Medford Real Estate Medford real estate is in a young, urban setting in Middlesex County. It is the fourth oldest English settlement in America, and it’s just 20 minutes from downtown Boston.
Medford is a fantastic commuting neighborhood; it is just 3.2 miles outside of Boston.
Numerous Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority bus lines go through Medford—specifically, the 80, 94, 95, 96, 99, 100, 101, 108, and 134 bus routes provide local service and direct connections to nearby areas in Arlington, Somerville, Cambridge, Malden, Charlestown, Winchester, and Woburn, while the 325 and 326 routes provide express service to downtown Boston and the 710 route is contracted to another carrier.
The 90, 97, 106, 110, and 112 bus routes additionally terminate at Wellington station with at most one other stop in Medford, providing a direct connection between Medford and nearby areas in Somerville, Everett, Malden, Revere, Chelsea, East Boston, and Melrose.
On Medford’s east side, Wellington station on the Orange Line provides a connection to Boston and the entire rapid transit system. On the west side, the Lowell Commuter Rail Line stops in West Medford Square. Interstate 93 travels roughly north–south through the city. State routes passing through Medford include 16, 28, 38, and 60.
A PLACE TO LEARN
Medford is home to Tufts University, a private research university founded by Christian Universalists in 1852. Medford High Schools ranks a 7 on the 1-10 GreatSchools rating scale. Other public schools in town all also rank a 4 or a 5. There are also private and religious-affiliated schools in the town.
A PLACE TO GROW
Medford is a place for young professionals who commute to the city for work and for families alike. There are a wide variety of single-family homes, multi-family homes, and condominiums. Boston Magazine named Medford as a great location for first-time homebuyers in 2013 when the median home price was $355,000. Though it may still be a good place to buy your first home, prices have increased since then, though Boston Magazine notes the tax rates are low for the state.
A PLACE TO CONNECT
The Peter Tufts House (350 Riverside Ave.) is thought to be the oldest all-brick building in New England. Another important site is the “Slave Wall” on Grove Street, built by “Pomp,” a slave owned by the prominent Brooks family. The Isaac Royall House, which once belonged to one of Harvard Law School’s founders, Isaac Royall, Jr., is a National Historic Landmark and a local history museum. The house was used by Continental Army troops, including George Washington and John Stark, during the American Revolutionary War.
A PLACE TO EXPLORE
There are more than 24 public parks along with other recreational spaces in Medford, taking up in total over 118 acres of land, including baseball fields, swimming pools, basketball courts, playgrounds and soccer fields. In the summer months, you can swim, grill, and fish at Medford’s Wright Pond. You can also hike up to Wright’s Tower to see a structure built in 1937 and to look at sweeping views of the Boston skyline. The Condon Shell is a live music venue right along the river and is also where the Mystic River Celebration is held each year. You can also walk along the Mystic River State Reservation and Mystic River Watershed, where you can boat and canoe.
Medford has many high-quality food options spanning across a variety of genres. One of the top-rated places in town is Tenoch Mexican (which also has a food truck), which serves up amazing tortas. There are also plenty of cheap eats and late night options the college students enjoy.