In order to provide you with the most current and relevant information regarding Boston real estate, we sourced the highly respected opinion of a veteran agent who has been matching buyers to sellers and closing deals here for over twenty years, Beth Dickerson. Here are ten questions we posed to her, and her much appreciated answers. Enjoy. What local amenities does this area have to offer (parks, community center, recreation programs)?
Boston offers a wealth of amenities to residents including the famed Boston Common and Public Garden, Community Music Center and the Boston Ballet School. There is every imaginable recreation including sailing on the Charles River, biking on the Esplanade, in the Heart of downtown Boston, or touring the city’s historic sites.
Can you describe the local school system, and what type of education children get here (private, public, charter – focus on sports, the arts, etc.)?
Most Families will enter their children in the many Private Schools available in and around Boston starting in Pre K to high school
What is the community culture like (i.e. private, gated, urban, diverse, etc).
We are a major city with High Rise Housing and Brownstones
What is transportation like to the area’s major surrounding cities, or within the city?
Boston boasts one of the best transportation systems in the country including bus and public train lines. For the more eco or health conscious, our mayor has recently made Boston one of the most bicycle friendly cities in the country through the addition of new bike lanes and parking spaces.
Is there a strong political presence or community leader involvement in this area?
As residents of one of the most politically historic cities in the nation, Bostonians remain hugely passionate about how this country is being run. Boston, and Massachusetts as a whole retains strong Democratic loyalties.
Are there any local traditions that bring the community together? (sports events, charity events, sales, holiday celebrations)?
Boston is full of sports fans, and with teams like the Celtics, Red Sox, Patriots, and Bruins, need I say more?
What major industries are at the core of the job market in this area?
Boston is known as a college town and home to some of the most prestigious universities in the nation, as such Boston is an epicenter for all areas of study such as teaching, medicine, business, finance, and technology and these roles help fill and define our job market.
What are some thriving small local businesses that make an impact in the community?
Small businesses here make a large impact on the daily lives of residents on the move in here. Some of these would include: health clubs, hair salons, restaurants, couture boutiques.
What are the local property taxes like and what other financial responsibilities should a property owner in this area be prepared for?
$14 per thousand of assessed V value, other cost might include Condo fees, snow removals, and landscaping.
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