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WESTWOOD

This page is not cluttered with historical or demographic data. That information is available elsewhere. The focus here is on the things which you might find important. Instructions for viewing Westwood real estate listings are found at the bottom of this article...

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Westwood, originally called 'West Dedham', is situated at the junction of Route 95/128 and 93 and provides an excellent location for its residents with easy access to Boston (12 miles to the northeast); and yet with all the elements of a beautiful suburban community. Take a closer look at this beautiful, busting little town of Westwood and you will see a town that puts children and education on the list of top priorities, a place where people are friendly, shopping is plentiful, and living is good. In fact, Boston Magazine listed Gay Street in Westwood on its list of the Best Streets in the Boston area. CNN Money (2005) also listed Westwood 13th on its list of 100 best places to live in the U.S. Close enough to Boston so that you can enjoy all the culture and experiences you'd ever want, but far enough away from big city life so that small-town living is possible.

For folks who prefer to commute via public transit, Westwood has two commuter rail lines and full MBTA bus service on Routes 1 and 1A (Washington Street). Commuter rail service from Boston's South Station has the Route 128 station on its Providence/Stoughton Line, and the Islington station on its Franklin Line. Amtrak trains to Providence, New Haven, New York City and Washington DC also stop at the Route 128 station.

Westwood is home to over two hundred businesses in established commercial areas, each varied in character. Currently, Westwood is in the process of redeveloping the University Avenue mixed use overlay district to include a 4.3 million square foot retail, office and residential area, conveniently located near the Westwood Station train. The highway business district, Route 1, is comprised of larger retail and service establishments as well as corporate offices. The shopping areas of High Street and Islington's Washington Street provide retail services for residents that enhance the quality of life in town. Residents and businesses are served by first-rate town services, with water from the Dedham Westwood Water District, sewer services from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, electricity from NSTAR and natural gas from Algonquin Gas.

Westwood is most recognized for the quality of its schools, which helps give this beautiful hamlet the reputation of being perfect for raising a family. Students consistently score in the top percentiles on national tests and the overwhelming majority of students graduating from the high school go on to higher education. There are 5 elementary schools along with 1 middle and 1 high schools in the Westwood Public School district. Please do not automatically assume that your child(ren) will ride the bus to school. Please take advantage of the School Map and determine if you will be living within a "walking" or "riding" designated zone! The high school facilities include a new multi-use artificial turf field with a synthetic track, both of which are open to the public! Westwood is also home to Xaverian Brothers High School, a Catholic prep school for boys.

The Town also encourages and maintains many recreational areas and facilities, including numerous conservation areas, playgrounds, ball fields and an indoor pool facility. The Town has two libraries, a senior center and numerous community-sponsored events for the Town's residents. If you would like a "Welcome to Westwood Resident Packet", which includes a wide variety of information on Westwood, contact Christine Narciso.

Want to know what information the town has on a certain property? Access tax info and the Assessor's property database here. If you are concerned about what the zoning is behind or near your proposed home, check the zoning map. You will get a kick out of this nifty map of Westwood and everything it shows (by PeopleGIS).

Local news in Westwood is distributed by The Westwood Press, The Hometown Weekly, The Patch, The Dedham Transcript; and, of course, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald.

Your link to Westwood town government is here.

Sold Statistics for Westwood

Single Family:
2012 - 175 sales. List Price - $748,435 Sale Price - $714,919   Market Time - 125 days
2011 - 115 sales. List Price - $633,407 Sale Price - $605,206   Market Time - 133 days
2010 - 123 sales. List Price - $664,731 Sale Price - $638,580   Market Time - 132 days

Sales in Westwood slipped in 2011 along with a 5.2% decline in average sale price value over 2010. However, 2012 enjoyed an incredible 52% rise in volume and a wonderful 18% increase in average sale price!

Condominiums:
2012 - 0 sales. List Price - $0 Sale Price - $0   Market Time - 0 days
2011 - 0 sales. List Price - $0 Sale Price - $0   Market Time - 0 days
2010 - 1 sales. List Price - $205,000 Sale Price - $221,000   Market Time - 447 days

Condominium sales are minimal in Westwood and bear no further comment.

Multi-Family Listings:
2012 - 0 sales. List Price - $0 Sale Price - $0   Market Time - 0 days
2011 - 2 sales. List Price - $587,400 Sale Price - $537,500   Market Time - 160 days
2010 - 1 sales. List Price - $399,900 Sale Price - $379,000   Market Time - 49 days

Multi-family sales in Westwood are minimal and do not really bear commenting upon.

The graphic, historical view of home sales shown below is not really accurate as it goes only through the 3Qtr of 2012; but it gives you a general picture of how things have been selling over the past 5 years.

To view all the MLS listings in Westwood, you will need an ID which is "2322694" and the password "Jim". You can login here anonymously anytime, daily or 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 if they also require an accompanied showing.