Schools of Winchester, Massachusetts



Waterfield Sotheby's International Realty strives to be not only the best in Winchester Real Estate, but also the premier company for information on Winchecter. Winchester is a town with numberous amenities for its residents, but most importantly to some buyers is the school district. One of the many benefits of Winchester is the distinctive flavor and flair of the neighborhoods within the town. We put together a brief overview of the towns according to the elementary school distict they fall within. The information provided is to enable and help you make your personal choices based on your lifestyle, priorities and interest. Please note for the most up to date school district information please contact the school board or view on http://www.winchester.k12.ma.us/

Buyers continue to be attracted to Winchester for the same qualities that helped build its fine reputation in the late nineteenth century: proximity to Boston, beautiful homes and neighborhoods, and strong civic spirit.  With its top-rate school system, wide variety of fine homes, and vibrant town center, it offers today’s buyers a quality choice in terms of lifestyle and value.

 

Ambrose Elementary School

Everett Avenue

One of Winchester’s prime residential areas, Everett Avenue and its surrounding side streets contain excellent examples of turn-of-the-century architectural styles, including Tudor and Colonial Revival.  This neighborhood exhibits tremendous unity in terms of scale, diversity and style.  Several of Boston’s most prominent architects designed stately homes here, some with water views of the Mystic Lakes, which through the years have attracted equally prominent business and professional people, such as Governor John Volpe.  Today’s residents enjoy the shady, winding streets and meticulous landscaping.

Nearby amenities include:  Upper Mystic Lake, the Wedgemere commuter rail station, Winchester Boat Club (private), Winchester Country Club (private).

 Myopia Hill

The area known as “Myopia Hill” is found in the hills just west of Cambridge Street, overlooking upper Mystic Lake, close to the Arlington border.  Its name harkens back to the late 1800’s when it was the home of the Myopia Hunt Club (named in jest for its near-sighted founders), now located in Hamilton, MA. 

 This part of town was not systematically developed like other parts of Winchester.  Around 1900, individual citizens began to build grand homes on the wooded, sloping land that afforded lush, private settings for beautiful Federal, Colonial, and Tudor style homes.  Early residents included Governor Samuel McCall and William F. Schrafft, candy company founder, whose impressive homes still stand.  Large Capes and Contemporaries came later when substantial lots were sub-divided.  Residents continue to enjoy the privacy provided by the generous lots as well as the beautiful setting.

 Nearby amenities:  Upper Mystic Lake, proximity to Arlington Center, two private clubs - the Winchester Country Club and the Winchester Boat Club

 Symmes Corner

This area along Main Street going towards Medford gradually developed as Winchester evolved into a residential community in the 1880’s.  Several lovely 18th century houses built by the industrious Symmes family, who originally owned and worked this land (once in fact part of Medford), can still be found at the rotary.  A mix of Federal, Colonial, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Colonial Revival houses are found along Main and its sloping side streets.  This area is particularly popular with commuters who want easy access to both bus and train transportation.

 Nearby amenities:  Ginn Field, Children’s Own Nursery School, Wedgemere commuter rail station, Recreation Department (pre-school and after-school programs), Winchester Center.

The Flats

The area known as “the Flats” is recognized as one of Boston’s first planned suburban developments.  The land here is truly “flat” and allowed developers in the 1890’s to lay the streets out on a grid, not found in other areas of town.  Impressive examples of Late Victorian architecture prevail in this neighborhood, including Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Tudor.  Lot sizes are generally uniform in shape and range from approximately 8,000 to 18,000 square feet.  Residents enjoy the wide sidewalks and strong neighborhood spirit in the Flats.

Nearby amenities:  Borggaard Beach, FAN Splash Park, Town Clay Tennis Courts, Winchester Center and commuter rail station, Route 3 retail and Winter Pond.

 Wedge Pond

Also developed in the 1890’s, the neighborhood just east of The Flats on the rolling banks of Wedge Pond was built on the site of an old estate.  A variety of popular Late Victorian style homes, some designed by prominent Winchester architect Robert Coit, are found here on lots that are generally smaller in size than those in the adjacent Flats.

Nearby amenities:  Borggaard Beach, FAN Splash Park, Winchester Center and commuter rail station, and Palmer Street Tennis Courts.

 

Lincoln Elementary School

 East Hill

The popular neighborhood known as “East Hill” is tucked between Highland Avenue and The Fells, south of Main Street.  The location offers easy access to Boston and Winchester Center as well as the Fells.  Closer to Highland Avenue, you find classic Colonials from the 1920’s.  Further east are some of Winchester’s “newer” houses, Capes and Splits that came with post-war development.  Because of their generous lots, some of these houses have recently been replaced with expansive Contemporaries.

Nearby amenities:  The Middlesex Fells, I93, Medford/Boston, Winchester Community Music School

 Symmes Corner

This area along Main Street going towards Medford gradually developed as Winchester evolved into a residential community in the 1880’s.  Several lovely 18th century houses built by the industrious Symmes family, who originally owned and worked this land (once in fact part of Medford), can still be found at the rotary.  A mix of Federal, Colonial, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Colonial Revival houses are found along Main and its sloping side streets.  This area is particularly popular with commuters who want easy access to both bus and train transportation.

 Nearby amenities:  Ginn Field, Children’s Own Nursery School, Wedgemere commuter rail station, Recreation Department (pre-school and after-school programs), Winchester Center.

 The Highlands

The area known as “The Highlands” is east of Highland Avenue along The Middlesex Fells.  First developed in the late 1900’s, it is known for its natural beauty, winding roads, and shade trees.  Queen Anne, Shingle, and Tudor style homes dominate, including some eclectic examples of these styles.  The area has also seen recent new construction on subdivided/tear-down lots.  Residents enjoy easy access to I93 and the recreational opportunities provided by the Fells. 

Nearby amenities:  The Middlesex Fells/Long Pond, Winchester Hospital, easy access to I93 (two entrances)

Winchester Center

Radiating from the town center along original roads, these “close-in” neighborhoods are valued for their charming character and easy access to the amenities of town center.  As the oldest residential areas, they include a full range of architectural styles, including:  Greek Revival, Queen Anne, Italianate, Mansard, Shingle, and Colonial Revival.

Nearby amenities:  Manchester Field, Winchester Library, Griffin Photography Museum. Winchester Center and commuter rail station

 

Lynch

The Flats

The area known as “the Flats” is recognized as one of Boston’s first planned suburban developments.  The land here is truly “flat” and allowed developers in the 1890’s to lay the streets out on a grid, not found in other areas of town.  Impressive examples of Late Victorian architecture prevail in this neighborhood, including Queen Anne, Colonial Revival, and Tudor.  Lot sizes are generally uniform in shape and range from approximately 8,000 to 18,000 square feet.  Residents enjoy the wide sidewalks and strong neighborhood spirit in the Flats.

Nearby amenities:  Borggaard Beach, FAN Splash Park, Town Clay Tennis Courts, Winchester Center and commuter rail station, Route 3 retail and Winter Ponds.

 North Side

By the mid-20th century, Winchester had evolved from an agricultural and industrial village into a predominantly residential community.  The factories that were once commonplace were primarily located in the northern section of town along Swanton, Cross and north Main Streets.  The homes of the laborers who worked in them, often built by their owners, were concentrated in this area.

Today, industry is gone - some light commercial remains - and a mix of housing options can be found in this area, from turn-of-the century duplexes and cottages to newly constructed townhouses and single family homes.  

Nearby amenities:  Horn Pond and its walking path, Loring Field, north Main Street retail, NextDoor Center for the Arts/Kidstock! Theater, Winchester Indoor Lawn Tennis Center.

 

Muraco

The Highlands

The area known as “The Highlands” is east of Highland Avenue along The Middlesex Fells.  First developed in the late 1900’s, it is known for its natural beauty, winding roads, and shade trees.  Queen Anne, Shingle, and Tudor style homes dominate, including some eclectic examples of these styles.  The area has also seen recent new construction on subdivided/tear-down lots.  Residents enjoy easy access to I93 and the recreational opportunities provided by the Fells. 

Nearby amenities:  The Middlesex Fells/Long Pond, Winchester Hospital, easy access to I93 (two entrances)

Washington Street

Moving north along Washington Street away from town center towards Woburn, a variety of homes in terms of style and size can be found.  Original workers cottages, Victorians, and duplexes now mix with newly constructed single family homes and townhouses.  West of Washington, the houses and lots are generally smaller than those east of Washington Street, which retain their turn-of-the century feel.

Nearby amenities:  Leonard Field, Winchester Hospital, I93/95 and points north and Winchester Indoor Lawn Tennis Center.

 

Vinson-Owen

West Side

The rolling farmland and fields of west Winchester changed dramatically in the years following WWII.  With population growth and the need for housing came speculation and development outside of the established areas closer to town.  Homes on the west side are generally on bigger lots (15,000-20,000 square feet and more) than those on the east side of town and reflect the popular styles of the time when they were built, including:  Split-Level, Ranch, Cape and Colonial.  The Ledges, Winchester’s largest town house community, is located here.  

Nearby amenities:  Robert Nutile Fields, Locke Farm, Winchester Swim and Tennis Club (private), proximity to Town of Lexington/Burlington Mall/Lahey Clinic and Route 128