The Town of Sharon, Massachusetts is turning into a juggernaut. Sharon was, once again, named by Money Magazine as one of the best places to live in America. Sharon finished in third place behind Apex, North Carolina and Papillion, Nebraska. There’s got to be a joke in there somewhere concerning Apex’s first place finish. This isn’t the first time that Sharon has been named to this type of list.
Sharon was first named on Money Magazine’s 2011 list; it finished eleventh. Sharon was then again named on Money Magazine’s 2013 list; it finished first. Sharon may have now usurped Milton as the place with the most “best place to live” awards in all of Massachusetts; Milton finished seventh in 2006, fifth in 2009 and second in 2011 in the annual Money Magazine list.
I once lived in a little bungalow at 347 South Main Street. I frequented:
I lived in Sharon long enough to know that the restaurant space located at the end of the Sharon Heights Shopping Plaza, currently Sichuan Gourmet, seems to change hands every year or so to another operator of a restaurant featuring some iteration of Asian cuisine. Or maybe I’ve been away long enough that Sichuan Gourmet has broken that streak? I don’t know.
I also lived in Sharon to know that I was an idiot for not buying the little brick building located at 431 South Main Street when it was languishing there in 2000; it was eventually sold by Cumberland Farms for only $160,000 in November, 2000 and bought back by Cumberland Farms for $250,000 in December, 2014. I’ve sold a bit of real estate in Sharon over the past fifteen years. I most recently sold a small ranch located at 31 East Street to a buyer in August, 2011 for only $238,000; he sold it in December, 2014 for $299,900.
Now, we all know that every town has its knocks. I’ve had too many buyers dismiss Sharon from the list of towns that they’d be willing to live in because they perceive that Sharon’s property taxes are too high. This isn’t coming from me. I try to push Sharon. The supposed reason that Sharon’s tax rate is higher than many towns of similar size is that the mix of commercial and residential properties leans too heavily on the residential side of the ledger which increases costs related to schools. Here’s the link to “Massachusetts tax rates in 2015, by city and town” provided by Boston Business Journal. Sharon ranks as the 17th most expensive municipality out of 336 municipalities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts; Hancock, Massachusetts is the least expensive at $2.84 per $1,000 and Longmeadow, Massachusetts is the most expensive at $23.63 per $1,000.
I’m moving to Stoughton soon so I’ll be able to begin concentrating more on the Sharon market. Maybe I’ll see you either at the Starbucks or Boston Sports Clubs (BSC) at The Village Shoppes in Canton? Let’s be honest, I’ll probably be at Five Guys.
With that being said, congratulations to the residents and business owners of Sharon! Bravo!
Here’s the list of condominiums and single families that are currently listed for sale in Sharon: