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In the $1.2 price range, The Ridge is a neighborhood off Lexington Rd. about 1/2 mi. from the center. There is a variety of architecture, one entrance, Ridge Rd. and values between $750,000-$1,900,000. The other RIdge, entrance from Alcott Rd.is more pricey, $1,000,000-2,500,000. They are both wonderful neighborhoods. Caterina Heights values would start at $1,200,000-1,800,000. Blueberry Lane is a great neighborhood with values $900,000-$1,400,000. Riverdale is a very popular neighborhood, comprised of more modest Capes and Ranches until the '90s when demand created many larger new homes $500,000-$1,500,000. Conantum is a "rural" neighborhood settled by MIT faculty in the 1940's, values from $500,000-1,600,000. Concord Center is extremely popular. Values from $800,000-$2,500,000. Please visit my web site http://www.cupton.com or call 978-807-6202 me for more details. I would be glad to help. All the best, Chris Upton
Have you sold your existing home? Do you have to sell your existing home to buy? What is your time frame to move? Do you have a pre-approval letter from a lender?
I recommend that you hire a buyers agent in the concord market to represent your best interests.
If you are considering Brookline, Dover, Needham, Newton or Wellesley let me know.