The Villages of Newton

The Villages of Newton

Newton is often described as a patchwork of charming communities, each with its own distinct personality and flair. From leafy lanes to bustling village centers, every neighborhood in Newton offers a paradise for residents. Whether you're drawn to tranquil spaces or prefer the hum of vibrant local spots, there's a place in Newton that'll feel like home. Here's a look at some of the finest neighborhoods that this delightful city has to offer.

Newton Corner

Newton Corner is a gem of a community that has it all. Imagine tree-lined streets, local cafes where everyone knows your name, and parks that beckon for an afternoon of leisure. Residing here, you'll get the feel of a tight-knit community, where neighbors wave at each other from their gardens and children play joyfully in shared spaces. This October 2023, the newly restored 150-year-old bell tower of Grace Episcopal Church on Eldredge Street rang brilliantly with its melodious chimes. Newton Corner is a commuter’s dream; it is about a 15-minute drive to downtown Boston and offers easy access to the MBTA Express buses for a direct commute to and from the bustling city.

Oak Hill

Step into Oak Hill and feel a palpable sense of serenity. It's a place where each house tells a story of generations, and the whisper of trees carries tales of the past. In Oak Hill, picnics in the park are a regular weekend treat, and the local pizza joint makes takeout easy and convenient. Oak Hill is near Chestnut Hill shopping areas for groceries, world-class fitness centers, movies at the SuperLux, and the Chestnut Hill Mall. Oak Hill is home to several of Newton’s middle schools and the esteemed Newton South High School campus. As seasons change, the community comes together for festive gatherings, making every holiday a memorable one.

Newton Highlands

Newton Highlands is where charm meets convenience. At its heart is a bustling village center, replete with artisanal stores, the T, gourmet restaurants, and cozy coffee spots perfect for whiling away a few hours. Yet, just a few streets away, the pace slows, and one can find serene sites perfect for reflecting or simply soaking in the beauty of the surroundings. The neighborhood boasts community events that unite young and old, creating a tapestry of shared experiences. On Tuesdays in summer and early Fall, enjoy fresh choice vegetables and artisanal food offerings at the Farmer’s Market at Cold Spring Park.

West Newton

West Newton feels like the kind of place where life's best moments happen. Picture families gathering for community events, lovers stealing glances over cafe tables, and the old cinema that still plays classics on weekends. Here, the air is filled with laughter and nostalgia, making every day feel like a scene from a beloved movie. With its convenient access to the MBTA Commuter Rail, a multitude of restaurants and shops, community gardens, and weekend art shows, West Newton offers both solace and excitement.

Newton Centre

Newton Centre is the heartbeat of Newton, pulsating with energy and warmth. Its green commons are frequented by musicians, artists, and children chasing after floating soap bubbles. Newton Centre boasts many excellent restaurants, plenty of parking, and is a major stop on the MBTA D line, with access to the Longwood area, Fenway, and downtown Boston. The stores here range from vintage boutiques to contemporary brands, ensuring there's something for everyone. The local Newton Free Library, with its community programs for kids, vast selection, and famed Library of Things, transports residents to tales of far-off lands and grand adventures. As dusk falls, the streets light up with the glow of lanterns, setting the stage for enchanting evening walks. Every corner of Newton Centre is an invitation to discover, celebrate, and love.


Stepping into Newtonville is like embracing an old friend. The timeless architecture, the aroma of fresh bread from corner bakeries, and cozy sidewalk benches make it a place of comfort and nostalgia. Fantastic local restaurants and shops dot every street corner, and Newtonville is a major stop on the MBTA Commuter Rail to downtown Boston. Newtonville is home to the glittering and highly-rated campus of Newton North High School. In Newtonville, every path leads to a cherished memory, making it an area where every resident feels deeply rooted and connected. It's the kind of place where bicycle rides become beloved traditions, and the golden hours are spent on front porches, watching the world go by.


Auburndale has an irresistible allure that's both soothing and invigorating. With its serene lakeside spots and vibrant community spaces, it's a neighborhood that sings a harmonious blend of relaxation and recreation. Imagine strolls by the water's edge as the sun paints the sky in hues of amber and the local cafe's warmth as you sip a cup of cocoa on a chilly evening. Streets are often filled with the sweet scent of barbecues on weekends while children fly kites, letting their dreams soar high in the Auburndale skies.


Nonantum combines the beauty of New England’s natural landscapes with a warm sense of community (especially on Nonantum Village Day). The charming village adjoins the Charles River before the latter’s terminus in Boston Harbor. Nonantum boasts historic homes near ample green spaces, offering a picturesque retreat from city life. Residents enjoy a tranquil lifestyle while benefiting from convenient access to the cultural attractions and amenities of neighboring Boston. Nonantum Village offers a bountiful selection of local restaurants, shops, and small businesses like hardware stores, bakeries, fish markets, and pastry shops. Whether you're drawn to its quaint streets, the rich history that permeates the area, or the idyllic views of the Charles River, Nonantum captures the essence of classic New England living.


Located just west of Boston, Waban is a charming and idyllic community with much to offer prospective homebuyers. Tree-lined streets, beautiful parks, and well-maintained homes characterize the neighborhood. You can find charming Colonial and Victorian houses with intricate details, grand facades, and carefully landscaped yards. Waban’s village center is always nearby, offering convenient access to local restaurants, cafes, and shops. The Windsor Club offers tennis, swimming, a ballroom and activity center to members.

Newton Upper Falls

Those seeking a postcard-worthy retreat will be impressed by Newton Upper Falls. Spreading east from the banks of the Charles River, this historic neighborhood combines a serene residential atmosphere with a rich history and proximity to various attractions. Its residential streets feature mature trees and homes with standout architectural features. Newton Upper Falls also contains Hemlock Gorge Reservation (a riverside area with hiking trails and picnic areas) and Echo Bridge, which crosses the Charles. Locals find the outdoor beauty, historic charm, and convenience to Boston to be a rejuvenating mixture in Newton Upper Falls.

Newton Lower Falls

Newton Lower Falls is subtly different from its sister neighborhood, Newton Upper Falls. Both border the Charles River, with Newton Lower Falls about three miles north of Newton Upper Falls. Lower Falls is known for its historic mill complex, which has been converted into businesses and residential spaces. In general, Lower Falls is considered more developed commercially (whereas Upper Falls has a more residential character). The lifestyle in Newton Lower Falls is characterized by a blend of historical heritage, natural beauty, and community spirit, making it an attractive place to call home.

Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill is the epitome of grace and sophistication. The regal trees, the pristine landscapes, and the elegant homes all tell tales of a neighborhood steeped in grandeur. The shops and restaurants at Chestnut Hill Mall, The Street at Chestnut Hill, and Chestnut Hill Square offer unparalleled convenience. A wide array of medical providers in Chestnut Hill provide world-class care, and the Chestnut Hill stop on the D Line makes convenient access to the Longwood area, Fenway, and downtown Boston. Yet, at its heart, Chestnut Hill remains warm and welcoming, where every doorstep invites you in and every face feels familiar. Sunday brunches here are an event with residents coming together to share stories and revel in shared experiences.

Each of these neighborhoods, with its unique charm and allure, adds to the rich tapestry that is Newton. The winding lanes, the shared stories, the collective laughter, and the community spirit make Newton more than just a place on a map. It's a symphony of experiences, a collection of heartbeats, and, most importantly, a place many proudly call home. So, whenever you're in Newton, let your heart guide you, for it'll lead you to moments and places that stay with you long after you've moved on.

About Brenda van der Merwe

For over two decades, Brenda van der Merwe has lovingly nurtured relationships while skillfully navigating the Boston real estate market, assisting everyone from first-time buyers to Google executives and even Boston Red Sox members, primarily focusing on areas like Newton and Brookline but extending her expertise across numerous Boston communities; her rich tapestry of experiences also includes being a seasoned landlord for over 20 years. If you're looking to buy or sell a home or have any questions about Newton's real estate market, contact Brenda van der Merwe today.

*Header photo courtesy of the Cultural Landscape Foundation


Experience excellence in real estate with Brenda, a top-producing broker in Boston. Benefit from her 19 years of expertise, strong negotiation skills, and cutting-edge marketing strategies. Trust Brenda for a successful and satisfying real estate journey.

Follow Me on Instagram