Settled in the middle of the 18th century, Melrose is predominantly residential with many exquisite Victorian homes dating from the late 1900s. The town has a long-standing tradition of supporting residents’ housing, education, employment, health, shopping, entertainment, recreation and leisure needs. Melrose is home to many cultural facilities, including the 75-year old Melrose Symphony Orchestra. Contributing to the quality of life is varied open space and recreation facilities such as Ell Pond in the town’s center. In addition, the city is surrounded by a “green belt” which includes the Middlesex Fells Reservation and many recreational facilities. Melrose also boasts top-ranking schools.