I would stay within the route 128 and 495 belt, and stay north of route 24 and south of route 2. There several communities in that area that should fit all of your needs. Also, one of the best way to really narrow it down is by exploring. Next time you are in the Boston area, grab a map and pick out 5 or 6 towns. Then you can drive a round each community to get a sense of what each has to offer.
Here is a link to Boston Magazine. They are always doing the best places to live in the Boston area. Do a search, and pehaps you'll find a decent article that will give you additonal direct.
Lastly, if you need to see school propfiles in the area, I would look at this link:
Best of luck, and feel free to contact me with any questions or some help.
Waltham - http://goo.gl/OCGDt
Malden - http://goo.gl/rrwQz
Milton - http://goo.gl/u04pu
Melrose - http://goo.gl/IKYnj
West Roxbury - http://goo.gl/sQgf7
Jamaica Plain - http://goo.gl/ZuMa2
Obviously like all metropolitan cities the closer the 'burb to the city the more expensive so you will be limited however the top 5 are good affordable options.
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However, without the specifics of what you and your family are looking for, it is tough to give more than a generalized answer. If you would like to explore the Essex County area further, feel free to contact me.
Best of luck and Welcome to Massachusetts.
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Its a good idea to start off with a list of items you need and want. Once you arrive in Boston, have an agent show you some properties that match your criteria, in your price range, in some different towns.
You will notice very community will have a slightly different "feel" - Style of homes, size of lot and yard size, proximity to Boston, public transportation, etc.
One town ro consider is Reading. It was recently voted by CNBC as one of the 10 perfect suburbs in the county. Many homebuyers in the $400-$500 price range prefer Reading because of its schools reputation, proximately to Boston, easy access to routes 93 and 95, and commuter rail. Here's the link.
Good Luck! Feel free to contact us for more information on any communities North of Boston.
So, not exactly an answer to your question, but it would be misleading to list towns without more info!
I would take less home for the concerns I listed above, you can find homes in Newton, Needham for the price you mentioned but it may not be your dream home.
Next areas you may consider may be Arlington, Belmont, Natick, Wayland
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There are many wonderful Boston suburbs that your family will enjoy. I would need more specific information, however, to match you up with one that fits into your budget.
For example, I would need to know the following:
- Importance of public schools
-Number of Bedrooms, Baths etc.
- Style of home (One level living versus multi-level)
- Age of home (antique versus new construction)
-Private setting versus multi-family neighborhood
Basically, the more specific you can be, the better equipped an agent can be in pointing you in the right direction.
Feel free to email this information to me directly and I will provide you with a few of my suggestions!
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