Newton Highlands is one of 13 villages within the city of Newton, Massachusetts.
Subway access to the Newton Highlands T stop (Green D line) is at the intersection of Lincoln Street and Walnut Street. Keep in mind that during winter months there are frequent service interruptions due to snow and debris removal from the tracks. Also, keep in mind that the green line runs above ground and may experience delays in certain areas due to automotive traffic.
The Eliot stop is located just north of Route 9 between the Newton Highlands and Newton Upper Falls villages at 248 Lincoln Street.
Families living in Newton Highlands benefit from top-rated public schools, including Zervas, Mason Rice, Oak Hill, and Newton North and South High Schools. If you are new to the area or have kids entering school, you can find your district and learn more about each school via the Newton Public Schools website or visit our Newton and schools forums to discuss your questions with the Motherly.Life community.
Be sure to check into after school care as soon as you know your family will need it. Check these websites for more information about Angier After School Program, Countryside Children’s Center, Mason-Rice Afterschool Program, and Zervas After School Program (ZASP).
Zervas Elementary School
Young residents can enjoy the local playgrounds, many of which have been recently renovated:
- Hyde Playground has a small baseball field and a playground structure that was upgraded in 2018. The playground is located adjacent to the Hyde Community Center, which hosts various events throughout the year, including an annual Newton Taiwan day as well as a summertime music and movies series.
- Newton Highlands Playground, named Joseph Lee Playground and renovated in 2017, offers nearly 13 acres of multi-use recreation, including a preschool play area, soccer fields, regulation baseball field, basketball courts, lighted soccer and football fields, and two tennis courts. Parking is available at the corner of Upland Ave and Dedham Street (off Winchester Street).
- Richardson Playground is a neighborhood park with a small playground (soon to be renovated), baseball field and lawn areas. On street parking is available on both Allen Avenue and Beethoven Avenue.
Newton Highlands Playground
There are also multiple outdoor spaces for walking, biking, or swimming:
- Cold Spring Park, an approximately 60 acre public park located on Beacon Street has a large green field, three tennis courts, soccer field, walking/jogging trails, and a Farmers’ market every Tuesday from June to October. There is a parking lot at the entrance off Beacon Street.
- Crystal Lake has a small beach for summer swimming supervised by life guards. There are indoor changing areas and restrooms. The lake is located near the Newton Highlands MBTA stop.
- Cochituate and Sudbury Aqueduct is a 7 mile circuit connecting Waban to Chestnut Hill
Walking trails in Cold Spring Park
Families living in Newton Highlands have a variety of restaurants for dining, most of which are located on Lincoln Street, near the T stop. In addition to the restaurants listed below, there are also many nail and hair salons in the area.
- Anna’s Taqueria – Counter-served Mexican fare (27 Lincoln St., Newton, MA)
- Buttonwood – Neighborhood restaurant serving American cuisine in a comfortable setting (51 Lincoln St., Newton, MA – Google Reviews)
- Stacks Espresso Bar – Coffee drinks and locally baked treats (1169 Walnut St., Newton, MA at the corner of Lincoln St. and Walnut St.)
- Grape Leaf – Mediterranean grille (6 Lincoln St., Newton, MA)
- Indulge! – Candy store (16 Lincoln St., Newton, MA)
- Newton Pizza House – Greek style pizza, subs, salads (57 Lincoln St., Newton, MA)
- O’Hara’s Food & Spirits – Irish pub grub, pizza, pints (1185 Walnut St., Newton, MA)
- Otake Sushi Bistro – Sushi restaurant (15 Lincoln St., Newton, MA)
- Walnut Grille – Vegetarian and vegan dishes (1203 Walnut St., Newton, MA)
Needham Street in Newton Highlands offers numerous other restaurants, shops and other services.
- Farm Grill and Rotisserie – Counter-served Greek fare (40 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- The Bagel Place – (300 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Multiple quick serve restaurants, including B. Good, Chipotle, Dunkin’, Five Guys, McDonald’s, Papa Gino’s
Other establishments on Needham Street include:
- Big Picture Framing (60 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Boston Ballet (153 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Boston Ski & Tennis (153 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- China Fair, offering discount housewares and party supplies (70 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- HomeGoods, fashionable household items, including rugs, furniture, pet goods, and kitchen essentials (210 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Lakeshore Learning Store, an educational supply store for teachers and parents (230 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Landry’s Bicycles (66 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Marshall’s (275 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Men’s Warehouse (215 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Michaels (201 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Modell’s Sporting Goods (188 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- National Lumber (15 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- PetSmart (215 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Relax The Back (55 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- Sierra Trading Post, a discount department store offering clothing, outdoor gear, shoes and more (141 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- The Crimson Petal, an independently-owned shop offering distinctive floral arrangements (160 Needham St., Newton, MA)
- TJ Maxx (153 Needham St., Newton, MA)
Also review our Living in Newton post and visit the Newton community forum to ask questions and read suggestions and referrals from local parents.