Since you have not mentioned a price range, then how about Wakefield 01880, nice community, commuter rail in heart of city to Boston, nice schools! Homes from $300 to $800,000
I just moved to Boston from the Richmond Dist of SF last October. I was there 22 years (Marina, Laurel Village, Richmond) I happened to be an agent in SF and now I am an agent here but I don't sell houses. Just thought I would offer my opinion since I know EXACTLY what the change is like. Brookline may be lovely but triple your tax rate on your house from Boston. The taxes are computed differently here. What neighborhood in SF? -Karen
I'm back with a second response to your inquiry for housing. Helen Tarantino and I work as a team throughout the Greater Boston Communities. Our knowledge is not just based on sales and service as Realtors, but we bring years of experience as bank appraisers. This gives us a strong handle on the values in numerous towns within a 60 mile radius. First, we'd like to know where in The Bay area you're moving from, is it urban, or the outskirts of San Francisco? What are you used to? Are you looking for a familiar feel in a Boston community, or are you ready for a change? What are your children's ages and your concerns for education? Where will you be commuting to for work? I have a long list of questions that would help us, to help you make this transition as easy as possible. As relocation specialists it's very important for us to know what your list of vital parameters are in order to guide you to the best community, and your perfect home. Don't hesitate to reach me at 617 429 2335(c). Cheers, Jesse Goldman / Helen Tarantino Keller Williams Realty - Servicing The Greater Boston Communities
There are several neighborhoods/towns that would fit the bill for you on you move, but I do feel that there needs to be some more details provided.
Ages for School Kids?
How many kids?
Hit me back and I would be more than happy to help you.
Newton or Brookline are great west of the city. Winchester is a great option North of the city Commuter rail goes through Winchester and it is about a 15 minute train ride.
If you would like additional info I would be happy to provide information as a few realtors to interview.
You can reach me at 978-720-5632 or e-mail email@example.com
Location, location, location! Newton is the best place to rent or buy especially if you have children and are concerned with safety and schools. It's rated as one of the safest city in the Us and have the best school system.
Newton is comprised of many villages and each with its own distinct flavor. Its a desirable place to live and raise your children. Its a walkable city. It offers lots of restaurants, upscale stores, etc. In terms of transportation its on the green line and offers multiple express bus lines to Boston.
Since you mentioned that you will be needing housing faily soon. May I recommend a beautiful, light filled 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom condo that has been completely renovated in Newton. It's practically new. It is located at 393 Parker Street. It is close to elementary, middle and high school. All within walking distance. The owner's name is Kenny and his number is (617) 828-9110. Good luck!!
Newton, which is a lovely green suburb, is on the subway (Green Line) and multiple express bus lines. It is comprised of a number of "villages," such as Newton Center, Newtonville, West Newton, etc., each of which has a center with shops, restaurants, and all the other things you might want to walk to. Newton is a very desirable community for a lot of people. It's well worth checking into.
Your best bet to hit all your needs is Brookline. There are excellent schools and the convenient public transportation into Boston is terrific. There are homes for sale in that are a short walk into Boston as well. If you would like a list of available properties in Brookline please feel free to browse them on http://www.JudyPagano.com.
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I love the area that I live (and grew up in) Jamaica Plain, but the school system is not loved by everyone.
One of the areas that I specialize, Brookline, is awesome. If your price range permits it, this town is superb in many ways.
The schools have a great reputation, the services are unparralleled and the proximity to Boston, miles of green space, the Museum of Fine Arts.... I really could go on, is simple. There are at least three different train lines going through Brookline but still feels very community oriented.
Any further questions, don't hesitate to contact me.
My buyer's specialist Jason and I would love to help you in your search for a new home in the Boston area. In the past few months we have helped 4 couples with children move from Boston and out to the burbs with very similar criteria as yours. They wanted to be close to the city in a town with good schools, and convenience to shopping and public transportation. We would be happy to provide you references.
In addition we could email you a powerpoint of our Buyer's Presentation which goes over the home buying process in Boston, which is quite different from CA. We also have just completed a Market Review of the Boston Market for the first 6 months of the year.
Please feel free to contact me.
Cheers. John O'Connor
Norwell and Cohasett are more rural, but also have great schools and good access to Boston. Farther south, Duxbury has great beaches, schools, and open space. But like Norwell and Cohasset, not so walkable unless you consider walking trails in preserved open space!
If you'd like to learn more about this area please contact me. It's where I live and work, and it offers some of the best housing values in eastern massachusetts for anyone who wants to live near the ocean. If you'd like a report comparing two communities and their school systems, send me an email with the two towns and I'll prepare a report for you.
Welcome to Massachusetts! You are going to love it here!
Anyway, I deal with relo's all of the time. I just worked with a couple from Santa Barbara who purchased for their son here in the Back Bay. I'm working with a couple from Texas who are relocating and purchasing a home in the South End. Also working with a couple from New York who love the South End as well as Beacon Hill.
Let me know if I can help as I know I can.
William Raveis Real Estate
Funny thing is we are now moving back to San Francisco bay area - alas won't be able to move to San Francisco!! Too far of a commute for my work!!
Schools in this area are very good!
Boston proper but feels like a suburb and the homes have nice yeards.
check it out.
Wellesley, Belmont, Lexington, Arlington, Needham and Newton are all great places to start. Below are links that show you every property on the market in each town. You have the luxury of renting and perusing the market for good deals. Definitely hit up open houses in all the different markets to start getting an idea of what your money can buy in each respective town.
Beacon Hill and Back bay is similar to San Fran near the Opera House, and North end, waterfront is like Little Italy to Fishermans wharf. I love San Fran too. Boston is very similar. As far as the white picket fence you have great schools that are public in the burbs in many areas North, South, West and East, so you will have time to investigate. The biggest issue I had was the cost of childcare if you have any little guys but you are probably use to that from San Fran. If you want a relocation specialist for rentals and we have lived in Boston and the burbs for too many years... contact my sis, Kerry Cheever, 1-978-590-6421 her email is, ronin67s@aol;.com, she can show you the Northshore, towards 128 Belt technology Highway, from Salem, Beverly, Lynnfield, Topsfield, Ipswich, Wenham, Hamilton, Manchester, Magnolia, Newburyport are all gorgeous and have commuting to Boston I did it for years still beats the commute from San fran Airport to down town on a Friday it took me 2 hours for a 20 minute ride, Nothing like that on the North Shore in the worst of weather. Good Luck and the gal who gave the rotten reviews for Boston, cant figure out what she is talking about she is in a different circle then most people I know love the New England charm.. Can't drag them away no matter how wintery it gets.. So Good Luck enjoy the all the positive things about Massachusetts, there are too many to list...Lori
Understood. Schools outside Boston are great, I was refering to Boston Public Schools. I attended schools on the south shore and graduated from Harvard. Go for the burbs-green grass and picket fence. I love bean town, just sharing my impressions vs. the bay area. Brahmins are the first family of boston, came over on the mayflower, you will probably meet them.
I have lived in Boston for 48 years. Comute in from Hingham in the sawed off beer can boat past Hull and Dot bay-please, driving from sailer town in to boston the SE expressway-please! Waste of precious time and fossil fuels.
Nice parts of Arlington=Bus ride plus red line= 60 minutes to boston every day;. I owned a home in Arlington heights on Oakland Avenue for five years and l lived it, daily. Alewife parking if it is not full is ten bucks a day. Cambridge is an urban center that shares a six mile border along the river, you can walk back a forth easy. Winchester lovely downtown, great train to North Station. Once you get to north station you have a long walk or another train ride to get anywhere. Heavy rail trains run on a set and limited schedule and that schedule will run your life for you- I have many north shore friends that will attest to this.
Every metropolitan area has its pros and cons, so I'm sure that the "negatives" you have outlined for Boston (except for the blizzards) compare well with those of San Francisco. Although, I have to say that I have no clue what you meant by the "brahmins" part.
We are moving next month from Potrero Hill to a condo at Fort Point Channel in Boston. You should live in the city in Boston or Cambridge and avoid the suburbs these RE folks are suggesting. Driving in Boston is a waste of time and boat, bus and commuter train commutes to Cambridge are miserable. It would be like living in the east bay and working in the city. For schools you need to consider private schools just like in the bay area, public schools are only fair. Relo specialists should be avoided if possible. Rent for a year the local RE is in a downward trend and the city is very complex compared to the bay area- much more traffic, local yockel weirdness, brahmins, blizzards, crime, underlying racism, dirty public transit, etc. You will need to take it all in, differnt scene than cali.
We are moving next month from Potrero Hill to a condo at Fort Point Channel in Boston. You should live in the city in Boston or Cambridge and avoid the suburbs these RE folks are suggesting. Driving in Boston is a waste of time and boat, bus and commuter train commutes to Cambridge are miserable. It would be like living in the east bay and working in the city. For schools you need to consider private schools just like in the bay area, public schools are only fair. Relo specialists should be avoided if possible. Rent for a year the local RE is in a downward trend and the city is very complex compared to the bay area- much more traffic, local yockel weirdness, brahmins, blizzards, crime, snobs, lousy public transit, etc. You will need to take it all in, differnt scene than cali.
I recently moved back to the town of Scituate where I was born and raised. I have 2 small children and am very grateful that they get to grow up here. Scituate is a coastal town, located about 30 minutes south of Boston. I consider Scituate, along with Cohasset and Hingham, to be some of the most desirable towns on the south shore. (of course I am biased because I grew up here!) We also have the convenience of the commuter rail that takes you right into the city! I definitely think they are worth looking into. If I can help you in any way, please feel free to contact me anytime! firstname.lastname@example.org
Dont forget school digger .com for school ratings!
We will be moving into a rental in the Cambridge area for a couple of months. From there we hope to seek out and assess recommended areas - primarily Newton and Wellesley, but including certain towns in the Metro West region. We feel the North and South areas would not be in our best interest regarding a commute in to Cambridge. Saying that, a town like Arlington is not out of the question either.
Depending on the sale of our house here, and of course the market there, we could theoretically be comfortable with a pricepoint up to $1mil. Our needs remain the same: good schools (son entering preK), walkability, and access to the T. To this, I will add that we would like a decent sized yard since we will have two munchkins as of November. We are NOT in to the rural lifestyle at all and would have to have good access to Boston itself.
Currently we live in a very family-oriented community where we know most of our neighbors and have a multitude family and child-oriented activities and services. We walk everywhere (even to some of the top rated restaurants in the Bay Area) and have yet to put 10K miles on our car in two years. In essence, I would love to re-create these conditions in the Boston area with a 3-4bd/2+ba house with a great yard.
here is a sample of 2 recommendations of my favorite towns:
- Consider Brookline if your top priorities are: 1- schools, 2- public transit, 3 -walkability
- Consider Newton, Winchester, Wellesley if priorities are: 1- schools, 2 walkability, 3 -public transit
Digging deeper into your priorities and values may open up additional options or other towns all together, so before suggesting a place for you I'd love to find out more what really matters to you, Roxane.
Helen Tarantino/Jesse Goldman Team
Keller Williams Realty
Winchester, MA 01890
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Commuter Rail downtown into Boston and Bus stops to Boston as well!
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