Wakefield’s location is an ideal 25-minute drive and 45-minute public MBTA route from Boston. Wakefield’s level of convenience is hard to beat for those who want to live on the North Shore because of its own great Main Street and being a stone’s throw from Woburn and Malden. Even with all this convenience, a walk through Wakefield will always result in a breath of fresh, natural air.
The essence of Wakefield’s history sits along the banks of its Lake Quannapowitt. Corn and saw mills popped up along its outreaching waterways in the mid-17th century and ice was harvested there for major export business a couple hundred years later. By the time it received its current name in the late 19th century, Wakefield was a well-established town in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area.
What sets Wakefield apart from many surrounding communities are its commitments to public schools and youth sports programs. Northeast Metropolitan Regional Vocational High School gives residents a very respected alternative to its public high school. The high-quality parks and fields make this a town for families who like to go outside and socialize. The 128 Marketplace and an IMAX theatre are right on the border with Reading.