Seller Testimonial – Newton

Thank you Michelle for selling our mom’s house, for your support and for walking us through this entire process. Answering our questions and addressing our concerns from the other side of the country.  We wish you all the best and will keep you in mind for any real estate needs amongst our family and friends.  Rayesa Khan – California

Seller Testimonial – Newton Upper Falls

Michelle Lane is a rock star. She went above and beyond to help me sell my dad’s house to settle his estate.

Michelle was very understanding and sensitive to my emotional issues over selling the family home after the passing of both of my parents.

Nice professionally done photography; several open houses

George Pardi, Newton Upper Falls, MA School Rankings for 2016


The rankings out and no real surprises here.  The Top Ten School districts are the usual suspects.

  1. Lexington
  2. Dover-Sherborn
  3. Acton-Boxboroough
  4. Brookline
  5. Wellesley
  6. Weston
  7. Westwood
  8. Newton
  9. Belmont
  10. Westford

The full list can be found here – Top School Districts in Massachusetts

The Top Ten Public Elementary Schools

  1. Lexington – Joseph Eastbrook
  2. Lexington – Maria Hastings
  3. Lexington – Bridge
  4. Lexington – Bowman
  5. Lexington – Harrington
  6. Newton – Ward
  7. Lexington – Fiske
  8. Sharon – East
  9. Newton – Mason Rice
  10. Weston – Field Elementary

The full list can be found here – Top Elementary Schools in Massachusetts

The Top Ten Public High Schools

  1. Lexington
  2. Brookline
  3. Boston Latin
  4. Acton-Boxborough
  5. Dover-Sherborn
  6. Cambridge Rindge & Latin
  7. Wellesley
  8. Weston
  9. Westwood
  10. Belmont

Newton Ranked 11. for North and 13. for South.  The full list can be found here – Top High Schools in Massachusetts

Overall, Massachusetts ranked Number 8 in States with the best schools.  For my CT friends, CT ranked Number 4!

Cambridge was the only Massachusetts city in the Top 100 Cities in the US in which to raise a family. Perhaps because it ranked #2 behind Manhattan in cities with the Most Things to Do. (Boston ranked #4).  Because they categorized Newton as a town instead of a city, it was not on that list, BUT it was Number 8  (and the only Massachusetts town) on the list of Best Towns to Raise a Family. 

Newton, Framingham and Waltham made the Top 100 Towns for Best Community.  The criteria for these selections includes interesting and important criteria such as the grades given to each school weighted by the number of students served, higher education rate, diversity, income equality, etc.  These towns also ranked high on easiest commute.  You would think that Cambridge would have ranked high in easiest commute given the number of jobs  there.  But few people who work in Cambridge can afford to live there or may choose not to because a house with a yard is insanely expensive.  So the commute for people who work there, but don’t live there is not the best.

Certainly, it would seem that, as in the past, Cambridge and Newton are going to be the areas that will boom again in this spring market.  However, any of the towns in the list of Top 50 school districts will fare well if the commute works for the people living there.  It is good to see that towns like Framingham and Waltham can offer an affordable alternative to those looking for an overall good town in which to live in which they can be part of a vibrant and diverse community and that offers a solid educational experience for their children.

If you or someone you know is looking to buy this year, contact me and we can analyze which towns make the most sense given what matters most to you.

Michelle J. Lane

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Seller Testimonial – Newton Upper Falls

Michelle was an excellent representative in the sale of our house in Newton. Not only is she incredibly knowledgeable about the real estate market and process, she went above and beyond in getting our house ready for sale, negotiating with buyers agents, and helping us prep for the closing. Having hired her for both the purchase and sale of my home, and after dealing with several other realtors over the years, I would highly recommend Michelle as there was no comparison to Michelle’s quality of service.


Seller Testimonial – Newton Highlands

Michelle, both Mon and I want to thank you for the tremendous effort you put forth in helping us with the sale of the house. You were very smart and strategic but also of immeasurable help with facilitating the whole process of getting out of there. Finally, last but not least, you were always available and always a pleasure to work with. We will definitely recommend you to my niece and her husband when they set out to look for a place to buy!

We are breathing a sigh of relief today; glad that we have moved on to our new life and glad that the Newton house will have great new owners who will care for it and take pleasure in it. Thanks again!    

Sheila Bonnell

Newton Ranks #4 Best Places to Live

Newton is a great place to live!  And Money Magazine agrees!  Newton ranked #4 in their best places to live this year.   If you are curious about Massachusetts town rankings in general, the towns that made the top 100 for the past 5 years are listed below.
From Money Magazine
You might think folks in Newton are obsessed with education. The city is divided into 13 villages built around elementary schools, making it easy for kids to walk to school amid the city’s lush greenery.Being close to prestigious universities adds even more benefits — MIT partnered with the innovation lab at a local high school on a project to convert algae into fuel, for example, and Boston College will donate $300,000 for technology for Newton schools over three years.

There’s also a wealth of activities, from swimming at Crystal Lake to browsing boutiques in Newton Centre to celebrations like Taste of Newton. Though housing prices are high, families say the perks are well worth it.

#4 Newton
#31 Brookline
#38 Framingham
#87 Weymouth
#2  Milton
#11 Sharon
#16 Acton
#28 Chemlsford
# 43 Easton
#3 Newton
#28 Waltham
#39 Brookline
#52 Weymouth
#5 Milton
#16 Acton
#19 Hopkinton
#31 Southborough
#37 Easton
#58 Shrewsbury
#49 Newton
#72 Waltham
# 87 Brookline
#7 Milton
#21 Chemlsford
#48 Easton
#73 Westford
#94 Wilbraham

Junior League of Boston Show House is in Newton this Year

Junior League of Boston Show House is in Newton this Year

Should be a really entertaining for those who love old houses.  Over 34 decorated spaces!

Starts Oct 16, so mark your calendars!


SAVE THE DATE – The House Tour will be on June 3rd this year.

The 30th Annual House Tour takes place on Sunday, June 3rd. Tickets purchased in advance (before 5 PM on Friday, June 1), are available at a discount; you may buy your tickets online or by calling 617-796-1450. Tickets are $20 for Historic Newton members, $30 for non-members. Tickets may be purchased on the day of the tour at the Jackson Homestead.  Tickets purchased on June 3 will cost $25 for Historic Newton members and $35 for non-members.  You can buy House Tour tickets at:

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Buyer Testimonial – West Newton

Michelle did an outstanding job of guiding us through the home-buying process. She listened carefully to our needs, asked good questions of us to help us establish parameters of what we were looking for, knew the town and its real estate market very well, and was always quick and efficient in her communication with us. As first-time home buyers, we think it is amazing that two weeks passed between attending our first open house and making an accepted offer, and six weeks later we had a smooth closing and move-in day. Michelle guided us expertly through the legal and financial steps of house hunting and buying. We felt very informed and comfortable throughout the entire process. We highly recommend Michelle. Working with her to buy our first home was a smooth, exciting, and happy process!

Camille Markey

Hearings on Newton Post Office Closings

Officials from the US Postal Service will hold two Town Hall style meetings at City Hall this month to discuss potential branch closings in Newton.

On Nov. 9, Postmaster General James Holland led a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session regarding branches in Upper Falls, West Newton and Boston College.

Officials will discuss potential closings of the Nonantum and Lower Falls branches on Nov. 22 at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

The meeting, at the City Hall Memorial at 1000 Commonwealth Ave., will start at 6 p.m.

Read more: U.S. Post office holding meetings on potential branch closings in Newton – Newton, Massachusetts – Newton TAB

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