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

Posted by Leslie Mann on Tue, Jul 31, 2012 @ 10:11 AM

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."

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Tips for moving to the Boston suburbs

Posted by Leslie Mann on Fri, Jun 8, 2012 @ 02:11 PM



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A Shoutout to Friendly Sherborn Neighbors

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sat, Jan 7, 2012 @ 02:25 PM

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.

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

Posted by Leslie Mann on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 @ 06:59 PM

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.

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

Posted by Leslie Mann on Mon, Sep 5, 2011 @ 09:26 AM



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.

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Finding the best places to live in Boston

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sun, Jul 3, 2011 @ 07:36 PM

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Popular Hopkinton neighborhoods

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sun, Jul 3, 2011 @ 11:01 AM


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.
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Hopkinton named one of America's Best High Schools

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 @ 09:58 PM

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

Posted by Leslie Mann on Sun, Jun 5, 2011 @ 10:04 AM

 

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:

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Which Massachusetts communities invest the most on education?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Mon, May 30, 2011 @ 01:26 PM




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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