Bill Flanagan and his wife, Joanne, have lived on Summer Street in Weymouth for 34 years and have become unofficial recruiters for the town.
“Two of Joanne’s siblings, after experiencing Weymouth through us, elected to establish their homes and raise families here in town as well,’’ said Flanagan, 62.
The Flanagans had married two years prior to their move to Weymouth, and were living in an apartment in Quincy with their one child. “We were looking for a home in a convenient area,’’ said Flanagan, a pharmacist who retired recently. He and Joanne, 58, a registered nurse, immediately appreciated Weymouth’s easy access to Route 3 and that they could zip to Quincy, Braintree, and Hingham in less than 10 minutes.
The property’s half-acre lot was attractive and became even more appreciated as their family grew to include four children. They all attended Weymouth’s public schools, which prepared them well for success in college and ultimately in their chosen professions, Flanagan said. They also played youth, travel, and high school sports and participated in the Old South Union Youth Group.
Younger families, including their neighbors’ children who grew up in Weymouth, are now looking to buy houses in this town of about 55,000. While “nothing is cheap,’’ the Flanagans acknowledge, there are entry-level properties.
Shopping and restaurants are plentiful in the area, however. “Whatever your taste in cuisine might be, you can probably get there in 10 or 15 minutes,’’ Flanagan said. The Venetian, El Sarape, and Stockholders Steakhouse rank among their favorites.
The Flanagans also enjoy Pond Meadow Park, which is within walking distance and straddles Weymouth and Braintree, and Joanne strolls around Webb Memorial State Park on the water in North Weymouth. They are also impressed by the spectrum of residents who take advantage of the recently renovated Legion Memorial Field, which includes a turf field, tennis courts, playgrounds, and paths.
“There are seniors walking there, young families hanging out, children running around, and people of all ages playing pickup sports,’’ Flanagan said.
The year the home that would eventually be the birthplace of Abigail Smith Adams was built. The house, which can be found on Norton Street in North Weymouth, was the first lady’s home at her birth in 1744 and for the first 20 years of her life. She went on to marry John Adams, a Harvard-educated lawyer who would become the second US president, and give birth to John Quincy Adams, the country’s sixth president. The historic home has been renovated and even relocated multiple times.
The average number of river herring per day last year that completed the annual migration to Whitmans Pond. The migration lasts about six weeks in the spring, during which the official Weymouth Herring Run draws a crowd. On some days, the number of fish can be as high as 31,000.
The elevation, in feet, of Great Hill Park along North Weymouth’s waterfront. The park offers panoramic views of Boston’s skyline up to the North Shore. Great Esker Park is home to the largest glacially created geological formation in North America and provides 6 miles of trails.
The number of food trucks that typically participate in the Union Point Food Truck Rodeo, held several times throughout the summer. In addition to various eats, from pizza to grilled cheese sandwiches to bacon-centric treats, the festivities include live entertainment, crafts, and lawn games.
The year Naval Air Station South Weymouth closed after 55 years of service
Compared with many of its South Shore brethren, Weymouth’s housing prices have stayed reasonably affordable. Trulia pegs the median home sales price at $352,500, and property taxes average a manageable $4,270 for fiscal 2017.
PRO & CON
The quality can vary depending on where you live. On a scale of 1 to 10, GreatSchools.org gives Weymouth public schools a 5 overall. Niche.com gives the district a B, however, and in 2015 ranked its teachers 31st in the state. There are several private schools in town as well.