Welcome to Waban
Waban is a small village in Newton, Massachusetts. Some sources claim Waban was named after a member of the Massachuset tribe that was one of the first Christian converts. The Charles River runs along the western border, and residents enjoy easy access to highways and light rail systems.
Homes in Waban are in a variety of styles and sizes. You will find modern architecture down the road from a Tudor-style home. Most lots are medium to large size and are on tree-lined streets that wind through the neighborhood.
What to Love
- Easy commute to Boston
- Urban-suburban feel
- Architectural variety
- Thriving community
Waban is considered one of the best places to live in Massachusetts.There are many neighborhood events, organizations, and activities for residents. The village is primarily residential but includes a small commercial area with a few shops and restaurants. The small-town feel of Waban gives residents the ability to enjoy a slow-paced lifestyle while still having access to Boston and its entertainment options through the light rail line.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
In Waban, there are a few choices for dining and entertainment. Barry's Village Deli is an authentic New York-style deli that is a favorite among locals. They serve fantastic sandwiches, soups, and salads. In addition, they offer catering services, bulk deli items, and a freezer service where you can order pre-made frozen items, such as lasagna, Hawaiian chicken, matzo balls, or spinach knishes.
Residents also enjoy access to Starbucks in the neighborhood and a fantastic slice of pizza at Stone L'Oven Pizza. The neighborhood pizzeria is a local favorite that serves creative pizza options with fresh ingredients in a stone-fired brick oven. They also serve wings, salads, pasta, and wraps. Additionally, they have an extensive craft beer and wine menu.
Other dining options are found minutes from Waban. CK Shanghai, in Wellesley, provides an upscale experience with amazing Chinese food. The owner C.K. Sau grew up in Hong Kong and eventually made his way to Boston. Some of his specialties are crab rangoon, sliced fish fillet with wine sauce, or a sizzling eggplant pot. Additionally, they have a full bar and offer a dim sum brunch on the weekend.
Things to Do
Waban residents have a unique community lifestyle in small towns and villages.
The Waban Library Center is a community-run library that started in 2009 and is in a historic Tudor revival building. The library provides residents a place to meet and enjoy books. There are book clubs for teens and adults and story time for young children, toddlers, and babies.
If you live in Waban, you’ll want to check out the Windsor Club for its social atmosphere and sports facilities. It’s a non-for-profit organization sustained and operated by reasonable membership fees and member volunteers. The most prominent physical activities are swimming and tennis, which require separate fees. Once you belong to the Windsor Club, you also can take part in events like summer pizza parties, a trivia night, a chili cook-off, and annual whiskey tastings. The club, operational since 1916, also includes an activity center.
Waban residents’ civic pride also shines through the Waban Improvement Society. It’s another non-profit organization and longstanding feature of the Waban community, having opened in 1889. The Society runs the Waban Library Center, organizes Waban Village Day, landscapes the community; they also hold events like the Progressive Dinner, Waban Lights and Singalong, and the Newton Piano Summit. Members of the Society take pride in its lore, as is evident from their website’s encyclopedic history section.
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