I have lived in both NH and MA and can tell you the convenience of MA when working there is worth so much. The quiet, less traffic and congestion on the other hand, takes some getting used to.
Nashua is very nice, though isn't necessarily the country any longer. There are some parts that are very quiet and tucked away, though not all.
Keep in mind also, that if you work in MA your payroll has a MA tax deduction, no matter if you live in NH or MA. So with commuting time/gas/taxes, you may want to weigh it all out.
I would definitely suggest visiting Burlington, MA, taking a drive to/around Nashua, NH and seeing what you prefer. What it all boils down to is that you can make this happen, it's just all in your preferences.
Other nice neighboring towns to Burlington (that are on the quiet side) are Carlisle, Bedford, Reading, Andover, Dracut and Tyngsboro, MA.
Though the house prices in NH seem lower, the property taxes also can be much higher than you would pay in MA, depending on the town.
Just a few things to confuse you even more ;)
Overall, you should visit and stroll around, see what you prefer and do not before jumping in!
Having traveled many times across the country in our Motor home, first let me tell you that we have a much faster pace of life over here. It will take some getting used to. I know this because when we spent time in Indiana and people talked to us like we were always there, and treated us in a slow, careful, "how are you doing" friend manner, it was a great treat for us.
That said, I have lived in Pelham for over 30 years. I grew up in Woburn, which is the next town to Burlington. My parents still live in Woburn and I just listed my friend's house on the Burlington line. I have to do the commute all the time and love to visit with my folks, and of course shop the Burlington Mall.
I can tell you that the commute from the side of Pelham I am on (the Hudson/Nashua side), is about 40 minutes to the Burlington Mall. That is at a time when there really is not very much traffic. Going with the traffic, which you would do from Pelham/Nashua to Burlington, it can be up to an hour. I realize that is assuming that you would have normal 8-5 type hours.
Pelham is a great small town. (Of course I am prejudice, as I am the Chairman of Pelham Economic Development). We have a community feel!
Nashua is also a great city. You can walk downtown and feel very safe. During the summer there are many restaurants that have the outdoor cafe where you can eat and people watch. Always fun!
I am licensed in both MA and NH so I can help people on both sides of the border. I love my job, and coming from an RN background, I am a very good listener, have great people skills and tend to nurture a bit. : )
You should know that the taxes are very different in both states. In NH we have a relatively high property tax, but no other taxes. In MA there is an income tax (so if you live in NH and work in MA, like my husband does, you pay that too!), property tax is pretty stable, but a bit less in many places than NH, and a state tax on everything else but clothing. Really it evens out in the end, as where you find the home that feels like home, the cost is relative.
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Depending on where you're commuting from in Nashua, NH to Burlington, MA Your commute is probably going to average 40-45 minutes. Traffic into the Burlington area during commuting hours will likely increase that time frame.
I'm a licensed broker in both NH and MA and assist buyers who are looking in both states. There are pro's and con's to living in NH (vs. MA) but if you're going to work in MA, you might want to consult with a tax professional on how that will impact your finances. I believe that if you work in MA but live in NH, you still have to pay MA State Tax. Additionally, NH property taxes are typically higher than in MA.
When selecting a community to live in, it's important to weigh all the components that factor into the actual cost of living there.
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I love Mass. Great People, Great Jobs, Great place to live and such, miss the high tech. Still, it depends upon your driving pain factor, can you put up with a longer drive or an over night stay if something happens? Hope your move was a painless one.