MelroseWakefield Hospital

Life in Melrose, MA

Get to know Melrose

With its quaint downtown, tree-lined streets and many small businesses, the family-friendly community of Melrose is consistently recognized as one of the top places to live in Massachusetts. The close-knit suburb has great public schools, tranquil natural areas and modern recreational facilities. Residents will find local events year-round, from the annual Melrose Arts Festival to the weekly farmers' market. In addition, the 2,200-acre Middlesex Fells Reservation is mere blocks from downtown, providing ample opportunities for hiking and boating.

Melrose, now and then

​​​​​​​Founded in 1628, Melrose was first known as Ponde Fielde, thanks to its many ponds and streams. It soon blossomed into a vibrant community, and today, many of the first citizens' houses still stand. Now, the area is known for its many stately Victorian homes. In fact, more than 40% of the houses in Melrose were built before 1900. In 1988, the downtown was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Getting around Melrose

Whether you walk, bike, drive, or take public transit, it’s easy to get around Melrose. Melrose is seven miles from Boston, which takes just 20 minutes on the T, Boston’s subway system. Additionally, you can be at Boston Logan International Airport, with service to 135 destinations, in less than 30 minutes, and Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in under an hour.

Just around the corner

​​​​​​​MelroseWakefield Hospital sits across the street from picturesque Ell Pond, with a walking path and dog park. You can stroll from the hospital to downtown’s charming Main Street, where you can grab a coffee, run errands or get some retail therapy at the many local restaurants and boutiques. Conveniently located just outside of historic Boston, you can easily drive to the coast, mountains or New England’s many beautiful towns.

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