Looking to relocate to a prestigious Boston suburb, but need advice about which towns are best for us?

Asked by Moving2boston, Chester County, PA Sat Aug 1, 2009

My husband is on the verge of accepting a senior position in the financial district of Boston. We are relocating from the Philadelphia, PA, suburbs and are interested in moving our young family to the Boston suburbs. Our home budget is $1.6 to $2.1 million comfortably. We would like to move to a prestigious, "tony" town (akin to Philly's "Main Line") with an excellent, top-of-the-line school district. Although I understand that it is hard to find, we prefer new construction in a neighborhood setting. A short commute to work is also important. Would you please recommend some towns/areas that fit our criteria? Thanks!

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The Gormans:…, , Wellesley, MA
Sun Aug 2, 2009
I would recommend Wellesley, Dover, Needham or Weston--All trendy with great school systems and close proximity to Boston. Each has different attributes. Wellesley is difinitely "tony" yet very "homey"....the main street through town (Rt 16) boasts old fashion streetlights and brick crosswalks and we pride ourselves on our open space. The town has great neighborhoods, ball parks, etc.

Visit http://www.ci.wellesley.ma.us/Pages/WellesleyMA_WebDocs/about for more information. I love our town---but if you are looking for a large lot, you shouldn't expect that here. A "large" lot in Wellesley would be about 15,000 sf There are some properties I would definitely recommend--one being 77 Monadnock Rd...built in 1995, which is "newer" for Wellesley and in the prestigious Cliff/Pierce Estates.

Iif you are looking for an acre lot I would recommend Dover, Weston or Needham. Weston & Dover are more rural settings--there are some neighborhoods. There is a new construction home in Dover on Old Colony that I would recommend. Great neighboorhood near the center of town and the Dover/Sherborn school system is one of the top rated. Needham has certain areas that are more prestigious. The Bridle Trail area (there is a home on the market on the street) is one of the most prestigious areas with homes built in the late 90's. One of the few "newer" neighborhoods in the area. "South Street" is prestigious but is a busier road and not a neighborhood. Fair Oaks is s small street near the center of town and there is a newer home on the market . Finally, a really great area is the street called Country Way-- older homes are being torn down new homes are being built on the acre lots. Right now there is an absolute gorgeous new construction but it is above the price point you mentioned---((but I belive it is currently overpriced!).

I hope this helps...........feel free to call me at 3390-222-8103 . I'd love to help you. I live in Wellesleyand am very familiar with the towns I've recommended.....Karen
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Zelda Kohn, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Tue Aug 11, 2009
I agree with most of TerritoryRe responses. Just wanted to clarify one - Brookline - which I did not include in my previous recommendations for I wasn't sure this will have that 'suburban feel' you may be looking for. Don't get me wrong, I live in Brookline and love it for all it offers: public transportation, excellent schools, lots of places within walking distance, close proximity to Boston, airport, etc. Yes there are specific neighborhoods that are more prestigious and 'suburban', while others are more 'city-like'. Definitely worth considering if you can live with that :).

Of course if you have more specific questions about Brookline, Newton, Lexington, Wellesley... will be happy to respond as these are the towns most popular with my clients!

Best of luck!
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Territory.c…, Agent, MA,
Tue Aug 11, 2009
I was born and raised in Chester County/Maine Line ... As a matter of fact most of my family still resides there. Beautiful place and I know exactly what type of feel/criteria you are going for so here are my suggestions:

Brookline (Fisher Hil and near the Country Club are beautiful and very close to the city):



Weston (3acre zoning makes this area very prestigious):


All of these areas have fantastic schools which you can validate on a fantastic site called: http://www.greatschools.org

I hope that helps! Feel free to reach out with questions direct at any time:
6178485407 extension 706 or email help@territoryre.com
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Zelda Kohn, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Sat Aug 1, 2009
At the moment this is what I recommend for you to see that fits your minimum requirements:

- 1 house in Wellesley, great schools, prestigious town, about 25-45 min commute to Boston
- 2 houses in a beautiful Winchester! 'top-of-the-line' schools, about 15-25 min to Boston
- 2 houses in Lexington, good schools, about 30-45 min to Boston
- 5 houses in Weston, prestigious town, 25-45 min to Boston

If you'd like to see the listing information or the homes themselves, feel free to ask. my info i son http://www.boc-re.com. Fine homes is my specialty, it is what i love to design, see, show, buy and sell!
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Yannis Tsits…, , 01742
Sat Aug 1, 2009
Hi again,
based on the criteria that you added, and I tok the liberty and added year built 2000+ there are 24 listings in MLS currently, in the following towns. Now obviously there are a few other towns that are great towns a bit further etc.

All on-market single family listings at any price in Brookline, Cohasset, Dover, Lexington, Needham, Newton, Wellesley, Weston.

Advanced Criteria: Acres = .75+Number of Full Baths = 3+Year Built = 2000+Number of Bedrooms = 4+Number of Half Baths = 1+List Price = 1350000 - 2200000 Living Area = 4000+

If you would like me to email you these listings please email me at yannistsitsas@yahoo.com
or you could search through http://www.realtor.com in the above towns.

Yannis Tsitsas, Realtor
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Lynn Hargrave, , Hopkinton, MA
Sat Aug 1, 2009
There is new construction in your price range in the towns of Wellesley and Needham which lie very close to the 95 beltway. They are a reasonable commute in to the Boston area. If you would like me to send you some listings to consider please email me at Lynn.Hargrave@Sothebysrealty.com
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Moving2boston, Home Buyer, Chester County, PA
Sat Aug 1, 2009
In reply, our minimum requirements are:
* 4,000+ sq.ft.
* three-quarters+ acres
* 4 - 5 bedrooms
* 3.5 - 4.5 baths
* quality construction

New construction is not a must, but our hope.
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Yannis Tsits…, , 01742
Sat Aug 1, 2009
a very useful web page about public schools is http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/.
As far as the rest of your question, they are a few towns with great schools surrounding Boston.
So it is extremely important to know what is the sq ft that you are looking to buy? Is new construction a must? Number of bedrooms and baths. How big of a yard are you looking to have, etc, the more info that you provide the better answer someone will be able to provide you.
I hope that I was helpful.
Yannis Tsitsas, CBR, Realtor
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