History and Tradition
Even long-time Massachusetts residents bask in their capital city's rich Colonial history and tradition. And residents of the state share a special advantage: No matter how quaint and small the village they live in, no matter how "pure country" the landscape that surrounds them, they are all within an easy drive of Boston. Even in the summertime, the playground of Cape Cod is just a morning's drive away.
One of the wealthier suburban towns west of Boston is Wellesley. The
well-established town, just 15 miles from Boston, is lovely and heavily
treed with neighborhoods full of stately, even historic homes. The median
house price is now in the high six figures and there are estates selling
for well into the million-dollar-plus range. One current listing, for
example, is an English Country manor on almost a half-acre sited directly
on the Wellesley Country Club golf course. Listing price is $2,395,000.
Because Wellesley is home to three institutions of higher learning—most
notably, Wellesley College, Hillary Clinton's alma mater—education
of young children is taken very seriously here.
Another suburban town close to Boston is Newton—just six miles
west of Boston—and known as "The Garden City." Bordered on three
sides by the Charles River, Newton is a highly desirable place to live
because of its proximity to Boston and its attractive neighborhoods—there
are 14 villages in all, each with its own unique character. One current
listing for $2,225,000 is a charming 14-room Colonial built in 2003.
The three-story home of 4,789 square feet has six bedrooms and 5.5 baths.