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Jbrcreatibe, Home Buyer in Waltham, MA

Good schools near Boston but north/west under 450k

Asked by Jbrcreatibe, Waltham, MA Sat Jan 12, 2013

Looking for suggestions for a good town in between Nashua and Boston with good schools for 400k or less. With good shops and restaurants is a plus!

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Heath Coker’s answer
Drive around and meet people.
Ask those who live there.
Interview the school professionals, coaches, etc.
Park in a neighborhood and see who notices you sitting there in your car.
Walk and talk.

Of course choosing a local real estate pro can help you save a lot of time.
(Not me, I'm on the Cape, but I can help you choose a local pro if you need help.)

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jan 29, 2013
Why entertain what other people think or say, another's opinion may not be anywhere near the best thing for you; why not simply visit the area more than once and at different times of day, and see all firsthand; also visit schools of intetest....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 13, 2013
Hi, You can visit http://www.SchoolDigger.com and http://www.Great Schools.org for in-depth school information.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 13, 2013
I agree about looking at greatschools.org but also consider what is best for your children. Some schools are known for certain programs like math and science, music, sports, the Arts, etc.

Condos are generally less expensive than single family, so if you would consider a condo you will give yourself a larger selection. That said, some towns that come to mind are Westford, Littleton, and Chelmsford. More expensive housing but excellent schools: Acton and Boxborough. Further south and west and less expensive: Stow and Bolton.

Hope this helps.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 13, 2013
Well ... http://www.greatschools.org is an excellent resource for evaluating schools and school systems. Otherwise, what makes for a "good school" is really quite subjective. If it is strictly academic performance, you may also want to take a look MCAS results from various towns http://www.doe.mass.edu/mcas/results.html

What size home are you looking for? Single Family? Condo? Townhome? Would a 3bdrm+ 2ba townhouse in Newton for $389K be appealing?

If you're looking for a Realtor to help you work through these questions, I'd be happy to help. But I hope my pointers have helped.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jan 13, 2013
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