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Marybeth Mills Muldowney, President
TradeWinds Realty Group LLC
I know the folks on the boards would really like some more information. Well, at least I would. Boston is a little unlike areas like Denver (if I may say so) that had more central planning done, primarily because they were developed later. That's a fancy way of saying that a lot depends on where your job is really. If you're in Cambridge, you'll probably want to be in the route 2 corridor. Getting to Cambridge from the South Shore or Metrowest adds a lot of minutes, probably unnecessarily. Similarly, if you're in Quincy, forget route 2. Many jobs are along I/95 and 128, and depending on where it might be, your target area(s) will also change. Even Boston Proper has areas that are more difficult to get to from certain directions as opposed to others. It's great that you provided budget, but often with Relos I find that the budget vis-a-vis their expectations is the real issue. If you're looking for a young (less than 10 year old) colonial with 3600 sq feet, there was only one of those in Milton that sold in the last six months, so it could be harder to find then you realize. Obviously, if you're willing to look at older stock, or smaller homes, than you'll find many communities that will fit your needs. But I'd start with commute and narrow it down from there. There's a lot more to know than just price!
A similar town, but much larger, is Newton MA. This actually qualifies as a city and has good reviews with regard to schools and has a bit of that suburb feel, urban amenities, and you budget will work well. Newton has been ranked in the past as one of the safest cities in America. Newton has all types of public transportation, T, commuter rail, and express bus.
More similar to Milton might be the very suburban Needham, Westwood, and Wellesley. The town of Belmont is often overlooked. The pricer Brookline also might serve as a great choice. Brookline is closer to Boston, has the T, and part of the town is suburban and the other section is dense urban.
A good school resource we use is http://www.greatschools.net It provides a map with school ratings in a given area.
The school map and town data is availability on our website: http://www.johnlynchhomes.com/resources/communities.htm
Marybeth Mills Muldowney, President, TradeWinds Realty Group
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Other great areas to consider buying/investing in:
Belmont - http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search?LinkID=22208
Lexington - http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search?LinkID=19842
Newton - http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search?LinkID=18700
Wellesley - http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search?LinkID=19583
Natick - http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search?LinkID=19643
Waltham - http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search?LinkID=25477
Needham - http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search?LinkID=25476
Arlington - http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search?LinkID=19846
Those links will give you access to every property on the market in each neighborhood, street maps and aerial maps, school info, neighborhood info and pictures.
Realtors can't really answer your question about families as they have to adhere to fair housing laws which prohibit us from talking about people or social circumstance in any area. We can only talk about property. However, there are many resources for you to learn about demographics. You can go to my website: http://www.HOMESALESINMASS.com and click on community profiles to learn the demographics on any town. You can also register to get full listing reports with pictures on homes for sale. This is a Free service I offer and there is no obligation whatsoever; if you have any questions I'd be happy to answer them.