As I work with families moving to the suburbs or looking for more space, a larger home, and good schools, I'm often asked how Bedford compares to the surrounding communities, such as Weston, Wellesley, Lexington, Concord, Newton and Winchester. Similar to these areas, Bedford is located within easy access to Boston and Cambridge as well as jobs along Route 128; it offers a variety of attractive historical, recreational and service features; and has earned the reputation of having one of the best public school systems in the Commonwealth.
In addition, Bedford offers:
- a close-knit, supportive community
- a rich history and many historical homes
- in the Top Ten of Boston Magazine's 2012 ranking of Boston's Best Schools
- five-time winner of 100 Best Communities for Young People awarded by America's Promise Alliance
- many convenient shops and services, including Whole Foods, Chipotle and Starbucks
- easy access to major commuting routes and recreational areas
Now you know I'm a big fan of Bedford and often highlight community activities and features in my posts. And even I was surprised when I sat down and took a hard look at the numbers. Situated between Lexington and Concord, Bedford offers similar or superior services and your money buys more house in Bedford. Based on median sales prices, the same size home will cost you 25% more in Concord, and 36% more in Weston. In dollars, that's a potential savings of between $250,000 and $360,000 -- for the same amount of house and property. And Bedford doesn't pile on extra fees for school buses or sports participation -- an immense savings in itself if you've got active kids!
Take a look at the table below for additional comparisons. For my Bedford neighbors, I offer my congratulations on a wise choice! And for those in the market to buy, I encourage you to consider Bedford's home offerings to maximize your VALUE and your children's education. Sometimes, you can have it all!