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25 Hottest Towns in Massachusetts in 2017

Our yearly hottest towns report is here! This is a list that goes into detail about the top 25 towns and cities – out of all 351 in Massachusetts – that had the biggest growth in home sales in 2017. We look specifically at single family homes, condominiums, and multi-family homes, and while we filter by the increase in the number of sales to get our Top 25 list, we also look at the increase or decrease in the average home sale price. The cities or towns listed must have a minimum of 200 homes sold in 2017 to be considered for the list.

A lot of towns this year are new to the list when compared to the previous year’s – only Fall River made the Top 10 last year and this year.  Attleboro, North Attleboro, and Springfield made the Top 10 last year and fell to spots within numbers 11 – 25, and New Bedford was the only town that jumped from the Top 25 last year to this year’s Top 10.

Top 10 Hottest Towns in 2017

  1. In East Boston, the number of homes sold increased by 30.43%, to 480, and prices increased by 6.4%, to $507,000.

Attractions/Things to Do in East Boston:

  • Downeast Cider House
  • Classic Sail Boston Private Boat Tours
  • Piers Park

East Boston greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 4/10


  1. In Leominster, the number of homes sold increased by 21.72%, to 678, and prices increased by 7.43%, to $229,900.

Attractions/Things to Do in Leominster:

  • Doyle Community Park
  • Sholan Farms
  • Leominster State Forest

Leominster greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 6/10


  1. In Bourne, the number of homes sold increased by 19.44%, to 424, and prices increased by 7.94%, to $340,000.

Attractions/Things to Do in Bourne:

  • The Cape Cod Canal Bikeway
  • Aptucxet Trading Post Museum
  • Butterflies of Cape Cod

Bourne greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 4/10


  1. In Plymouth, the number of homes sold increased by 17.06% to 1,242, and prices increased by 4.06% to $333,000.

Attractions/Things to Do in Plymouth:

  • Plimoth Plantation
  • Nelson Memorial Park
  • Pilgrim Hall Museum

Plymouth greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 5/10


  1. Mashpee saw an increase in home sales by 15.75%, to 529 and an increase in prices by 2.79%, to $369,000.

Attractions/Things to Do in Mashpee:

  • Mashpee Commons Shopping and Restaurants
  • South Cape Beach State Park
  • Cape Cod Children’s Museum

Mashpee greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 5/10


  1. New Bedford, which was on our top 25 last year, saw an increase in home sales by 15.01%, to 1,088 and prices increased 5.46% to $200,000.

Attractions/Things to Do in New Bedford:

  • New Bedford Whaling Museum
  • Fort Taber Park Military Museum
  • Hurricane Barrier Harbor Walk

New Bedford greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 3/10

  1. In Fall River, which is the only town on our top 10 last year as well, the number of home sales increased to 774, a boost of 13.82%. Home prices grew just under 4.3%, to $207,500.

Attractions / Things to do in Fall River:

  • Battleship Cove: Memorial comprised with WWII Navy Ships
  • Attractive downtown area with shops, restaurants and culture
  • Fall River Heritage State Park

Fall River greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 4/10


  1. Peabody made the top 10 by increasing by 13.2% in home sales, to 669 and by 5.48% in prices, to $385,000.

Attractions/Things to Do in Peabody:

  • Brooksby Farm
  • Independence Greenway Bike Route
  • George Peabody House Museum

Peabody greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 4/10


  1. Franklin increased in home sales by 12.05% to 502 in 2017, and prices increased by 1.9% to $375,000.

Attractions/Things to Do in Franklin:

  • Franklin Historical Museum
  • Ficco’s Bowladrome
  • Franklin Public Library

Franklin greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 6/10


  1. Chicopee increased in home sales by 11.02% to 675 in 2017 and increased in prices by 4.38% to $167,000.

Attractions/Things to Do in Chicopee:

  • Polish Center of Discovery and Learning
  • Jess Miller Comedy
  • Chicopee Memorial State Park

Chicopee greatschools.org School System Rating (PK, KG-12): 4/10


Here are the rest of the Hottest Towns in Massachusetts ranked 11-25 by % change in Home Sales

RankCity/Town# of Sales% Change SalesMedian Price% Change Price
11Wellesley44210.78%$1,285,0006.2%
12Brockton1,419
10.6%$265,0008.16%
13Worcester2,2509.86%$219,0007.88%
14Pittsfield6009.29%$155,0000.65%
15Quincy1,2928.94%$405,0005.19%
16Fitchburg6268.3%$179,9009.03%
17Attleboro6537.22%$279,9005.62%
18N. Attleboro4656.9%$325,0005.18%
19Dorchester1,0376.69%$500,00013.64%
20Marlborough5646.21%$330,0006.45%
21Springfield1,6995.72%$141,1006.09%
22Randolph4555.57%$329,00017.71%
23Haverhill1,0664.82%$270,0003.85%
24Wareham4844.54%$245,0008.89%
25Newton1,1193.71%$955,0008.52%
*Data provided by Warren Group & MLSPIN