Montclair is quiet community in Quincy known as “The Farms” through most of the 19th century until it was subdivided in the late 1880s. The first residential subdivision was developed in 1883 around the community’s namesake Montclair Avenue. Today condo high-rise buildings mark the border between Montclair and West Squantum. In the 1970s and 80s, State Street Corp. transformed much of the bucolic farmland and marshes into a corporate office park and today serves as Quincy’s largest employer. The area today is popular with families and retirees because of its close proximity to Boston and small-town feel. While many families have lived in Montclair for decades, it has also attracted newcomers and boasts a high Asian population. The Presidents Golf Course forms Montclair’s northern boundary, drawing golfers and tennis players from all around the south shore.
Montclair is bounded by the State Street Office park and Presidents Golf Course to the north; the MBTA rail lines to the east; and the town of Milton to the west. Adjacent neighborhoods include North Quincy, West Quincy and Wollaston.