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William, Home Buyer in Massachusetts

Coastal living with a bearable commute to Boston? Does this exist?

Asked by William, Massachusetts Thu Aug 9, 2012

My wife and I (both in our late 20s) will be relocating to the area. We would love to live in a coastal town, but without a terrible commute to Boston... I guess it's all relative, but any suggestions on nice, safe towns that aren't terribly far? I've looked into Winthrop (the proximity to the airport bothers me a bit - how bad is it?), Beverly, Swampscott, Salem (some people have recommended not living here), and Marblehead (which I know can be pricey). I haven't explored the South Shore much, but would be open to it. As far as commuting goes, I don't mind an hour commute if it's on a train, but an hour of bus or changeovers would really get to me. Any feedback on the towns or commutes would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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The South Shore is fantastic!

Below are some options. These are links to everything on the market for sale in each town listed on a map so you can see proximity to the water and Boston.

Quincy: http://territory.com/search?search_string=quincy&min_pri…

Hingham: http://territory.com/search?search_string=HINGHAM&min_pr…

Scituate: http://territory.com/search?search_string=SCITUATE&min_p…



I hope that helps!

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2 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 10, 2012
I would recommend South Boston & Seaport District. I live in the South Shore (Weymouth) and if you want to leave out here I would recommend Hingham (it's really nice).

Mario pavli
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Aug 10, 2012
Did you consider the Seaport District or the Waterfront in Boston?
No commute needed here.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 9, 2012
Hi William,

I grew up in Winthrop and in my opinion I couldn't think of a better place. Yes, you'll hear airport noise. However everything else, the beaches, the proximity to Boston, the yacht clubs, etc.. far out weigh the noise. If your familiar with Winthrop and could picture yourself here, don't let the airport turn you away, you wouldn't regret living in Winthrop. Plus when you do need to catch a plane, you can do it for a $15 cab ride, $20 w/ a tip. In the summer it is like living in a vacation town.

Another negative about Winthrop is paying $3.50 to use the tunnel when going to Boston, but you'll pay that commuting from any north shore town. I know Winthrop really well, so feel free to email me, I'd like to show you some homes around town.
either way, Good Luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 9, 2012
Hi William. A neighborhood that so many fail to realize is "on the water" is South Boston. The promenade in South Boston and "The Harbor Walk" makes me think of Fort Lauderdale, FL. I jog there every morning - I drive there (5 minutes) from The South End. You get the lifestyle of Urban Boston but the sense of being "on-the-water". We are FurChin - Your Real Estate Solution. You can reach us at JamesFurlong20@gmail.com (617-620-0669) or DaleChin61@gmail.com (617-645-3254). Give us a call so we can advise you further.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 9, 2012
Hingham, Cohasset are two that are very nice, but much will depend on the price range you are in.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 9, 2012
Hi William....There are plenty of places to live in all of the areas you mentioned. Southshore is not that far from Boston and you have plenty of public ways to get there. Give me a call anytime and I would be happy to help you, your wife and your family out. Thank you.

Carey T. Hansen
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Aug 9, 2012
Hi William,

I suggest checking out the Squantum area in Quincy, it is very close to the city but has a coastal feel as well as deep water access if you plan to have a boat/mooring.

Also very desirable, but maybe beyond your price range, would be Hingham. Hull is a good alternative and there is a commuter boat that takes you right across the harbor into downtown. I have experience in both the North Shore and South Shore as well as Nantucket so please feel free to contact me.

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Hull would be a great spot. commiuter boat leaves from the HIgh school several times a day. Commutere rail 5 minutes away and beautiful beaches. Affordable prices for large houses., Carol Adolph 617-851-7393
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