megatron, Home Buyer in 01545

Northborough VS Shrewsbury

Asked by megatron, 01545 Tue Jan 24, 2012

We really like this townhomes at northborough and this single family home at shrewsbury, we are really having a hard time to make a decision which one that we should get.

both properties have their own pluses and minuses aside from that, in terms of the town, is there really major different between these 2 ? i think they both have a good school system, nice neighborhood,
The only thing that we notice is the different in the property tax is quite a lot, shrewsbury:11.11 and northborough is 15.4

What do you guys think ?


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bgk, , Westborough, MA
Mon Jan 30, 2012
School system in NB is regarded as superior to the system in Shrewsbury. Taxes are much higher in NB, both the rate and the actual tax.
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Eric Hanlon, Agent, Canton, MA
Thu Jan 26, 2012
Go with a single family home in Shrewsbury! Good luck!
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Territory.c…, Agent, MA,
Tue Jan 24, 2012
Both towns are great! Perhaps you should crunch numbers on whether a townhouse is a better investment versus a single family. Simply have your buyer broker pull sales data on TH in Northborough (days on market, sales price to original ratio, etc) and compare them to single families in the same area. Perhaps if you know which style is the "best" investment it will help you decide.

Otherwise, decide based on quality of life ... how far is the drive to work, to get the kids to school, grocery stores, and proximity to downtown, lot size.

Good luck!
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Barbara Van…, Agent, Shrewsbury, MA
Tue Jan 24, 2012
You are comparing two different styles of living. In addition to comparing towns, tax rates, schools, location to work, I think you should seriously look at the differences between living in a single family vs a townhouse. Do you like your privacy or are you a social butterfly? Do you like doing maintenance around the house such as mowing the lawn, cleaning the gutters, trimming the hedges and planting flowers? Is the exterior maintenance included in a monthly fee? If there are no maintenance fees, how will repairs be paid for? Do you like to follow strict rules and regulations or do you hate other people telling you what you can and can't do inside and outside your home? You will be spending far more time in your home them driving through town. Your agent should be discussing this with you.
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Heath Coker, Agent, Falmouth, MA
Thu Jan 26, 2012
Property tax can tell you how well the town is run. Or it could tell you one town has a lot more property to use for their tax revenues. The local real estate professionals can help you with a Ben Franklin decision list for each town.

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Amy Mullen, Agent, Shrewsbury, MA
Tue Jan 24, 2012
I think you should go with the one that you think about more often - that is how I decide if I want to buy something :)

Both towns are EXCELLENT places to live and it seems as if you're struggling with the decision. Where will you and your family be driving to? That might make a difference.

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Lisa Hassett, Agent, Lincoln, MA
Tue Jan 24, 2012
Hello Megatron.
You are right in that both Northborough and Shrewsbury are wonderful towns with highly rated schools systems and quaint neighborhoods so you can't go wrong. Each town does however have a different feel to them. I recommend that you spend some time in each; drive around, check out the libraries, stores, have lunch in one of the restaurants and see if either speaks to your heart more. Best of luck! Lisa
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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Tue Jan 24, 2012
Choosing a neighborhood is really a matter of personal preferences; keep in mind that opinions are oftentime subjective, what may be good for one is not necessarily the case for another. Therefore choose the area that best suits your financials, wants, needs, lifestyle, etc., and know you'll be happy living there....
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Richard Shap…, , Framingham, MA
Tue Jan 24, 2012
I would suggest looking at the tax cost, not just the tax rate. The town I live in has a higher rate but assesments seem lower than the surrounding towns so a comparable home would have a lower annual tax.

Beyond that you should look at the services each town provides and where you are located relative to work and conviniences.

If you base it on football, Shrewsbury whipped Algonquin's butt this year.

Good Luck.
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Judy Boyle, Agent, Marlborough, MA
Tue Jan 24, 2012
I live in Northborough but would move to Shrewsbury in a heartbeat if my family were not so well-connected to Northborough. Both towns offer excellent schools, warm sense of community and a plethora of activities for "kids" of all ages. You can't go wrong either way!
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