Braintree: A good place to raise the next president

The interior of 25 Hunt Ave. in Braintree looks like the type of place the leader of the free world could grow up.

When recounting the birth of America, Braintree isn’t high on the list of hallowed locations. Boston, yes. Philadelphia, yes. Why not Braintree? This was where statesman and second president John Adams built his family’s home. It was a bucolic habitat where Adams found peace in a turbulent world.

Though Adams’ business and then political activism meant he needed access to Boston (and Philadelphia), he raised a family here. Well, his stoic wife Abigail possibly did more on that front; but along with being a father, Adams also helped raise a nation. Much has changed about Braintree since then, of course. Part of it was lost in creating neighboring Quincy, named for Adams’ eldest son and later president, John Quincy.

The three-bedroom, single-family home for sale at 25 Hunt Ave. is no rural retreat, but realtor Nao White says it’s perfect for a young family and located in what is reputed to be a fine school district.  
“This property is great for somebody who would still like to be in the Red Line T area, but would like to be in a great school district for young children,” says White. 

South Shore Mall adds local shopping and dining, and, of course, the Adams National Historical Park preserves some of Braintree’s history. The commuter-convenient location in close proximity to Braintree station gives access to Boston. Quite a bit different to the dirt road that John Adams rode to work  — and to revolution.


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