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Osbornes02, Home Buyer in Boston, MA

My family is considering a move to Boston within the next 6 months. I'm looking for input on suburbs (around 25 minute drive or less...) with

Asked by Osbornes02, Boston, MA Wed Jun 2, 2010

great schools and family friendly. Our budget is 2M and we'd love to have a swimming pool. Thank you for guiding me towards great suburbs! Our 3 children currently attend private school, so maybe you could steer me towards good private elementary schools too? Thanks in advance!

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Hello Osborne,

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
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Well, with a budget like that you can pick your spots and dial in how urban you want to be. The best in my book would be Brookline where 97 percent of the grads from Brookline High go to college. The national average is 55 percent. Many people take their children out of private school and put them into Brookline Public Schools because they are better than the private. Also in Brookline you can find a home near Coolidge Corner where all the shops and foot traffic, restaurant etc. or go to South Brookline which is like a normal suburb with plenty of room between houses. Interestingly the prices are the same on a price per foot basis. The Green line is ubiquitous in Brookline and unless you get into very South Brookline you can grab the Green line and be at Fenway in 5 minutes or downtown Boston in 10 to 15 minutes.

Second best geographically would have to be Newton. Great schools.

Hope this helps, Jeff Persons, RE/MAX Destiny Accredited Buyers Agent - http://wesellboston.net/
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Several towns in the area with a 20 minute ride to Boston (or less) are available. What style home are you looking for? New construction? Details!!!
Also plenty of private schools to choose from.
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WOW is all I can say! Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to answer my question. I am printing all the answers and will be doing lots of homework. Again, many thanks. It's amazing to have such quick feedback and contact infos. :)
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Boston towns are divided into five geographic areas. Click on any of the links for more specific community information including schools, demographics, and listings in all the towns located there. Locate towns on any map of Greater Boston Area..

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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.
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What kind of homes do you like? Newer construction or something with older charm? How big of a yard would you like to have? If you are something close to the T I would recommend Newton and Brookline. If you want to stay close to commuter train Needham, Winchester. Give me a call directly and I would be very happy to talk to you about any of those and some additional neighborhoods. I am a relocation specialist with many years of experience. check out my website http://www.fitkova.com
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
Web Reference: http://www.fitkova.com
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I do want to add that there are a variety of private schools available in the Greater Boston Area ... depending on what you are looking for ... for your family. What age?

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 greer.swiston@commonmoves.com for a more direct discussion on specifics. There are just so many choices.
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Hello Osborne,

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.

Jessica Harvey
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There are many good options, I would recommend Hingham to be considered(depending where you are a 20-30 min drive into Boston). Hingham may have everything you are looking for and more. There is Nantasket beach very close and a popular summering area, more than a couple private schools(which most have above average test scores or higher, I spoke with a student at one particular girls high school and she gave me the just that it is the school for girls who like sports and want to be academically challenged, in her words "girls that come from here say college is easy compared to high school", I know elementary is where your children are at now, but I always consider the future. And they do have some nice private elementary schools as well; if they're into music the South Shore Conservatory is also in Higham). Your budget is on target for this area getting something very nice, even with a pool. They have a good amount of functions like a 'family fun day' etc. And you might even consider what was voted as "one of the most beautiful streets in America", Main St (I grew up in So Cal and visited family often in LA, and I have to say it is quite comparable to the nicest streets there, maybe even a little better because of the sidewalks being set so far back from the road), there are some homes listed currently on this street that fall within your budget. This is an excellent time to buy in your price range, you may get more than you thought. I would highly recommend taking a look here in your search. There are many towns that could be great for you and your family(Cambridge, was recently voted as the safest town in the US on Yahoo, and they too offer some very nice amenities that you may want to consider, not to mention it is right next to Boston), I wish you the best of luck and hope you find a home that you love. If you have any questions or want furthur insight, please don't hesitate contacting me.

Warm regards,
Sheri-Ann Rhoades
Century 21 Tullish & Clancy
cell: 617-869-7089
office: 781-331-3232 ext. 29
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I recommend Weston and Wellesley. I am a broker in Boston and work only with select buyers. I welcome the opportunity to discuss your needs further and help you with your search. Feel free to call me on my cell, 617-759-4484, or office, 617-316-3302.
Mark Mediate
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Hi Osborne, Please do yoursdelf a favor and check out Natick! A 20 minute commute to Boston and also offers a commter rail. We have access to excellent public schools and MANY private schools as well. We have St. Bridgets in Framingham, Dana Hall in Wellesley and St. Marks and Fay in Southborough, all have easy access to Natick. Rte 9 Offers a world of shopping and restaurants. Natick also has a great art community and many cultural events as well as being home to A fantastic world renowned private school for the Arts called Walnut Hill. I have been a Realtor in the area for 18 years and have lived in neighboring Framingham my entire life. My children attend one the above mentioned schools and I would love to help you with your search when the time is appropriate. You can reavh me directly at 508-277-2032 or feel fre to email me at mdmrealty@msn.com

Heidi Zizza
Web Reference: http://www.mdmrealtyinc.com
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The Andover marketplace is well worth your consideration. Excellent school system and superb resources for children here in town.
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.
Web Reference: http://www.route495.com
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Congratulations on your potential move to the Boston area. It's a great city, rich with culture (and fun)!Brookline, Newton, Lexington and Wellesley are your best bet. All of these suburbs are a quick commute to Boston and have superior schools and great community.

For local school statistics:

For community statistics:

My office specializes in sales and development throughout Boston, Brookline and Newton. Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions. I am local and always available.

Holly Daniels
Vice President
Signature Realty Services LLC
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According to http://www.greatschools.org Belmont, Weston, Lexington, Acton, Winchester, Westwood and Sudbury should be on your radar.

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.
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There are many beautiful suburbs around Boston I am from the Western Mass area you can reach me at my email rryan@wmasshomes.com Sturbridge is a lovely area easy access to the Mass Pike many families that work in Boston live in this town and area. We also have some wonderful private schools as well as public schools. If you would like to email we can see if this area is for you otherwise there is the Cape area and the northern area outside of Boston.
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Hi Osbornes02!

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!!!!!

Judy Boyle
RE/MAX Signature Properties
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