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Concierge Real Estate Services by Realtor Bill Paulson

Most Realtors tell you to browse property listings on the internet and let them know when you see something you like. That works for them, what about you? The problem is there are hundreds of homes on the internet and it is hard to tell if you will really like them.

Like a good hotel concierge, I know the Newton, Needham, and Wellesley real estate markets (I blog about them all the time), will spend the time to get to know you, and can give you recommendations that are on target. That way when you take your time to go look at a home the chances are it will be a fit.

This is just one example of my Concierge Real Estate Service. I have a full compliment of best in class concierge real estate services for my buyers and sellers. As another example, my clients love the transaction web sites I create for them to manage the process.

Contact me and I will meet with you to review my Concierge Real Estate Service to see if it is right for you. Send me an e-mail at Bill@BillPaulson.com. or call me at 781-929-2453.

Living in Needham

Needham is a great bedroom community located due west of Boston on the major
ring road – Route 95/128. Needham is easy commute distance to Boston and Cambridge
via either car or train.  For the past few years, Needham has been new construction central with knock downs happening all over town.

The Town of Needham has about 30,000 residents young and old. Needham is known for its outstanding schools and restaurants including Italian at Sweet Basil, Indian at Masala Art, and the newest addition The Farmhouse.

The Needham Public Schools are outstanding. There are 5 neighborhood elementary schools (Broadmeadow, Eliot, Hillside, Mitchell, Newman), a 6th grade school (High Rock) dedicated to easing the kids into their middle school years, a 7th/8th grade school (Pollard Middle), and Needham High School which is one of the best high schools in the state. The school district’s web site provides a comprehensive Performance Report and MCAS results.

Beth Israel Deaconess Needham is a great hospital that has been recently renovated and is affiliated with Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, one of the leading hospitals in Boston.

The Charles River YMCA is located in Needham with two facilities, the Pool Site on Great Plain Ave and the Active Family Center on Chestnut. They have many great programs for the youth and adults in the area.

Living in Wellesley

Wellesley is one of the most beautiful towns in New England. The homes are well cared for New England colonials some of which were built over 100 years ago and lovingly maintained and updated. There are also many examples of Wellesley homes for sale that have been built recently with 5000+ square feet of beautifully arranged decorated living space.

The Wellesley shopping district along Central St and Washington St provides everything from clothing to gifts to food. Wasik’s Cheese Shop is a truly unique experience if you have never been there. Just tell them what you are serving and they will not only recommend a few cheese possibilities but they will also let you taste them.

Meanwhile, the Wasik’s of books is Wellesley Booksmith. It is one of the local bookstore success stories in the face of the proliferation of the super book store chains. The people that work there are super nice and always willing and able to make recommendations. Captain Marden’s is the same thing but for seafood. People come from far away to get seafood from Captain Marden’ because it is so fresh. Be sure to try the cooked shrimp.

For those of us that live by our stomaches, Wellesley has some great dining to go with its great shopping. For breakfast, Captain Marden’s is a great place to go and Maugus Restaurant is awesome for the greesy spoon crowd. Amarin Of Thailand is very good Thai food whether you eat there or bring it home. Cafe Mangal provides a wonderful middle eastern dining experience with authentic dishes from the area – very yummy.  The Local is great casual pub-fare and the newest entry is Dave Becker’s (of Sweet Basil fame) 2nd restaurant called Juniper.

Of course, the jewel of the Wellesley restaurant scene is Blue Ginger. Their cocktails are special and it just gets better from there at this amazing restaurant serving East-West cuisine which is run by celebrity chef Ming Tsai. Once you have finished your dinner, walk on over to White Mountain Creamery to get some of the best ice cream you will ever taste.

Living in Newton

The City of Newton is a thriving diverse community of 90,000 people including everything from college students to families to the elderly. Its location inside the major ring road around Boston – Route 95/128 – makes it very convenient for those commuting to Boston or Cambridge via either car or train.

Reflecting its rich history as one of the oldest cities and towns in the country, the City of Newton is made up of multiple villages including Auburndale, Chestnut Hill, Lower Falls, Newton Centre, Newton Corner, Newton Highlands, Newtonville, Nonantum, Oak Hill, Thompsonville, Upper Falls, Waban, and West Newton. See these villages on the City of Newton map on this City of Newton Villages map.

The Mass Turnpike (Route 90) runs through the north section of Newton and Route 9 runs through the south section of Newton. These main roads bring with them a thriving retail and commercial base for the city. In between are some of the nicest homes in New England ranging in price from the $300,000s to almost $8,000,000.

The Newton Public Schools are also outstanding and provide one of the main reasons people buy homes in Newton. There are 15 neighborhood elementary schools (Angier, Bowen, Burr, Cabot, Countryside, Franklin, Horace Mann, Lincoln-Eliot, Mason-Rice, Memorial Spaulding, Pierce, Underwood, Ward, Williams, and Zervas). There are also four neighborhood middle schools (Bigelow, Brown, F.A. Day, and Oak Hill). Finally, there are two high schools, Newton North and Newton South. To figure out which school is near your Newton home, examine one of the following maps: Newton elementary schools map, Newton middle schools map, Newton high schools map.

The Newton-Wellesley Hospital, part of the Partners HealthCare System, is an award winning community hospital and also receives awards for being an outstanding place to work. Its close ties with the other Partners hospitals, like Massachusetts General Hospital, means that Newton-Wellesley provides its patients with the accessibility of a community hospital and also the most advanced specialty care found anywhere. Doctors moving to the area to work at Newton-Wellesley Hospital will find that Newton, Needham, and Wellesley all offer great homes for them and their families.

The West Suburban YMCA is conveniently located at Newton Corner by the Massachusetts Turnpike. The Newton YMCA is a true community partner with programs for everyone young and old. Its facility was first opened in 1911 but it continues to be expanded and updated so that it is a first class facility with an amazing pool and great gym space.