One gets an airy feeling of what this small city looks like from this unusual point of view. Here, at mountaintop, we are at 200 feet above the Atlantic Ocean -- which is five miles over our left shoulder. Boston itself is to the left, five miles due south -- we are looking southwest. Most of the land in the city is taken up by single-family two-story houses, although our Ell Pond (elevation 50 feet) does provide a nice ten-acre open space in the valley. The ridge in the distance, three miles away, marks the west border of town; what you see is the Middlesex Fells Reservation, a beautiful, rocky forest in the midst of the Greater Boston sprawl. The commercial area downtown, which is about 120 or more years old, is still a viable shopping area, in spite of modern malls in practically every neighboring community. We have savored much of our Victorian heritage.
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