We (The Walsh Team), have been very fortunate to live and work in such a wonderful area of Massachusetts for the past 30+ years. From the bucolic, winding streets of Dover and Sherborn to the seemingly limitless shopping and wide variety of dining in Medfield, Natick, Needham, Wellesley, Weston and Westwood, this region of Metrowest truly has a lot to offer. For more specific information including school and community reports to proximity to local area amenities and Boston, Click the Links Below.
Dover is located in Norfolk County, about forty minutes from downtown
Boston. It is bordered by Medfield, Needham, Natick, Sherborn, Walpole
and Westwood. As a predominantly residential town, it provides a
peaceful rural setting with many scenic roads. The residents of Dover
strongly support the protection and acquisition of Open Space to
maintain the country-like-feel. There are miles of shady trails and
woods for walking, cross-country skiing, birding, and horseback riding,
as well as access to the Charles River.
Public education is highly valued by the community as shown by the
consistent ranking at the top for schools in the state and the nation.
There is a high degree of volunteerism and an active senior community.
Dover is governed by an elected Board of Selectmen and through its
annual Town Meeting, held in May.
Medfield, MA was originally a part of Dedham, and was first settled in 1649 and was incorporated as the 43rd town in Massachusetts. According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 14.6 square miles (37.8 km˛). The Charles River borders almost a third of Medfield and Medfield is surrounded by the towns Dover, Norfolk, Walpole, Millis, and Sherborn. Medfield has a Public School system that continually ranks among the top ten school systems in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and in 2005, Medfield High School and T.A. Blake Middle School switched buildings as a result of a massive construction project updating the current Medfield High School (formally T.A. Blake Middle School).
Natick, MA is a town in Middlesex County and is located near the center
of the Metrowest region of Massachusetts. The name Natick comes from the
language of the Massachusett Native American tribe and means place of
hills. Only 15 miles (24 km) west from Boston, Natick is considered part
of the Greater Boston area. Natick Center, which is also known as
Downtown Natick, is located at the intersection of Central Street and
Main Street and serves as the civic and cultural hub of the town. The
new high school will be built adjacent to the current high school and is
scheduled to be complete by the beginning of the 2012/2013 school year.
It's expected to cost over $80 million.
The Town of Needham is primarily a bedroom
community and commuter suburb of Boston. It is located on rocky uplands within a loop of the
Charles River in the eastern section of Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
Needham is 10 miles southwest of Boston, 29 miles east of Worcester, and
about 208 miles from New York City. The Town of Needham operates one
high school, Needham High School, which underwent a $62-million
renovation that was completed in 2009. Needham is also home to private
schools such as St. Joseph's Elementary School, St. Sebastian's School,
and Monsignor Haddad Middle School.
Sherborn, MA is a town in Middlesex County and shares its highly ranked
public school system with the town of Dover. In addition to Dover,
Sherborn is bordered by the towns of Natick, Framingham, Ashland,
Millis, Holliston, and Medfield. Primarily a farming community until the
early part of the 20th century, Sherborn now is a bedroom town for
Boston and the surrounding hi-tech area.
Wellesley, MA is a town in Norfolk County and is part of Greater Boston.
It is best known as the home of Wellesley College and Babson College.
The Hunnewell Arboretum abuts the Wellesley campus, and the Elm Bank
Horticulture Center has its entrance in Wellesley, although it is
located across a small private bridge over the Charles River and is
therefore in the neighboring town of Dover. The town is noted for being
among the most expensive zip codes in the United States, and likewise
for possessing the second greatest concentration of residents with
advanced degrees in the country. The public education services of the
town are very well regarded, especially Wellesley High School; in 2007
it was ranked 70th best public high school in the nation by U.S. News
& World Report, earning a Gold Medal.
Weston. MA is a suburb of Boston located in Middlesex County, in the Boston metro area. Weston is the wealthiest suburb in the Boston area and has the highest
per capita income in Massachusetts. Weston is among the 100 most
affluent towns with 1,000 or more households in the United States.
Weston also has the number one public school system in Massachusetts,
according to Boston Magazine (2009). It has the lowest crime rate among
Metro-west Boston suburbs. It was a dry town from 1838 until 2008.
Incorporated in 1713, the town is located on a rugged upland plateau.
The public education services of the town are well regarded, especially
Weston High School; in 2007 it was ranked 60th best public high school
in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, earning a Gold Medal.
Westwood, MA is a town in Norfolk County, and in July 2005, CNN/Money
and Money magazine ranked Westwood 13th on its list of the 100 Best
Places to Live in the United States. Boston Magazine listed Gay Street
in Westwood on its list of the Best Streets in the Boston area. It is
currently the 20th wealthiest town in Massachusetts. The town of
Westwood operates under a home rule charter. This means that the town is
given a degree of autonomy in regards to internal affairs. The charter
mandates a board of selectmen, open town meeting, and executive
secretary form of government.