As a small town close to big city amenities, Malden, Massachusetts, was named Bloomberg Businessweek's "Best Place to Raise Your Kids" in the state of Massachusetts in 2009. Malden boasts 5.1 square miles. This little town may not be that big in size, but it is full of charm. You can find old houses, condos, apartments and townhomes in many of the neighborhoods, and some of these living areas are converted from other types of buildings, which makes them even more unique.
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Malden, Massachusetts, is home to about 60,000 people. Because of its proximity to Boston great public transportation is available in the form of rail and highway facilities. There are many noteworthy neighborhoods of Malden including Bellrock, Edgeworth, Faulkner, Ferryway, Forestdale, Linden, Maplewood and Westend. Some of these diverse neighborhoods offer historic sites while others boast great parks. If you stroll through Edgeworth, you'll be able to stop at one of the great parks or restaurants. No matter which neighborhood you live in, you will have to stroll through the quaint downtown area in order to check out the local shops and restaurants.
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With the small size of Malden, you might expect that there are no good open public spaces. Thanks to the Parks Act of 1882, however, there are some very nice parks within the city limits. Each park, like each neighborhood, has its own personality. For example, Waitt's Mount is a historic park located at the tallest point of Malden. This park offers expansive views of Boston's skyline as well as forests and meadows. Lincoln Commons is located in the neighborhood of Faulkner and offers the young residents a place to play, families a place to picnic and athletes a place to play soccer or softball. Malden is home to great restaurants, charming shops, beautiful parks and friendly neighborhoods. If you are looking for a place to raise your kids that is not too far from Boston, make sure to check out this great Massachusetts town.