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Overview of Braintree

Braintree, Mass., is a suburban community located about 10 miles south of Boston. Ideally situated where Interstate 93 and Route 3 meet, residents of the area have easy access to the greater Boston area and Logan International Airport. Braintree is also in close proximity to Cape Cod. Spanning roughly 14.5 square miles, Braintree is 11 miles north of Brockton and 220 miles from New York City. Residents of the quaint city enjoy the diverse mixture of historical homes and modern developments.

The town is home to an excellent public school system, many fine parks, recreation programs and an 18-hole public golf course. Pond Meadow Park, Sunset Lake, Smith Beach and Cranberry Pond Conservation District are several of the recreational resources in the community that residents enjoy all year round. Braintree apartments for rent are perfect for families or individuals that enjoy a leisurely lifestyle. According to Best Places, more than 36,100 call Braintree home.

Living in Braintree, MA

Founded on the land that was originally colonized by Captain Wollaston in 1625, the area was then known as Mount Wollaston. The region was later renamed as Merry Mount under rule of Thomas Morton. By 1640, the area was resettled and incorporated as the town of Braintree, named after the English town with the same name.

Many significant figures in history have made their mark in Braintree. The town is the birthplace of two presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams. John Hancock and General Sylvanus Thayer were also born in the region. Thomas Watson, the co-inventor of the telephone retired to Braintree, and the town is also the site of the infamous 1920 murders of Sacco and Vanzetti.

Today, the vast history of Braintree can be visited to this day. The South Braintree Town Center walking path winds through unique architecture and historical landmarks in south Braintree. The East Braintree Waterfront offers visitors breathtaking views of the Weymouth Fore River along the coast.

Braintree Work and Study

In Braintree, residents enjoy the diverse job market that spans healthcare, education and retail. Some of the top employers include the Braintree Rehabilitation Hospital, Haemonetics Corporation, Hospice of the South Shore, Archdiocese of Boston and Nordstrom.

Students living in rentals in Braintree have plenty of opportunities for a post-secondary education in and around the community. Eastern Nazarene College, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Emerson College, Boston Architectural College and Bunker Hill Community College are all located just a short drive away.

Rentals in Braintree, MA and Cost of Living

The rich historical significance and high-quality lifestyle in Braintree translates directly to the cost of living in the town. According to Best Places, the overall cost of living is 44 points higher than the national average, food is 17 points higher and utilities are 31 points higher. Similarly, the average cost of rentals in Braintree is fairly high as well. According to statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau, the median gross rent is $1,113.

Braintree Attractions and Special Events

Residents of Braintree aren't far away from the action of some of Massachusetts' most beloved communities. This makes it easy for residents to venture a short distance for events like the Boston Wine Festival, New England Spring Flower Show, Art in Bloom, Strawberry Dessert Festival, Chowderfest and many more. World-renowned events like the Boston Marathon and the Boston Film Festival are often visited by residents of Braintree.

One of the most historically significant attractions, the Bunker Hill Monument, is nearby as well. Families and history buffs in Braintree enjoy having such prominent attractions that symbolize the history of America nearby.

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