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Jacalyn.benn…, Home Buyer in Pittsburgh, PA

Boston Suburb Searching

Asked by Jacalyn.bennett, Pittsburgh, PA Tue Aug 7, 2012

We are looking to relocate to the Boston area. We love where we live now, and hope to find a similar type of neighborhood. Here's what we love about our Philadelphia suburb and hope to find near Boston.
- 15-20 minute drive to downtown city
- "main street" within our town with shops & restaurants
- park nearby for walking & kayaking
- single family homes

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Mario Pavli’s answer
Hi Jacalyn,

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.

Call or e-mail me with any questions.

Mario Pavli
1 vote Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 8, 2012
For a tour of various neighborhoods around Boston, please contact me directly and Google my name.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 28, 2012
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!).
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 15, 2012

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
617-233-9651 (Cell)
781-893-0808 (Office)
781-893-8229 (Fax)

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Aug 12, 2012
Hi Jacalyn - After reading your wish list I have to cast a vote for Melrose. It has one of the nicest main streets around in my opinion with a really nice mix of restaurants, shops, etc. - a real working downtown that's very popular and very walkable.

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.

Liz Bolton
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 10, 2012
Give me a call anytime. I would be more than happy to help you. Thank you.

Carey T. Hansen
"Your Real Estate Agent today, tommorow and into the Next Generation"

NextGen Realty
1243 Commonwealth Ave.
Allston Ma 02134
Phone: 617-548-7236
Fax : 888-875-6973
Licensed Real Estate Professional
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 9, 2012
Hi Jacalyn,
Welcome to Boston (whenever it happens).
I suspect you will love Lexington. It has nearby Walden Pond.
Good luck finding your dream home.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 8, 2012
I meant to say, if you are willing to commute just a little farther than 15-20 here are some amazing suburbs that have that main street feel:

Needham: http://territory.com/search?search_string=needham&min_pr…

Newton: http://territory.com/search?search_string=newton&min_pri…

Lexington: http://territory.com/search?search_string=lexington&min_…

Belmont: http://territory.com/search?search_string=belmont&min_pr…

Massachusetts Premier Buyer Brokerage
Web Reference: http://territory.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2012
Hi Jacalyn! One of our company founders is from the Philadelphia area and knows exactly what you are talking about!

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):

Brighton: http://territory.com/search?search_string=brighton&min_p…

Allston: http://territory.com/search?search_string=allston&min_pr…

West Roxbury:http://territory.com/search?search_string=west+roxbury&m…

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…

Brookline: http://territory.com/search?search_string=brookline&min_…

Other areas to consider just outside of Boston:
Somerville: http://territory.com/search?search_string=somerville&min…

Cambridge: http://territory.com/search?search_string=CAMBRIDGE&min_…

Arlington: http://territory.com/search?search_string=ARLINGTON&min_…

Massachusetts Premier Buyer Brokerage
Web Reference: http://territory.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2012
I'm not sure if you are looking only for a suburb outside of Boston, but if you are considering Boston villages, I would absolutely recommend Roslindale or West Roxbury. Both have main streets with great restaurants and shops, are on the commuter rail (15 minutes to downtown, or similar driving distance), have single family homes, and many parks- The Arnold Arboretum in Roslindale (city's largest park, over 200 acres), Millenium Park in West Roxbury, in addition to others. Plenty of single family homes in both- West Roxbury has more of a suburban feel, larger lots, grand Victorian, Arts & Crafts, and Colonial homes, etc, while Roslindale is more of a city/suburb hybrid. As a local agent and homeowner on the Roslindale/West Roxbury line myself, I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have or to show you around. Best of luck in your relocation!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2012
Hi Jacalyn,

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.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2012
So, I suppose it depends on how much land you want with your "suburb" ... I admit that I am biased because this is my hometown, but I highly recommend Newton, MA! From where I live, it's a 20 min drive to the city (but it'll be a pain to park), or a 10 min walk to the train station for a 10-15 min train ride into the city ... or T or Express Bus ...

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
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2012
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