I do not have children ( we are a young couple and are not planning to expand the family anytime soon).
I have people advising me NOT to buy in Bellingham. This will be another stepping stone. The house we are looking is near the RI border... the town info we have looked so far is good ( demographics) but we heard from multiple people that the town has a bad rep...
We are working with an experienced Realtor so I just want as many opinions as I can get on this.
I have lived in Franklin my entire life, right near Bellingham. I have recently sold a townhouse and a single family home in Bellingham. Both people are thrilled with their homes and neighborhoods. One family has a child in the school system and they have been pleased with the school he attends (South). As with any town, some people may favor a certain section of town, but everyone is different.
For more specific answers, you can always check out police records and if you have children in school, check out http://www.bostonmagazine.com/best-schools-in-boston/index.html
Hope this helps. Are you looking in Bellingham? Feel free to contact me directly at 508-498-1188 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
I don't know where you heard Bellingham is a "bad town" but I love Bellingham. I used to live there and I am an agent. I had to relocate due to my husband's job but have lots of wonderful friends in Bellingham and love all of the development that they have experienced. Let me know if you have specific questions!