4 Massachusetts Towns Were Dubbed the Most Educated Areas in America

Four Massachusetts towns are among the country’s top 10 most educated areas, according to a recent report by personal finance management website NerdWallet.

 

Out of the top 100 U.S. cities listed, Wellesley came in third, Brookline fourth, Newton sixth and Lexington seventh in terms of residents’ educational attainment.

 

Each town was scored according to the levels of education its residents achieved. The percentage of residents with a high school diploma counted for 40 percent of the total score, the percentage with a bachelor’s degree counted for 30 percent and master’s degrees, professional degrees and doctorates counted for 10 percent each.

 

According to the 2013 U.S. census, roughly 90 percent of citizens over the age of 25 have high school degrees and 30 percent hold bachelor’s degrees. Numbers decrease as the level of education increases, with 12 percent of citizens holding master’s degrees and about three percent holding doctorate or professional degrees.

 

So, how do the state’s smartest cities stack up?

 

Wellesley

Wellesley (photographed above), the home of Wellesley College and Babson, is apparently the most-educated town in Massachusetts, with almost 83 percent of residents having at least a bachelor’s degree.

 

The Stats:

 

  • Residents with a high school diploma: 89.75 percent
  • Residents with a bachelor’s degree: 82.72 percent
  • Residents with a Master’s degree: 49.7 percent
  • Residents with a doctorate: 8.23 percent
  • Residents with a professional degree: 12.8 percent
  • Overall Nerd Wallet Score: 87.94

 

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New Listing Wellesley

103 Livingston Road, Wellesley MA ~ $2,650,000

Gracious center entrance Colonial beautifully sited on over an acre of land offers scenic view of the Charles River. Gracious foyer leads to expansive fireplaced living room and stunning dining room with hardwood floors. Bright and sunny library leads to private brick patio overlooking serene backyard. Generous kitchen opens to inviting family room with stunning oversized stone fireplace and back stair case leading to spectacular second floor play room. Master suite with four additional bedrooms and a three full bathrooms complete this magnificent property. Fantastic opportunity!

For more information please contact Debi Benoit.

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New Listing Wellesley

106 Crest Road, Wellesley MA ~ $1,195,000

Stunning stucco Colonial in the heart of desirable College Heights neighborhood offers exquisite architectural details throughout. Expansive foyer welcomes you into this spectacular property. Sophisticated living room with oversized fireplace and hardwood floors opens to dining room with plantation shutters. Sun splashed beautifully updated kitchen includes picture window, built- ins and dining area which opens to family room with French doors. Master suite with full bath provides serene retreat. Two additional generous bedrooms complete the second floor. Outdoor space offers a secluded patio surrounded by lush gardens. Close to town, train and shops, fantastic location!

For more information please contact Debi Benoit.

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Open Houses

Come by the open houses we have showing this Sunday, November 16th!

Dover:

16 Old Colony Drive, offered for $2,295,000 – 2-3:30pm

24 Grand Hill Drive, offered for $1,129,000 – 2:30-4pm

Natick:

10 Sienna Lane, offered for $695,000 – 2-3:30pm

Sherborn:

63 Greenwood Street, offered for $775,000 – 12-1:30pm

Wayland:

8 Meadowview Road, offered for $649,000 – 11-12:30pm

24 Claypit Hill Road, offered for $1,375,000 – 2:30-4pm

139  Buckskin Drive, offered for $1,790,000 – 2:30-4pm

Wellesley:

21 Westerly Street, offered for $595,000 – 12-1:30pm

20 Boulder Road, offered for $1,395,000 – 12-1:30pm

12 Glen Road, offered for $1,395,000 – 12-1:30pm

26B Pleasant Street, offered for $599,000 – 12-2pm

6 Oakdale Avenue, offered for $1,575,000 – 12:30-2pm

14 Benvenue Street, offered for $1,475,000 – 1-2:30pm

93 Sagamore Road, offered for $1,895,000 – 2-3:30pm

56 Windsor Road, offered for $3,895,000 – 2-3:30pm

115 Lowell Road, offered for $1,850,000 – 2-3:30pm

50 Temple Road, offered for $2,645,000 – 2-3:30pm

Weston:

32 Forest Ridge Road, offered for $1,435,000 – 12-1:30pm

501 Glen Road, offered for $2,295,000 – 12-1:30pm

56 Chestnut Street, offered for $3,695,000 – 12:30-2pm

500 South Ave, offered for $2,295,000 – 1-2:30pm

281 Glen Road, offered for $1,185,000 – 2-3:30pm

22 Sears Road, offered for $3,998,000 – 2:30-4pm

Funny and Not So Funny Open House Anecdotes

By Debi Benoit

 

Public open houses are one of the most useful real estate tools employed to sell a home. One recent statistic put out by the National Association of Realtors that said that 1 in 10 buyers find their dream house at an open house. In this current market, that number is possibly even larger. Every Sunday many real buyers, some unrepresented by real estate brokers, drive around town and drop in to see what’s on the market. If you’re in real estate and you’re not out there doing open houses, you’re missing out on a great opportunity. Sunday open houses are like a big party! They can more than just fun, they can actually be very funny, even horribly funny at times. Here are a few examples of open houses from over the years to show you what NOT to do if you want to sell your home:

 

Unprepared…I arrive at my new listing, a large newish Colonial, about 15 minutes early, to find three to four couples already parked in front, eager to come in. As I go through the house, turning on lights, I hear the sound of water running. Much to my horror, I find Mrs. Seller in the shower. She’s running a bit late…but no worries, let them come in! Sadly, none of that first group of buyers even got a glimpse of the master bedroom!

 

Too personal…On a similar vein, I am once again going room by room to make sure the house is in open house condition and I get to the master bedroom walk in closet only to find peekaboo portraits staring at me from every wall and shelf! Sellers take heed, you are not for sale here!

 

Too wet…This time no one is to blame. It’s a beautiful day, I’m heading to the lower level, and the lovely new carpet is under about a foot of water. Sadly, the extra-large water tank chose this very morning to fail and its contents covered the entire basement.

 

Pets and more…I like animals well enough, but not at open houses. At best, pets are distracting. Buyers leave an open house where the family dog is gentle, obedient and sweet and all they remember about the house is the dog. At worst, buyers run from the house in fear, sneezing with allergies, holding their noses. I’ve seen talking birds screeching obscenities at guests, cats slinking around ankles and darting for the door. I’ve also seen dead mice still in their traps, bats in the attics and ant traps set all over kitchen counters…just not very appealing or conducive to selling the house.

 

Suspicious and creepy…When buyers walk through a house, they want to see the whole house. Locked doors, even in the most benign situations, make the buyer feel you’ve got something to hide. Never throw all your mess in a bedroom and lock the door, keep a grouchy dog in the mudroom and lock the door, store your guns in the den and lock the door. Instead, throw up the blinds, open the curtains (and the doors), turn on the lights! Make the house look inviting!

 

Dangerous and addictive…This little tip is not so funny. In all my years of holding open houses, I have never had to deal with a robbery but recently experienced an issue regarding prescription drugs. I always tell my sellers to clear their medicine cabinets and bedside tables of any and all pain killers or anything that might tempt an addict. It is very rare, but it can happen.

 

So sellers, put your flowers on the table, air out the house and turn on some soft jazz…it’s party time!

 

 

New Listing Wellesley

6 Oakdale Avenue, Wellesley MA ~ $1,575,000

Meticulously maintained center entrance Colonial offers exquisite custom details throughout and an open, expansive floorplan. Sun filled foyer opens to elegant living room with fireplace and over sized windows. Sophisticated dining room features hardwood floors and wainscoting. Recently renovated kitchen with granite counter tops, eat in area and center island opens to stunning fireplaced family room with exterior access to generous deck. Serene master suite includes walk in closet, private balcony overlooking level, landscaped grounds and spa like bath. Fantastic walk out lower level with playroom, exercise room and potential au pair suite complete this spectacular property. Pristine move in condition with stunning details! Well known builder.

For more information please contact Debi Benoit.

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New Listing Needham

128 Arch Street, Needham MA ~ $1,225,000

Stunning Colonial in sought after Birds Hill neighborhood, beautifully sited on corner lot. This expansive house offers a flexible and open floor plan. Elegant living room, set off by beautiful pillars, includes hardwood floors and fireplace. Gracious dining room offers dental molding and wainscoting. Bright and sunny kitchen features granite counter tops, generous storage, dining area and opens to deck overlooking lovely grounds. Fantastic fireplaced family room with recessed lighting and hardwood floors completes the first floor. Master bedroom offers ample closet space and serene spa like bath. Sensational additional 1,000 sq. ft. lower level includes playroom, office/ au-pair suite, exercise room and full bath. Truly, a wonderful opportunity in a superb location!

For more information please contact Debi Benoit.

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Open Houses this Weekend

Come by the open houses we have showing this Sunday, November 9th!

Dover:

16 Old Colony Drive, offered for $2,295,000 – 2-3:30pm

Framingham:

7 Michael Road, offered for $328,900 – 12-1:30pm

Holliston:

330 Marshall Street, offered for $599,900 – 12-2pm

Natick:

292 Eliot Street, offered for $775,000 – 12-1:30pm

10 Sienna Lane, offered for $695,000 – 2-3:30pm

Needham:

128 Arch Street, offered for $1,225,000 – 12-1:30pm

Newton:

98 Washington Park, offered for $759,000 – 12-2pm

Sherborn:

63 Greenwood Street, offered for $775,000 – 12-1:30pm

Wayland:

8 Meadowview Road, offered for $649,000 – 11-12:30pm

24 Claypit Hill Road, offered for $1,375,000 – 1-2:30pm

139  Buckskin Drive, offered for $1,790,000 – 2:30-4pm

Wellesley:

26B Pleasant Street, offered for $599,000 – 11:30-1:30pm

20 Boulder Road, offered for $1,395,000 – 12-1:30pm

12 Glen Road, offered for $1,395,000 – 12-1:30pm

21 Westerly Street, offered for $595,000 – 12-1:30pm

6 Oakdale Avenue, offered for $1,575,000 – 12-2pm

14 Benvenue Street, offered for $1,475,000 – 1-2:30pm

46 Thackeray Road, offered for $1,629,000 – 1-3pm

56 Windsor Road, offered for $4,150,000 – 2-3:30pm

115 Lowell Road, offered for $1,850,000 – 2-3:30pm

50 Temple Road, offered for $2,725,000 – 2-3:30pm

Weston:

32 Forest Ridge Road, offered for $1,435,000 – 12-1:30pm

56 Chestnut Street, offered for $3,695,000 – 1-2:30pm

500 South Ave, offered for $2,295,000 – 1-2:30pm

17 Laxfield, offered for $2,395,000 – 1-3pm

215 South Avenue, offered for $2,695,000 – 1:30-2:30pm

281 Glen Road, offered for $1,185,000 – 2-3:30pm

501 Glen Road, offered for $2,295,000 – 2-3:30pm

22 Sears Road, offered for $3,998,000 – 2:30-4pm

 

 

New Listing Wayland

8 Meadowview Road, Wayland MA ~ $649,000

This spacious, warm & inviting multi-level home is ready to move right in for the holidays! The main level features a fireplaced living room, a formal dining room which opens to an updated kitchen with granite counters and newer appliances. Lovely screened porch off the back. The ground level has an office, updated powder room and laundry room. Upper levels have four large bedrooms and two full baths. Hardwood floors throughout. Gas heating/ cooking. There is also a lower level family/play room. Septic (’05), roof (’04), boiler (’02), windows replaced (’05), exterior painted (’14), landscaping including $5K in tree removal (’13). Located in a neighborhood setting with nearby conservation land. Enjoy Wayland’s exceptional School system, a convenient commuter location, new Wayland Town Center, Town beach and more.

For more information please contact Tanya Tanimoto.

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