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Bordered by parks, historical sites, and a wide variety of housing, Arlington is a scenic region composed of eight eclectic neighborhoods. According to Arlington’s official town website,

“The Town of Arlington was originally settled in 1635 as a village under the name Menotomy. In 1807, the Town and a section of what is now Belmont were set off from Cambridge and incorporated as West Cambridge. In 1867, the name was changed to Arlington in honor of the heroes buried at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.”

This community is a great commuting neighborhood; it is just 8 miles outside of Boston, and accessible to major highways. Additionally, this area is served by many MBTA bus routes and close to Red Line’s Alewife Station in Cambridge and West Medford commuter rail station. The Minuteman Bikeway is a well-used bicycle and pedestrian path built on a former railroad track. It connects Bedford and Lexington to the west, runs through Arlington Heights, crosses Massachusetts Avenue at Arlington Center, and leads to Alewife Station on MBTA.

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There is a huge influx of folks moving to Arlington from downtown Boston and Somerville to settle down. Arlington real estate is primarily home to young families, and it’s evident to see why. Every public school in Arlington gets at least an 8 on the 1-10 Great Schools rating scale. Bishop Elementary School scored the highest with a perfect 10 score, but Arlington High School was right behind it with a 9, as were Brackett Elementary School and Dallin Elementary School.


The mission of the Arlington Public Schools is to educate students by promoting academic excellence, by empowering students to achieve their maximum potential, and by preparing students for responsible participation in an ever-changing world. The Arlington Public Schools are committed to helping every student achieve emotional, social, vocational, and academic success.

Arlington High School9-12High School11859/10Learn More >
Brackett Elementary SchoolKG-5Elementary School4819/10Learn More >
Cyrus E Dallin Elementary SchoolKG-5Elementary School4679/10Learn More >
Hardy Elementary SchoolKG-5Elementary School3639/10Learn More >
John A Bishop Elementary SchoolKG-5Elementary School41210/10Learn More >
M Norcross Stratton Elementary SchoolKG-5Elementary School3758/10Learn More >
Menotomy PreschoolPKPreschool55N/ALearn More >
Ottoson Middle School6-8Middle School10549/10Learn More >
Peirce Elementary SchoolKG-5Elementary School27010/10Learn More >
Thompson Elementary SchoolKG-5Elementary School3589/10Learn More >

Arlington Catholic High School9-12Roman Catholic6508/10Learn More >
Arlington Children's Center IncNS-KDaycare / Preschool11210/10Learn More >
Dearborn Academy1-12Special Education School1488/10Learn More >
Lesley Ellis SchoolNS-8N/A18210/10Learn More >
New Covenant SchoolNS-6Christian13210/10Learn More >
St. Agnes SchoolPK-8Roman Catholic3238/10Learn More >
Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence Campus6-12All Girls/Special Education73N/ALearn More >

*All school statistics have been sourced from GreatSchools.org.


When it comes to Arlington real estate, historical, single family homes dominate. There are also a high number of condo sales.


Arlington was founded over 350 years ago; though it prides its historical background, it has blossomed into a fully modern community. Nods to the past are dispersed throughout the town, including the recreation of its town common. Arlington was the location of the first public children’s library, and the site of most the fighting when the British marched through it returning from the Old North Bridge at the start of the Revolutionary Way. When you are in the Arlington area, you can’t miss out on a visit to Cyrus Dallin Art Museum and Jefferson Cutter House - The museum is in the historic Jefferson Cutter House. Currently it is closed for renovations, but when it’s open you can see the sculpture work of Cyrus E. Dallin, who “is regarded as one of the most important sculptors in American art.” Another must see is the statue in Arlington Center which commemorates Arlington as the birthplace of Samuel Wilson, better known as “Uncle Sam”.


Arlington is the perfect place to walk around Spy Pond Park, just one of many parks in the area. You can also rent canoes or kayaks, go fishing, paddle board, spend time at the playground, or explore the trails at Menotomy Rocks Park. Be sure to check out the abundance of restaurants, bakeries, and shops along Massachusetts Avenue, and don't miss out on Robbins Farm, which was voted one of the top 10 playgrounds in the state.



Homes in Morningside are characterized by larger plots of land providing wonderful neighborhoods with nice yards and areas for playing. It is known as one of the more affluent neighborhoods in Arlington.

The rolling hills of Morningside run along the edge of the Winchester Country Club and Golf Course. You might sacrifice some walkability for peace and quiet, yet you’re never far from all the Arlington and the surrounding communities have to offer.

School Districts Include: Stratton, Bishop


Arlington Heights

Arlington Heights has always been a much desired location for its diversity, space, and excellent elementary schools. More affordable housing options than the surrounding towns of Belmont, Lexington and Winchester make this a popular place to enter the Arlington market.

The Heights is home of great restaurants such as Trader Joe's, Panera Bread, The Meat House, Jimmy's Steer House, Balich 5 &10, and many more. Take a walk around the reservoir or along the Minuteman Bikepath!

Arlington Heights runs along either side of Massachusetts Avenue from about Bow Street to Brattle Street. While it has mostly single family homes, there is a mix of housing types that offer a little something for everyone.

School Districts Include: Pierce, Dallin, Brackett


Arlington Center

The Arlington Center Historic District includes the civic and commercial heart of Arlington, Massachusetts. The cross-section of Mass Ave, the Pleasant St Historic District, and Broadway is home to many great restaurants and shop.

There are also convenience stores, coffee shops, fitness centers, CVS, the Regent Theatre, entrance to the bike path, and Robbins Public Library - home of the first free continuous children's library in the nation. Vibrant Arlington Center is truly a highly desirable location for many.

School Districts Include:  Bishop, Thompson


Jason Heights

Jason Heights is known for its classic Victorian homes. You will find large, prestigious homes, many listed on Arlington's Historical Commission's registry of architecturally significant homes. Many of those homes also have Boston views, and are in proximity to Menotomy Rocks Park, one of the most special places in the town. It has a pond, a big playground, lots of walking trails in the hilly woods.

Jason Heights is one of Arlington's most desirable areas with proximity to Robbins Farm Park as well as the Arlington Center business district (Regent Theater, Robbins Library, Tryst, and many more). People who love the outdoors as well as a vibrant neighborhood enjoy the contrasts of Jason Heights.

School Districts include: Brackett, Bishop


East Arlington

What's not to love about East Arlington? (or Cambridge North, as it has become!) There is a lot to do in this neighborhood, such as “the 1920s-era Capitol Theatre, sister cinema to the Somerville Theatre; Barismo, a destination for serious coffee lovers; Quebrada Baking, a cozy bakery that looks straight out of Bavaria; or go fishing and kayaking at Spy Pond.

East Arlington is known for its walkability to shops, restaurants and transportation, and it is the most urban of the Arlington neighborhoods. No strip malls here and there are plenty of gems along Mass. Ave. including the Fox Library, Maxima Gift Center, Flora, and many more.

School Districts include: Thompson and Hardy

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