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Old 08-18-2016, 01:50 PM
 
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Hello, my wife and I have two children and have been looking for home with a good school district, location and close to family in the area. We sort of narrowed it down to Natick, Sudbury, Wayland, Sherborn and possibly Medfield. I was wondering what people's thoughts were on living in each town, how they felt about the schools and how snobby they thought any of these towns were.
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Old 08-18-2016, 06:39 PM
 
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I don't find any of them snobby. If you tell us more about what is drawing you to those particular towns other than the schools we may be able to narrow it down for you a bit.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:20 PM
 
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Southborough/Shrewsbury? Better value for houses?
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:04 AM
 
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I was going through this same situation (Wayland not included) and picked Natick. After seeing all of these towns, we are very happy with our choice.


Natick seems to have the most wide array of options in many facets (rural through high density neighborhoods, nice variety of housing stock from low to high prices-relative of course, fairly diverse nationalities, very diverse in that there is a strong mix of blue collar and white collar people which IMO helps eliminate any snobby types, there is a variety of shopping from some of the heaviest commercial type things with the Natick Mall and Shoppers World, to a more quaint, independent, but often lively town center, to the rural outdoorsy feel of south Natick.


All of the other towns you mentioned seem to be less dimensional in these aspects, and have more of a quaint, small town/ruralish feel by comparison. It really depends what you are looking for.


As far as Natick schools, coming from out of state, we have been beyond happy with the quality of schools, teachers, academic and extracurricular opportunities. I believe all of the towns you mentioned have great school districts as well.
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Old 02-07-2017, 07:58 PM
 
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I don't have first hand experience but heard from many people Sudbury is very snobby. Natick is a nice town, little congested but great commute possibilities, significantly different from Sherborn. Sherborn obviously has one of the best school systems but is a whole different world in itself, you have to have the personality for it, then you'll love it. Medfield no. Wayland is very nice. I would recommend Southborough too for great schools and good commute possibilities.
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Old 02-07-2017, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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I don't have first hand experience but heard from many people Sudbury is very snobby. Natick is a nice town, little congested but great commute possibilities, significantly different from Sherborn. Sherborn obviously has one of the best school systems but is a whole different world in itself, you have to have the personality for it, then you'll love it. Medfield no. Wayland is very nice. I would recommend Southborough too for great schools and good commute possibilities.
What's so bad about Medfield?
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Old 02-10-2017, 11:10 AM
 
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Of those towns, I'm really only familiar with Natick and Sherborn. Natick downtown feels like a small city to me. It has a nice town center that has a farmer's market in the summers. The library is excellent. Rt 9 isn't anything pretty but the Natick mall has some great shopping. The housing lots are smaller and closer together; more high density, more diverse. It would be easy to commute to the city from Natick.

Sherborn feels rural, with several farms. There's one main road that has an antique store, a couple of small shops, and a C&L frosty. They have a nice playground for kids. It's a little bit more cut off from commuting options, in my opinion. You'd have to drive to Framingham or Natick to do anything or go anywhere. Everyone I've met from Sherborn has been very nice; they've also all been wealthy and white. Take that for what it's worth; your mileage may vary.

@lovelybonez - What don't you like about Medfield?
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Old 02-10-2017, 01:04 PM
 
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Does Medfield have something of a stepford quality to it?
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Old 02-10-2017, 02:03 PM
 
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Does Medfield have something of a stepford quality to it?
I wouldn't say so. I found it to be like any other wealthier town in MA. I didn't live there though, just a town over. I also don't find Sudbury snobby. Lots of nice people just looking for good schools and a kid-centric community. You will find snobby people in every town. Some people who have a $600K house in a town where most people have a $500K houses think they're the &%#@. It's all relative.
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Old 02-10-2017, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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Does Medfield have something of a stepford quality to it?
I don't think so. I was going to say the same thing . . . it reminds me somewhat of Sudbury.
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