The median selling price of single-family homes in the city of Boston hit $885,500 in July, according to the City of Boston. Greater Boston Real Estate Association report released Aug. 16After all, this is a city where a parking space practically requires a mortgage. (In one of which he was offered $750,000. How could he forget the Boston condo seller? their valet parking spot back in february? )
Far-fetched prices, on the other hand, certainly aren’t cheap, but they’re not that staggering either.median sales price of single-family homes in Worcester County Sales in July were $445,000, according to data analytics firm Warren Group. For the condo he was $335,000. At the very least, it’s possible to get more space and a garden for your money.
But what’s the emotional cost of going back in time? Can a big bathroom make up for bumping into a prom date at a deli? The answer seems to be yes.
Mark Dunne and her husband, Danielle Castaldi, were fed up with apartment life. In 2018, the place is Quincy. Feeling? cautiously optimistic.
“We were renting. he is a photographer Castaldy works at his Facebook in Cambridge. A couple with a solid income and sound outlook will surely find a home. right?
Spoiler alert: “We found nothing,” says Dunn. “All we wanted was a house with a garden. Was that too much?”
After striking out at Quincy, the couple adjusted their expectations.
“I thought, ‘Let’s go find a house by the railroad tracks. Situate, even! Even if it took Daniel two hours to get to Cambridge. It was cheap at the time,'” Dunn said. “We checked Reading. Twenty minutes to go! Why did the little house cost so much?”
By October 2019, after winning an asbestos-filled house in Weymouth, the pair decided to tour the ranch-style home in Sharon. According to the Warren Group reportDan hesitated. He grew up in nearby Norton. Did he really want to move a few miles from his hometown?” I thought: I don’t want to go back there. I will meet everyone I know.” he remembered.
Despair won the day.
The house also had a shaggy rug, cracked ceilings, and unfortunate shrubbery.
“The siding needed work. There were ugly bushes that looked like banks, long lines. It was the ’70s. All the 70s. It’s outdated,” he said.
They went inside anyway, and Dan was immediately struck with déjà vu. he was at home before He knew it, shaggy rugs and all. Suddenly, the owner of the house, an elderly woman, approaches him.
“She’s talking, talking, talking. And I’m like: “This is so familiar. Why is this so familiar? When I told her I was from Norton, she asked, “Do you know my granddaughter?” She was literally my best friend. She used to go to this house a lot when she was a kid,” said Dan, now 35.
And the couple bought and remodeled the house (for $400,000, not including the remodel loan), and are now partying around the same basement pool he frolicked as a teenager. usually joins up with high school mates who have returned to the area.
“Everybody moved home,” said Dunn. “It’s weird. I went to this pool growing up and now we’re reliving it. Now I know why I moved to this town: cute, typical corner stores and conveniences: backyard, driveway, pool.”
Ariel Frey-Vogel and her husband Brian Vogel, both doctors and high schoolers, were equally attracted to Acton, with a median July sales price of $845,000, according to The Warren Group. was. The pair (who didn’t date in their teens) devoted themselves to city life until the space constraints of having two young children became an issue. They started in Dorchester, squeezed into a condo in Winchester, and purchased a single-family home in Acton near both grandparents in 2021. They commute to Boston and being so close to family is a big deal. It’s helpful.
She sees a familiar face from her teenage years, and that’s okay.
“I’m someone who gets nervous when I meet someone I don’t know very well at school. It worked. We recognize, ‘Oh, we’ve both grown up!'” All the cliques in high school are a big deal,” she said.
Christine Hillberga Keller Williams agent specializing in Acton, Boxborough and Lyttelton, her buyer pool is young families moving out of town to raise children. Either first-time buyers coming out of or moved up, they bought a condo in Charlestown, had kids and decided to move in. In Lyttelton, they had a three-bathroom apartment. You get a four-bedroom colonial-style room, and you get the land and the space.”
Space was a big issue for Brad Hawes, a father of two in Arlington. He plans to move back to Natick and expand his home after selling his cape in Arlington, where he and his wife Liz lived for his 13 years.
“The biggest problem is the lack of room in a house with two children in a small three bedroom. Growing up in Natick, I had a lovely private backyard, which I consider a sanctuary and an oasis,” said Hawes wistfully. rice field.
It wouldn’t be strange for him to go home.
“At this point, most of Tufts’ college friends also moved to his hometown,” he said.
Kate Siebler wasn’t too optimistic about moving home to Winchendon, where she fled in 2004.
“Ever since I was 10, I wanted to get out, and now it’s so much fun,” said Siebler.
But after living in and around Boston, she realized how much she missed green space. She has found her dream home: four bedrooms, lots of land, surrounded by woods…just five minutes from her mother.
“My mom thinks it’s funny. She loves telling everyone what I said.” Many of us are in the same boat.We all said we would get out of Hell.We all had the same story.We realized what we could get at Winchendon.”
Alyssa Weiss, who recently returned to her beloved hometown of Harvard, sums it up best.
“If you keep looking for the perfect city, you’ll realize you’ve come from there,” she said.