Welcome to Harvard
Quintessential New England charm in a bucolic setting.
With its stunning beach, ample trails, numerous conservation areas, and awe-inspiring natural spaces, it’s no wonder that outdoor enthusiasts flock to Harvard, Massachusetts. Located a little more than 40 miles outside of Boston, this town is close enough to the city to reach for a day trip, yet set far enough away from the busy city life. Being a resident of Harvard is truly a pleasure.
In addition to its idyllic natural setting, Harvard has plenty to do and see in and around town. The top-rated schools also number among Harvard’s best amenities. Both Hildreth Elementary School and The Bromfield School rank extremely well by all measurable standards. Those looking to raise a family in town will have no trouble finding excellent educational opportunities for their children.
Another best-kept secret of this small town gem is the affordability of its properties. If you’re looking for ample acreage and square footage, your money will go far here. Currently, the median home list price sits near $589,000 — making it one of the best deals in the region. This is yet another reason families prefer Harvard over any other surrounding town or city.
What to Love
- A nature enthusiast’s paradise
- Top-ranked schools
- Spacious properties at an exceptional value
People & Lifestyle
In a few words, life in Harvard is bucolic, outdoorsy, and brimming with New England charm. To be candid, the neighborhoods that make up this town feel as though they could be the backdrop for a feature film. There is almost nothing that isn’t absolutely stunning about the area.
Those living in town are exceptionally warm, friendly, and focused on the community. They also place a high value on the local environment and conservation. Most people here take advantage of the abundant outdoor amenities, including the fantastic spots for hiking, swimming, observing wildlife, and more.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
To the delight of local residents, you won’t find bustling and noisy shopping and dining areas in Harvard. Instead, you get to enjoy the quality service provided by local business owners.
Things to Do
From outdoor recreation to art, Harvard offers residents a diverse collection of things to do and see. In any season, there are plentiful ways to enjoy the local area.
Those with a strong appreciation of art (and even those without one) should make plans to explore the Fruitlands Museum
. Rather than being housed under only one building, the art at this museum is scattered over 210 acres of land. In addition to the art and artifacts available to view, there are walking trails and beautiful views to enjoy.
Seasonally, you can get outdoors at the many natural spaces around town. When the weather warms up, plan a morning or afternoon at Harvard Town Beach. Throughout the year, check out other local hotspots such as the Oxbow National Wildlife Refuge, the Harvard Conservation Trust Trail, the Shaker Hills Country Club
, the Harvard Shaker Village Historic District, and Sprague Land.
Harvard is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include: