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This page is not cluttered with historical or demographic data. That information is available elsewhere. The focus here is on the things which you might find important. Instructions for viewing Dover real estate listings are found at the bottom of this article...


Dover, situated about 15 miles southwest of Boston and nestled on the south banks of the Charles River, has a great, isolated, buccolic location, and yet, thanks to I-95/SR-128, SR-9, SR-27, SR-16, and SR-109, many of its citizenry - mainly academic, legal, business and medical - are able to commute to work in Boston. That said, none but a mile or so of State roads lie within its city limits, resulting in a huge line item (75% of its budget) for snow removal!

How did Dover become a charming, affluent little town nestled among some of the country's most beautiful acreage, featuring a lovely mixture of estates, farmland, open fields, forests and neighborhoods? In the early 1900's, wealthy Boston families chose to build their country estates in Dover, resulting in staggering 300-400 acres of parks, gardens, walking paths and pastures that gave Dover a charming, almost European-inspired feeling of wealth and fine living, which virtually ensured it remained a residential community known as the friendly, beautiful, little town made for ideal living such as it is today. Indeed, the friendly community feeling and warmth that you'll find in Dover sets this town apart from any other! Even though some of the old estate lands have since been sold and made into subdivisions, Dover maintains its sprawling, vast feeling of living by requiring houses to be built on 1+-acre lots.

Dover's heritage lies in agriculture - still evident in active farms, orchards, and horse farms with its winding, tree-lined roads. Its rural character is assured with much of the town still comprised of open space and woodlands. Away from the noise, the hustle and bustle of city life, here, in Dover, you can truly relax every night after work, almost as if you are on a perpetual vacation.

Dover has exceptional recreational opportunities if you like to stay close to home on the weekend -- boating on the Charles River, tennis at Caryl Park, hiking or biking through Noanet Woods, fishing at Channing Pond, horseback riding at one of the many stables, or participating in or watching the Norfolk Hunt Club carry out one of its events. For a small, quiet, country town, there is always a lot going on. Hunt Club

Dover's official web site provides links to important information, including the current year tax rate and a pdf file which you can access to see what value the city Assessor gives the property you are interested in buying. Properties are serviced by private sewerage systems, and almost all have town water.

If you have school-age children, the Dover-Sherborn Public School District is highly regarded and respected and will take excellent care of them. Dover offers some of the best public education families are likely to find anywhere in all of Massachusetts, if not the entire United States. The high school consistently rates in the top 10 of all MA high schools. DSPS's transportation policies, bus routes, etc., are outlined here. Alternatively, you can enrol your child(ren) in a private elementary school, The Charles River School, located in the center of Dover.

The Dover-Sherborn Press, The Hometown Weekly, The Dover Sherborn Cable TV, and The Patch, are purveyors of local news. and, of course, there are also the Boston Globe, and the Boston Herald.

Sold Statistics for Dover

Single Family:
2012 - 73 sales. List Price - $1,104,049 Sale Price - $1,029,770   Market Time - 170 days
2011 - 39 sales. List Price - $1,217,993 Sale Price - $1,111,392   Market Time - 234 days
2010 - 51 sales. List Price - $1,025,829 Sale Price - $963,133   Market Time - 163 days

Although Dover sales fell a significant 25% in 2011, and those that did sell beat 2010 values by a whopping 14%, sales shot through the roof in 2012 by more than 100% - but, alas, the average sale price dropped 9%. The good news is that values were still higher than they were in 2010.

2012 - 3 sales. List Price - $533,000 Sale Price - $503,083   Market Time - 143 days
2011 - 1 sales. List Price - $1,090,000 Sale Price - $800,000   Market Time - 171 days
2010 - 5 sales. List Price - $438,360 Sale Price - $421,600   Market Time - 238 days

Condominium sales in Dover are few and far between and bear no further comment.

Multi-Family Listings:
2012 - 0 sales. List Price - $0 Sale Price - $0   Market Time - 0 days
2011 - 1 sales. List Price - $450,000 Sale Price - $400,000   Market Time - 91 days
2010 - 0 sales. List Price - $0 Sale Price - $0   Market Time - 0 days

Multi-family sales in Dover are rare.

The graphic, historical view of home sales shown below is not really accurate as it goes only through the 3Qtr of 2012; but it gives you a general picture of how things have been selling over the past 5 years.

To view all of the current MLS real estate listings in Dover, you will need an ID which is " 2374489" and the password "Jim". You can login here anonymously anytime, daily or weekly, as often as you wish. If you should see any properties you would like to view in person, give Jim a call or send a text or email indicating which properties and a couple of time frames and Jim will try to schedule you appropriately - please keep in mind that some owners and/or agents require 24-48 hrs advance notice and additionally keeping within a 30-60 minute window if they also require an accompanied showing.

In 2003, Dover was rated #1 in MA as the best/healthiest place to live! What are you waiting for??