495-North – Acton, MA

The 495 North neighborhood resides in the town of Acton of the Greater Boston region. The neighborhood blends small-town appeal with modern-day comforts. Deemed “The Best Place to Live” in 2009 and 2011 by Money Magazine, Acton lies close enough to the inner city to make it the perfect home base for anyone who needs quick access to downtown Boston for work or pleasure. Situated north-east of 495, the 495 North neighborhood provides locals with the opportunity to raise families in an area with a lower cost of living compared to that of Boston. The neighborhood sits right above Massachusetts Avenue where it crosses over Taylor Road. Residential areas and parks make up most of the community, which makes it even more desirable for parents and children.

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Restaurants & Nightlife

Coffeehouses, seafood, French cuisine and other such restaurants situate themselves around Massachusetts Avenue in the 495 North neighborhood, making it simple to find exactly what you want close to home. Family-friendly places and upscale dining establishments give you a wide range of options. Grab a cup of Joe at the Acton Coffee House. The bright space and ample seating allow for friends to gather for socializing over coffee, tea, baked goods and sweets. Locally grown, organic blends of coffee keep the locals coming in on a regular basis for a sweet, decently priced pick-me-up. Enjoy the abstract paintings and photographs on the walls as you sit and sip your seasonal latte. Only four of the cheese steak restaurants known as T.C. Lando’s exist, and one of those locations remains in the 495 North neighborhood on Main Street. T.C. Lando’s specializes in a blend of Mexican and American favorites. Order a T.C.’s Special pizza or one of the famous cheese steaks. Le Lyonnais located on Great Road serves French cuisine in the comfort of an actual home. Comprised of four dining rooms spread throughout the home of Gerard and Joan Labrosse, this restaurant makes you feel as though you’re walking into your grandmother’s house for dinner. Many locals come here to get an amazing French meal in a quiet and elegant atmosphere. From escargots to crepes, this restaurant's menu features the best of French cuisine. Nightlife in the 495 North neighborhood tends to be rather quiet. Head over to Great Road just east of the community to find several local bars and restaurants. Tailgaters Grille features a great menu, but acts more like a sports bar where everyone knows your name. This fun and friendly atmosphere make for a great place to grab a beer at the end of the day.

History & Culture

The area now known as Acton was first used by Native Americans to access the nearby rivers for transportation, and they also used the fertile fields situated in the area for their seasonal crops. Evidence shows that these Native American settlements date back almost 7,000 years. In 1639, European settlers began making their homes in Acton and using the fields for grazing. As hostilities grew between the settlers and the British, this area stood at the forefront of the fight for independence. The town later played a huge role in the Battle of Lexington and Concord in 1775. Acton has since become a suburban area where young professionals come to live and families come to grow. Acton often gathers residents for annual events and other activities in the town’s center, where they enjoy ice skating, live music, movie nights and much more. The neighborhood really captures the small-town feel that many who need to reside near Boston look for. Acton residents take great pride in their heritage and feel gathering with their close-knit community provides a sense of solidarity and purpose. Several museums such as Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House, also the home where “Little Women” was written, sits right outside the neighborhood, giving residents bragging rights over having this little piece of history so close to home.


Getting around the neighborhood by private vehicle tends to be the most common form of transportation due to close proximity with 495 and other major routes. Take the Concord Turnpike to reach Boston in about 35 minutes. If you need other options besides a private vehicle, Uber serves the entire Greater Boston area and costs around $35 for a ride. Access free public parking around the Nara Park area as well as throughout the area neighborhoods. Safe streets in excellent residential areas mean that walking and biking make excellent alternative transportation options for small errands around the neighborhood.


The cost of living in the 495 North neighborhood remains less than that of Boston. The average rental rate for a one-bedroom apartment costs about $1,308 a month compared to $2,000 for a one-bedroom apartment in Boston's city center. Getting to Boston costs around $35 to $40 for a cab ride. Grabbing a beer in 495 North costs around $3 a pint, and the gas prices stay steady at about 1.1 percent over the national average.


Specialty shops and thrift stores make up most of the neighborhood's shopping centers. Great Road provides many of these shops as well as chain department stores. The Cornerstone Thrift Shop on Concord Road sells used clothing for all ages. Buttons and Bows on Great Road also sells used clothing solely for children. Many parents who go here for their children's needs love how spacious and organized the shop appears. For grocery shopping, stop in at Donelan's on Great Road as well as some others. For a more natural shopping experience, check out Idylwilde Farm on Central Street. Here, you can purchase fresh produce, bakery and dairy items. Often times, adults can enjoy beer and wine tasting at this farmer's market.


The natural settings surrounding the neighborhood consist mostly of conservation areas and parks. A local favorite, Nara Park puts on many events and live musical performances throughout the year. Many patronize the park for its beach and hiking trails. The park features something for all ages, accommodating every member of your family — and even your pets. Acton Arboretum in the town center provides family fun, go-kart racing, areas for pets and more. This beautiful space allows the neighborhood residents to conveniently walk to it without much exertion. A whole day can be spent walking around checking out the beauty of natural settings.
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