The Town of Braintree is a suburban community with a strong residential character located ten miles south of Boston. The town is ideally situated at the crossroads of Route I-93 (128) and Route 3 for easy access to the Greater Boston area and Cape Cod. Braintree also offers excellent public transportation to Boston with both the MBTA Commuter Rail and Red Line having stops in the town, as well as the Logan Express offering direct access to Logan International Airport. The community has a good mix of established neighborhoods, small clusters of new homes and several condominium complexes.
There is a strong business base which includes one of the largest regional shopping centers in the northeast; The South Shore Plaza. Attractive office and industrial parks are located in the town as well, because of its ideal location. The strong business base brings with it one of the lowest property tax rates in the South Shore. Braintree also offers their own electric and cable company, BELD (Braintree Electric Light Department) which leads to low electricity and cable rates.
Incorporated in 1640, Braintree has a rich history. Old Braintree was the birthplace of two presidents, John Adams and John Quincy Adams, as well as John Hancock and General Sylvanus Thayer, the founder of West Point. Residents feel that people are attracted to Braintree as a good place to live and work because of the public school system, as well as access to private schools, Thayer Academy and Archbishop Williams High School. Braintree offers a robust parks and recreation program with the availability of many recreational resources such as Town Forest, Pond Meadow Park, Sunset Lake, Smith Beach, the Cranberry Pond Conservation District, the MDC Blue Hills Reservation trail system, and an 18 hole public golf course.
Braintree is a mature community with a broad residential and business base that is positioned for controlled growth in the coming years.