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As part of the Greater Boston area, the desirable town of Watertown lies adjacent to Boston and Cambridge. Its six neighborhoods provide diverse housing stock, good public schools and a fun local culture to those who choose to make their home in Watertown.

The neighborhood of West End embodies this faceted nature like none other. Even relative to the rest of Watertown, residents pay a little extra to live here, where safe streets and pleasant green spaces meet a thriving, artsy culture and a fun nightlife.

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Rent Trends

As of August 2017, the average apartment rent in Watertown, MA is $1,936 for a studio, $2,416 for one bedroom, $2,832 for two bedrooms, and $3,954 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Watertown has increased by 2.4% in the past year.

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Avg Sq Ft
Avg Rent
Studio
598
$1,936
1 BR
870
$2,416
2 BR
1,131
$2,832
3 BR
1,575
$3,954
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Avg Sq Ft
Avg Rent

Ratings

73 Walk Score® Very Walkable
39 Transit Score® Some Transit
0 Bike Score® Somewhat Bikeable

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Restaurants

When it's time to eat, take your pick of restaurants scattered along Main Street and clustered near the southeast corner of West End. A mix of traditional and ethnic restaurants and cafes guarantee to meet the eating requirements of every diner.

Start your morning off right with coffee and an intimate homemade meal at Spot Cafe. Order the Natalia or the omelette sandwich at this area favorite for breakfast and brunch. In your busy lunch hour, grab the best sub in the area at Mimi's Roast Beef and Seafood, where sandwiches made with the finest roast meat and freshest seafood around supplant the simple take-out/delivery atmosphere. Start with the popular Haddock sub, and don't forget to add the onion rings to your order.

In the evening, feed your Asian cravings at Asiana Fusion. Try the chicken fantasy appetizer, or delight in the delicate tofu options if you eat vegetarian. Take your food to go, or dine in on a weekend to shoot a game of pool and enjoy the regular live music.

For a night of fun, play a round of keno at Fit Z's Bar and Grille, also located on Main Street, or get a little tasty food and a few cold beers in the warm and cheerful atmosphere at Raider Tavern. A mile away, sing your heart out at Tommy Doyle's karaoke, find the courage to read your poem at the regular open mic, or stretch your memory on trivia night. Come back to jam with one of the live bands Tommy Doyle's regularly hosts during the week.

History

As one of the first Massachusetts Bay settlements, Watertown has a rich recorded history stretching back to the early 1600s. In an effort to share this history with the modern public, Watertown preserves many of its historical houses and opens them for public tours, including the Browne House in West End.

Nearby in downtown Watertown, make an appointment to visit the Edmund Fowle House, currently owned by the Watertown Historical Society. In the 1700s, this house provided a regular meeting place for rebellious revolutionaries and committee members, including George Washington and Benjamin Franklin.

Watertown's popular Arsenal Center for the Arts acts as a multidisciplinary hub of creative and participatory artistry in the community. Catch a play by the respected New Repertory Theater, check out a show by nationally recognized bands, or stop by Text and Context, a free series for writers happening every Monday night.

Transportation

Though quiet neighborhoods line much of West End, a significant number of streets packed with shops, bars and restaurants provide plenty of reason to put your walking shoes on. Stroll along Main Street in the south or Belmont Street in the north.

Major bicycle-friendly roadways in West End include Waltham Street and California Street. An increased local interest in biking gave way to the formation of the Watertown Biking and Pedestrian Committee in 1995. Free and open to the public, the committee meets every month, and works on improving the biking and pedestrian alternatives for commuting and recreation in Watertown. For example, their Community Path project connects much of Watertown via a paved, protected bike path that runs alongside major roadways.

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) serves Watertown and connects the town to the surrounding cities via a network of bus routes. Particularly in West End, Route 70 runs every 15 minutes with frequent stops along Main Street.

Instead of waiting to hail a cab, register for the membership-based taxi service Uber. Enjoy fast, safe rides anytime and anywhere throughout the Boston area, including all of Watertown. Simply order, and pay from the convenience of your smartphone.

When you're driving your own four wheels, enjoy proximity to Highway 20, which runs straight through Watertown, and Interstate 90, which brushes the edge of the neighborhood. Be aware of Watertown's citywide 2-hour parking limit from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., as well as a strict on-street parking ban from 1 a.m. to 6 a.m., enforced from November through April. Enjoy several useful parking garages located in downtown Watertown.

Cost

Residents of West End enjoy access to metropolitan, commercial, residential and social communities, while coming home at the end of the day to quiet, pretty neighborhoods. This well-rounded experience comes with a price, so get ready for a cost of living 3 percent higher than Watertown's average cost of living, and a whopping 24 percent higher than the Boston metro area average. Rent a one-bedroom residence in West End for an average of $1,970.19.

Ride to the city center for $2.10 via regular public transportation, or purchase a Charlie Card to pay just $1.60 per ride. A beer at a local pub costs about $5, while local gas prices hover 9 percent higher than the national average.

Parks

Although a densely populated town, Watertown provides its residents with a variety of green spaces by way of parks, riverbanks and cemeteries.

Explore the wilderness in the wooded areas of Whitney Hill Park, and shoot some hoops or swing a baseball bat on the diamond at Lowell Playground. Take your kids to Moxley Park, and play some tennis on one of the several courts. From there, bike the mile trail that constitutes Watertown Linear Park and connects Moxley to Saltonstall Park. Saltonstall hosts many free community events each year, including Faire on the Square, an outdoor summer concert series, Memorial Day festivities and a 9/11 remembrance.

Don't forget to bring your four legged friends to How Park in the south to enjoy the huge open area of an off-leash dog park.

Shopping

Spend a day exploring every corner of West End to learn your way around the network of eclectic shops and businesses in this neighborhood.

Whether a die-hard fan or just probing your curiosity, let the warm and respectful owner at The Comic Stop welcome you with candy and drinks while you look around. Freely ask any questions that pop into your head.

Put a smile on someone's face when you pick up a flower or a thoughtfully crafted bouquet from Watertown Florist, or assemble a stylish and affordable outfit at Zia Clothing Outlet in the northeast corner of town.

Neighborhood grocery stores include Stop and Shop, the gourmet grocery store Russo's and the family-run butcher shop, Meat Spot. A couple miles from West End, the Watertown Farmers Market also runs every Thursday from June through October.

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Whitney Towers
275 Main St, Watertown, MA 02472
1 / 20
2 wks
$2,300 1-2 Bed Available 09/01/17
844-885-6747
Watertown Mews
1 Repton Pl, Watertown, MA 02472
1 / 27
2 hrs
$1,903 - 6,118 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
877-388-3950
Currents on Charles
36 River St, Waltham, MA 02453
1 / 7
2 hrs
$2,031 - 5,133 Studio - 3 Bed Available Now
888-256-4509
Charlesbank Apartment Homes
120 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472
New
$1,979 - 6,300 Studio - 2 Bed Available 09/05/17
617-380-7828
Bell Watertown
100 Woodview Way, Watertown, MA 02472
2 hrs
$2,095 - 4,180 1-2 Bed Available Now
844-845-0671
Riverbend on the Charles
270 Pleasant St, Watertown, MA 02472
New
$2,013 - 4,154 Studio - 2 Bed Available Now
866-606-0243
Whitney Towers
1 hr
16 Cuba St
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,100 4 Bed Available 09/01/17
1 hr
18 Cuba St
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,100 4 Bed Available 09/01/17
New
81 Summer St
Watertown, MA 02472
$2,600 House for Rent Available 09/01/17
617-651-3760
1 hr
18 Cuba St
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,250 House for Rent Available 09/01/17
844-341-7288
2 hrs
19 Hardy Ave Unit 19
Watertown, MA 02472
$2,450 3 Bed Available 09/01/17
844-809-8980
2 hrs
81 Summer St Unit 2
Watertown, MA 02472
$2,800 Condo for Rent Available 09/01/17
3 hrs
66 Forest St
Watertown, MA 02472
$2,500 2 Bed Available 09/01/17
617-206-3989
3 hrs
6 Hudson St
Watertown, MA 02472
$2,400 3 Bed Available 09/01/17
844-322-2110
3 hrs
131 Summer St
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,000 3 Bed Available 09/01/17
844-562-9881
3 hrs
131 Summer St
Watertown, MA 02472
$2,850 2 Bed Available 09/01/17
844-216-6624
1 day
16 Whites Ave Unit 45
Watertown, MA 02472
$1,800 Studio Available Now
781-312-0016
1 day
16 Cuba St
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,100 Townhome for Rent Available 09/01/17
844-217-3330
1 day
31 Bacon St
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,000 Townhome for Rent Available Now
844-510-3800
1 day
18 Cuba St
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,100 Townhome for Rent Available Now
617-600-7097
1 day
33 Bacon St Unit 2
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,000 3 Bed Available Now
781-399-4078
1 day
31 Bacon St Unit 22
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,000 3 Bed Available Now
781-399-4080
2 days
261 Orchard St
Watertown, MA 02472
$3,200 House for Rent Available 09/01/17
781-318-8574

Apartments for Rent in Watertown West End, Watertown, MA

As part of the Greater Boston area, the desirable town of Watertown lies adjacent to Boston and Cambridge. Its six neighborhoods provide diverse housing stock, good public schools and a fun local culture to those who choose to make their home in Watertown.

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