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sherry, Both Buyer and Seller in Yonkers, NY

We're moving from NY (suburb of the city) to the Boston area soon.

Asked by sherry, Yonkers, NY Sat Jul 18, 2009

I will be working near the hospital in Newton and will be going into Boston once a week. My son who will be starting preK has special needs - primarily speech. Since I have to work in both Newton and Boston and have to consider my son's education, which towns would you suggest. I am willing to consider private schools for him. Would like a town that is maintaining its value. Ideally I would like a 4 bedroom house, 2 bath, not excessive in square footage but I do want some space and a yard. Any ideas of towns to consider. Prices in my current area in NY are about 600K to about 1.4mil. I do like homes with character. Too many of the newer homes are so nondescript. Right now I work in NYC but I live outside the city, more suburban, and I love it. I couldn't handle living in the city so I know I don't want to live in Boston proper.

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I have recently listed a beautiful home with great character- which appears to meet your criteria. It is in Wellesley about a mile from Newton Wellesley Hospital and a mile from the commuter rail to Boston. This home is in a terrific commuter location! The lot is also gorgeous- .39 acres and fenced. It is very close to the elementary school, Warren playground and the recreation department. Please take a look!! http://www.debbyghomes.com/detail.asp?listingid=70970888&…
I have also put 3 children, with special needs, through the Wellesley Public Schools. There is a language based preschool program http://www.wellesley.k12.ma.us/paws/paws_profile.htm
I am still involved with special needs programs and am happy to talk with you regarding programs.
Debby Geheran
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Sep 15, 2009
Just from the information that you have provided, I would consider looking in Needham, Wellesley, Dover and Newton itself. They are all great communities that have excellent school systems. Also, they are very conveniently located to both Newton and Boston and have managed to maintain there home values well. You can gather a lot of information about the communities from their respective town websites.





Here are a few properties in these towns that I think are good buys….





If you like any of these properties or want more information please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Best Regards,

Jesse Carlton
Condo Domain
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Boston, Ma. 02210

Office 877.852.6636
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 19, 2009
I would like to suggest Winchester as an option, you can check out the schools on schooldigger.com this communitys homes do well for its vale and has a commuter rail towards Boston, also its close to the main routes in the area including 128 to Newton! This community is well known and highly rated. Check it out!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 23, 2009
I am so glad I found this website. You all are the best. I appreciate the thought that each and everyone one of you has put in their answer. Good question re what is "nondescript" etc. Our house here in NY (and I don't expect to find a replica of it in Boston :) was built in 1932, has solid wood floors throughout, beautiful mouldings, picture rails, arches, solid wood doors, built in fireplaces, solid brick construction. We have updated it but kept relatively true to the character of the house. The home has a very welcoming feel to it. Some of the newer homes built say in the 1970s and after, were pretty but I felt like I was walking through a sales flyer for home depot - not that anything is wrong with home depot but not the look I want. The floors were laminates and clearly looked it. Many seemed to be built off an unwritten formula of some sort. Some of the homes could have been flips so maybe that was why. I just didn't feel any warmth to many of the homes. I suppose we could get a home with good bones and renovate to match our taste but if I'm spending this kind of money, I would prefer to not have to do major renovations. I also know that I'll have to be realistic though ....
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 19, 2009
Here are some areas to consider with links to everything on the market in each:

Lexington: http://www.territoryre.com/idx/search.html?search=true&s…

Needham: http://www.territoryre.com/idx/search.html?search=true&s…

Natick: http://www.territoryre.com/idx/search.html?search=true&s…

Newton: http://www.territoryre.com/idx/search.html?search=true&s…

Brookline: http://www.territoryre.com/idx/search.html?search=true&s…

Belmont: http://www.territoryre.com/idx/search.html?search=true&s…

There are also street and areal maps to show you where each area is in location to the city plus you can peruse every listing and choose things you like.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jul 19, 2009
I agree with my colleague, Osnat levy, as well as many of the other comments. So much depends on your specific taste and preferences. What is nondescript? What is "newer"? Are you looking for homes built in the early 1900's? Historic homes built in the 1800's or ever 1700's? We have quite a few of those here in New England and many of the quite beautifullly preserved.

Newton sounds like a convenient and ideal location for you or perhaps Brookline, both of which have homes with a lot of historic character, in your price range, convenient commute and reputation for strong school systems and programs and/or access to services for special needs education.
Web Reference: http://www.commonmoves.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 18, 2009
Newton is an awesome town and suburb of Boston (I don't live there, I live well south of the city). Expensive, but your price range seems reasonable for what you are looking for. Your land/yard and square footage will have to be interchangable in order to stay within that price range. Newton is low minority and affordable housing, so if you want to avoid the rif-raf and still have an easy commute, try looking here. Brookline, Wellesley, Norwood and parts of Roxbury/Jamaica Plain are also good. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 18, 2009
Hi Sherry,
Just some simple and practical advice before you consider any town. Get out there during morning rush hour and drive the commute in. Get first hand experience as it is you that will be driving it every morning. When we recently moved here from Maryland this certainly helped my husband and I rule out several desirable communities that came highly recommended. Best of luck in your relocation.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 18, 2009
Thanks so much for the input.. I'll start with those town that were mentioned. One other thing that I didn't mention is that I really want to avoid a long commute. I like getting home quickly to enjoy my family and home. Even considering traffic, I would prefer a commute of 40 minutes or less - door to door.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 18, 2009
Hi Sherry, I invite you to consider Lexington Massachusetts. As a full time Realtor working in Lexington I can tell you what a wonderful community Lexington is. Great schools, lots of conservation areas, Minute Man Bike Trail, wicked historic and a real nice town center area. Loads of restaurants in town and very close to just about anything a human needs to survive these days.

David Sears 617-694-9349
Web Reference: http://www.davidsears.biz
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 18, 2009
My suggestion is Needham, Wellesley and Dover. All are wonderful towns and have great school systems which help maintain their real estate values. Please email me at Mary@MaryCraneProperties.com to discuss in greater detail! Thanks, Mary
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Hi Sherry,

Just based on what you've said below, I'd suggest you start your search in the following communities: Waltham, Watertown, Arlington, and Belmont. These are all communities to the north-northwest of Boston, easy to get to Newton and also with easily accessible public transportation and driving routes into Boston.

If you'd like more information about these communities, feel free to visit my web site at http://www.CyberGreenRealty.com to find out more about them, and more about sustainable living options in the area as well.

Best of luck and please let me know if I can be of any help in your relocation.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jul 18, 2009
Your question needs a thoughtful discussion.
You can get information on local communities by visiting their websites.
Also if you’ll check this website you’ll find the information you are looking for:
I’ll be happy to put you in touch with family to kid with special needs in this area. It might be helpful for you to speak with them.
I wish you all the best,
Osnat Levy
Web Reference: http://www.ci.newton.ma.us/
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