Often referred to as the Watch City, Waltham is certainly a city to watch. Just nine miles west of Boston, Waltham offers its own urban paradise with an endless selection of eateries, unique housing options and open green spaces.

If you’re looking for a high-end culinary experience, there’s no need to head into Boston – just walk over to Waltham’s “restaurant row” on Moody Street. There you’ll find everything from swanky steakhouses to Spanish tapas, an Indian buffet to fancy charcuterie. With new restaurants popping up all the time, your taste buds will never be bored. And you can get a little taste of everything at the annual Waltham Food and Wine Festival.

With easy access to Boston through two commuter rail stops and several exits along Route 128, Waltham is convenient place to call home. There’s something for everyone in the housing market, too – from quaint Colonials to lofts in converted factories. A great walkable downtown gives that city vibe without the Boston price tag.

Living in Waltham, you’ll quickly come to appreciate all the history the city has to offer. Waltham has many museums celebrating the city’s industrial days, including the Waltham Museum and the popular Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation. There are also a large number of estates within the city for residents to tour and enjoy, including Gore Place, the Paine Estate and the Lyman Estate.

Biking to work or running on the weekend along the Charles isn’t just for Boston residents. The river runs through Waltham, too, and provides a great way to residents to get outdoors. There are many other ways to enjoy the great outdoors in Waltham, like the 250-acre Prospect Park, which includes great hiking trails and picnic tables.

If you’re looking for still other things to do, there are many unique cultural offerings in Waltham as well. The Embassy Cinema downtown gives Waltham residents a great place to catch chart topping and independent films alike. The Waltham Philharmonic Orchestra and the Waltham Symphony Orchestra both regularly put on concerts. The city is also home to two major universities – Brandeis and Bentley – which both hold plenty of public events for locals to discover.

So if you’re looking for a new place to call home or maybe just a great place to visit, keep an eye on Waltham.