WELLESLEY - Charming two-family Village Colonial in sought-after Dana Hall neighborhood just steps to shops, train and the Brook Path. Updated kitchens and baths and hardwoods throughout. Each unit features six rooms, three bedrooms and one full bath. Lovely level yard, detached two car garage. EXCLUSIVE $825,000 For more information on this property visit http://www.rutledgeproperties.com/16-appleby-road-wellesley-ma-02481
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NEEDHAM - Rarely available South Street mansion sited on over 3 acres. All 18 rooms of this entirely renovated 1930's manor are richly detailed, generously proportioned and finely appointed. Entertain on a grand scale with private wine cellar, wet bar, 11 elegant fireplaces and beautiful pool featuring 2,000 sqft. patio, a hot tub and outdoor shower. Return to gracious living! EXCLUSIVE $3,800,000 http://www.rutledgeproperties.com/436-south-street-needham-ma-02492
WELLESLEY - Stately brick front Colonial in Cliff Estates. Beautifully crafted and carefully designed for family living and elegant entertaining, 11 room property features dramatic ceiling height and spacious rooms, 5 with fireplaces. Gracious living and dining rooms, mahogany library, gourmet kitchen/family room with french doors leading to patio and pool. Master suite, complete with fireplace and stunning marble bath, plus 5 large sunsplashed en suite bedrooms. Set on a beautiful lot, it beckons you home. EXCLUSIVE $2,850,000 http://www.rutledgeproperties.com/206-cliff-road--wellesley-ma-02481
WELLESLEY - Sophisticated 4 bedroom Farms Colonial with fine appointments, welcoming open foyer, high ceilings, sunlit kitchen, and family room overlooking beautiful gardens and terrace. Private setting on a scenic lane abutting town land and walking trails provides country living minutes from downtown Boston. EXCLUSIVE $2,850,000 http://www.rutledgeproperties.com/25-squirrel-road-wellesley-ma-02481
WELLESLEY - Beautifully updated 2 bedroom Wellesley Green condo in Coolidge House. Sunfilled living room with glass doors leads to screened balcony. Young and fresh white Scandia kitchen with breakfast nook opens to sitting area with charming built-ins. Updated baths, 2 car garage parking. So convenient to Wellesley Center with its shops, train and the Brook Path. EXCLUSIVE $685,000 http://www.rutledgeproperties.com/75-grove-street-U325-wellesley-ma-02481
SHERBORN - Sunfilled townhouse in the center of town close to library, tennis courts and playing fields. Gleaming hardwoods, maple kitchen, central air and more. Buy into Sherborn and send your children to one of the best school systems in the state. EXCLUSIVE $275,000 http://www.rutledgeproperties.com/8-leland-drive-sherborn-ma-01770
Resurgence of the Northside
Traditionally the Southside has been the more popular of the two areas. So why is the Northside now experiencing a resurgence?
As an experienced Realtor and longtime resident, my sense is that the Northside is experiencing a second golden age due to its VALUE.
Simply put, you appear to be getting more value for the money in terms of gross living area, character, land and amenities. Here are some examples:
For $1,000,000 you can get:
- Northside A renovated Royal Barry Wills Colonial with all the bells and whistles
- Southside A multi-level, ranch, or split level.
For $1,450,000 you can get:
- A 1940s colonial with all the amenities, plus a substantial addition including a new kitchen, family room, master bedroom suite
- Southside A 1960s colonial with less space and fewer amenities.
School System Due to a centralized school system rated the best among the state, Weston is a top location regardless of the Northside vs. the Southside debate.
That being said, the Northside is quieter. While the Southside experiences a lot of highway noise from the nearby Mass Pike and Route 128, the Northside is spared that noise while still being quite conveniently located to these major routes.
Favorable commute Lastly, as we see Route 128 experience a resurgence of thriving technological businesses, we are finding that the Northside offers a favorable commute.
The fact remains: If you're looking in Weston, you have already made a smart decision. Contact me at 781-710-1741 or email@example.com to discuss which "side" is best for you!
1-3, 12 Hopewell Farm, South Natick $725,000 (NEW LISTING) 8 room, 3 bed, 3.5 bath Detached
SOUTH NATICK - Spectacular, free-standing town home with sunny, open floor plan. First floor master suite with sliders to patio, custom built home office and finished basement that includes: playroom, bonus bedroom/bath, walk in cedar closet and storage galore. Move in condition with updated HVAC, windows and much more. Perfect for the empty nester. A very special property in a beautiful private setting. EXCLUSIVE $725,000
In the first post of this series, I introduced you to Weston's charming North and South sides. Here's some interesting historical perspective on both sides.
If you trace Weston's history, much of this delineation (and I suspect categorizing of the "sides") evolved at the turn of the century. Weston had moved from its rural to its more aristocratic heritage coupled with the industrialization that was going on at that time.
Once divided by vast tracts of farmland owned by old New England families, Weston began to evolve between the mid 1800s and the turn of the century.
Changes on the Southside
On the Southside, farmland was sold to many Boston Brahmin families who built country estates to enjoy the fresh air and nature; subsequently the area adopted an image of privilege. Fifty years passed and many of those estates, hunting lodges and country summer cottages either burned down and/or the land was sold and subdivided to builders. The town became more suburbanized.
Changes on the Northside
Industrialization came to parts of the Northside as farmland was sold to manufacturing companies. The abundance of water sources for power as well as the railroads for transportation made the area attractive for development.
Other sections were developed into 1930s neighborhoods, and subsequently 1960s neighborhoods, but the Northside never lost its more rural identity. Weston did not allow the marquee north streets such as Conant, Merriam, Church and Sudbury to be developed in a way that would erase horse footpath history forever. As a further credit to town planning, some of the largest blocks of land were earmarked as conservation forest such as Sunday Woods, Cat Rock and Burchard Park.
Rediscovering the Northside
Next time we'll get to the heart of the matter - why homebuyers are rediscovering the Northside.
You may have a home you've had your eye on for some time in Weston. Or perhaps you need to move. With my longtime roots in Weston and my real estate experience, I know I can help you. Give me a call at 781-710-1741 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and let's get started!
by Marcie Pucker, Realtor and longtime resident of Weston
For years, I feel that certain brokers have been pushing the Southside of Weston while ignoring the Northside of town. Having grown up on the Southside, and now living on the Northside, I am an admirer of both sides for their unique and vastly different character.
I have always wondered, why has the Northside been under appreciated? A short history and description of each side in terms of geography, history and character might shed some light.
Where is the Southside?
Encompassing those neighborhoods from Rte 20 (Boston Post Rd. and bypass) to the Wellesley/Natick line, the Southside contains these streets:
- Country Drive
- Weston Estates
- Glen Road area
- Sherburn Circle
- Sylvan Lane area
- Shady Hill
- The Country Club neighborhoods
- The Highland Street/Black Oak neighborhoods.
This side of town is often characterized by larger tracts of land, oak forests and country clubs. There is a more manicured, suburbanized feel that mirror those towns abutting to the south: Natick, Wellesley and Wayland.
And where is the Northside?
The Northside contains those neighborhoods north of Rte 20 and heading toward the Lincoln/Waltham lines:
- Hitching Post
- Webster Hill
- Town House
- Partridge Hill
- Pigeon Hill
- Concord /Sudbury Roads
- Merriam neighborhoods
- Cherry Brook
This side of town is characterized by a more rural feel, reminiscent of its neighbor, Lincoln. Larger trees line the winding roads often demarked as "scenic."
More of the town's oldest homes are located here including the town center antiques as well as those along Church Street, Sudbury Road and Indian Hill.
Also included are more of the Colonial Revivals of the early 1900s, and 1930s genre houses. A few homes from the MIT Tech/Deck House movement of the 1950s remain; while they were fast becoming a memory, they are experiencing a resurgence of popularity in the last two years and are being transformed to California modern.
Topographically, the Northside consists of more hills, lakes, rivers and streams, and it has the largest pocket of evergreen forest.
In the next post, I will describe how the two sides have evolved through the town's history.
In the meantime, if Weston sounds like the perfect town for you, give me a call at 781-710-1741 or send me an email at email@example.com and I'd be happy to help!