Welcome to Westwood
In a 2005 report, Westwood was ranked as the 13th best place to live in the United States by CNN and Money Magazine. With such an impressive accolade, it is no wonder that residents love living in this premier neighborhood. From luxurious homes to top-tier small businesses, Westwood is an incredible place for those who desire privacy, peace, and an oasis away from the city.
For those unfamiliar with the area, Westwood is located in Norfolk County and was first incorporated in 1897. It is a suburb that is roughly 25 miles outside of the city center of Boston. Its primary allure is its outstanding schools, its large, elegant homes, and its secluded feel.
Westwood offers a large number of homes with 4+ rooms and sizable square footage. The exteriors and interiors of homes in this area can only be described as breathtaking. For those searching for a gorgeous dream home, this neighborhood should be a top place to consider. According to the latest data, the median home value in this area is just over $703,000.
What to Love
- Named as one of the best places to live in the United States
- Cat Rock and Twin Pine Hill provide hiking at higher elevations
- An undisturbed, private feel with plenty of local restaurants and shopping
People & Lifestyle
Westwood is a suburban neighborhood, with homes and businesses that are well-spaced. Aside from the select areas with retail and dining, there is nothing that feels dense or heavily populated about this community. The overall vibe is quiet, peaceful, low-key, and community-oriented. It is a great spot for those who desire an extra layer of privacy.
Among the population of just over 16,000, the majority of area residents are families and retirees. Those who have children will especially enjoy the highly-rated public schools for all grade levels and the spacious homes that are available throughout Westwood.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
While not booming with tons of restaurants and retail establishments, the businesses located in Westwood are of the highest quality. There truly is no bad choice when it comes to shopping or dining in the neighborhood.
Something particularly unique about Westwood is its high number of floral shops. Have all of your floral needs met by local establishments such as Paula’s Blooming Hope
, Debra Kraft Floral Design
, Westwood Gardens Flower Shop
, and Boathouse Blooms
. You can also easily run your daily errands along University Ave at popular shopping destinations such as Target, Nordstrom Rack, Wegmans Wine and Beer, and Homesense.
From breakfast to dinner, Westwood features many exceptional restaurants. Local favorites include Bubbling Brook Restaurant
(which opened in 1951), BiBi Cafe and Bakery
, Westwood Pizza
, Chiara Bistro
, Not Your Average Joe’s
, Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza
, and The Toast Office
Things to Do
Keeping consistent with its overall feel, the annual and daily activities available in Westwood are simple and community-oriented. Instead of hosting flashy, high-energy festivals and events, this neighborhood is centered on meaningful activities scheduled throughout the year.
To get in the holiday spirit, residents love making a stop at Town Hall to see the beautiful holiday lights display. Other favorite activities include the always popular Westwood Day, as well as the Westwood Farmers Market (during the spring and summer months).
Get outside by hiking one of two peaks in the area — Cat Rock (which offers the 5.1 mile Cat Rock Loop) and Twin Pine Hill (featuring a 4.1-mile loop). Residents young and old can sign up for activities such as tennis, swimming, and adult and youth sports leagues with the Westwood Recreation Department
Westwood is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: