Duxbury is a Forever Sort of Place

 On left, Corinne Woodworth, Duxbury High School English teacher

On left, Corinne Woodworth, Duxbury High School English teacher

Several months ago, I kept seeing the same article pop up on social media.

Entitled "Homeowners Quest for the Best Schools," and published in The Wall Street Journal as well as on realtor.com, the article tells the story of several families in Texas and California who, in search of a top-notch education for their children, moved to new cities and towns in order to take advantage of these towns' excellent public schools.

What struck me about the article was this: after uprooting their lives, families who move to La Cañada Flintridge, California, often leave when their children graduate from high school. The article quotes Anne Sanborn - Sotheby's, Pasadena. Sales, Design, Property Prep for Market, a fellow Sotheby's agent, who describes the months after graduation in La Cañada as a "mass exodus."

This certainly is not the case in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

While each family's journey to and from our town is different, many do arrive in search of a quality education for their children. And indeed, when the children have gone off to college and started lives of their own, many people do consider selling their current home. But leave town altogether? Not often.

Throughout my years in real estate, what I've found is that people who come to Duxbury tend to stay in Duxbury, whether that means moving to a larger house when that starter home is beginning to feel too crowded, or downsizing to a Cape, Ranch, or condo as the years go by. What's more, adults who were once Duxbury's children seem to move back here as if drawn by force, our town's pristine beaches and rural scenery emitting a magnetic field that cannot be bypassed.

The other draw? Our public schools, of course.

 The view from the seats in Presentation Hall

The view from the seats in Presentation Hall

In February, my good friend, client, and favorite teacher, Corinne Woodworth, invited me to a poetry contest held in the new high school's Presentation Hall. The literary quality of the students' work at the contest was astounding. Their performances were masterful. Of course, with educators like Corinne, so dedicated to their students' success and invested in their interests, none of this was surprising. But what made the experience so special is that I was surrounded by my friends, all of whom have remained in Duxbury for years, their children already grown. The event was attended not only by the parents of the participants, but by community members. Because that's what Duxbury is: a community.

And that's what I love about this town. Duxbury is a forever sort of place. Whether you arrive with school-age kids, kids already grown, or two crazy but beloved pets who make up your world, you'll stay here to hear the authors who speak at the Duxbury Free Library "Official", or to attend the events put on by the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society. You'll stay put for the next exhibit at The Art Complex Museum, or because you can't stop walking in the Duxbury Town Forest and along Duxbury Beach. You'll stay because the summer begins with the Opening of the Bay at Duxbury Bay Maritime School and is filled with trips to Farfars Danish Ice Cream Shop and hours at the Duxbury Music Festival. You'll stay to dine at The Winsor House InnThe Sun Tavern Duxbury, and to grab lunch at The Foodsmith or pick up something for dinner at the Depot Street Market.

And you'll stay, of course, for the people who make this town so special. And that, I think, shows the true value of property in Duxbury: it's a place people want to make home for decades.