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Old 05-18-2012, 03:21 PM
 
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My husband and two young children are moving for his work to the area. Can someone go over the differences in these towns? Here are a few things we really want...

-best school system. It seems like all the schools in this area are great and I'm having a hard time figuring out which one is best!
-a vibrant town. We would love to be able to live in a town where we could walk around to shops, parks, schools etc...
-neighborhoods that are kid friendly- sidewalks!!
- we don't want big McMansion subdivisions

If anyone can offer up suggestions for other towns in that area that would be great!
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Old 05-18-2012, 05:24 PM
 
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Have you checked out Holliston? It's a lovely community that has everything you're asking for. Google "living in Holliston" or "Town of Holliston" and you'll get lots of info about the community & also a handful of community photos & videos. You can also search city-data and find previous comments about Holliston.
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Old 05-19-2012, 10:41 AM
 
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You can't go wrong with any of the towns. All three have great schools, low crime and are extremely family friendly. All three have convenient access to the Mass Pike and 495. Hopkinton has grown at the fastest rate in recent years, and I would say has the highest percentage of McMansions. Southboro is the smallest at about 10K people, and is the least developed commercially. Westboro is the largest at about 19k, and is the most developed. You can check Newsweek, Boston Magazine or greatschools, and all three have been among the best as far as schools are concerned. They seem to alternate year to year, although the latest has Hopkinton ranked as at or near the top of public high schools in MA, and among the best in the nation. Given ALL of your criterior, though, I would choose Westboro.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:36 AM
 
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We currently live in Marlborough (bad schools) and just bought a house in Southborough (VERY good schools). Hopkinton and Westborough were also on our list. The good thing about S'boro vs. the others?

Schools
Lower taxes
Great access to Rt. 9, Pike and Rt. 30 (Parts of W'boro are so deep, the commute would be no good for many)
Quaint town (fewer than 10k residents) but with the nearby amenities of Westborough, Framingham, Natick, etc.

The house we are buying is far from a McMansion. It's a totally remodeled colonial that is about 50 years old and not your cookie cutter home. On a cul de sac that is off of another cul de sac. No sidewalks, but VERY safe according to the sellers and other neighbors. I want a place where my kids can ride their bikes.

I work in Westborough so my commute will also be great. Where is your husband working?
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Old 06-11-2012, 09:48 PM
 
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This is such great info! Thank you all. He is working in westborough but right on the souhtborough line. We are moving from a place where we are in walking distance from coffee shops, schools, parks, shops etc... And really love that. We are realizing that's what we are looking for as time gets closer. Are there certain "downtowns" that are better than others? Are the neighborhoods downtown in these towns nice?
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:21 AM
 
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Here's what's in the center for each of those towns:

In Hopkinton: Zia's Cafe (nice restaurant for lunch or dinner), Hopkinton Gourmet (super nice people), Bill's Pizza, Colella's Grocery Store, the Library, drug store, copy shop, antique store, plus Threads, which is a nice little boutique clothing store. There is the town common where they have summer concerts and free movie nights.

In Southborough: Blink & you'll miss it. The town center includes the library (small but excellent), barber shop, pizza shop, cafe, florist, bank & dry cleaner. Not a heck of a lot to walk to.

In Holliston: Their town center is growing. There's a children's playground being renovated plus a ballfield, tennis courts, about half a dozen boutiques, a newer cafe (with music at night as well), great general store that's been there forever, small salon, small grocery shop, and a handful of antique shops, the library, plus artist studios & Lake Winthrop nearby. They have lots of community events in the town center, including a holiday stroll.

In Westborough: You can walk to the few newer shops where Roche Bros is (there's a clothing store there and I think a Paper Store), plus a pizza shop, flower shop, liquor store, convenience store, coffee shop, two breakfast shops, restaurant (Japanese if I recall), 3-4 small boutique shops, gas station, Dairy Queen, etc.
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Old 06-12-2012, 07:23 AM
 
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There are some neighborhoods near these town centers in all these towns that are nice. In Westborough there are some that are lovely and some that aren't so great but for the most part they're all attractive areas.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:34 PM
 
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What are some of the not so great areas in westborough that I should stay away from!?
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:00 PM
 
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A few pics of downtown Holliston
Scenes of downtown Holliston | Facebook
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:14 PM
 
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It's not that they are bad areas. Just some streets downtown are lovely with well cared for homes and others are not as much. Some of my faves downtown are closer to the high school, including Charles St, O'Neil Dr, etc.

In Holliston the neighborhood called Mudville is a cute area walking distance to town. Green St is also a great little spot because it's on the same street as the playground & the homes are really pretty antiques.

In Hopkinton I like many of the little streets off Hayden Rowe, as well as Hayden Rowe itself, and also LOVE Charlesview Estates, though that's more of a trek to downtown.
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