I would recommend Quincy, Malden, Somerville & Everette if you want to commute 15-20 into the city. If you can handle a 30-40 minute drive I would recommend Braintree, West Roxbury & Winthrop.
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You have lots of options. I'm located in Newton but cover a large area within "Greater Boston", and have assisted many families in relocating. Newton, Needham, West Roxbury, Waltham, Watertown.. lots of nice cities here, in close proximity to Boston, shopping and restaurants, and nearby attractions (even kayaking!).
Of course that's possible but depends largely on your budget. I also specialize in relocation so please do not hesitate to contact me with questions.
Kenzo P. Tatsuno
Agent/National Relocation Specialist
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
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There's a pond in the middle of town and for hiking, etc. you have easy access to the Middlesex Fells, a very large conservation area.
Melrose has a fabulous collection of single family houses - Victorians, bungalows, sweet houses from the 1930s - 1940s, etc. I was dazzled by its housing stock when I first discovered the town since charm is one of my main criteria - and there's plenty of charm! The first time I visited Melrose downtown I called my mother on the phone and gave her the blow by blow tour as I discovered places - I was in love.
There is easy access to Boston with three commuter rail stations in the town. From the one in the middle it's 17 minutes to North Station I believe. You can also get the Orange Line subway just over the line in Malden.
Narrrowing down the towns you want to consider is one of the most important steps in the process - and a bit of a challenge when you're new to the area. There are some wonderful options here and you'll have to get a feel for some of the towns when you visit.
Carey T. Hansen
"Your Real Estate Agent today, tommorow and into the Next Generation"
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The one criteria that might limit your options is the desire to have a single family. Without knowing your budget it's a little difficult for us to give you targeted advice so I have listed your options below on a scale from less expensive to more expensive. If you get a second, post your target price range here and we can get more specific.
Suggested areas in the city with links to everything on the market for sale listed on a map (so you can see location to downtown):
Jamaica Plain: http://territory.com/search?search_string=JAMAICA+PLAIN%3ABO
South Boston (mix of un and attached SF): http://territory.com/search?search_string=SOUTH+BOSTON%3ABOS
Charlestown (mostly attached SF): http://territory.com/search?search_string=CHARLESTOWN%3ABOST
South End (mostly attached SF): http://territory.com/search?search_string=SOUTH+END%3ABOSTON
Back Bay(mostly attached SF): http://territory.com/search?search_string=BACK+BAY%3ABOSTON&
Beacon Hill(mostly attached SF): http://territory.com/search?search_string=BEACON+HILL%3ABOST
Other areas to consider just outside of Boston:
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Winthrop (zip code 02152) is and would be my number one choice. A complete seaside and boating community with some of the best beaches in the Boston area. Winthrop is basically a peninsula that extends out into Boston Harbor. It is always 10 degrees cooler here with the ocean breeze.
A nice mix of colonial style homes and they're affordable too, considering it is only 4-5 miles from downtown Boston. Good restaurants, Dparma's, Rosetti's, La siesta to name a few. Yes I am from Winthrop. The only negative is it's proximity to Logan Airport, you will hear airplane noise. But at the same time it's convenient if you need to catch a plane.
Good luck, welcome to New England.
I live in a modest single family with 1/4 acre of land. I am a 10 min walk to West Newton Square where there are restaurants, coffee shops, little gift shops, an Art gallery, CVS and a movie theatre and more.
I'd be happy to tell you more! (Of course, there are other suburbs as well that meet many of your criteria ... it all depends on how much you want to spend.) Let me know! http://www.HomesWithGreer.com