WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2016

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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number of people doing the latter — and many, like the Gowdys, are finding new homes inside the Boston city limits after many years of happy, fruitful living in the western suburbs. So what's the draw? Besides a change in everyday pace, developers and real estate experts almost unanimously say that they're hearing a desire to have easy access to everything. After all, even in the most world-class, sophisticated, and beautiful of suburban towns, the geo- graphic sprawl means more time getting from place to place. 44 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 6 "We have parking, but don't take our car out of the garage often, and we don't want to," says Gowdy, who also owns a home in rural Maine, where the family gathers for holidays. "I've done more walking than I did in Weston, because there's a purpose to my walking. I'm walking over to a bak- ery where they make incredible bread. Or we're walking to a show at the theater, or to a restaurant we can't wait to have a delicious meal at." Diana Saunders agrees. She moved with her daughter (who's about to go to college) and two dogs to the Vendome Building, an historic but modernized concierge residence of 110 units in Back Bay, last September from Wellesley. And she says she was more than ready to downsize. "I can take care of a condo more easily than I can a big house," she explains. "But also, I want the cultural things here: music, Moving to the City Penthouse at 22 Liberty (top) and exterior rendering with Boston Harbor in the foreground (bottom)

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