Meg, Home Buyer in Berkshire, MA

We are thinking of relocating to the Berkshires and I am trying to gather some basic data on the area, cost of living, climate, etc are there any

Asked by Meg, Berkshire, MA Fri Apr 9, 2010

websites that you can suggest?

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Barb Davis-Hassan’s answer
Hi Meg,

Great to hear that you are thinking of relocating to the of the most beautiful places on earth. You've been given some great resources and websites to find stats of which I'm sure will be most helpful. As a native of the Berkshires, and a 21 year veteran in the Real Estate Community I would love to chat with you on a more personal level to assist you in your decision to relocate to the Berkshires. It's very easy to write an essay in response to your inquiry as the Berkshires offer so much, however, a nice chat can accomplish even more.

Drop me a call anytime and good luck to you and your family on your decision to move to the Berkshires..

Barb Davis-Hassan, CCIM, CRS, CBR, GRI
Barb Hassan Realty, Inc.
Pittsfield MA
1-413-447-7300 or 1-866-567-7300
Cell: 1-413-822-4742
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hi meg,
as others have already suggested, the chamber of commerce is a good place to start, there is also the berkshire visitors bureau. there is a lot of information on the web you can google something like cost of living berkshires and see what comes up.
while you are researching, if you need any addtional information, feel free to contact me.
in the meantime here are a few websites you might find interesting.
good luck.

marlene goldstein, broker
berkshire country homes
413 717-0773
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try Greenfield MA where there are some green energy effiecient homes-do a search on Google
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Hi Meg,

Go to from there you can enter any zip code or city/town & see many stats along with info on the area.

I'd be happy to answer any other questions you might have. Hope you find this useful.
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Just do an advanced google search and you will find many websites that provide information... to get a sense of the flavor of the different towns, go to can give you details on climate...

But really, the best way to get a feel for the Berkshires is to visit. Spend some time here driving around, walking around the various towns, talking to people.

If you get to the point of deciding to relocate, please give me a call. I'd be happy to help you find a home here.

All the best,

Tom Lynch
Associate Broker, Berkshire Property Agents
Great Barrington, Massachusetts 01230
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Meg, The berkshires are beautiful. For climate information go to For cost of living information find out what electric company handles that area and call to get some estimates same with gas and oil. Good Luck!
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try gogling, or Berkshire chamber of commerce for many useful info about the individual Berkshrie towns and Trulia should have a plenty of just the info, that you are looking for.
I'll be happy to inform you regarding the real-estate activity in the locations of your choice, so don't hesitate to contact me when you are ready to start your home search.

Happy Spring.
Dagmar Kubes-Broker Associate, ABR
Century 21 FSA.
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No single website comes to mind for me... Berkshire county covers a lot of territory, with many diverse towns. Are you looking for a small town, a larger community or a rural area? If you narrow your search down a a specific area you can usually check most of the vital statistics for a town through their websites, which often include links for cost of living info, crime statistics and school information. As far as the climate goes, Western Massachusetts tends to fall somewhere between Zones 4 and 5, depending on the immediate area- higher elevations or especially windy spots tend to be cooler, of course.
Good Luck!

Four Columns Realty
NH & MA Sales Associate
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