I cover the Newton/Brookline area, as well as the Concord area. Newton and Brookline are served by the T and Concord by the MBTA train service. Concord is the farthest, from Boston, at 25 minutes to Back Bay without traffic. With the Back Bay as the target, Brookline is about 10 minutes and Newton about 20 minutes. All three towns are lovely communities, each with different "feels". Concord has more of a small town feel, Newton feels a bit like a small town but, much more populated than Concord and Brookline is more citified, although it has a town-like feel.
I would be happy to work with you on choosing the right area for your needs, if you are not already committed.
Regards, Jessica Harvey
Second best geographically would have to be Newton. Great schools.
Hope this helps, Jeff Persons, RE/MAX Destiny Accredited Buyers Agent - http://wesellboston.net/
NORTH SHORE ~ NORTH WEST ~ METRO WEST ~ METRO BOSTON ~ SOUTH SHORE
Since commute is a key factor, keep in mind that "Boston" really has three parts: Those best accessed by I-93 North, those best accessed by I-93 South, and those best accessed by the Mass Pike (I-90). Trying to get to the Cambridge side from I-93 South could easily double your commute, even though the miles traveled are slight. Your budget gives you a great range of options - no community should be out of reach - depending on what you expect at that price range. If your ultimate location is reachable best by the Pike, Wellesley, Sudbury, and Southborough are all options (listed from most to least expensive). Your price point in Wellesley will get you 4-5 bedroom, 3800 +/- sq foot homes, and in Southborough will allow you purchase more estate like properties. Southborough also has St. Marks and Fay School for private schools.
If you are intersted I can email you what kind of house you could get in each neigborhood and give you a scope on the schools.
Miro Fitkova 617-921-9952
In Newton alone, there is the Jackson School, the Rashi School and the Solomon Schecter School, In Wellesley there is St. John's and there are a number of international schools ... for 5th grade and up, the choices become even more plentiful.
Feel free to contact me directly at Greer Homes@gmail.com or firstname.lastname@example.org for a more direct discussion on specifics. There are just so many choices.
If you want a 25 minute drive to Boston, during rush hour, you will need to stay within the 128 belt. If you are looking for a 25 minute drive, off hours, then you can venture beyond route 128 a little bit.
Private schools are in abundance in the area and many of the towns that you may consider have public schools that are in the top 5 in the state.
Your budget will get you into whatever town you choose to live in. Your best bet may be to investigate the towns via the towns' web sites...most follow this type of format: concordma.gov, newtonma.gov, brooklinema.gov...but there's always an exception: town.belmont.ma.us.
Please give me a call, I'd be happy to work with you.
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Andover provides a prestigious address and currently the luxury market is buyer friendly with quality homes at prices lower than they have been in quite some time.
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Sudbury and Acton might exceed your 25 minutes from Boston ... Belmont and Weston probably have the best commuting options.
If you'd like to work with an informed, knowledgeable agent ... I grew up, worked and currently deal with real estate in the Greater Boston area.
You will receive many responses here as there are SO MANY exceptional communities surrounding Boston that meet your criteria!
The top few that come to mind are: Newton, Wellesley, Wayland, Arlington, Brookline and Belmont. These communities will afford you the quickest and easiest commutes to Boston AND will most likely give you great options for your new home.
You also might consider looking a little further out into towns like Lincoln, Sudbury, Concord or Carlisle.
Here are a couple of websites that will get you started:
Good luck to you and your family!!!!!
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