Wellesley, originally called "Contentment", is known as the home of the #3 ranked National Liberal Arts college - Wellesley College. Having the finest of beautiful land, homes, schools and colleges, Wellesley is marked with affluence and prosperity, making it a much sought after community in which to live. Wellesley, a hub of culture and education, contains over 1,500 acres of unspoiled woodland, as well as places like Morse’s Pond and Lake Waban, where opportunities for outdoor activities abound. The town focuses on green technology and has invested in green schools, renewable energy, waste management, and preserving and protecting resources, all in an attempt to reduce its carbon footprint. Wellesley has two post offices - 02481 and 02482. Since Wellesley is truly an upscale, bedroom suburb of Boston, its "downtown" retail area is a mixture of fashionable shops and specialty stores.
Wellesley is located about 14 miles east of downtown Boston. It is bordered on the east by Newton on the north, by Weston on the south, by Needham and Dover, and on the west by Natick. The town comprises about 10.5 square miles, of which only .40 is water. Wellesley, virtually bisected by Route 9, has a commuter-friendly location with fairly quick access to I-95, I-90 and downtown Boston. The major shopping centers for Welleslely are located 6 miles west in Natick and Framingham, 7-8 miles in Chestnut Hill, or about 10 miles south in Dedham. For those who must commute outside the town, there is an abundance of highway access - routes 9, 16 and 135 criss cross through town, I-95 skirts it, and Mass Pike is close by. The MBTA commuter rail (Framingham-Worcester Line) has three stations - Wellesley Hills, Wellesley Square, and Wellesley Farms..
Wellesley's schools are some of the best in all of Massachusetts and is a major draw for those looking to provide their children with a top-notch education without paying exhorbitant private school tuition fees. So popular are its schools, it is not unusual for enrollment to close at different schools and in different grades. You will want to enroll your children as soon as you find your new home in Wellesley! The Wellesley public shools include P.A.W.S. Preschool; 6 elementary schools: Bates, Fiske, Hardy, Hunnewell, Schofield, Sprague, and Upham; Wellesley Middle School; and Wellesley High School. Higher education is available at Wellesley College, Babson College, and MassBay Community College.
The town has several beautiful neighborhoods that are ideal for family living, including: Wellesley Lower Falls, Wellesley Farms, Wellesley Square, Wellesley Fells, and Wellesley Hillls. The layout of Wellesley Farms differs from the traditional "grid" that was popular in other neighborhoods in town. Yet, Its homes reflect traditional New England, architect designed homes made of stone, timber and shingles and set back into the homesite... all the while respectful of the existing unique topography of rocky outcroppings, significant pines and heavy vegetation in a somewhat romantic and very countrified way.
The residential neighborhoods of Wellesley weave a wonderful fabric for community living. The rich variety of architecture - Colonial, Tudor, Victorian, Cape or Townhouse - with zoning allowing for 10,000 - 40,000 square foot lots, makes Wellesley a superb choice for a first home, for the years of a growing family, and as a empty-nester setting.
Swing by Wellesley's many playgrounds, tennis courts, cross-country ski trails, and two recreational lakes for outdoor fun. Spend the day at Wellesley College - Lake Waban is a favorite of our dogs to cool off in on hot summer days. Stroll along its terrific walking trail which we love to do with out dogs. Spend some pensive time in its Davis Museum. Enjoy nature at its finest in its lovely Hunnewell Arboretum and Elm Bank Horticulture Center. Partake of wonderful summer concerts at Town Hall Green where live music floats on the breeze. The Wellesley Symphony Orchestra puts on six concerts each year, including classical works, a holiday pops concert and a family concert. Soloists are often well known Boston area musicians and sometimes include players from the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Wellesley also hosts the annual Wellesley's Wonderful Weekend which includes an annual Veterans' Parade and fireworks.
Access the Town of Wellesley's official website which provides links to important information, including an online database which you can access to see what value the city Assessor gives the property you are interested in buying and calculate what its annual taxes are. Almost all properties are serviced by town sewerage; all have town water.
It is always wise to check and see if there is reported criminal activity in the area in which you plan to live. The Wellesley Police Department has a web site which you can access for their latest news.
To keep up with daily goings on, in general, have a look at The sWellesley Report, The Wellesley Townsman, The Wellesley Channel, and The Patch, which are purveyors of local news. Of course, there are also the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald.
Don't forget to join the Wellesley Newcomer's Club once you decide to call Wellesley home.
To view all current MLS real estate listings in Wellesley, you will need an ID which is "2368165" and the password "Jim". You can login here anonymously anytime - daily, weekly, as often as you wish. If you should see any properties you would like to view in person, give Jim a call or send a text or email indicating which properties and a couple of time frames and Jim will try to schedule you appropriately - please keep in mind that some owners and/or agents require 24-48 hrs advance notice and additionally keeping within a 30-60 minute window requiring an accompanied showing.
2016 - 327 sales. List Price - $1,536,245 Sale Price - $1,482,904 Market Time - 65 days
2015 - 328 sales. List Price - $1,433,920 Sale Price - $1,379,621 Market Time - 49 days
2014 - 317 sales. List Price - $1,482,819 Sale Price - $1,436,184 Market Time - 55 days
2013 - 328 sales. List Price - $1,368,964 Sale Price - $1,317,940 Market Time - 55 days
2012 - 361 sales. List Price - $1,248,645 Sale Price - $1,186,807 Market Time - 78 days
2011 - 283 sales. List Price - $1,328,627 Sale Price - $1,249,963 Market Time - 133 days
2010 - 304 sales. List Price - $1,176,499 Sale Price - $1,106,015 Market Time - 124 days
2016 - 36 sales. List Price - $903,583 Sale Price - $882,528 Market Time - 47 days
2015 - 55 sales. List Price - $723,053 Sale Price - $718,713 Market Time - 85 days
2014 - 47 sales. List Price - $646,887 Sale Price - $645,586 Market Time - 59 days
2013 - 24 sales. List Price - $671,750 Sale Price - $666,569 Market Time - 42 days
2012 - 26 sales. List Price - $598,600 Sale Price - $587,713 Market Time - 169 days
2011 - 24 sales. List Price - $612,329 Sale Price - $587,167 Market Time - 210 days
2010 - 25 sales. List Price - $625,792 Sale Price - $597,665 Market Time - 192 days