Milton - 02186
Housing in Milton, MA 02186
Money Magazine has ranked Milton in the top 10 “Best Places to Live’’ 3 times just in the past decade so you know you’re on to something good when you’re considering moving to Milton. It has a rich and vibrant history and continues to thrive as an affluent suburb of Boston. Milton has a varied demographic which makes it a very interesting place to live. The magazine cited Milton’s tree lined streets, proximity to Boston, stable home prices, and its school system. “Milton is just minutes from the jobs and culture of Boston but feels in places like a country getaway,” the magazine wrote. “One major reason for this stability is the outstanding school system, which boasts six brand-new buildings and offers such rich opportunities as a French immersion program that begins in elementary school. The downside: high taxes.” “While none of the town’s 27,000 residents like having to pay higher taxes to sustain town services, residents appreciate what they have and do what they must to sustain it. Because of that, folks in town enjoy higher property values”, responded a town official.
Where is Milton?
Milton is located just 8 miles south of Boston and all the history, shopping, restaurants and cultural events it has to offer. The community, borders 7,000 acres of conservation land called the Blue Hills as well as the Neponset River with water access to Boston Harbor through the Neponset Estuary. Milton is unique in that it has the most privately and publicly conserved land within 20 miles of Boston. To the northwest it borders the Boston neighborhoods of Readville, Hyde Park, and Mattapan, to the east Quincy, and to the south Braintree and Canton.
If you prefer the outdoors, Milton has the Wollaston Golf Club for duffers, Houghton’s Pond for fishermen and swimming, Caldwell Pond at Cunningham Park – outdoor swimming pool, and trails upon trails to hike or ride horseback on. There is also alpine skiing available at Blue Hills Ski Area, consisting of eight trails served by a double chair and two surface lifts. Great Blue Hill in the Blue Hills Reservation is the highest point in Norfolk County, and at 635 feet (194 m), is the highest point within 10 miles of the Atlantic coast south of central Maine, making it an important weather observatory and radio and television transmitter site – the well-known Boston public television and radio station WGBH takes its call letters from Great Blue Hill, the original location of the station’s FM and TV transmitters. Jim and his wife enjoy hiking its splendid trails and taking in the panoramic views of the metropolitan area. Great Blue Hill is also home to the Blue Hill Meteorological Observatory, the foremost structure associated with the history of weather observations in the United States.
Education in Milton
If you have school-age children, you will want to apprise yourself of Milton’s school bus transportation guidelines, eligibility, and fees! Click here to inform yourself and see the schedule/routes for the various school’s buses. Milton’s 4 elementary public schools feed into its middle and high schools. Complete school district information is obtainable here. There are private high schools and elementary/middle schools available, including Fontbonne Academy, St. Mary of the Hills, St. Agatha’s, Thacher Montessori, and Delphi Academy. Milton is also home to the prep school Milton Academy, and Curry College, a small liberal arts institution.
Transportation around Milton
Milton is a prime choice for those who commute into the city along I-93 and I-95 if you can avoid driving during rush hour. Unfortunately, mass transit or rapid transit is not readily available. To take advantage of the Milton Trolley, you need to live on the northeast side and catch it from one of the four stations between Mattapan and Ashmont Stations – Milton, Central Avenue, Valley Road, and Capen Street – where you can then grab the T. Alternatively, if you live on the east side near Quincy there is the 215 bus. Locally, you might enjoy cycling. The opening of the Neponset River Greenway reconnected Milton with Boston Harbor via Port Norfolk, Dorchester. Other cycling routes and locations include Turner’s Pond, Brook Road, Blue Hills Parkway, Milton Cemetery, and the Pine Tree Brook greenway.
Other Helpful Information
The town consists of three nominal areas: Milton, Milton Center, and East Milton; however, REALTORS break the town out into four areas: Blue Hills, East Milton, Milton Center, and Milton Hill. Milton boasts several gorgeous 19th-century, country houses, estates, and early 19th-century workers’ houses. Want to know what information the town has on a certain property? Access tax info and the Assessor’s property database here. The last time I checked, this nifty interactive map was working. Check it out. Click on Find on the left of the screen to enter your address.
Local news in Milton is by distributed by The Milton Times, The Patch; and, of course, The Boston Globe, and The Boston Herald.
Your link to Milton town government is 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.
Single family homes in Milton have been running from $450,000 to $3,895,000 while condominiums have been running from $385,000 to $1,550,000. Pricing varies depending upon size, location, and amenities. Real estate markets are very fluid and can fluctuate in a matter of hours because homes can come on and off the market daily… even hourly. What is currently offered for sale is listed below. The following chart is a visual representation of the cyclical nature of real estate and compares the ups and downs of Milton to those of the entire city 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 Milton, while 2013-2017 were great years for sellers. However, buyers can take heart that the graphic below indicates a weakening seller’s market.
Search Milton Real Estate
This is Milton’s best real estate site to search for: homes, land and foreclosure properties. It is seriously the only site you will ever need to find your next home or investment property! Bookmark this page and check back anytime to see what is currently available in Milton. Unlike other search sites which includes properties already under contract, this site only shows properties that are truly available. This site is updated by the official REALTOR®’s database every 15 minutes.
This next chart shows the number of sales occurring in Milton month-to-month, year-to-year since 2018 and provides you a historical overview of the best times to sell – months with the greatest number of sales (spring and fall) – and the best times to buy – months with the fewest number of sales (summer and winter). CAVEAT: there are usually more houses to choose from in the first half of the year.