5 Best Things About Living in New England

Living in New England comes with a long list of advantages for the homeowner. You will delight in the changing of the seasons, enjoy outdoor adventures all year long, enjoy hometown and professional sports and take pride in the high level of education afforded to students K-12 and the extraordinary opportunities in higher education. CENTURY 21 North East recognizes the purchase of a home is one of the most important decisions you will make in your life. We strive to provide you with the highest level of service as you search for your home in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Here are five of the best things about living in New England to help guide you during this life changing decision. 

1. The four seasons: You will sit up and take notice of the changing of the seasons in New England. Winter, spring, fall, and summer will make themselves known with a dramatic entrance…and in the winter with a dramatic exit. The last days of winter contribute to what the dirt road communities in New England lovingly refer to as mud season (many would argue we enjoy five seasons in New England). Your all season tires will only cover three seasons in New England. You will need a good set of winter tires to make it up to the mountain and back home safely so you, your friends, and your family can take advantage of an unscheduled powder day at your favorite mountain resort during a winter storm. 

2. The great outdoors by car: You can enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your vehicle winding through the mountains or driving along the ocean coastline. The 10 mile Ocean Drive in Newport, Rhode Island will treat you with breathtaking views of the coastline and bring you to the perfect picnicking spot at Brenton Point State Park. Massachusetts is home to four of the most beautiful and historic drives in the United States; the federal government added three routes in Massachusetts in 2021. You can take a 38 mile drive on the Connecticut River Byway in Massachusetts for a short day adventure … or explore 498.7 miles of scenery and history on this byway through Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont. The Connecticut State Route 169 National Scenic Byway in Connecticut will take you on a 32 mile journey passing colonial homesteads, meeting houses, and stone walls. There are seven National Scenic Byways in Maine including two in Acadia National Park: The Acadia All-American Road (a 40 mile 3 hour drive and tour from shoreline to forests) and the Schoodic Scenic Byway (a 29 mile 1 hour drive coastline drive passing lighthouses, historic buildings, and lobstering and clamming fisheries which can easily be enjoyed as an 8 hour tour). 

3. The great outdoors without a car: Well, you might need a car or truck to reach your outdoor adventure (though in many instances an adventure will start right outside your back door). In any case, once you have arrived at a mountain, lake, or ocean you will be ready to enjoy the great outdoors every season of the year. There are mountains to climb, mountains to ski & ride, and mountains to fish. There are lakes to swim, lakes to canoe, and lakes to kitesurf. There are oceans to surf, tidal pools to explore, and surfcasting on the beach for a tasty meal of mackerel. You will appreciate every seasonal adventure all the more knowing the window will be closing soon, and the following season opens the next window of adventure. 

4. New England sports: New Englanders take pride in their hometown teams. The New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, Boston Celtics, New England Revolution, and the Boston Red Sox (who came to the plate and broke the 86 year old “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004) have favored Boston sports fans with 12 championships since 2002. The tradition of New England's hometown pride in sports is strong. The rivalry between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees is legendary. Life can be sweet, but it is best to use a little common sense when you are a New York Yankee fan living in the Greater Boston region. There is a “Boston Area New York Yankees Fans” group on FaceBook to provide camaraderie and support…it was formed in 2009 and currently has 747 members. This is amid a population of 4.9 million in the Greater Boston region. We love our sports and we are loyal to our teams! 

5. Education: Four New England states ranked in the top ten of “most educated” states in the country in a recent 2022 report using metrics including education attained and the quality of education. There are highly rated public and private schools throughout New England. Four of the eight Ivy League schools are in New England: Brown University in Rhode Island, Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, Harvard University in Massachusetts, and Yale University in Connecticut. New England is home to many other highly ranked colleges and universities. Eighteen New England high schools ranked in the top 100 in a recent 2022 U.S. News & World Report. The rankings took into consideration college readiness, reading and math skills, underserved student performance, and graduation rates. New England cares about education, and it shows in the numbers. 

CENTURY 21 North East agents believe in providing extraordinary service and going above and beyond for our clients. Explore the communities we represent and our current listings. We look forward to helping you find your perfect home in New England. Contact us today!

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