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Choosing where to live in Massachusetts

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Oct 23, 2014 @ 09:47 AM

Moving to Boston but not sure where to live? You can find many resources to give you a good sense of Boston area public schools, Boston suburbs, commuting options, and more on the "Boston Relocation" section of our site. I also found a neat map that you may find helpful. The Metropolitan Area Planning Council created a map of Massachusetts that shows the demographic, economic, transportation, and land use characteristics of each town. (See pg 4 of the document. Although the document is a few years old, it's still a handy way to see at a glance what the characteristics are of each community.

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Fun Things to do in the Boston Suburbs

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 07:59 AM

Newcomers to the area often ask for suggestions of things to do in while they're checking out the Boston suburbs. Here are five fun & economical choices:

* Visit the Decordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln. Admission $12.00 adults, $8.00 kids 6-14. (Free for children five and under)

* Canoe or kayak along the Concord River. ($13.50-17.00/hour)

* Stroll through the gardens or walk along the Charles River at Elm Bank in Wellesley (free!) Wheesie's Garden is a wonderful place to bring the little ones.

* Bike along the scenic Minuteman Bikeway in Lexington.

* Check out the local paper for concerts on the common. Many of Boston's MetroWest communities, including Hopkinton and Natick, offer music on summer evenings.

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Fun Tips for Boston Newcomers

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 07:34 AM

Moving to the Boston area? Here's a Boston Insider's Guide full of handy tips to experience this lovely little city like a local. Whether you're looking for water sports, arts & culture, LGBT events, shopping excursions, or eco-friendly activities, it's a great way to gain local knowledge about living in and around Boston.

Connect with other newcomers to the Boston area.
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Newton & Brookline Named Best Places to Live

Posted by Leslie Mann on Thu, Jul 19, 2012 @ 07:02 AM

Newton made the coveted top 10 of CNN Money's 2010 list of Best Places to Live, while Brookline ranked #39. Newton's highly regarded school system, strong economy, low crime rate, pedestrian-friendly shopping & parks, and charming New England village centers made it a standout choice.

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Summer Fun in Wellesley

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 10:11 PM

Looking for fun things to do in Wellesley this summer? Here's my top 10 list of activities you can enjoy in Wellesley:

1. Play a nighttime game of tennis at Hunnewell Fields.

2. Learn to kayak through the Wellesley Recreation's children & adult programs.

3. Enjoy gardening seminars or other events like the annual antiques show on the beautiful grounds of Elm Bank. It's also a wonderful place to enjoy a walk or run along the Charles River. Elm Bank's Weezies Garden is a favorite among little ones.

4. Tour the many exhibits at Wellesley College or stroll along the college's beautiful botanical gardens.

5. Window shop at Wellesley's many inviting boutiques.

6. Attend an author presentation or children's storytime at the Wellesley Free Library.

7. Visit Spynergy Spin Studio in Wellesley for an amazing workout. (No membership required).

8. Listen to concerts on the green, Wednesday evenings (7-8:30pm) at the Town Hall Green.

9. Go swimming at Morse Pond or any of the nearby sports clubs.

10. Join your neighbors on a scenic walk of Wellesley.

What are your favorite things to do in Wellesley? Feel free to add on to the list here!

Looking to learn more about Wellesley or find a new home here? Please give us a ring. My husband Kyle & I represent home buyers across the Boston suburbs find their ideal home.

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Top Five Reasons to Choose Boston as your Home

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 09:56 PM

Many home buyers today have tremendous global flexibility in choosing where to reside. Here are my top five reasons why the Boston area is a great choice:

1. Stellar public schools. There are wonderful public school choices. For example, the Boston suburbs of Dover and Sherborn have been recognized as having one of the top 100 public high schools in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and was named among the top five high schools in the state.

2. Strong economy. Boston is consistently singled out for its high family incomes and abundance of jobs at renowned universities as well as high-tech, financial services, and professional services sectors. In fact, Forbes Magazine named Boston among the cities to earn the most. (We like that!)

3. Outstanding medical care. Boston is a research hub, bringing together healthcare innovators who continually seek to develop promising new treatments.

4. Endless recreational activities. From the sandy shores of Cape Cod, to the breathtaking foliage, hiking trails, and lakes across Massachusetts, to the nearby mountains of New Hampshire, the area offers plenty of fun outdoor activities for the whole family.

5. Wonderful character. Newcomers to the area often comment on our historic town centers, handsome tree lined neighborhoods, and winding country roads.

Are you considering a move to the Boston area? We hope you'll contact us. My husband Kyle & I work with many families relocating to the Boston suburbs. We'd be glad to assist you in finding your new home here!


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Tips for Finding the Best Neighborhood

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 09:55 PM

Looking to choose the best neighborhood in Boston's MetroWest suburbs? Here are five tips on finding the best area for you and your family:

1. Think about your lifestyle needs. Do you envision walking down the street to a local cafe or prefer a more tucked away neighborhood? For example, more and more buyers are focusing on the walkability of neighborhoods to amenities such as parks, trails, tennis courts, cafes, shops, the library, train, and more.
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Why Move to the Boston Area?

Posted by Leslie Mann on Wed, Jul 18, 2012 @ 09:25 PM


Many house hunters today have tremendous geographic flexibility. Their jobs allow them to work from any number of cities. Looking to learn more about living in the Boston area?

Our new article in the Wall Street Journal highlights the many advantages of living in the Boston suburbs.

I hope you'll find it useful! And I'd love to hear from you about what you like best about the Boston area.

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