A Classic New England Suburb
Melrose is the perfect melding of city and suburban life. You can find great dining, fun shops, and parks all within easy walking distance. It is a great town for those looking for more green spaces and family oriented activities, but are not quite ready to leave the city behind.
If you are into food, like me, the thought of moving away from the abundant choices in the city can be challenging. Melrose, however, has its share of fantastic places to eat that will satisfy even the most fickle of city-reared taste buds. Looking for a cold margarita and delicious Mexican fare? You can’t go wrong with Mexico Lindo, which sits right on Main Street and has a large back patio for quiet, outdoor dining. Their authentic cuisine and scale cannot be topped, inside or outside the city.
How about a solid slice? Despite the myriad of options within Route 95, finding great pizza can be tough but Wood & Fire Neapolitan Pizzeria does a solid job and treats it’s residents to some great options.
After a month-long stay in Thailand, Thai food has become a staple in my diet but finding the real stuff can be challenging outside of home cooking! Thankfully, The Bangkok, on the edge of Melrose Center and just a few steps from the Wyoming Hill Commuter Station, hits the nail on the head. Don’t let its handful of tables fool you, this place has the good stuff; spice levels that do Thai food justice and ingredients that aren’t found in Americanized Thai food. Go here, try the Khao Soi and Gra Pao and you’ll see what I mean.
One of the best features of Melrose is its convenience to all Boston has to offer but without the traffic. Easy access to 93 and 28 allows for quick travel to your favorite haunts near and far from the city. With not one but three Commuter Rail stops, nearly the whole town is walking distance to public transit directly downtown or north of the city. Busses aren’t as common as Malden, but they are by no means hard to catch and the final stop of the Orange Line is just a few stops from Melrose Center and a quick walk across the Malden border.
While it has always been one of the more desirable of Boston suburbs, the recent market has truly emphasised Melrose’s competitive market. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell in Melrose this year, you’re in for some stiff competition and high demand - either way, we’re here to help you navigate this great opportunity!
Homes prices in Melrose have a wide range but the average Single-Family comes in at a solid $675,832, surprisingly close to the Two-Family average sale price of $743,364. Condos aren’t scarce in Melrose either, in fact, they made up just about 25% of the home sales in the past year - not bad for a suburb!
While the entry level price tag may be a bit higher than Malden or Medford, the investment value, the community and the quaint yet booming downtown are all worth the premium. If you disagree, let me know what town you prefer to focus your search on and we’ll talk!
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