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Love the Outdoors? Top Suburbs for Homes with More Land

You don’t have to give up your dream of owning a house with a yard just because you’re buying your home in the Boston Metro Area. Newton is famous for its bigger homes, but you don’t have to restrict yourself to pricey Newton to get the green space you’ve been longing for. Here are a few alternatives to consider.

Winchester – You’ll have to move quickly if you want a home in Winchester. This neighborhood is highly desirable and buyers tend to snap up properties here nearly as soon as they come on the market. It’s not hard to see why: 2000-3000 square foot homes are available for mid-range prices, and nearly all of them come with bright, spacious yards.

West Roxbury – If you just want a little yard to relax in, West Roxbury is a fantastic choice. A lot of my clients choose this suburb when they’re ready to trade in their condo for a single family home. Affordable lots range from 4,000 square feet to 8,000 square feet. If you’ve got the money to invest in a luxurious alternative, you can find a ½ acre lot here.

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Natick – Natick is a hot place, and with good reason. You can get plenty of home for your money here. A quarter-to-a-half acre of land is the average lot size, unless you want to move closer to town. If you’re dreaming of a full acre you can find that in Natick too, though it will take some patience and some searching.

Framingham – It’s hard to make generalizations about Framingham, as there are so many different home options here. Still, it’s easy to find yards in all this variety. Larger homes often feature generous, expansive lots. If you need more than 1 acre you can find it here. Even smaller homes often come with 7,000 to 22,000 square feet of land, far more than you’d ever see within Boston’s city limits.

Medfield – Medfield is your town if you prefer a more rural setting. It’s peaceful and quiet, boasts a top-notch school system, and offers plenty of homes with great big yards. In a direct contrast to Newton, your yard actually does get bigger as your home gets bigger. You can score half an acre to a full acre of land with ease, and the 10-minute commute to the downtown Boston area is better than you probably think it is.

Dedham – Picturesque homes are common anywhere in Dedham, and though yard size varies (anywhere from a quarter of an acre to an acre and a half) almost all single family homes have some kind of yard. Your yard size won’t even necessarily depend on your budget. There are mid-ranged homes with generous lots and luxury homes which take up every available inch of lot space, which means you simply need to keep your eyes and mind open to find the yard you want.

Westwood – If you’ve got a big budget you can easily score 2 acres or more in Westwood. But even the mid-range homes have nice yards. You’ll have plenty of room to let your kids out to play, to start a garden, or to host a barbeque if you want to in almost any home in Westwood’s inventory.

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Obviously, you’ll want to evaluate your next neighborhood on more than one factor. This list is meant to provide a nice starting point for buyers who see having a yard as their biggest must-have. Want to learn what else these neighborhoods have to offer? Contact me today. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have.
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