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Old 06-20-2013, 07:28 AM
 
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Hi, my husband, my two children (ages 7 and 5) and myself are considering moving to either Hopkinton or Holliston, MA and we are hoping to gain some feedback.

Here's what we're looking for:
- Friendly, warm, community, caring people (we would like to purchase our home in a nice neighborhood with a "neighborly feel" to it. Any input on nice neighborhoods in these towns would be greatly appreciated)
-Healthy area to live
- Great schools
- Ease of living (I don't want to drive 20 minutes to do my groceries nor to get to school. Currently, it takes me about 5 minutes drive to get the kids to school and to a grocery store and I like that).
- Activities - we like towns that have many activities for the kids/community. We like to be out an about and our kids are very involved in sports, dance etc...

Also, if you have any information about either of these towns that is important to know about, we'd be grateful if you would share it with us (superfund sites, how the possible casino could impact the towns, any plans for new construction that could impact the communities, high water table, areas that frequently flood or get water in their basements etc....anything that you think we should know...)

Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Boston Suburb
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- Friendly, warm, community, caring people (we would like to purchase our home in a nice neighborhood with a "neighborly feel" to it. Any input on nice neighborhoods in these towns would be greatly appreciated)
-Healthy area to live
This really depends on specific neighborhoods. You may live in a perceived 'nice' town, but the people directly next to and across from your house may be jerks. The only way you can get a clue on this is to find the house or several houses that may work for your family and cruise the neighborhood, talk to the people there, and walk around. I'd say some places lend itself more to people who are inconsiderate, loud, trashy, etc. but on the other scale, just because people live in 'good' towns doesn't mean they are automatically nice.
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Old 06-20-2013, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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This really depends on specific neighborhoods. You may live in a perceived 'nice' town, but the people directly next to and across from your house may be jerks. The only way you can get a clue on this is to find the house or several houses that may work for your family and cruise the neighborhood, talk to the people there, and walk around. I'd say some places lend itself more to people who are inconsiderate, loud, trashy, etc. but on the other scale, just because people live in 'good' towns doesn't mean they are automatically nice.
I will add to that if I am trying to get a feel for a town I sit in the local coffee shops, do a little shopping at the nearest grocery store and revisit on at least one weekend and one weekend day, different times.

Now regarding Hopkinton vs. Holliston, I would say Hopkinton is more consistent from neighborhood to neighborhood than Holliston. Hopkinton has more of a downtown, suburban and small town USA personality. Holliston feels farther away from civilization, with more extremes in income, many newer mega-mansion dwellings along with some neighborhoods that are still very townie, backwoods.
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Old 06-20-2013, 05:36 PM
 
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Hi KSCR,
There is a news site that actually covers both towns. Holliston-Hopkinton.patch.com, you may have come across it during your search. It has some information you could probably find useful in your search.

But here are some of my personal opinions on the towns.

Hopkinton is known for it's good schools, they are often ranked top 10 in the state. The town is also growing much faster. They just put in a grocery store and several other businesses at a strip mall on the west end of town (Within half a mile of 495), there is also a large housing/retail development being built on the west side of town near the Ashland line. Many neighborhoods in town were built within the past 25 years. Hopkinton will also be easier if you or your husband are planning on commuting to Boston regularly.

Hopkinton, on the other hand, has had limited commercial/retail growth recently. There are certainly some new neighborhoods there and I personally like the downtown a little bit more than Hopkinton's. From my experience there is a better sense of pride in the community of Hopkinton. You won't have a major grocery store, although there is a local superette which has many day-to-day grocery needs.

Milford borders both towns and many residents will go there to do their shopping at Target and other big box type stores, there are also a lot of great restaurants in Milford.

I think you'll be happy in either town. As some of the previous commenters I would look at specific neighborhoods.
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Old 06-20-2013, 06:40 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Hi KSCR,
There is a news site that actually covers both towns. Holliston-Hopkinton.patch.com, you may have come across it during your search. It has some information you could probably find useful in your search.

But here are some of my personal opinions on the towns.

Hopkinton is known for it's good schools, they are often ranked top 10 in the state. The town is also growing much faster. They just put in a grocery store and several other businesses at a strip mall on the west end of town (Within half a mile of 495), there is also a large housing/retail development being built on the west side of town near the Ashland line. Many neighborhoods in town were built within the past 25 years. Hopkinton will also be easier if you or your husband are planning on commuting to Boston regularly.

Hopkinton, on the other hand, has had limited commercial/retail growth recently. There are certainly some new neighborhoods there and I personally like the downtown a little bit more than Hopkinton's. From my experience there is a better sense of pride in the community of Hopkinton. You won't have a major grocery store, although there is a local superette which has many day-to-day grocery needs.

Milford borders both towns and many residents will go there to do their shopping at Target and other big box type stores, there are also a lot of great restaurants in Milford.

I think you'll be happy in either town. As some of the previous commenters I would look at specific neighborhoods.
I think you meant "Holliston on the other hand?"
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Old 06-20-2013, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Boston
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Hopkinton appears to have a larger grand list and higher ranking schools. I think Hopkinton, depending on where you are coming from is closer to Framingham and the Mass Pike...and an MBTA station.

Holliston has a cute downtown and appears to be retaining more of it's rural character...

I think they both have close proximity to retail locations either super affordable or of a local or more gourmet type. Good local produce and farms.

Better schools would probably be considered Hopkinton but I don't have much visibility regarding Holliston. If you want surface statistics those are easy to find.
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:05 PM
 
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Holliston and Hopkinton are virtually the same types of towns with a few noted exceptions. Depending on where you are in Hopkinton you may be closer to the commuter rail if that is important to you. To say that Hopkinton Schools are better than Holliston that that is a stretch. Holliston will give you slightly better home prices with a terrific school system.

That said, Hopkinton may have a slight advantage in high school level but for your family the elementary schools in Holliston are great. If you can get a spot they are one of the few public schools in the state that offer Montessori and French Immersion.
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Old 06-22-2013, 07:29 PM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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I also agree that the general "feel" of each town is the same. I would personally choose Hopkinton because I think it has a better school system and has better highway access. Depending on where you live in town, you have commercial areas in either Westboro or Milford nearby. It also has more "new" families moving into town vs. "townies" which sounds important to you because you are looking for people similar to you. Keep in mind housing prices in Hopkinton are higher than Holliston and the median family income is also higher ($149k in Hopkinton vs. $125k in Holliston).
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:44 AM
 
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Thank you for taking the time to provide some feedback. I really appreciate it.

I did hear about the french immersion program in Holliston. I love this about the town and would love for my children to grow up learning a second language. Does this program begin in elementary school?

Also, can you tell me more about the Montessori program through the public school?
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Old 06-25-2013, 07:51 AM
 
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Thank you all for taking the time to provide some feeback! It is really helpful.
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