Which Arlington Neighborhood Are You?

East Arlington
East Arlington

Are you Prius or Ford F150? The BSO or Paradise?  Jimmy Buffet or Jay-Z? There are plenty of ways to express your personality, and where you live can be one of them. Arlington has no shortage of neighborhoods that reflect the diversity of people that live here. They say birds of a feather flock together – which Arlington neighborhood best reflects your flock, so to speak?

East Arlington

  • I just moved from a small/expensive apartment in Cambridge/Somerville/Boston. I need a bit more space, but I’m not ready for ‘suburbia.’

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, Quebrada Baking, Flora, Capitol Theater and many more.

Additional resources include East Arlington Livable Streets and Capitol Square.

Schools Districts include: Thompson, Hardy

Arlington Heights

  • We’re looking to raise a family in a good school district outside Boston. We need something we can afford but still want a reasonable commute into Boston.

Arlington Heights runs along either side of Mass. Ave. 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. Good schools, space, and some more affordable housing options than the surrounding towns of Belmont, Lexington and Winchester make this a popular place to enter the Arlington market. Great shops and restaurants (The Meat House, Jimmy’s Steer House, Balich 5 &10, and many more) still give that ‘I’m not quite in suburbia yet’ feel.

School Districts Include: Pierce, Dallin, Brackett


  • We need some space. The family is growing and it’s time to move-up and out of our starter home.

Morningside homes are characterized by bigger plots of land, and it is known as one of the more affluent neighborhoods. You might sacrifice some walkability for peace and quiet, yet you are never far from all the Arlington and the surrounding communities have to offer. 

School Districts Include: Stratton, Bishop

Jason Heights

  • We love grand homes, leafy streets and lots of parks to take the dog for a walk.

When you think of Arlington, you might think of Jason Heights with its classic Victorian homes. Many of those homes also have Boston views, and are in proximity to Menotomy Rocks Park, 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 a vibrant neighborhood enjoy the contrasts of Jason Heights.

School Districts include: Brackett, Bishop

This is just a sampling of some of the great neighborhoods in Arlington. Is there an Arlington neighborhood that best represents you?

Steve McKenna, www.yourhomeforsale.com

*image via: Wikimedia Commons

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robbinsfarm March 07, 2014 at 12:00 PM
I like " Skyline Park" or " Capitol Square" !! good to see the newer people <non-townies> are trying to change names of places in town !! Good grief !!
A-Townie March 08, 2014 at 11:45 AM
And you call yourself robbinsfarm? :) I can't tell if you're for it or against it but it will always be "the farm."
I dislike bloggers March 08, 2014 at 02:14 PM
Where in the world is " Capital Sq. " ? Pretty soon all these commuters into Cambridge and Boston are going to have their nice and easy commute extended thanks to the Mass Ave project . Thank God I am retired
robbinsfarm March 09, 2014 at 09:51 AM
ummm that would be 100% against it !!


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