Wellesley

Wellesley bounds Weston on its south side, and is very different from Weston and Dover in style. Wellesley was recently chosen by Boston Magazine* in an article entitled "Swanky Town Smackdown" as the winner of the "pretty, prestigious, and priced accordingly" towns, with a median price of $ 982,500 for houses sold in the last year.** Prestigious Wellesley, has a varied, well-manicured housing stock ranging from condominiums to large estates. Urbane and fashionable, downtown Wellesley is highly developed and offers boutique shopping (such as Lux Bond & Green for the occasional jewel and The Gap) to satisfy most needs. A plethora and range of restaurants exist like Blue Ginger, which Zagat has rated number two in Boston and claims has "the best Asian fusion in the country;" and Alta Strada, with its contemporary Italian cuisine, is a creation of renowned chef/owner Michael Schlow. A college town: Wellesley College, Babson College and Olin College in nearby Needham, lend intellectual and physical resources to the town. Wellesley College, always listed in the top ten liberal arts institutions in the United States, with its magnificent campus in the center of town, provides a terrific art collection in the Davis Museum, and an eclectic range of summer camps and classes open to the community. Its students can be seen ogling store windows and sipping Starbucks frappuccinos any day of the week, adding lots of energy in the shopping and eating zone.

Located 13 miles west of Boston and a 30-minute commute, with 10.49 square miles, Wellesley's population is about 27,000. While it has the fifth highest per capita income in the state***, there is still affordable housing to be found with a 2012 range of offerings from $199,000 to $7,500,000. Wellesley is a town that appeals to house hunters who placed a high value on public schools and the nearby availability of excellent private schools. And Wellesley fares well in the school ratings at 5th best in the state**** for its High School.

The town has a tony look with its tree-lined streets, and stately homes on carefully tended lots. It offers many different areas to live in, each with distinctive characteristics and names such as The Farms, The Cliff Estates, The Hills, The Poets; and each with close-by access to a train or “T” station with service to Boston and it is skirted by the Rt. 128/95/Mass Turnpike highway belt, so important in New England.




* Boston Magazine, March 2012
** MLS, Sold properties, between September 2011 & 2012
*** Dept. of Revenue, 2008 statistics
**** Boston Magazine, Boston’s Best Schools 2012: Top 50 Ranking of High Schools in Boston and Boston Suburbs, Sept. 2012

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