A Guide to Reading, MA Real Estate

Welcome to Reading, MA, a town of about 25,000 just north of Boston. Although it’s conveniently close to the big city, Reading is far more than just a suburb. The streets are lined with beautiful pre-World War II homes, as well as more modern additions that manage to maintain the town’s historical charm. Reading also has a wide selection of dining, shopping, and entertainment options.

The town has several distinct neighborhoods, and it’s worth getting to know them if you’re looking at Reading, MA homes for sale. While the town is small enough that it can feel like a fairly unified community, each neighborhood still has its own distinct characteristics, and different areas appeal to different people based on their lifestyles and priorities.

North Reading

North Reading consists mainly of older, colonial-style homes that have been well-maintained over the years. Many of these houses are quite large and often have four or more bedrooms. This neighborhood is known as being particularly family-friendly, thanks to the good public school system and presence of many other families with young kids. Wood End Elementary School is located nearby, along with Birch Meadow School and Reading Memorial High School.

It may be possible to find some Reading, MA apartments for rent, but the majority of residences here are owner-occupied.

Town Center

As with housing in most downtown areas, housing in Reading’s town center is close to many shopping, dining, and entertainment options. If you’re someone who would like to be able to walk from your house to a local café or restaurant, or drive to the commuter rail station in just a few minutes, you may want to look for a Reading loft or townhouse here.

Housing in this area is a mix of single-family homes, apartments, and condos. While there are plenty of older homes here, you can just as easily find Reading, MA condos with modern amenities such as underground parking and on-site gyms.

Reading Highlands

If you plan to take the commuter rail frequently, you may want to look at properties in the centrally-located Reading Highlands neighborhood. This neighborhood may appeal to young professionals and millennial parents who want to live in a safe, walkable area with easy access to Boston.

The quintessential Reading house for this neighborhood is a stately, older home that has been renovated to include modern features such as hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. There are also some older homes that have been converted into small apartment buildings or townhouse condos. 

South Reading

While there are a considerable number of South Reading homes built between 1940 and 1970, there are also a lot of newer houses in this part of town. South Reading is a developing area, so if you’re interesting in having your dream home custom built for you, consider looking at property here. Not ready to buy your own home? You can also find several larger apartment complexes with units to rent.

South Reading is a great area for those who are ready to settle down and buy their first home. It is particularly attractive to married couples; in fact, over 66% of the residents of this neighborhood are married.

Your Reading Home Is Waiting

Reading offers a desirable housing stock, whether you’re looking for Reading rentals, a single-family home, or anything in between. If you’re considering this Massachusetts town for your future home, contact a CENTURY 21 realtor today.


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