recreational activities such as boating, fishing, and picnicking at the nearby Spot Pond. Melrose itself is home to several parks and playgrounds, providing ample opportunities for outdoor recreation and family outings.
Thriving Local Businesses
Melrose takes great pride in supporting its local businesses, and the downtown area is a testament to this. Here, you'll find a delightful array of independently owned shops, boutiques, and restaurants. Whether you're looking for unique gifts, trendy fashion, or delectable cuisine, Melrose's local businesses have got you covered. By shopping local, you'll not only find one-of-a-kind treasures but also contribute to the town's economic growth.
The Food Scene
If you are into food, like me, the thought of moving away from the abundant choices in the city can be challenging. Melrose, however, has its share of fantastic places to eat that will satisfy even the most fickle of city-reared taste buds. Looking for a cold margarita and delicious Mexican fare? You can’t go wrong with Mexico Lindo, which sits right on Main Street and has a large back patio for quiet, outdoor dining. Their authentic cuisine and scale cannot be topped, inside or outside the city.
How about a solid slice? Despite the myriad of options within Route 95, finding great pizza can be tough but Wood & Fire Neapolitan Pizzeria does a solid job and treats it’s residents to some great options.
After a month-long stay in Thailand, Thai food has become a staple in my diet but finding the real stuff can be challenging outside of home cooking! Thankfully, The Bangkok, on the edge of Melrose Center and just a few steps from the Wyoming Hill Commuter Station, hits the nail on the head. Don’t let its handful of tables fool you, this place has the good stuff; spice levels that do Thai food justice and ingredients that aren’t found in Americanized Thai food. Go here, try the Khao Soi and Gra Pao and you’ll see what I mean.
One of the best features of Melrose is its convenience to all Boston has to offer but without the traffic. Easy access to 93 and 28 allows for quick travel to your favorite haunts near and far from the city. With not one but three Commuter Rail stops, nearly the whole town is walking distance to public transit directly downtown or north of the city. Busses aren’t as common as Malden, but they are by no means hard to catch and the final stop of the Orange Line is just a few stops from Melrose Center and a quick walk across the Malden border.
While it has always been one of the more desirable of Boston suburbs, the recent market has truly emphasised Melrose’s competitive market. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell in Melrose this year, you’re in for some stiff competition and high demand - either way, we’re here to help you navigate this great opportunity!
While the entry level price tag may be a bit higher than Malden or Medford, the investment value, the community and the quaint yet booming downtown are all worth the premium. If you disagree, let me know what town you prefer to focus your search on and we’ll talk!
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