Welcome to Needham
Family-friendly and community-oriented
A beautiful suburb with a rich history, Needham is a superb destination for families. This community features many parks and conservations to appeal to lovers of the great outdoors and many theaters and museums for film and history geeks.
Colonialists first settled in Needham in 1640
. Settlers tried to farm the land but found it nearly impossible. The area became industrial in 1865
when William Carter
started a knitting mill company. Carter eventually became a prominent manufacturer of children’s clothing in the states, and his company owned seven different mills by the 1860s
before he sold it in the 90s. In 1891
, lithographer George Walker partnered with scientist Gustavo Gordon to establish Walker-Gordon Laboratories and create a superior baby formula.
With a median home value of $885 thousand
, Needham is a moneyed area, though it’s a relatively inexpensive community for the greater Massachusetts area. American Colonial, A-frame, Cape Cod, Split-level, and Cape Dutch are just a few of the home architectural styles
available to residents. Having sold over $300 million worth of real estate, realtor Miroslava Fitkova
can find your family’s ideal home.
What to Love
People & Lifestyle
This close-knit community of mostly home-owners is splendid for retirees, though it also has its share of professionals and families. Suburban life doesn’t have to be boring in Needham—there are many activities to enjoy here, including various restaurants, parks, and coffee shops. With four commuter rails
to Boston’s South Station
, residents find commuting to the city a breeze.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Find apparel and home furnishing stores at Church Square
in Wellesley. Boutiques include J. McLaughlin
, while home decor, unique gifts, and sleepwear can be found at Cachet
. Linden Square
is another shopping mall in the neighboring town of Wellesley, featuring premier stores, restaurants, and fitness opportunities. Get a ballet-inspired workout over at Pure Barre
, or pick up an adorable outfit for your little ones at Tiny Hanger
Dining options are far from limited in Needham. Latina Kitchen & Bar
serves up tasty Latin-inspired treats like ceviche and gnocchi de platano, plantain gnocchis with short rib ragu. Enjoy some roasted parsnip and pear soup or a brew and short rib and ale pie over at The James Pub & Provisions
. Feast on classic Italian favorites like chicken parmesan or bolognese with handmade tagliatelle at Sweet Basil
Things to Do
Parks, museums, and theaters are just a few of the activities accessible to residents in Needham. Needham Community Theatre
has been entertaining the town for over 60 years with its awe-inspiring performances, including a series of plays with anti-racist themes.
Family-friendly events run year-round in Needham. Head to the Needham Street Fair
in the summer for local eats, activities galore, a KidZone, live music, and more. Children and adults are encouraged to parade around town in their best costumes during October’s Spooky Walk
Lush forested surroundings make outdoor recreation a favorite activity for residents. Enjoy a picnic or whack a few balls at one of the athletic fields at DeFazio Park
. You’ll love hiking, mountain biking, and taking in scenic views at Needham Town Forest and Farley Pond Loop
, a 3.5-mile kid- and dog-friendly location.
Several noteworthy educational opportunities include:
- Broadmeadow Elementary School, grades K-5, a public school with integrated fine arts and performing arts instruction
- St. Sebastian’s School, grades 7-12, an all-boys private Catholic school with extracurricular programming including Robotics, Neuroscience Network, and Harvard Medical School MedScience Program
- Pollard Middle School, grades 7-8, a public school with a Visual Arts Disciplinary Program