I currently live in NJ and might be relocating to MA. Looking for towns outside Boston ( the job opportunity for DH is in Needham) that are a 30-40 min commute (driving to Needham), homes (3-4 bedrooms, 2-3 baths)under 400K that have at least .5- 1 acre land, GREAT schools ( I have a 4 yr and 2 yr old)., 'Low' property taxes (we are currently paying 8K per year, so anything under 5K would be great) and I would love to be in walking distance ( if possible) to a cute town center, but would also take a town w/ no town center if I can easily drive a town or two over to get some 'city'!!!!
You may want to look at Dedham, Walpole, Foxborough, Medfield, Hopkinton, Holliston, Ashland, and Natick. If I were looking now, Natick would be a top choice. Close to Needham, lots of jobs and shopping, adorable town center with a farmers market every saturday, a local community organic farm, etc. I think you could find what you are looking for, maybe not updated with brand new everything, but decent for 400k, maybe 5-6k for taxes
I used to live in Natick and am now in Holliston. I love Holliston... great school system, great small town feel. I loved Natick also, but is a little more expensive for real estate. You can get a very nice 3-4 bedroom home for 350-450K. (My 3 bed, 2 bath was $370K - bought 3 years ago). The property taxes are a bit higher here (but it is truly worth it for the school system). I pay about $5600, I think?
Also, these from these two towns you can drive to Needham all back roads in about 25-35 minutes (no congested highways!).
IDK too much about Dedham besides the projects over there and I know those are rough (compared to some other projects) I would vote Holliston or Hopkinton. Natick is way too busy for my taste with that enormous mall.
Young born-again mama and loving wife to DH and SAHP to two crazy girls we and believe !
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