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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Spotlight on Dover, MA

Dover, Massachusetts is a quiet town of a little over 6,000 people in Norfolk County. It’s only about 15 miles southwest of Boston as the crow flies, but depending on traffic, the drive is usually about 45-50 minutes. This might seem like a long commute, but for those who work west of the city, or don’t mind driving farther if it means living in a scenic area, Dover can be a great place to buy a home.

Wide Open Spaces

Dover certainly isn’t known for its dense urban development—in fact, the town only has one traffic signal. Dover’s town center is small, but residents are close enough to other towns (including Natick, Wellesley, Needham, and Sherborn) that they aren’t at a loss when it comes to accessing grocery stores, restaurants, and other important amenities.

One benefit of Dover’s limited development is the scenery: this area is characterized by rolling hills, farmland, and plenty of green spaces. For those who like the idea of living out in the country and having plenty of space to stretch out, Dover is a great fit.

Excellent Schools

Dover is home to one private school (Charles River School, which serves students from pre-K through eighth grade) and three regional public schools: Chickering Elementary, Dover-Sherborn Middle, and Dover-Sherborn High. All the schools have a reputation for providing a great education, and Dover-Sherborn High School is frequently recognized for excellence outside of the immediate community: US News & World Report ranked it as the 10th best high school in Massachusetts and Newsweek ranked it as #16 out of the Top 500 high schools in the country.

Parents with young children or couples who are getting ready to start a family often consider buying a home in Dover because of the strong school system.

Outdoor Adventures

It’s not just the pastoral environment and great schools that make Dover a standout community: the town is also known for its many outdoor recreation options. The gentle, well-marked trails of Noanet Woodlands are great for hikers, bikers, and dog walkers. Hale Reservation provides visitors with over 20 miles of trails and access to 4 ponds, and it’s also the site of a series of popular summer programs for kids. Those who love to be on the water can try fishing or boating on the Charles River.

If you’re someone who likes having a quiet place to relax in the evening and lots of space to explore on the weekends, consider looking for your next home in Dover. An experienced CENTURY 21 Commonwealth Realtor can help you find your new Dover home at a great value.

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