Kathy, Home Buyer in Pottsville, PA

What are the best quaint towns located near Canton, Mass. to raise a family in? We have a 9 yr old daughter and 7 yr old son.

Asked by Kathy, Pottsville, PA Wed Sep 14, 2011

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Eric Hanlon, Agent, Canton, MA
Wed Sep 14, 2011
Hi Kathy, Canton is a wonderful communtiy. I live here with my wife and 4 kids. We love everything about the town. I could go on and on about Canton and the area, but I'd use up the 5000 characters that trulia allows, and I wouldn't even scratch the surface!

Anyhow to your question, I would focus on Canton, Sharon, North Easton, Westwood, and Milton.

If you'd like to talk about these towns, please feel free to contact me.

Thanks, and be well,

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Greer Swiston, Agent, Newton, MA
Wed Apr 25, 2012
I grew up in Canton and loved it! Go Bulldogs!

That said, "best" is a very subjective word. I highly recommend that you take a look at a couple of resources and perhaps identify the criteria that defines "best" for you.

If public safety is a concern, it is always wise to check the crime log for the various communities. Many of these logs are available online ... however, if you're not familiar with crime logs ... I recommend that you check the crime log of your current town first so you are familiar with the statistics of a community with which you know.

If you're interested in school ratings http://www.greatschools.org/ and in Massachusetts, we have standardized testing known as MCAS and you can see the results from various districts at the state website at http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/results.html ... again, I highly recommend that you compare it with a neighborhood with which you are familiar so that you have some context.

In this age of the internet ... if you are into doing some surfing, it is also enlightening to check out some of the local papers to get some local flavor of a community (next best thing to knowing people who live there).

Canton has the Canton Patch http://canton.patch.com, the Canton Journal http://www.wickedlocal.com/canton, the Canton Citizen http://www.thecantoncitizen.com/ and the Patriot Ledger http://www.patriotledger.com/ not to mention what gets covered by the Boston Globe South.

Best of luck and let me know if I can help!

Best wishes and let me know if I can be of any further assistance!
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Saurinhiran, Home Buyer, Norwood, MA
Fri Apr 20, 2012
Hi, what are the best town to live near Cambridge MA with family ?
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Territory.c…, Agent, MA,
Fri Sep 16, 2011
I grew up not too far from Pottsville, PA!

Welcome to MA

Sharon is a fantastic option for you. It has everything you are describing and you should be able to get what you need in a home for under $500K albeit it might be very competitive (you will need to act fast) as your price point is high demand.

Here is everything on the market in Sharon:

Here is an example of a property currently on the market with your criteria:

Another option is Milton. Your husband would be reverse commuting so it should be an easy ride to work


That should get you started. You can use the maps to see where the real estate is located in relation to canton (make sure you press "Expand" on the upper right if it doesn't show up on your screen)

Here is an awesome site for schools:
www. greatschools.net
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Laura O'Brien, , Canton, MA
Thu Sep 15, 2011
Hi Kathy,
Did you consider renting for a year or so until you get familiar with the area? Just a thought. This is a link to Boston magazine best Massachusetts schools. http://www.bostonmagazine.com/best-schools-in-boston/index.html I hope this helps with your research. I also live and work in Canton and would love to send you a list of homes meeting your critieria in the most sought after neighborhoods. Contact me.
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Louis Wolfs…, Agent, Needham, MA
Thu Sep 15, 2011
Kathy ,

You'll love the Boston Area, a lot to do and of course, or red sox, pats, celtics and bruins.

Canton, Walpole, Medfield are all areas that may be of interest. email me and I'll provide you a list of available properties.
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Kathy, Home Buyer, Pottsville, PA
Thu Sep 15, 2011
Thank you for the responses, everyone! My husband's new position will require him to be at the corporate offices in Canton daily, so Canton, or a short commute to Canton is necessary. Also, once settled in, I will be searching for a Special Education teaching position in the school district we will be residing in, or one very close in proximity.
We are realistic knowing real estate is much more costly in Mass., compared to where we live in PA. However, we need to stay within our means price-wise. With that being said, which of those towns mentioned in your responses could we find a home with 4bdrm, 2.5bath, 2 car garage, at least 2500 sq. feet, and at least .25 acre lot?
Keep in mind we have 2 young children who would love a neighborhood full of kids their age! Also, my husband and I want where we live to be family friendly, safe, and have a quaint downtown full of coffee shops, restaurants, and stores. Plus our new town must have great rated schools. Last, but not least, the price.......does a home exist, meeting all of those criterion, for under under $500K? Or, am I describing a place which doesn't exist?
Thanks in advance!!!!
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Ralph Lanzet…, Agent, Canton, MA
Thu Sep 15, 2011
Hi Kathy, this is a difficult question to answer for a real estate agent/broker in MA. There are certain anti-discrimination laws that we need to adhere to. However, a good place to start would be at the MA.gov website, particularly this link, http://profiles.doe.mass.edu/. From there, you will be able to research any city/town in the state and get information ranging from school profiles, MCAS scoring, demographics, etc. Armed with this information, you can then contact a local "buyer's agent" for more information or for properties that are for sale in your desired location.
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Louis Wolfs…, Agent, Needham, MA
Thu Sep 15, 2011
Kathy depends on what you can afford. The best towns typically are the same.....Brookline, Belmont, Concord, Dover, Lexington, Needham, Newton, Wellesley and Weston.

I think you'd like Needham as it is well located excellent schools and more affordable (relative term) then many I mentioned above.


Representing Greater Boston's Finest Builders and Communities - Brookline, Dover, Needham, Newton, Wellesley and Weston
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Christine Sm…, Agent, Canton, MA
Thu Sep 15, 2011
I agree with Eric. Canton is a nice place to live. I have lived here for about 18 years and my three daughters attend the Canton Public schools. Neighboring Milton and Sharon both recently scored high on Money Magazines best places to live list. Each has different things to offer. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
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Jessica, Home Buyer, 02021
Thu Sep 15, 2011
Mansfield is a great town and very convenient. It is about 15-20 minutes away from Canton but you have easy access to the train.
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