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AuntBetty, Home Buyer in 06877

Need help finding town with "walkable," vibrant downtown in suburban Boston.

Asked by AuntBetty, 06877 Thu Sep 4, 2008

My family and I are relocating to Boston area and looking for a "walkable" suburb with an active downtown. Our current home allows us to walk to the library, playground, etc. and we're hoping to replicate that in the Boston suburbs. Good schools and older homes a plus. Any suggestions?

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Betty,
Please take a look at Needham!( http://www.needhamma.gov. )Its has great schools, neighborhoods, playgrounds, town center, restaurants, commuter train and a wonderful sense of community. Good Luck!
Mary Crane
Century 21 Commonwealth
http://www.MaryCraneProperties.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 5, 2008
Hi Welcome to the Boston Area,
Brookline is a community that is walkable and has good schools plus older homes, but it tends to be pricey.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 8, 2008
Betty,

Westborough is a great town, but beware of the school system. It was very good about 6-7 years ago, not up there with a Belmont/Newton/Dover/Lincoln, etc... but very good for that part of the state. But, it has started to slide in recent years. Teachers and parents have an adversarial relationship (check out the comment section on any of the local newspapers) and I believe the teachers are starting a second year without a contract. Things are not going to get better in Westborough anytime soon. Nice town though.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 4, 2008
I would say Cambridge, although it is very urban and isnt really a suburb. Quincy has a vibrant downtown..... but as far as more suburban areas go, definitely check out Arlington & Melrose. Go to http://www.bostoncityproperties.com/ -- there is detailed info on each city/town -- and the site allows you to search real estate for free in each community.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 6, 2008
You should set a price range of what you will spend, this will dictate the area that you will chose. Newton, Winchester......... Rent or purchase? Remember, winter will be here soon!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 6, 2008
Hi Betty,
I suggest looking at Hingham if your budget allows. Especially if you like to be near the ocean. Great walkable downtown and harbor area. Excellent commuter rail, bus, or ferry options to Boston. Check out the town's web site below. If you'd like a report comparing two different communities I'd be happy to prepare one for you. Just let me know which towns you'd like to compare.

Chris
Web Reference: http://www.hingham-ma.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 4, 2008
Hi Betty,
As Andrew said, it will depend on your budget. Questions like these tend to bring out the salesperson in a Realtor so here goes! I work and live in Beverly on Boston's North Shore. Besides the multiple playgrounds, well funded Library and and a downtown filled with activities for both young and old, we have the added benefit of several public beaches! Both the private and business communities take great pride in keeping Beverly a Clean, Fun and Safe place to Live. Here are some links to give you a better idea of what I mean.
http://www.beverlymainstreets.org/home2.html

http://www.noblenet.org/beverly/beverlyma.shtml

http://www.bevrec.com/

http://www.ryalside.us/

http://www.w3cabeverly.org/

http://www.beverlyfarms.org/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 4, 2008
Westborough is a great town with a very walkable downtown and new in-town shopping mall. It also has a great stock of older homes and a highly rated school system. Westborough is also close to commuter hiway to boston and has a commuter rail stop. for more info. visit my website and click on local links.
http://www.MetowestareaHomes.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 4, 2008
Betty,

There are plenty of options. As Andrew noted, Winchester has a nice downtown. As do many of the "villages" of Newton, including West Newton, Nonantum, Newton Center, etc... Arlington Heights has a nice downtown, Wellesley has a great one, others I can think of are Belmont Center and Cambridge.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Sep 4, 2008
It will depend on price point.

Winchester has a great down town area. During the summer months they have concerts on the common and a farmers market on Saturday's. The library is easily accessable and you can be in boston in a few short minutes by getting on the commuter rail that goes through the center of town. Great Community, great schools. Realistically you are looking at Sales Prices of 600,000 and up.
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