Will Arsenal Yards Finally Breathe Life into Watertown?
Updated: Mar 2, 2022
When I moved to Watertown from Jamaica Plain a little over 4 years ago, I went kicking and screaming. I did not want to leave the quiet convenience of a neighborhood just 3-5 MBTA stops away from the heart of the city, all while having the space and greenery of the suburbs. But Watertown has been nothing but a pleasant surprise to me. Which is why I often wonder: why is the town such an undiscovered gem?
At exactly 7 miles from Watertown Yard to Copley Place, it seems impossibly far from the city for any daily commuter, but with an express bus that runs consistently throughout the day at just a 16 minute trip point-to-point, living in Watertown is arguably much more convenient than living anywhere past Kenmore Square on the Green Line. And you're getting that convenience at a fraction of the price for renting in Boston. You've got buses that run to Harvard Square, Central Square, Needham, Newton, Waltham, and Boston--you can get most places within 30 minutes and you get way more "bang for your buck". But places like East Boston, and Brighton have seen much more attention from renters.
With more details coming out about the Arsenal Yards project in Watertown, and the addition of bus lanes, and bike paths, we may finally see this begin to shift. Housing stock is still healthy and affordable and will only continue to diversify over they next few years, and hopefully more restaurants and bars will come into the area.
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