On the banks of the Fore River in Braintree is Watson Park, a recreational field with baseball diamonds of varying sizes and a playground. Just a few steps away from that is a friendly neighborhood with bright, open streets, colorful one- and two-story houses and cheerful gardens, many with flowers starting to bloom in the warm spring weather.

One of those gardens belongs to Celestina Borgen, who has lived on Edgehill Road with her husband for years and takes pride in her flowers, the stone walls she has built by hand and the flowering cherry tree she planted herself 15 years ago.

"Everyone always walks by and asks me, what's this plant? What's this one?" Borgen said.

Borgen moved to the South Shore from her native New York City with a friend, living in Weymouth originally, and finally settling in her current Watson Park home.

"I like the town of Braintree. It’s quaint, it’s historical," she said. "I’m from the city, and it’s nice owning your own home."

The small, hilly streets of the suburban neighborhood lead down to the river, where there is a small beach, a small water park called the Splash Pad and a path to the Monatiquot Riverwalk that runs between Braintree and Weymouth.

Borgen said that her husband grew up swimming in the area, and now the couple often utilize the outdoor amenities during the summer, along with many other nearby members of the community.

"A lot of people walk their dogs and everybody comes to visit for games," she said. "They always comment on how nice and quiet it is."

It's clear just by walking through the neighborhood that it's a welcoming area. Barking dogs and playing children can be heard from the park, and many of the grassy yards feature garden statues, flags and window decorations or basketball hoops. Some of the homes are newer, but others are clearly well-established, suggesting that their owners have been settled in for a long time.

Borgen backed this up, saying that many of the residents in the area are older and have lived there a long time, but that as they die off, younger families have started coming in.

"I have the friendliest neighbors. They’re helpful to one another, always pitching in," she said. "It’s the best neighborhood for neighbors and friends."

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