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Where in the World is Waban and Why is it So Wonderful?

Waban is a charming village in Newton, Massachusetts.

Article and photos by Eric Hurwitz.
Page created on 8/26/17.

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Waban sounds like a place mispronounced by Elmer Fudd and a town that borders Podunk, East Washbucket, Jethro and Boonville.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

Waban actually resides as one of 13 villages in wealthy Newton, Mass., perhaps being the most appealing of them all in a very nice city. Looking like a mix between a fashionable suburban neighborhood and a quaint little, Upstate New York village, Waban delights with historic buildings, old homes and just enough businesses to keep things interesting. It's a very small neighborhood with a downtown district that can be walked within a minute or two. Low-key Waban is a great little spot to grab a bite to eat, enjoy a cup of coffee, catch up on some reading at the library, take a walk down a quiet, tree-lined side street, and buy locally at one of the independently-run stores.

Barry's Village Deli is one of the best New York style delis in the Boston area. Enjoy a pastrami sandwich on rye, or perhaps a blueberry muffin that brings back memories of the legendary Jordan Marsh department store version...

Barry's Village Deli in Waban, Massachusetts

Blueberry muffin from Barry's Village Deli in Waban, Massachusetts

The Waban Market has a retro feel -- like the neighborhood grocery stores from yesteryear. It's a tremendous stop for grocery needs, homemade foods, a sandwich from the deli, excellent produce, chocolate sold by the pound, or something from the huge wine and beer section...

The Waban Market in Waban, Massachusetts.

Stone L'oven Pizza serves hand-tossed, all natural pizza that gets rave reviews from locals...

Pizza time in Waban, Massachusetts!

Waban Hardware is an old-timey place that jam packs virtually hardware store need into a relatively small space....

Waban Hardware store in Newton, Massachusetts.

The Pine Straw sells wonderful gifts and tabletop selections in a relaxing setting...

Pine Straws in Waban, Massachusetts

There's also a Starbucks, but with a caveat: a show repair store storefront is juxtaposed with the trendy, popular coffee shop. That is the way of Waban...

Starbucks in Waban, Massachusetts

The beautiful Waban Library Center is housed in a Tudor revival brick building that dates back to 1929. What a fabulous place to read a book...

The Waban Library Center in Newton, Massachusetts.

Oh, one more thing. Waban might seem isolated from the rest of the world, but it is only a few miles from Boston and... get this... has its own "T" stop for easy access in and out of the city. Incredibly, Waban to Boston is only seven miles!

Waban MBTA, Newton, Massachusetts

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