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General Information
Population: 45,147
Land Area: 5.5 square miles
Median Family Income: $107,085
2021 Property Tax Rate: $11.34 per $1,000 assessed
2020 Median Single Family Sale Price: $870,000
2020 Median Condo Sale Price: $660,000
2018-2019 Average SAT Score: 1204


Arlington is a suburb six miles northwest of Boston, and home to many families and young professionals. With a population of 44,992, Arlington is a diverse and lively community home to many cafes, parks, restaurants, and local shops. Arlington neighborhoods include Arlington Heights, East Arlington, Brattle Square, Jason Heights, Arlmont Village, Morningside, Turkey Hill, Little Scotland, and Poets' Corner.

The city, founded in 1635, is host to numerous historical sites as well as Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride. Arlington public schools are highly rated, and the city recently received a 100 on the Municipal Equality Index (MEI) that measures how inclusive the city’s laws, policies, and services are. These important factors make Arlington, MA properties a strong investment for any Boston area homebuyer.

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Public Education

The Arlington public school system is comprised of 1 integrated preschool, 7 elementary schools, 2 middle schools (one school for 6th grade and one school for 7th and 8th grades) and 1 public high school. Arlington is a member of the Minuteman Regional School District, which runs a vocational technical school, with a newly rebuilt campus located in neighboring Lexington.

Curriculum: The Arlington Public Schools (APS) place a significant emphasis on better understanding and utilizing Standards Based Learning throughout all grades. The concepts of “standards based,” “common assessments,” “essential standards,” and “best practices” are topics at monthly, town-wide, professional development workshops and active practices in every classroom.

Menotomy Preschool is an integrated program for children ages 3 years through kindergarten entry age, with or without special needs—all children are provided with the opportunity to learn and grow in an inclusive and diverse learning environment. All classrooms are multi-age in design, with specialized teaching staff and service providers who individualize instruction to best meet the needs of each child.

Arlington’s seven elementary schools share a consistent curriculum: the “Standards Based Learning” approach, informed by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. In addition, fine arts, general music, and physical education are offered.
• Bishop
• Brackett
• Dallin
• Hardy
• Peirce
• Stratton
• Thompson Elementary

• 8:10 AM–2:30 PM Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
• 8:10 AM–1:00 PM Tuesday

Assignment: School assignment is primarily based on geography; you can access a school locator tool here.

The Arlington School Committee establishes certain geographic “buffer zones,” which are areas found on or near certain elementary school district boundaries. If an address is located in a buffer zone, a student will be assigned to one of the two nearby elementary schools. The Arlington School Committee only uses buffer zones when there is a material enrollment issue between two schools. If “voluntary” solution measures cannot be found, the Superintendent will make assignments to achieve better distribution among the schools.

Once a student is assigned a school, that will be his or her school until graduation unless special circumstances apply. Subsequent assignments of siblings in a given family will be made to the same school.

Like the elementary schools, Arlington middle schools utilize a “Standards Based Learning” approach, informed by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.

The Gibbs School
All Arlington students attend the Gibbs School for sixth grade. With an emphasis on social-emotional growth, the Gibbs School is designed to support students’ transition to a larger school community at Ottoson Middle School (grades 7-8), followed by Arlington High School (grades 9-12).

Ottoson Middle School
All Arlington students will attend Ottoson Middle School for seventh and eighth grades.
• Hours: 8:00 AM – 2:26 PM Monday – Friday

Arlington High School is comprised of grades 9–12 and, like the elementary and middle schools, utilizes a “Standards Based Learning” approach, informed by the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks. In addition, there is a focus on five core values and habits of mind: integrity, accountability and responsibility, communication, respect and teamwork. Teachers, counselors, and coaches structure their interactions with students to emphasize these values and habits of mind.

• 2019-2020 Enrollment: 6,047
• 2019 Four year adjusted cohort graduation rate: 97.5%
• 2018-2019 Percent of students completing advanced courses: 79.5%
• 2018-2019 Average SAT Score: 1204
• 2018 Total expenditures per pupil: $14,594.15

Private Education

There are several private schools in Arlington, including:
A portion of the International School of Boston campus (for pre-school and kindergarten)
Lesley Ellis School (pre-K through 8)
New Covenant School (pre-K and elementary)
Arlington Catholic High School (grades 9-12)


Arlington is located approximately 6 miles northwest of Boston (8-mile drive). Under light traffic conditions, the commute is just under 20 minutes. Arlington is most easily accessed via Route 2 and Route 3, each of which intersects with Interstate 95/Route 128. Read more about major driving routes here (link to our blog on transport).

MBTA Bus Lines: There are multiple bus routes into Cambridge, with connections to the Red Line subway into Boston from Alewife or Harvard Square. The primary route serving Arlington is the #77 bus, which runs between Arlington Heights and Harvard Square (Cambridge).

Subway (the “T”): The Red Line T provides subway service between Alewife Station (located at the Cambridge/Arlington border), Somerville (Davis Square), Cambridge (Porter Square, Harvard Square, Central Square and Kendall Square) and Boston. Alewife Station is accessible from Arlington by car, bus and the Minuteman Commuter Bikeway.

Bike: The Minuteman Commuter Bikeway (view map) is a 10-mile-long bike path that runs from Cambridge through Arlington, Lexington and Bedford. Built in the early 1990s on an inactive railroad corridor, the bikeway provides an easy way for bicyclists and pedestrians to travel to subway and bus lines. The bikeway is one of the most popular and successful rail trails in the U.S., enjoyed year-round for healthy recreation and transportation, and the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy inducted it into its Rail-Trail Hall of Fame in 2008.

Privately Run Shuttle: The Route 128 Business Council (view site) runs a shuttle bus between Alewife and several office parks in Lexington and Waltham.


Parks, Recreation, Sports Facilities

Buzzell Park is a lighted park located off of Summer Street close to Arlington Center. The Park offers two Baseball/Softball diamonds, a basketball hoop, a playground, and access to the bike path.

Comprising 183 acres, Great Meadows is the largest piece of undeveloped land in the Arlington/Lexington area. As part of the Mystic River watershed and once a glacial lake, it is now a wet meadow surrounded by uplands created by glacial outwash. Great Meadows was purchased by Arlington in 1871 to serve as a supplementary water storage area, but was only briefly used for that purpose. Since then, Arlington’s Great Meadows has served as public open space and is a popular recreational spot, particularly since the opening of the Minuteman Bikeway on its southern border. It also provides a home for local wildlife.

Magnolia Park, on Herbert Street at the crossroad of Magnolia Street, is a newly renovated park featuring a playground, picnic tables, a community garden, and a half-court basketball and soccer/lacrosse field. Off street parking is permitted and the park provides easy access to the bike path. The picnic area is available for birthday parties and small gatherings under 50 people (Park Permit Reservation required).

McClennen Park is located off of Summer Street. It features a baseball diamond, multi-purpose fields, a picnic area, a playground, walking trails, and a skateboard park. A dedicated parking lot and on-street parking is available for visitors.

Menotomy Rocks Park is a public park with 35.5 acres of woodland, walking paths, informal playing fields, a picnic area, a playground, walking trails, and a 3-acre pond. The main entrance is located on Jason Street.

Poet’s Corner Park is a small neighborhood park with a playground, basketball courts, a baseball/softball diamond, a seasonal outdoor rink, and green space.

Reservoir Beach on Lowell Street in Arlington Heights includes a filtered/chlorinated swimming area, bathhouse, concession stand, and playground. Beach tags/passes can be purchased in person at the Arlington Recreation office or at the beach when it is open. The beach is supervised by certified lifeguards and other beach staff during open hours.

Robbins Farm Park is a former farm-turned-public park, offering a baseball diamond, soccer field, picnic area, playground, and views of the Boston skyline. The park is located at 66 Eastern Ave. In the summer, the park features outdoor movies and a 4th of July celebration.

Spy Pond Park is a charming waterfront green space featuring a playground, baseball field, public boat ramp, and bike paths. It is located on the north shore of Spy Pond, off of Spy Pond Lane. Canoes and kayaks may be rented at the Arlington Reservoir and brought to Spy Pond. Tennis Courts are available for use nearby, across from the Arlington Boys & Girls Club.

Summer Street Park is located next to the Ed Burns Sports Arena and Skating Rink. It features two baseball diamonds (Robillard and Buck Field), a multi-purpose field, basketball hoops, a playground, picnic area, and soccer field (Hill’s Hill). Parking is available in the rink parking lot and there is easy access to the Minuteman Bikeway.

Thorndike Park, located at the end of Margaret Street close to Magnolia Field Park, has 3 multi-purpose fields and an enclosed dog park. Parking is available in the parking lot and there is easy access to the bike path and Alewife Brook Station.

The Ed Burns Arena and Rink is a renovated indoor ice facility, open to the public during the months of August through April. The rink hosts ice time for public skate, stick & puck time, and high school games. Lessons, skate rental and sharpening are available.

The Arts

The Arlington Center for the Arts (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization that offers more than 250 programs annually in the visual, literary, and performing arts, many of which are free to the community. Programs include classes and workshops for adults and children, vacation arts programs for children, art exhibits, theater and music performances, lectures, arts festivals, and many more programs designed to make art accessible to all.

Arlington Children’s Theatre (ACT) is dedicated to creating quality theatrical events, workshops, and experiences that educate, inspire, and enrich the lives of children ages 7-18, their families, and the community. ACT produces a variety of plays and musicals each season and offers exciting workshops and vacation day programs that center on the educational process, as well as the theatrical and interpersonal development of each individual participant.

Arlington Friends of the Drama (AFD) Theatre has presented award-winning productions to the community for over 90 years. It is one of the 10 oldest continually operating community theatre groups in the United States.

Built in 1923, the Capitol Theater welcomes movie goers with its historic lobby and 6 auditoriums, which feature a mix of movies with an emphasis on family-friendly films, as well as independent productions. Each fall, the theater hosts the Arlington International Film Festival.

The Cyrus Dallin Art Museum provides an intimate setting where you can experience the art of a great American sculptor. It’s also a place where you can embrace history through the vision of an artist whose work celebrates America’s diverse cultures. Cyrus Dallin found inspiration for his art in classical forms, the heroes of European-American history, his family, and the Native American people he knew and admired. Today, his art brings beauty and meaning to public spaces in many of our nation’s greatest cities.

The Philharmonic Society of Arlington, Inc. (link to: http://psarlington.org/) is a 501(c)3 non-profit community organization incorporating The Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, The Arlington-Belmont Chorale, and The Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus. Orchestra membership is open to all instrumentalists without audition. Placement, however, is subject to the requirements of the music and the determination of the conductor.  Chorale membership is open to all singers without formal audition, while the Chamber Chorus holds auditions open to members of the Chorale. The Orchestra, Chorale, and Chamber Chorus each perform concerts throughout the year.

Built in 1916, the historic Regent Theatre remains true to its roots as a vibrant vaudeville house. An intimate 500-seat performing arts center with superior acoustics and comfortable seating, the Regent Theatre features live music concerts, theatre, dance events, family entertainment, comedy, film specials, and more. The Regent is dedicated to bringing the highest quality events to the area and has a number of exclusive events throughout the year with nationally and internationally known performers—many of whom are bona fide legends.

Historic Sites

The Old Schwamb Mill is the oldest continuously operating mill site in the U.S., dating back to the 1600s. The site previously housed a grist mill and later a sawmill before it was purchased by new owners in 1864. At that time, it was used for the production of circular and elliptical picture frames. In 1971, the Old Schwamb Mill was listed on the United States National Register of Historic Places. The mill is open to the public for tours.

The Jason Russell House is a historic house and the site of the bloodiest fighting on the first day of the American Revolutionary War, April 19, 1775. Today, the house is open to the public as a museum and is the site of the Arlington Historical Society’s ongoing lecture series.

Local Businesses

Shop & Cafe’s

• Abbott’s Frozen Custard
• Blue Ribbon Barbeque
• Butternut Bakehouse
• Cookietime Bakery
• Penzey’s Spices
• Quebrada Baking Company
• Scoop N Scootery
• Henry Bear’s Park Toy Store

Grocery Stores

• Fresh Pond Seafood Market
• Stop & Shop
• Trader Joe’s
• Whole Foods

Coleman Group Favorite Cafes & Restaurants

• Kickstand Café
• Magic Bites Bakery
• Menotomy Grill & Tavern
• OTTO Pizza
• Pasha
• Toraya Restaurant
• Zhu Pan-Asian Vegan

Gyms & Fitness Studios

• Arlington Health & Fitness
• Black Crow Yoga
• Fitness First
• Fitness Together
• Gold’s Gym
• Graviton CrossFit
• Inspire Fitness Studio
• Lotus Yoga Studio
• Upbeat Cycle Studio
• Wonder Yoga

Coleman Group Tip

Hit-up family-owned Magic Bites Bakery for freshly made hummus, muhammara, and a variety of other Middle Eastern salads, side dishes, and baked goods. Make a picnic out of it and take in the great view of Boston's skyline from Robbins Farm Park.