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Winehooch, Home Buyer in North Palm Beach, FL

Relocating to Boston in the next month.

Asked by Winehooch, North Palm Beach, FL Tue Jan 1, 2013

possibly relocating to Boston from Palm Beach Florida. Have two school age children 5 & 8. youngest with special needs. Looking for a newer home and a neighborhood with a lot of activities. A good school system and a vibrant town center. want to stay on the north side of Boston.

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Mariana Galstian’s answer

The link above is an interactive search by neighborhoods. Brookline, Newton, Belmont, Lexington are but a few of great neighborhoods with excellent school systems.

Mariana Galstian
My Boston Condo
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jul 3, 2013
Many good school towns are actually in the west side of Boston. Wellesley and Newton for instances should match what you are looking for, depending on your budget.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Apr 25, 2014
I suggest picking a different area each weekend, and find a local coffee shop to hang out for the day. You'll find locals coming and going. Then decide if you would like them as your neighbors. You can learn a lot from people watching. Boston Magazine's website is also a great resource - with their annual best cities to live in, in their real estate guide. - Mac
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Mar 21, 2014
The Best Town for your Child with special needs is Wellesley,The school system is fantastic,actually they pay over $70,000 to send your child to a Private school in Brookline,a neighboring Town that specialize in Kids with special needs at no cost to you.The Town itself is a Bedroom town not too vibrant as you might expect but its close to other vibrant surrounding town.Good Luck and if you need any help please contact me,I would love to help you.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jan 11, 2013
Here are some to consider (links take you to everything on the market posted on a map so you can see proximity to Boston)






Other fantastic towns to consider:




I hope that helps get you started!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jan 7, 2013
Newton should certainly be on your list.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 2, 2013
I would highly recommend Cambridge. It has everything you mentioned above.
Best regards,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 2, 2013
How did I forget about Cambridge .. great recommendation
Flag Wed Jan 2, 2013
Welcome to the Boston area. I will say right off the bat you are coming to a great food city! I would be more than happy to give you the foodie tour of the city and the surrounding area in addition to helping you with your search.

It sounds like you may be best looking in Winchester, West Medford and possibly Belmont to meet your needs. These communities offer the commuter rail to the city or if you wish to drive there are "back roads" to get you into town with minimal traffic. You may want to watch your commute into Boston if you go to deep into the North Shore.

I relocated from CT to Boston some years ago and I wish I had someone to show me the area and provide me with the local knowledge. Please let me know how I can help!

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Send me a personal message as I would love to read your wine blog as I consider myself quite the wine enthusiast
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 2, 2013
Hi..I would be happy to discuss locations for towns and schools with you based on you and your family's needs. Though I do travel, I usually work the MetroWest area of Boston with such towns as Framingham, Natick, Westborough, Hopkinton, Holliston, Sudbury, Wayland , Southborough etc. Several of these towns have very good schools with strong special education departments. They are West of Boston which is generally more affordable but still a reasonable commute to Boston. With a budget of $ 600,000, you can find a nice home in one of these communities. I would be happy to send you listings in the area that meet your specifications if you'd like as I know the homes regarding the look and what is available for pricepoint, in Florida versus Massachusetts are going to be quite different. I am also a certified buyer's representative and would be happy to help.

Lynne Hagopian, Realtor
Hammond Residential
508 648-0393
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 2, 2013
Although I can not personally recommend a specific area, due to law restrictions, I can suggest that you check out the individual cities websites for school ratings and other important information. Newton, Brookline, Cambridge, Belmont, Arlington and Winchester are close enough to Boston and each have something great to offer, that maybe worth looking into!

From my experience, in working with many relocation clients, I found most will lease a place for 6 months to a year prior to buying so that they can familiarize themselves with the area. I've worked with many clients who chose Newton and Brookline for the school system as well as Cambridge. Your budget may limit your options or the size of the home.. Hope this helps, and if you would like me to help please feel free to call me at 617-990-2316 or e mail me at msilva@jacobrealty .com.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 2, 2013
I am a buyer agent for Brookline and Newton. Newton is just west of Boston. More information about the special needs program in the Newton school system can be found here: If you'd like to speak further please feel free to call 617-480-3777.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Jan 2, 2013
Our budget is $600,000. Is is very important that we have a lot of activities for the kids and ourselves. We both moved to Florida from Ct 17 years ago. Our family has a very large social network. I am a wine blogger and host many wine events in South Florida. In other words we are lookong for a fun
town that we can enjoy. A friendly neighborhood that we can mingle and sip wine with. Oh and a great school system. . I think that about covers it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 1, 2013
Winehooch, honestly, I can feel your enthusiasm! Give me food, drink and great freinds and I am a happy person. Truly, I would suggest Hopkinton. I moved from CT. (West Hartford) years ago, and living there offered me a chance to visit old friends while I was making new ones here. 495 and MA Pike. Schools are excellent ( there is a commuter rail close by to Boston, While a Realtor I am also a Mom of 3 grown kids and schools mattered a great deal to me and my husband. Check out Hopkinton! -Good luck with the move. If I can be of assistance please reach out to me at 508-309-0309 or
Flag Sat Aug 31, 2013
This is really going to depend a ton on your budget, commute needs, etc. If you share a bit more info you may get better responses. Best of luck with the move and welcome to the area!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 1, 2013
Belmont is a great community--not too far from the city, with a wonderful town center, a top notch school system, and convenient to public transportation and major highways. I'd be happy to help--I'm an accredited buyer's representative and have great reviews from past clients.

Ellen G. Friedman, Keller Williams Realty, or 617-448-1542
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 1, 2013

I specialize in the Northern Suburbs of Boston and I'm a relocation specialist. I'd be happy to discuss your specific needs and recommend some communities for your consideration.

Call me any time and I'll provide you with some guidance.

Andrew M. Sarno, REALTOR
RE/MAX Andrew Realty Services
mobile: 617-755-8897
eFax: 815-301-5419
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 1, 2013
Winchester, Belmont and Lexington come to mind. Please let me know if you would like me to help you in your search.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 1, 2013
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