You get a lot for your money in Wellesley, Mass., from excellent schools to innovative power and recycling departments to a community-spirited town in general. But at a price. Not only are the homes crazy expensive, but there’s a “Wellesley tax” on just about everything else too — rents for businesses aren’t cheap.
Here’s a rundown of what it costs to live in Wellesley according to a slew of measures:
*Median home price: $1.2M (per Zillow)
*Student parking at Wellesley High (available via lottery): $250 per individual, less for carpoolers (2018-19 school year)
*Town parking: $4.50 per day for residents in commuter rail lots; 5 cents for 5 minutes, 50 cents per hour at on-street meters
*Membership at Nehoiden Golf Club: If you have to ask…
*Membership at Wellesley Country Club: If you have to ask…
*Tax rate for residential, commercial and personal property: $11.95 per $1,000 in assessed value
*Dog license: $12 if spayed, $20 if not.
*Nighttime tennis court tag per season: $55 per person ($40 for ages 16 and under)
*Morses Pond beach tag: $100 per family before May 25, 2018 (cost varies based on family vs. individual, when you buy tag, etc.)
*Wellesley Chamber of Commerce membership: $345 (for businesses with 5 or fewer employees)
*Yard sales & estate sales: $5 for first yard sale in a calendar year and $25 for each additional one in a calendar year; $20 per estate sale.
*Wellesley Townsman: yearly subscription is $88