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Moving to Boston? It's named #1 for families.

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Parenting Magazine just ranked Boston first on its “Best Cities for Families”list. Parenting editors say Boston benefits from, “A thrilling hometown baseball team, incredible institutions of higher learning, gorgeous parks, and historical,” among other things. The judges further noted that "the city also offers exciting opportunities for kids, including an elementary school that participates in a prestigious arts program with Yo-Yo Ma. Boston is also home to the premier Boston Children's Hospital which houses the world's largest research center based in a pediatric hospital with more than 1,100 scientists working to find treatments and cures for childhood diseases. Boston Children's Museum recently announced a $365,000 grant to ensure that their programs appeal to all children, including kids in underserved populations."

Tips for moving to the Boston suburbs

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Relocating to the Boston suburbs can be very exciting. There’s so many wonderful sites to see and communities to get to know. If you’re planning a move to the Boston suburbs, here are some handy tips for making the most of your visit.

A Shoutout to Friendly Sherborn Neighbors

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Many thanks to Bill Miller, who was kind enough to share video footage of a young woman riding his horse behind our new home listing at Hearthstone Estate.

Hidden Gems Outside Boston: Learn more about Sherborn, Sudbury & More

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I'm so excited that my article about Sherborn was published in the Wall Street Journal today. Kyle & I love living here and when I got the opportunity to write about this peaceful community I was pleased to jump at it.

Dover-Sherborn High School #1 in Boston Magazine's Top Massachusetts Schools

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Dover-Sherborn High School earned the coveted #1 spot in the 2011 Boston Magazine ranking of Top Massachusetts High Schools. District rankings include test scores, per pupil spending, student to teacher ratio, number of AP classes, graduation rate, percent of students who continue to college, as well as the amount of sports teams and clubs.

Finding the best places to live in Boston

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My husband & I work with many clients relocating to the Boston suburbs. When they begin house hunting, the most common items on their wish list are a home in a community with:

However, home prices in those communities can be pretty steep so it's often a tradeoff between commute time, home size, and other amenities. Today, I thought it would be handy to put together a quick reference guide to those relocating to the Boston suburbs.

This little chart shows the 30 communities listed in Boston Magazine's ranking of Best Public Schools in Massachusetts. Then to give you an idea of area home prices, I picked a sample home from each town for comparison sake. For the chart, I selected a 2,500 square foot colonial-style home in a neighborhood setting in each town & listed the price of that home. (If these prices are giving you an anxiety attack, don't fear. There are less expensive homes in many of these communities. These are just a sampling of a certain size & style of home.) I then listed the community's approximate distance to Boston.

Town Public High School Approximate distance from Boston Public transit nearby? Sample home price
Weston Weston High School 28 minutes yes, Waltham $799,900
Dover/Sherborn Dover-Sherborn High School 41 minutes yes, Natick $739,000
Lexington Lexington High School 28 minutes yes $859,000
Wellesley Wellesley Senior High School 30 minutes yes $788,000
Concord/Carlisle Concord-Carlisle High School 34 minutes yes $769,000
Bedford Bedford High School 30 minutes yes $623,000
Brookline Brookline High School 16 minutes yes $859,000
Wayland Wayland High School 34 minutes no* $599,000
Newton Newton North High School 22 minutes yes $749,000
Newton Newton South High School 22 minutes yes $749,000
Westwood Westwood High School 35 minutes yes $599,000
Hamilton/Wenham Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School 48 minutes yes $659,000
Manchester/Essex Manchester Essex Regional High School 46 minutes yes $730,000
Sharon Sharon High School 36 minutes yes $525,000
Harvard Bromfield High School  54 minutes no** $629,000
Cambridge Cambridge Rindge & Latin School 10 minutes yes $749,000
Cohasset Cohasset High School 48 minutes yes $599,000
Westborough Westborough High School 47 minutes yes $479,000
Needham Needham High School 33 minutes yes $699,000
Lincoln/Sudbury Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School 31 minutes yes, Lincoln $609,000
Holliston Holliston High School 52 minutes no $429,000
Boston Boston Latin School n/a yes $879,000
Marblehead Marblehead High School 42 minutes yes $549,900
Hopkinton Hopkinton High School 45 minutes yes, Southboro $479,900
Winchester Winchester High School 19 minutes yes $649,000
Acton/Boxborough Acton-Boxborough Regional High School 42 minutes yes, Acton $539,000
Andover Andover High School 35 minutes yes $549,900
Northborough/Southborough Algonquin Regional High School 51 minutes yes, Southboro $410,000
Belmont Belmont High School 21 minutes yes $729,000
Duxbury Duxbury High School 48 minutes no*** $534,900
*Closest station is in Lincoln        
**Closest station is in Ayer        
***Closest station is in Plymouth      


If you'd like an Excel version of this file to slice & dice the data yourself, please feel free to drop me a line. And of course if you have questions about moving to the Boston suburbs, please don't hesitate to contact us. We'd be glad to assist!


Popular Hopkinton neighborhoods

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Hopkinton is becoming an even more popular destination for those relocating to the Boston area. The town has gained a lot of attention lately since it was named one of Boston Magazine's Best Places to Live and gained high marks in both Boston Magazine's Top Massachusetts Public High Schools and Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools (plus an honorable mention in U.S. News & World Report's annual list of Best Public High Schools).
When touring new clients relocating to the Hopkinton area this past weekend, I was asked about some of my favorite neighborhoods. Here are a few of my favorites (plus my two cents on the pros & cons of each).

One of the largest subdivisions in Hopkinton, Springwood Estates is less than 2 miles from Hopkins School (grades 4 & 5), Hopkinton Middle School (grades 6-8), and Hopkinton High School (grades 9-12) and approximately 4 miles from the Ashland Commuter Rail station. These large colonial-style homes have generous-sized lots, mostly just over an acre. Quite a few homes in the neighborhood have level yards, which is not so common in some of the other developments in town. Many of the homes were built in the 1990s in this mature neighborhood of pretty tree-lined streets.

Springwood Estates includes Gibbon Road, Kimball Rd, Smith Road, Jackson St, Bowker Road, Oak St, Sadie Lane, and Benson Road. Some of the builders of this development include Aolen Development and Ron Nation.

Three homes sold in Springwood Estates in the past year, at prices between $592,500-810,000.

Developed by Hallmark Builders in the mid 1990s, Highland Park is a development of expansive colonial-style homes with high-end finishes. The neighborhood is located next to the picturesque Hopkinton Country Club and is about two miles from the Southborough train station. Due to its proximity to Rt 495 there is some highway noise on the streets closer to the highway.

Highland Park includes Stoney Brook Road, Edgehill Road, Bridgestone Way, Wedgewood Drive, Singletary Way, and Riverbend Road.

Three homes have sold in Highland Park this past year at prices between $695,200-875,000.

Hearthstone Estates is a small development of approximately 30 colonial-style homes just three miles from the Ashland train station. The neighborhood is walking distance to town center. The historic Hopkinton Town Common is a great place to enjoy a night of jazz, free movie nights, a sunny afternoon, or a stroll past some of Hopkinton's handsome historic homes. You can also walk to Center School (grades K-1), Hopkinton Public Library, as well as the few cafes and shops in the town center.

Most of the homes were built in the late 1990s/early 2000s, with plenty of high-end upgrades. Like many Hopkinton neighborhoods, some of the lots are sloped in Hearthstone.

One home sold in the Hearthstone neighborhood in the past year, with a sale price of $625,000.


Hopkinton named one of America's Best High Schools

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Hopkinton does it again! The town has been gaining many accolades both as one of Boston Magazine's Best Places to Live and for its highly rated school system. This week, the town gained another feather in its cap: Hopkinton High School was named as one of Newsweek's list of America's Best High Schools.


The schools were chosen based on graduation rate, college matriculation rate, AP tests, average SAT scores, average AP scores, and AP courses offered.


The town was also ranked #21 out of Boston Magazine's list of public high schools
and was included in U.S. News & World Report's ranking of top public high schools in the country.


What makes Hopkinton, MA one of the best Boston suburbs?

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As I was headed towards a home in the Wildlife Estates neighborhood of Hopkinton today, I started thinking about all the wonderful things about living in Hopkinton. Here's just a few of the nice things about the Town of Hopkinton:

Which Massachusetts communities invest the most on education?

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I'm pleased to see that many communities in our own backyard, including Dover, Sherborn, Sudbury, Wayland, and Weston, are among those Massachusetts towns investing the most in their public schools.
  1. Rowe
  2. Sherborn
  3. Carlisle
  4. West Tisbury
  5. Dover
  6. Sudbury
  7. Weston
  8. Bolton
  9. Aquinnah
  10. Wayland

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