THE GOODS Once part of Stoughton, this town broke away in 1888 and slumbered until the 1950s when an industrial park was built to take advantage of the proximity of new Route 24. The industrial park has thrived and the residential portion of the town has grown up along with it, benefiting from having among the lowest tax rates in the state. At about 5 square miles, Avon is also among the smallest communities, home to just about 4,000 people. Yet, it has more than its share of big-box retailers, including
THE PROS Housing stock is varied with no single style dominating. Some New England farmhouses and 100-plus-year-old Colonials are available, as well as high-end newer construction featuring homes with modern-day amenities. The town seems to have grown in an ad hoc way so you can find a Colonial next to a ranch next to a cottage next to a split-level. But many are priced smartly. Buyers can get a lot of home for the money here.
THE CONS This is one of those "don't blink, you'll miss it" towns. If it weren't for the road signs at town borders, it's likely most people would not even realize they were in Avon. The town has no recognizable center, just a smattering of storefronts and small restaurants along Route 28. Condo choices are minimal. Performance by some high schoolers on the MCAS ranked pretty low.
JOHN R. ELLEMENT