Boston Magazine recently published their 2013 best places to live and Needham was voted in as a winner in the “Moving up” category. Here is an except from the article:
Great schools, low taxes, and a thriving retail scene
Median home price: $670,000
One-year change: +3.2%
Last year’s inaugural season of the Great Hall Concert Series—a revolving salon of local and international musicians, performers, and artists lighting up the renovated town hall—only strengthened Needham’s emerging reputation for cultural refinement. Dwellers here also enjoy the many restaurants in Needham center, as well as a recovering retail scene that took a hit when Dedham’s Legacy Place mall debuted in 2009. And don’t forget the liquor stores that will begin opening up after residents voted overwhelmingly last year to ditch Needham’s age-old designation as a dry town. Steady business and industry revenues keep property taxes shockingly low for a suburb that every year sits near the top of this magazine’s school rankings. And for those who may be caring for another type of dependent, an $8 million senior center is scheduled to start welcoming guests this fall, offering movie nights and computer and fitness classes.