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nyc_to_boston, Home Buyer in 10029

Need suggestions for towns I should look into for a potential move to greater Boston area

Asked by nyc_to_boston, 10029 Mon Apr 30, 2012

I am thinking about moving from NYC (Manhattan) to somewhere in the greater Boston area. Not really sure what towns I should focus on. I am looking for at least 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, and good school systems. My MAX budget would be one million dollars (but that is on the high side). Convenient access to Boston would be nice.

Any suggestions? Coming from Manhattan I originally thought that Brookline would be a good option, but it seems too expensive, and I would love to have a yard as well. Newton also seems really nice, but also not sure how affordable it would be.

One option is to rent a place first and explore the area once we live up there, but I would still love to hear some good town suggestions.

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estherdina’s answer
ps you are probably right about brookline, it has risen steadily, probably due to the influence of the nearby medical/research area. you can get some nice houses there but i have been told a good starter is over 1M.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 4, 2012
Take a look at my house, 30 bernard St. Newton.

it's on a wonderful street, very little traffic, large lots - therefore few houses - and across from the river, but NOT in a flood zone

easy access to major routes, quick drive to the T, some buses, quick drive to commuter station in needham (which is another place you might look)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 4, 2012
I am a realtor with Coldwell Banker in Newton Center which is 10 mins outside Boston. Newton has a lot to offer as far as restaurants, schools, shopping, and easy access to all major routes.
Feel free to email me at joan.barsamian@nemoves.com and I will send you current listings in your price range to discuss with you!
Thank you,
Joan Barsamian
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 2, 2012
Hi, You can visit http://www.HomeFair.com and click on city reports for an in-depth analysis of specific areas. Another great feature is the side by side zip code comparison .

Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
914.406.9023
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 2, 2012
I think renting is a good idea unless you can come for an extended visit to explore what some of these towns have to offer and to see if you want more urban or suburban as you mentioned good schools and a yard. I work in the MetroWest area about 15 miles West of Boston and there are many towns that have commuter rails to Boston and have access from the Mass Pike Interstate 90 that can get you conveniently into Boston with good schools and are in your price range. Natick, and Southborough come to mind and check out Hopkinton and Holliston as well if commuter rails are not a requirement. These are more suburban towns that I would be glad to send you information about or show you on a buyer's tour if you are interested. I work for Hammond Residential and we have offices in most of the prominent areas mentioned in this column. You may view our locations and properties thru our website at http://www.hammondre.com or type http://www.hammondre.com/real-estate-offices/

If you are interested in talking further about your moving needs and wants, I would be delighted to talk with you or send you listings in the various towns you are looking in to help you become familiar with each town's property values. I may be reached at 508 648-0393 or LHagopian@hammondre.com

Hope this helps!

Lynne Hagopian
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 2, 2012
I WOULD SUGGEST YOU LOOK IN SHARON FOR A BETTER BUY FOR YOUR MONEY. THE PROXIMITY TO BOSTON AND PROVIDENCE ARE WITHIN 1/2 HOUR. AND CAPE COD AND NEWPORT IS ONLY 1 HOUR AWAY. THE SCHOOL SYSTEM IS SUPERB, THE TRAIN TO BOSTON MAKES COMMUTING EASY AND THE TOWN OFFERS MANY RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES INCLUDING A TOWN LAKE WITH SWIMMING LESSONS AND SAILING LESSONS. THERE IS ALSO A NEW COMMUNITY CENTER FOR EVEN MORE ACTIVITIES. THE OVERALL RATING OF THE TOWN OF SHARON IS EXEMPLARY. COME AND SEE FOR YOURSELF. AND THE PRICES ARE MORE AFFORDABLE THAN BROOKLINE OR EVEN NEWTON. YOU CAN FIND NEW HOMES PRICED IN THE $5OO'S. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO SHOW YOU THE AREA. AND I WOULD BE DELIGHTED TO DISCUSS YOUR OBJECTIVES ONVER THE PHONE. (617-839-7800 is my cell phone) TRUDY BECKER, REALTOR.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 1, 2012
Acton and Boxborough have an award winning school system. We have a train to Boston and good highway access. You could find a very nice home between $650-950 here.Average lots are 1/2 -1 acre. Acton is a very kid friendly town with soccer,little league,gymnastics etc. Good variety of shopping, multiple supermarkets.

An alternative to Brookline and Newton would be Lexington. The housing market is very competitive there. And the prices are higher than Acton due to proximity to Boston.

Rentals of large condos /townhouses may be easier to find in Brookline and Newton than in the burbs.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue May 1, 2012
Territory's founders did the NYC to Boston move about 6 years ago. 2 amazing cities for different reasons.

Coming from a city of NYC's caliber you may gravitate towards towns with access to amenities and downtown Boston so we suggest the following (w/ links to everything currently on the market in each town) :

Arlington - Median Home Price $507,600 http://goo.gl/Iifo1

Newton - Median Home Price $755,000 http://goo.gl/V09x4

Wellesley - Median Home Price $910,000 http://goo.gl/6JMuT

Lexington - Median Home Price $750,000 http://goo.gl/1k5eL

Needham - Median Home Price $685,000 http://goo.gl/ZHu5j

Belmont - Median Home Price $689,000 http://goo.gl/gPkiq

Brookline - Median Home Price $1,210,000 http://goo.gl/BT1DI

Winchester - Median Home $730,000 http://goo.gl/Pr4sf

Cambridge ( http://goo.gl/DiidI ) is also an amazing place to live, a lot of NYC'rs tend to appreciate its eclectic flare. Same goes for towns like Somerville ( http://goo.gl/NnjG6 ) and Jamaica Plain ( http://goo.gl/VRXUd )

*Median prices calculated using single family sales over the last year.

Hope that helps!

Territory.com, Massachusetts Premier Destination for Home Buyer's
Web Reference: http://territory.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
I think you are on the right track as far as the towns you are looking at. You would get more for your money in Newton vs. Brookline, Belmont, Arlington, Winchester are all good towns too. I would be happy to meet with you over the phone or in person and discuss the towns and what each has to offer. My email is mary.lewis@commonmoves.com feel free to contact me.
Mary Lewis, Century 21/Commonwealth
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
All responses you have so far are good. Still, it would be more helpful to have a more in-depth conversation about who your are, what your property needs and wants are before recommending any specific town to make ensure a good match not only price-wise, also life style wise. Do you have children? pets? do you need to walk anywere: public transportation, shops, restaurants, parks? do you bike? etc. After a conversation answering questions like these I will help you zoom in on a particular neighborhoods where you'd feel at home. You can find my contact info and more on my website http://boc-re.com.

I live in Brookline, work out of Newton office and cover all towns recommended so far . You may also want to explore a small, beautiful town of Winchester (not yet listed in other answers) which is close to Boston, yet can offer you a more sirene, nature filled life stile than Boston.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
Newton, Needham, Wayland, Wellesley, Lexington (close to center), Belmont (close to center).
Read my reviews, and give me a call :)
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
Newton, Needham are my first choices. Brookline is also great, but has limited single family housing stock or expesive. Depending on your expectations you certainly can find very nice homes in these communities in your price range.

Not only am I a realtor in all 3 communities, but I also build in all three communities.

You will love the area and quality of life these communites have to offer. I welcome the opportunity to share with you my passion for them and show you what each area within those communities has to offer.

Sincerely

Louis
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
Try looking into Natick. One town west of Wellesley. You will get more bang for your buck, there is T for commuting to the city and yet you are only approx 10 miles from town. Great schools and lots of Art in Natick.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
Renting is a very wise idea for anyone relocating . The towns close to Boston are higher in price and you don't get much if a yard. My suggestion As a builder and realestate business owner is search for your rental according to location to a T station if you need to get in and out of Boston.Then hire someone local to advise you during your search. There are many towns surrounding Boston that have great school systems Newton is way on top ( but pricey ) Needham may be a great option for you. Good luck , Traci Topalis
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
Good afternoon,

I hope you are well. You have my attention and would be happy to help with your search. In addition to Brookline and Newton, you should also look at Belmont, Needham, and further west Natick. Feel free to give a call at your convenience. 617 233 9651. Thanks
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
Familiarizing yourself with some of the towns first would be a good first step. There are many towns where you could purchase but of course which ones would depend on what you really are looking for (e.g. short commute to your work etc...). Once you have a few towns in mind you can a list of all properties that match your search criteria (we'd be happy to send this to you if you'd like) wenrealty@yahoo.com
Web Reference: http://www.wenrealty.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
We have a number of great towns and some of the country's best school, but each town offers something a little different from the next (everything from proximity to Boston to majority political view). The market is moving at a fast pace right now, so I agree that renting until you are comfortable make a relatively swift decision is the way to proceed.

Here are the towns you may consider: Newton, Needham, Belmont, Winchester, Wellesley, Andover. These areas will provide you with enough inventory choose from and all are known for academic achievement. Feel free to use my MLS search: http://www.ReferMike.com

I'd be happy to help you "dig in" to these areas.

Good luck,
Mike
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
I think you are correct about renting and exploring first. Figure out where you are relative to employment or services.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Apr 30, 2012
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