So You Want to Live in Sudbury, Massachusetts?

It’s one of the most popular MetroWest towns for a reason. Here’s why residents love it—and how you can get in.

Photo by Drone Photography/Lilly Brochu / Listing Agent: Kathryn Lee/Advisors Living

1. Pick Your Price Point

It’s an expensive place to live, but most residents feel that the higher price tag is worth it for all that Sudbury has to offer. With a median listing price of $975,000 and a median sold price of $1.5 million last year, homes sell quickly here. Yet there’s not the shortage of properties on the market that you’ll find in other suburbs, and most of the housing stock is in good condition and on ample lots—many offer more than an acre of land, and some much more.

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2. Plot Your Commute

Halfway between Boston and Worcester, Sudbury’s MetroWest location makes it a popular place to live among city-working professionals. The 23-mile commute into downtown Boston can take more than an hour by car via the Mass. Pike. The good news is there are also commuter-rail stops in Lincoln and Weston that take you to North Station, as well as one in Framingham that heads to South Station.

Photo via Creative Commons/Elizabeth Thompsen

Photo by Shawn May / Listing Agent: The Semple & Hettrich team of Coldwell Banker, Laura Semple and Beth Hettrich

3. Take in the Vibe

While there’s no town center per se, there’s a definite small-town vibe here, thanks to abundant green spaces, winding country roads, and opportunities to engage with nature (see: the 12-mile-long river wetlands conservation area that runs along the Concord and Sudbury rivers). With a population of roughly 19,000, residents have a strong sense of community and genuinely care about getting to know their neighbors.

Photo courtesy of Landvest/Halsey Fulton / Listing Agent: G. Stewart Young and J. Stanley Edwards

4. Check out the Culture

Incorporated in 1639, Sudbury is proud of its history and heritage. Much of the original architecture has been preserved—the restored Wayside Inn, for instance, is one of the nation’s oldest operating inns. When it comes to creative pursuits, the Sudbury Art Association and the Performing Arts Connection provide opportunities for residents of all ages to get involved.

5. Scope out the Schools

The town is deeply invested in the success of its education system, and the top-notch schools here are reason enough for many parents to call Sudbury home. With five public schools serving about 2,500 students in grades K through 8, the student-teacher ratio is reported to be 12 to 1. Lincoln-Sudbury High School, meanwhile, ranks among the 10 best in the state, according to Boston’s Top Schools chart. As a result, most middle and high schoolers who live here tend to opt for public school.

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First published in the print edition of the November 2023 issue with the headline, “So You Want to Live in…Sudbury.”