Parents choosing Weston because of its excellent schools. Or so says this article (Stamford, by the way, is ranked dead last in the category). The happy home hunter interviewed for the article says she picked Weston for its schools, but then allows that she couldn’t find much in Greenwich for her budget of $1.3 million. No you can’t, honey.
I myself would prefer Weston for its much more rural atmosphere, schools be damned, but this article does illustrate the importance of a town’s educational system to the people who you hope will buy your house. That doesn’t mean more spending is in order – I have no doubt that Greenwich spends more per pupil than Weston does, nor did Mommy Homebuyer mention a $35 million high school auditorium as part of her selection criteria, but we ignore the declining quality of our schools at our property values’ peril.