Braintree is a suburban community with a strong residential character located ten miles south of Boston. Incorporated in 1640, Braintree has a rich history and a promising future. 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 as well as having excellent public transportation to Boston and Logan International Airport via the subway and commuter train. 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. Braintree also 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 it has an excellent public school system as well as Thayer Academy and Archbishop Williams High School, and a fine parks and recreation program with the availability of many recreational resources such as the 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.
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