If you’re looking to get outside of the city and into more “driveway and yard” territory, Watertown, Massachusetts is a great place to move. Although it is still neighboring Boston and Cambridge, Watertown offers a more suburban lifestyle with less traffic and a bit more space to yourself. Of course, there are plenty of options for condos and apartments, but many people coming to Watertown are looking for a “house experience” – whether it be a single family or a duplex arrangement. Whatever it is that has you moving to Watertown, this guide will help set you on the right path.
1. Before You Move
• Change of Address – The week before you move, you should update your address with the RMV, Post Office, your own bank(s), and for any bills or periodicals that you receive.
– RMV – In most circumstances, you can save a trip to the RMV by completing the form at the Mass RMV Website. If you do need to visit the RMV in person, there is a local branch right in Watertown at the Watertown Mall. 550 Arsenal St, Watertown.
– Post Office – Like the RMV, most change-of-address transactions can be completed online at https://moversguide.usps.com/. If you do need to visit a local branch, there are three to choose from in Watertown. The locations are 126 Main St #1, 123 Galen St, and 589 Mount Auburn St.
• Local Utilities – The following companies provide utilities for the area. If you already have their services, you should be able to transfer your account to the new location.
National Grid – National Grid provides natural gas as well as electricity for areas in Watertown. Click for more info.
NStar – NStar also provides natural gas and electricity to areas in Watertown. Click for more info.
Cable/Internet Services – The following companies provide service to Watertown
Verizon (FiOS Available in certain areas only)
2. Settling In
• Parking In Watertown – While Watertown doesn’t require parking permits for on street parking, there are a few things to keep in mind. For the most up-to-date info, visit Watertown’s Website.
– Two Hour Limit – There is a two-hour on-street parking limit enforced from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. While we’ve found this isn’t usually a problem in residential neighborhoods, you will want to make sure that you are aware of it in business areas and at parking meters.
– Overnight Parking Ban (Winter) – November through April, there is an on-street parking ban from 1:00 am – 6:00 am.
• Points of Interest – Watertown is a diverse community with many great spots for shopping, dining, and sight-seeing. A few of our top-spots for Watertown are listed below.
– Mount Auburn Cemetery – Not to sound morbid, but Mount Auburn Cemetery is a gorgeous place to go on a peaceful walk and experience some natural beauty. It is known as America’s First Garden Cemetery, and it is blooming with rich foliage. History (and art) buffs might enjoy knowing that it is home to such notable figures as Isabella Stewart Gardner, Winslow Homer, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and many more. http://www.mountauburn.org/
– Watertown Yard – Watertown Square offers a diverse range of dining options, and is a good hub for public transportation. The outsider in you will enjoy many of the trails that go along the Charles River, which connect at Watertown Square. Link to Google Maps
– Watertown Mall / Arsenal Mall – Directly across Arsenal St. from each other, these two malls contain quite a few places that you may need to visit during your move. These places include Watertown RMV, Target, Home Depot, Best Buy, and many more.
– Oakley Country Club – On the Watertown/Belmont town line, Oakley Country Club is a great place to tee off to a spectacular view of Boston. It is also home to Tennis and Swimming facilities, and has all the amenities you would expect from a world-class Country Club. http://www.oakleycountryclub.org/
Supermarkets in Watertown – I already mentioned the Target at the Arsenal Mall, which can be a great place to pick up a wide range of products including groceries. Watertown has a few other markets though, including our favorite – Russo’s!
– Russo’s – If you drive around the Watertown area long enough, you’re going to see one of the A. Russo & Son’s delivery trucks. That’s because a majority of grocery stores and restaurants are supplied by Russo’s. If you want the freshest produce, plants/flowers, seasonal delights, a la carte, and more at the best prices, visit Russo’s at 560 Pleasant St.
– Stop & Shop – Watertown has two different Stop & Shop locations.
– Shaw’s / Star Market – While technically not in Watertown, there are two Shaw’s locations that are very close and accessible to Watertown residents. 699 Mt. Auburn St, Cambridge and 535 Trapelo Rd, Belmont.
• Public Transportation – The MBTA has bus routes that keep Watertown connected with Boston, Cambridge, Needham and more. For trip planning or to find service, visit http://www.mbta.com/
• Local Taxi Service – In general, hailing a cab on the street in Watertown will take a bit longer than calling to schedule a pickup. We recommend Watertown Taxi
Watertown Taxi – (617) 923-9003
Watertown Police Department – (617) 972-6500
Mount Auburn Hospital – (617) 492-3500