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Housing in Canton
Canton, a pleasant and rapidly growing residential community with light manufacturing is situated just 18 miles southwest of Boston, far enough away from the big city to provide residents with a laid-back, homey feeling of community, but close enough for a tolerable commute. Canton enjoys a prime location, offering easy, direct access to the state’s major highways (including SR-128/ I-95, I-93, SR-138, and SR-24). Commuter/passenger rail is available with two stops in Canton: Canton Center and Canton Junction, as well as Route 128 in Westwood. Bus service is also available.
Spending weekends at home is a real pleasure in Canton! Many of the town’s lakes, ponds, and wetlands are under state protection… including, the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Reservation, an 82-acre estate that blends open fields, woodlands and gardens in the shadow of Great Blue Hill. You might also enjoy the Mildred Morse Allen Wildlife Sanctuary and the Pequitside Farm, a town-owned, 38-acre conservation and recreation area which offers hiking, picnicking and cross-country skiing. Residents feel that the natural beauty of Canton, combined with the numerous town-sponsored spring and summer recreation programs set this town apart from all others.
Canton lies at the foot of the ski area of Great Blue Hill. The Canton River flows through the center of the town, linking a chain of small lakes including Bolivar and Forge Ponds and flowing into the Neponset River. For small-town charm, you’d be hard-pressed to find a town friendlier or prettier than Canton. One of our enjoyable weekend activities is walking the Ponkapoag Trail around Ponkapoag Pond. There are several access points to it around Canton. Parking is plentiful at the Poakapong Golf Course. Canton’s official web site 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 what its annual tax rate is. Wicked Local, The Patch, and The Canton Citizen are purveyors of local news; and, of course, there are also the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald. The Canton Journal is published by the high school.
Area SchoolsIf you have school-age children, the Canton Public School District is highly rated. Canton’s public school system consists of three elementary schools, the Dean S. Luce School, The John F. Kennedy School, and the Lt. Peter F. Hansen School, one middle school, the William H. Galvin Middle School and one high school, Canton High School. There is also one parochial elementary school, Saint John The Evangelist School, a pre-school early childhood development program at Rodman, and one regional high school, the Blue Hills Regional Technical School. Contact the school district at (781) 821-5060 with the address of your prospective new home so you can determine which elementary school your child(ren) will attend. CPS’s transportation policies, bus routes, etc., are outlined here. Great Schools provides ratings for most schools in the United States. Below, you can see what schools are near the address you are thinking of buying and then compare it to other neighboring schools.
Canton’s Real Estate Market
Single-family houses in Canton are offered from $359,900 to $2,475,000. Condominiums have been running from $199,900 to $1,175,000. A few multi-families have been asking $440,000 to $895,000. Rentals have run from $1,150 to $5,500. Prices vary depending upon size, location, and amenities. The following chart is a visual representation of the cyclical nature of real estate and compares the ups and downs of Canton to those of Boston. The taller the column the better it is for buyers. The shorter the column the better it is for sellers. Hence 2006 was the best time for a buyer to buy in Canton. On the other hand, 2017 was the most recent best year for sellers. The market had been slowing to the benefit of buyers until 2020 when the market turned back into a seller’s market.