Newton Centre, known widely for the Boston Marathon on Commonwealth Avenue, is the largest of Newton’s thirteen villages. It’s accessible on the T green line of MBTA and is home to Newton City Hall, Crystal Lake, upscale shopping and several internationally known universities like Boston College Law campus, Hebrew College and Most Ida College including local Mason Rice elementary and Montessori schools.
The oldest homes in the district are on Pleasant Street and dates to the 1850s. The area is known for well-preserved Carpenter Gothic houses, Queen Anne Victorians mixed with newer built homes. Newton Centre playground’s famous design is in part by of Central Park and Boston’s Emerald necklace fame. The area boasts a mix of casual and formal eateries and restaurants, Sandwich works, Sweet tomatoes, JP Licks, Little Big Diner, Johnny’s Luncheonette, Comedor, Farmstead Table, Tartuffo, Sycamore and Central.