The public schools are somewhat better than other areas of Boston, but it is an urban school system. There is a local charter school (Excell Academy) for middle schoolers where 70% of their students last year were admitted to exam and private schools. Boston Latin is among the top high schools in the country and is available by exam to any Boston resident.
The best thing for me about East Boston is the people who live here. It is like living in a small town in that you see people you know all the time.
Right outside of Boston, Brookline and Newton have some of the best school systems in Massachusetts. Cambridge has a lot of different types of neighborhoods and Somerville has some good areas (Union Sq and Davis Sq are the best). Winthrop is a pretty nice area with lots of water views and decent schools along with easy access to the city.
I have experienced Jamaica Plain, Brookline & Roslindale as having a strong market presence. When more properties have come onto the market, giving buyers alot to choose from, these communities held up well.
I am biased. I live and work in these areas. They all have a quality housing stock, lots of green spcae and very close to public transportation.
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Thatâ€™s a tough one to answer, as typically the better the school system, and the better the commuting options, the less of the value real estate will be. These are all factors that increase the value of real estate, so you will not get the best price per square foot in communities that offer this. Itâ€™s all relative and becomes about supply and demand. But just based on the value of square footage alone, you can get more square footage for less money in Hyde Park and Dorchester. Best of Luck to You!!
Melissa Mancini, Realtor, CBR, GRI