I found Sharon to be the most affordable, "high quality" town within twenty miles of downtown. Every bit as desirable as Lexington, Needham, etc...but at 50-70% of their price for housing. I strongly suggest you check Sharon out if you want top schools in a quiet, beautiful town convenient to highways, Boston, Providence, recreation, etc...
Also, I am not a real estate broker nor do I live there. I am considering the town, among others. I just felt I had to respond to your comments.
I am a realtor specializing in Sharon and the surrounding areas. While this is a question that cannot legally be answered by any licensed realtor, I encourage you to come to our great town and have a look around. I certainly can supply you with statistics on our town and schools and would be happy to show you around town. Again, I cannot respond with regard to your specific question ... but I I would be delighted to chat further and give you the opportunity to actually come take a look at what our beautiful town has to offer. i hope this helped a bit. Good luck and hope to hear from you.
Century 21 Florence Kates
Milton is considered the most Irish town in America. Our family shares that ethnicity. In my daughter's public school class roughly 50% of the kids have Irish last (and several first) names. As for the other 50% there are some Asian some Black some Middle Eastern and the rest you can't tell but assume they are not Irish. As for Latino families I could not give you an estimate but feel safe to say you'd be in the minority. Milton is a town in transition, as the elderly mostly Irish majority passes away I think younger more diverse families are moving in. I think the town is accepting of outsiders as we did not grow up in this town. I think economics plays a bigger role than race in Milton. You're from Beverly and based on the towns you're considering I think economically you would fit in. Most of us are college educated and want that for our children. Milton has a French immersion program in all the elementary schools you can google and offers Spanish several times a week from grades 3 and up.
Controversy in town seems to center on the annual prop 2 1/2 tax overrides to fund the ALL brand newly built (opened last fall) to newly built (opened in the last 5 years) schools and lack of parking in E. Milton Square. Google Milton Times for the local newpaper.