Belmont is a beautiful, tree-lined community, right off Route 2, accessible by commuter rail, and just a few minutes from Harvard Square via bus or car. It’s a family-friendly town, “dry,” so there are no bars or liquor stores, though you are allowed to bring your own wine and beer into the excellent restaurants. There are three active commercial districts, which include sandwich shops, bakeries, candy stores, clothing and jewelry stores, a bike shop and a second-run theater. Two-family houses and small apartment buildings mix with single-family homes. Belmont is one of the area’s nicest “in-town” suburbs, with excellent public schools, and it shares some of Watertown’s convenient access to other areas, being just one suburb west.