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Sonja Selami Law Office Opens in Boston

Sonja Selami, Linda Kofoed, and Elizabeth Crampton

On Friday, October 6, 2017, Sonja Selami Law Offices celebrated their new Boston office at 425 Boylston Street with an Open House event. Guests, including Elizabeth Crampton and top home stager Linda Kofoed, enjoyed champagne and hors d’oeuvres from renowned chef Ming Tsai, while taking in the views of Boylston Street from the Penthouse office. With locations in Boston, Wellesley, Newton, Lexington, Bedford and Norwell Sonja Selami Law Offices selamilaw.com can provide quality real estate legal services in many locations close to work and home.

Lexington Luxury Home Tour and Wine Tasting Event

Wine Glasses

Thank you so much to all of our special guests who came to our special Event at Orr Homes’ latest Lexington masterpiece.

A HUGE thank you to our fabulous sponsors who came to the event as well as offering their first rate services.

Please see the sponsor directory in the middle of this brochure.

-Elizabeth & the Fine Lexington Homes team!

 

2017 Tax Rates Have Arrived!

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The New Year is upon us, and with that comes the new residential tax rates! Below you’ll find a list of several towns in the Greater Boston Area along with their corresponding 2016 and 2017 rates.


TAX RATES are something to consider when looking to buy your next home as they make some towns more affordable than others. While I don’t believe it’s a reason to avoid certain towns, it should be something you should consider when comparing homes.

You’ll find that the tax rates for this group of desirable towns start out at $9.49 in fairly urban Woburn, and top out at $19.06 in Acton, where there are far less commercial properties. Towns that have more businesses subsidizing the towns’ income, allow for lower residential tax rates. The more suburban or rural towns result in higher taxes.

Lowest Tax Rates (Ranging from $9.94 -$11.89):

  • Burlington
  • Medford
  • Melrose
  • Newton
  • Needham
  • Wellesley
  • Woburn

Highest Tax Rates (Ranging from $17.62 – $19.06):

  • Acton
  • Carlisle
  • Sudbury
  • Wayland

Average Tax Rates (Ranging from $12.28 – $14.81):

  • Arlington
  • Bedford
  • Belmont
  • Concord

 

Which Posh Boston Suburb is Right for You?

Which Northwest Boston Suburb Is Best For You

Lexington’s “Center Streetscape Plan” Unfolds!

Lexington Center Streetscape

Ever wonder about the “Save Lexington Center” signs popping up all over town? Last night’s meeting at Cary Hall rolled out ideas for some wonderful improvements coming our way. A crowd came out to hear the “Lexington Center Streetscape Design” Committee talk about their proposals on sidewalks, lighting, landscaping and much more!  I love their proposal for “wire cut” smooth, natural brick laid in a charming herringbone pattern to replace the current sidewalks.  Our center will go from charming and attractive to “Wow!” once these plans are implemented.

Get up-to-date on the plan at the website: Lexington Streetscape ; this site included proposals, articles and news stories to keep you up-to-date.

A crowd gathered on the evening of January 11th to hear the ad hoc Commitete unfold their plans for an improved Lexington center.

A crowd gathered on the evening of January 11th to hear the ad hoc Committee lay out their proposal to improve Lexington center.

 

How Far does $1,500,000.00 go in these attractive Northwest Boston suburbs?

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$1,500,000 homes in top Boston Suburbs.

Stats, average Prices, number of Sales.

Town, Homes & Prices

Description

# of Homes
Sold below $1,500K
Past 12 months

Average Sales Price/sf
&
Town Page Link

Lexington

8 Orchard Lex8 Orchard Lane
SOLD $1,451,000

Farmhouse Colonial
3,148sf
4 Bedroom
3 Bath
.7 Acres
Built in 1992

382

$341/sf
Average home sells for $1,288K

Click here for Lexington hilights

Arlington

40 Linden Arlington 240 Linden St
SOLD: $1,499,000

Modern Antique Colonial
3,816sf
4 Bedroom
3 1/2 Bath
.2 Acres
Built in 2015

305

$387/sf
Average home sells for $777K

Click here for Arlington hilights

Melrose

20 North Melrose20 North Avenue
SOLD $1,451,000

Modern Victorian
11,959sf
7 Bedroom
9 1/2 Bath
.7 Acres
Built in 1990

255

$271/sf
Average home sells for $528K

Sudbury

141 Graystone Sudbury 2141 Greystone Lane
SOLD $1,496,000

Colonial Victorian
5,873sf
4 Bedroom
4 1/2 Bath
2.5 Acres
Built in 1996

240

$252/sf
Average home sells for $788K

Click here for Sudbury hilights

Wellesley

295 Weston Wellesley295 Weston Rd
UAG $1,495,000

Custom Colonial
4,177sf
5 Bedroom
3 1/2 Bath
.7 Acres
Built in 2005

231

$444/sf
Average home sells for $1,398K

Click here for for Wellesley hilights

Winchester

8 Rangeley Winchester8 Rangeley Road
SOLD $1,502,000

Rangeley Colonial
3,392sf
4 Bedroom
2 1/2 Bath
.8 Acres
Built in 1985

213

$381/sf
Average home sells for $1,081K

Click here for for Winchester hilights

Wayland

63 Edgewood Wayland63 Edgewood Rd
LIST $1,495,000

Craftsman-Style Colonial
4,500sf
5 Bedroom
5 1/2 Bath
.4 Acres
Built in 2015

176

$288/sf
Average home sells for $862K

Click here for for Wayland hilights

Concord

155 Riverdale Concord155 Riverdale Road
SOLD $1,480,000

4,162sf
4 Bedroom
3 1/2 Bath
.3 Acres
Built in 2010

160

$362/sf
Average home sells for $849K

Click here for for Concord hilights

Bedford

2 Harvard Drive Bedford2 Harvard Drive
SOLD $1,510,000

New Custom Colonial
5,250sf
5 Bedroom
4 1/2 Bath
1.4 Acres
Built in 2015

153

$293/sf
Average home sells for $652K

Click here for for Bedford hilights

Belmont

14 Bow Rd Belmount14 Bow Rd
SOLD $1,479,000

Updated Colonial
3,181sf
4 Bedroom
2 1/2 Bath
.2 Acres
Built in 1928

134

$416/sf

Average home sells for $838K

Click here for Belmont hilights

Weston

35 Holly Circle Weston35 Holly Circle
UAG $1,495,000

Contemporary Cape
3,833sf
4 Bedroom
3 1/2 Bath
1.3 Acres
Built in 1960

68

$428/sf

Average home sells for $1,516K

Click here for Weston hilights

Carlisle

Lot 19 Hanover CarlisleLot 19 Hanover Road
SOLD $1,500,000

Young Grand Cape
5,209sf
3 Bedroom
4 1/2 Bath
2 Acres
Built in 2015

62

$325/sf

Average home sells for $1,258K

Click here for Carlisle hilights

Lincoln

121 Tower Lincoln121 Tower Rd
SOLD $1,500,000

Arts & Crafts Colonial
5,000sf
4 Bedroom
3 1/2 Bath
3.5 Acres
Built in 2015.

35

$303/sf

Average home sells for $860K

Click here for Lincoln hilights

How Far does your $1,000,000 go in these Northwest Boston suburbs?

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$1,000,000 homes in top Boston Suburbs. Stats, average prices, number of sales. Fun facts
about Lexington, Winchester, Belmont, Bedford, Concord, Arlington and more!

Town

Homes & Prices

Description

# of Homes
Sold below $1mm
Past 12 months

Average Price/sf
&
Fun Facts

Weston

Weston 1mm home

161 Winter Street
SOLD $1,000,000

Colonial, 3074sf,
3 Bedroom
3 Bath,
1.8 Acres,
Built in 1934.
Convenient south side location
and many custom features

30

$389/sf
Weston’s average home sells for
$1,800,000

Weston, MA golf

Weston has more than 2,000 acres of conservation land.

Lincoln

Lincoln 1mm home

49 Bedford Road
SOLD $957,500

Colonial/Antique, 2,468sf,
5 Bedroom, 2.5 Bath, 1.05 Acres,
Built in 1790.
Walk to Linoln’s Library
Updates include new Kitchen,
new bath, blue stone patio and
structural improvements
21 $326/sf
Tranquil, privacy where
homes sell for $1,200,000 on average
Stonewalls dot the landscape
Lincoln drumlin-farm
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a 30-acre sculpture park and contemporary art museum on the shore of Flint’s Pond in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Belmont

Belmont 1mm home

95 Douglas Road
SOLD $965,000

2,078sf Colonial with 4 Bedrooms
2 full baths, .18 Acres,
Built in 1935. Close commute to Boston. Minutes from the center and Rt. 2.

 

83 $436/sf
A 17 minute train ride to north station & 15 minute
car ride into the city.
Belmont_Hill_School MA
Destination boutique shops and restaurants abound in the
Town Center and Cushing Square

Wellesley

Wellesley 1mm home
447 Weston Rd
SOLD$998,500
1950 Cape with
2,077sf, 4 Bedrooms,
3 Baths Flexible Floor plan with several recent updates
112

$437/sf

 

Wellesley_College MA

Stately neighborhoods
dominate & don’t just look like
they are oozing $$$ …

Lexington

Lexington 1mm home
19 Downing Rd
SOLD
$955,000
1,918sf Colonial on .5-acres.
Built in 1924
with 3 Bedrooms,
1 ½ Baths.
Elementary, Middle, and High School located within 1 mile radius
179 $376/sf
The town has numerous parks,

conservation areas, museums &1 Hancock House on Hancock Street Lexington MA
libraries that provide exceptional opportunities for recreational &
cultural activities. Located just
14 miles northwest of Boston.

Winchester

Winchester 1mm home
39 Pilgrim Drive
SOLD $959,000
Highly desirable Vinson-Owen School District. 2,522sf
4 Bedroom, 2 ½ Bath
Split Entry built in 1972 on
.62 Acres.
122

$367/sf

Winchester, MA Mystic Lake
Take a drive through the

neighborhoods from Halloween
through Christmas.

Carlisle

Carlisle 1mm home
170 Russell Street
SOLD $910,000
3,907sf
Cape built in 1986 with
4 Bedrooms,
4.5 Bath on 4.34 Acres. Set beside an idyllic pond on the sought-after South side of Carlisle.
52

$265/sf

Carlisle MA clark farm

Wooded, quiet where
conservation prevails.

Concord

Concord 1mm home
24 Macarthur Road
SOLD $950,000
4 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath
3,179sf Colonial on
.28 Acres.
1994-built &
walk to vibrant West Concord Village
122

$351/sf

Concord Ma Colonial Inn
Known for Walden Pond and
much more! Writers, artists and
Farm-to-table restaurants,
charming shops abound.

Bedford

Bedford 1mm home
21 Page Road
SOLD $915,000
Contemporary
with 2,474sf,
5 Bedrooms,
3 Baths,
.92 Acres,
Built in 1963.
103 $293/sf
Schools ranked 5

in the latest Boston Mag ratings!

Bedford MA statue
Minuteman Bikeway constructed
along the old railway bed connects Bedford to Cambridge!

Wayland

Wayland 1mm home
28 Sears Road
SOLD $960,000
3,154, 4 Bedroom,
3 Bath Cape-style home on 1.48 Acres, Built in 1958.
157

$282/sf

mill pond wayland

Visit Wayland’s new Town Center
with its impressive
shops and dining!

Arlington

Arlington 1mm home
207 Appleton Street
SOLD $900,000
2,326sf,
3 Bedroom,
3 Bath,
Bungalow on
.3 Acres. This beautiful home is the quintessential example of a 1900’s “Arts and Crafts” style
Bungalow.
284 $365/sf
A “suburban” Cambridge.
Arlington MA robbins library
Boys and Girls Club & Robbins
Library are a huge draw.

Sudbury

Sudbury 1mm home
74 Woodmere Drive
SOLD $974,500
Colonial
with 4,681sf, 4 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths, on 1.44 Acres. Quiet Culdesac close to conservation
194

$248/sf

Sudbury MA Gristmill
Picturesque, historic town with

old town center & a vibrant
shopping strip along Route 20

Melrose

Melrose 1mm home

19 Hunnenwell Street
SOLD $870,000

2,901 sf,
4 Bedroom,
3.5 Bath Colonial.
Built in 2005 on .23 Acres.
Open floor plan perfect for entertaining
263 $278/sf
For affordability, job opps and

local economics, Realtor.com.places Melrose #1Main Street Melrose MA
In its annual ranking of the
nation’s 10 hottest ZIP codes!

 

How Far does your $500,000 go in these Northwest Boston suburbs?

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$500,000 homes in top Boston Suburbs. Stats, average prices, number of sales. Fun facts
about Lexington, Winchester, Belmont, Bedford, Concord, Arlington and more!

Town

Homes & Prices

Description

# of Homes
Sold below $500K
Past 12 months

Average Price/sf
&
Fun Facts

Weston

Weston, MA $500,000

667 Wellesley Street
SOLD $500,000

Cape, 1,201sf,
3 Bedroom
1 1/2 Bath,
2 Acres,
Built in 1950.
Level back yard
abuts conservation
1

$389/sf
Weston’s average home sells for
$1,800,000

Weston, MA golf

Weston has more than 2,000 acres of conservation land.

Lincoln

Lincoln, MA $500,000

1 Cedar Road
SOLD $420,000

Ranch, 848sf,
2 Bedroom, 1 Bath, .92 Acres,
Built in 1950.
5 minutes to
Walden Pond
in a quiet neighborhood.
Close to commuter rail & conservation.
2 $326/sf
Tranquil, privacy where
homes sell for $1,200,000 on average
Stonewalls dot the landscape
Lincoln drumlin-farm
DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum is a 30-acre sculpture park and contemporary art museum on the shore of Flint’s Pond in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

Belmont

NEW Belmont Photo

246 Blanchard Rd
SOLD $485,000

1,498sf Colonial with 3 Bedrooms
.09 Acres,
Built in 1914. Close commute to Boston. Minutes from the center and Rt. 2.

 

3 $436/sf
A 17 minute train ride to north station & 15 minute car ride into the city.
Belmont_Hill_School MA
Destination boutique shops and restaurants abound in the
Town Center and Cushing Square

Wellesley

Wellesley, MA $500,000
934 Worcester Street (aka Route 9)
$495,000
1961 Cape with
1,344sf, 3 Bedrooms,
2 Baths on .26 Excellent commuter location.
5 $437/sf
Stately neighborhoodsWellesley_College MA
dominate & don’t just look like
they are oozing $$$ …

Lexington

Lexington, MA $500,000
379 Marrett Road
$499,000
1,260sf Cape on .14-acres.
Built in 1957
with 3 Bedrooms,
1 ½ Baths.
Near Schools,
the “Old Res,”
“Cumbies ,” and the “T” to Alewife.
6 $376/sf
The town has numerous parks,

conservation areas, museums &1 Hancock House on Hancock Street Lexington MA
libraries that provide exceptional opportunities for recreational &
cultural activities. Located just
14 miles northwest of Boston.

Winchester

Winchester, MA $500,000
83 Sheridan Circle
$499,000
Stroll to Horn Pond from this 2,144sf 3 Bedroom, 1 ½ Bath
Antique built in 1846 on
15 Acres. Woburn-line.
6

$367/sf

Winchester, MA Mystic Lake
Take a drive through the

neighborhoods from Halloween
through Christmas.

Carlisle

Carlisle $500,000
491 South Street
$458,000
1,344sf
Colonial built in 1925 with
2 Bedrooms,
1 Bath on .4 Acres. Next to Spencer Brook conservation trail.
6

$265/sf

Carlisle MA clark farm

Wooded, quiet where
conservation prevails.

Concord

Concord, MA $500,000
835 Bartlett’s Mill Road
$460,000
3 Bedroom, 1 Bath
1,320sf Antique on
.25 Acres.
1920-built &
in Good condition.
10

$351/sf

Concord Ma Colonial Inn
Known for Walden Pond and
much more! Writers, artists and
Farm-to-table restaurants,
charming shops abound.

Bedford

Bedford, MA photo
16 Meadowbrook Rd
$495,000
Ranch
with 1,523sf,
3 Bedrooms,
2 Baths,
2.42 Acres,
Built in 1959.
24 $293/sf
Schools ranked 5

in the latest Boston Mag ratings!

Bedford MA statue
Minuteman Bikeway constructed
along the old railway bed connects Bedford to Cambridge!

Wayland

NEW Wayland photo 1
352 Old Connecticut Path
$499,900
1,798sf, 3 Bedroom,
1 1/2 Bath Cape-style home on .34 Acres, Built in 1953.
41

$282/sf

mill pond wayland

Visit Wayland’s new Town Center
with its impressive
shops and dining!

Arlington

Arlington, MA $500,000
31 Kimball Road
$499,000
1,980sf,
3 Bedroom,
1 ½ Bath,
Colonial on
.12 Acres. Near
Arlington Center
with views
of Mystic Lake.
45 $365/sf
A “suburban” Cambridge.
Arlington MA robbins library
Boys and Girls Club & Robbins
Library are a huge draw.

Sudbury

Sudbury, MA $500,000
59 Dudley Road
$499,000
1900 Farmhouse
with 1,380sf, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, on 1.65 Acres. Quiet Street in idyllic family neighborhood
46

$248/sf

Sudbury MA Gristmill
Picturesque, historic town with

old town center & a vibrant
shopping strip along Route 20

Melrose

New Melrose Photo 3

57 Lynn Fells Parkway
$399,000

1,798sf,
3 Bedroom,
1 ½ Bath Cape.
Built in 1941 on .14 Acres. Walk to Main Street Shops & Dining.
129 $278/sf
For affordability, job opps and

local economics, Realtor.com.
places Melrose #1Main Street Melrose MA
In its annual ranking of the
nation’s 10 hottest ZIP codes!

Lexington’s Top 5 Fall Activities!

Lexington Center Historical Society Park with Events Calendar and Old Clock

What are your top 5 favorite things to do in Lexington during the fall season?  

There’s nothing like the fall in New England, and Lexington offers so much to do and see!

 

 

The bustle of Lexington center offers a canope of crimson leaves next to the new “Clock” where benches invite readers, strollers and siteseers.  Don’t miss the newly renovated Cary Hall which opens this weekend with a performance by Livingston Taylor and others!

 

 

 

Lincoln Park Fitness Trail offers a peaceful oasis with its wide paths and winding boardwalks. A feast for the eyes and ears with wildflower patches, forest, swamp & meadows. When I walk my dog here on this autumn morning, I loved the crunch of the beautiful burnt orange fallen leaves around us.

Lincoln Park Sign

 

See the variety of pumpkins at Wilson Farm and ride through the fields on the Spooky Hayride. I remember when their Haunted House was underground and truly horrifying fun!  Their Hayride is a gentler kind of fun and is the quintessential fall event. The spooky, not scary, Hayride, is fun for all ages with werewolves, ghouls and a headless horseman atop one of the giant animals sculpted from hay. It’s fun to get out onto the fields and see the farm from that vantage point, of course while indulging in one of their delicious Apple Cider donuts!  My advice is to try to get there on a weekday to avoid the long weekend lines!  Starts October 10th.  This year marks their 130th Harvest Celebration, so they have planned several events.

You can view all of their events here:  http://www.wilsonfarm.com/happenings.html.

 

 

Hike on the conservation trails. I was lucky enough to grow up on Cape Cod and in rural Connecticut, where yearound walks outside were beautiful and relaxing. While fairly urban when compared to the old Cape shore and the rolling hills of Connecticut’s Quiet corner, get off the track and you’ll get yourself into a mini vacation right in Lexington!  The town has 1,300 acres of conservation land, with over 50 miles of trails! Here you can view a map of all of the conservation areas with trail access. Below are some of my favorite spots:

Great Meadows, which is accessible from Waldorf School and the nursing home on Emerson Gardens Road, and Dunback Meadows, accessible from Bowman School, Clarke Middle School and Allen Street.

For the avid bikers, I recommend the Minuteman National Trail. As you get into Lincoln and continue on into Concord you’ll remember why you love New England so much!  Willard’s Woods, accessible from Suzanne Road, North Street and Redcoat Lane, is especially known for dog walkers and wide, picturesque trails.

ACROSS Lexington is a network of pedestrian and bicycle routes linking many parts of the town.  You can find brochures and maps on the Town of Lexington’s website here: http://www.lexingtonma.gov/selectmen/committee/acrosslexington.cfm.

Many paths are now strewn with beautiful foliage, and hearing the leaves crunch while enjoying the crimson color all around and the bright blue sky above, is a treat. Don’t forget your sweater or field jacket!

 

 

It’s always a blast to attend a Lexington High School football game, especially under the new lights! The lights on the field along with the new turf have opened up the LHS Minutemen to an exciting world where the once sparsely filled stands are now proving to be the place to be. When you go, you’ll enjoy easy parking, a well run concession stand and the Town Center Park on site as well.  Go Minutemen!

Don’t miss a game!  Teams’ schedules here.

How have Home Prices Fared in your Boston Suburb?

Increase for Lexington and other Greater Boston Suburb Home Sale Prices in 2014

Nationwide, average single family home sales prices ticked up just 3% in 2014, while Northeast prices edged up 2%. In contrast, prices in those Greater Boston towns where I focus my business (see list, below) jumped 8% on average, with a wide range of town-specific increases.  

The range in increases for these desirable towns spans from 5% in Sudbury and Winchester to 14% in Lexington and Burlington to a high of 17% in Weston. 2014 is the first year since 1999 with an overall price increase for almost all of the above listed towns. As an exception, Lincoln showed a 6% decline in sale prices between 2013 and 2014 but keep in mind that Lincoln also had the least number of sales among these towns. Specifically, 64 homes sold in Lincoln versus 195 in Winchester and 316 in Wellesley. Wide swings are common with a limited number of sales. In fact, Lincoln saw home sales prices jump 17% during the combined sales in 2013 and 2014.

 

2014 Year End Average Home Sale Prices in Greater Boston

What Factors are Driving up Average Home Sale Prices?

Two of the biggest factors elevating prices are a strong economy and exceptionally low interest rates. For example, the growth and expansion of Lexington-based pharmaceuticals are encouraging employee relocations and families are choosing to live near the companies. Interest rates are still at historic lows and many buyers are borrowing with attractive 3%-4% rates. Banks are increasingly offering aggressive Jumbo loan rates making it easier for buyers to consider higher priced homes. Also, the desirable location, schools, culture and amenities available in most of Greater Boston keeps the area competitive.

Towns offer unique amenities and vary in terms of what you get “for your money.” For example, homes in Concord and Lexington have sold in 2014 at roughly the same average price ($1,129,000 and $1,139,000, respectively) but the charming, inviting town of Concord will likely buy you more land and a short drive two Boston’s Commuter Rail, while beautiful Lexington offers more inventory, a variety of housing styles from vintage to new construction, and easy access to a vibrant town center parks and recreation. Another example is Newton where average prices also compare to Lexington’s ($1,142,000 for 2014) –but Lexington tends to offer considerably more house and land while Newton’s value is its close proximity to Boston.

It’s no surprise that Lexington prices are pushing gently but firmly upwards.

If any Boston suburb has proven recession proof, it’s Lexington.  I know from personally tracking average sales prices in the MLS over the past 20 years that the town rebounded within two years from each of the last two recessions.

Lexington offers an ideal blend of urban and suburban. A historic and vibrant town center has preserved its appealing “small town” feel. Below the surface you’ll find the best schools in Massachusetts, desirable restaurants, a Relais and Châteaux- status “Inn at Hastings Park,” music venues, art galleries and great shopping. The Hayden Recreation Center and Ice Skating rink (home to casual skating as well as world class skating teams), outdoor exercise trails, artificial turf fields, swimming pools and tennis courts, as well as acres of unspoiled nature trails and much more, offer a depth of recreation and sports facilities.

It’s logical that “big money” previously investing in Wellesley, Weston and Belmont Hill, is seeing the value of Lexington. The number of $2mm and higher sales has multiplied more than seven times over the past six years. There were 27 $2mm+ sales in 2014, up from just 3 in 2009. Local families have been building $5mm – $14mm custom homes in Lexington, but now we are seeing developers building close to $5 million “on spec,” rather than “custom.” (hint: watch the late spring 2014 market!)

Weston, where sales jumped 17% last year to a peak of $1,761,000, seems to react well to a strong economy and many buyers are choosing this well-located suburb.

Its top tier brick and ivy schools rival that of the best New England preparatory schools. It boasts gracious estates old and new, abundant hiking and cross country skiing trails and a quaint, sleepy town center (complete with ice skating rink) that would be comfortable in a Norman Rockwell painting. Weston family life means rubbing shoulders with CEOs and CFOs at the local PTA meetings, the chance to belong to the exclusive Weston Golf Club, and the opportunity to own a large parcel of land in a bucolic setting only 15 minutes from Boston’s financial district.

Burlington, shows a whopping 27% combined increase in sales prices over the past two years.

Young professionals and empty nesters from “tonier” neighboring towns appreciate the central location and easy access to the major commuting routes and have snapped up the smaller homes and condominiums at several new developments.

Along with abundant new construction, Burlington now has destination shopping and dining. For example, think Wayside Commons (LL Bean, Season’s 52, Capital Grill) and the Burlington Mall (Nordstrom’s, Cheesecake Factory, Macy’s). The most recent buzz is about Northwest Park, nestled among high-tech companies such as Oracle. This development is intended to feel like shopping on Boston’s Newbury Street and the anchor stores in this new urban-style restaurant and shopping center include Wegman’s, Kings Bowling and the upscale steakhouse, The Bancroft.

Massachusetts and the US are recovering slowly and steadily, but prices are leaping and bounding in the Greater Boston Suburbs for reasons that are easy to understand.

Click here to see Coldwell Banker’s easy-to-read Average Home Price map for every Massachusetts Town.

To find out what these latest home sale prices mean for YOU, please call me any time.

Sincerely,

Elizabeth Crampton

cell 781-389-4400