Tom and Gisele are finally putting down roots in Massachusetts, with the purchase of a 5-plus-acre swath of Brookline land from Pine Manor College last spring. So how does the under-construction Patriots manor stack up against the area’s other major-league monstrosities?
Didn’t snap up a home during the recession, when mortgage rates were in the threes? Don’t despair: They’re still historically low, at less than 5 percent. If you’re tired of brokering fridge space with a persnickety roommate, it’s time to get in the game.
Ever the intriguing paradox, you crave a swanky refuge close to the action, yet also long for a respite from the social whirl. These areas offer regal, entertaining-friendly abodes with proximity to shopping and dining—while still managing to feel a world away.
Considering kiddos but fear sharing office space with a changing table? Longing for a bigger lawn to mow, a spacious en suite, and maybe even a two-car garage? If so, it’s time to trade up. These towns provide solid value, a strong community vibe, and good schools. (The commute’s not bad, either.)
The kids need a dedicated playroom. You need a big kitchen—and you’ve earned that master suite with the fireplace and walk-in closet. These towns offer sizable lots, superb services, and unique architecture.