Lynn is a great town to raise a family if you can stand sub-standard schools, an abundance of drugs and gangs and an economy that's hanging on by its thumbs.
Compared to some tough neighborhoods in Boston, Lynn is a country club. And Boston's tough neighborhoods are nothing compared to some in Detroit and Los Angeles,
As a consequence, there are some great housing buys in Lynn, especially near the Swampscott line and in the Diamond District.
But all of the surrounding towns are better places to rear kids, I think.
And as for the comments that a Realtor can't steer a client -- that may be true for clients but no one here is a client and no one is asking me to show them houses, so I feel 100% free to tell it like it is.
If the Board of Realtors objects then free speech is dead for Realtors.
There are parts of neighboring towns, like Salem, Beverly, and Revere, that are just as "tough" as Lynn is. So its more than just the name.
If I can be of any assistance, please let me know. Our First Call Mortgage office is located in nearby Andover. Good luck,
I admire Paul's loyalty. He is right! I am a realtor from Beverly and I always tell my first time home buyers that the best values are in Lynn. I have worked as a buyer agent for several clients that have bought in Lynn and all are happy with their decision. I currently have three clients looking in Lynn, and will continue to push the fact that you can get more for your dollar in this community. Best of Luck!
There are good parts of town all over, but the consistently best area is Ward One, zip 01904.
I spend half my life as a Realtor moving people out of Lynn to other "better" towns, Florida, the Carolinas, etc.. And then I spend the other half, it seems, moving the same people back into Lynn when they realize the grass is definitely NOT greener where they've moved to.
Let me know if you have any questions-
Every city has it's good areas and bad, traffic and crime, rich and poor, people who care for their property, and those that don't. Take a drive around, and see what's going on (you should do this WEHEREVER you are looking for a home). Lynn homes are a great value...lots of house for the money, great for first-time buyers, young families, and investors. Good luck with your search, and feel free to call me at Jack Conway. I'd be happy to take you on a tour, and show you the whole city.
You should always drive around at different times of the day, and if you have concerns, call the Lynn Police Dept. They will be able to give you the latest statistics about your chosen area.
Lynn has a lot to offer, great biking, and hiking trails, a beautiful waterfront, a fine community college, and easy commute to Boston by car, bus or train. It's a great alternative to East Boston, where rents/home prices are much higher.
I hope you give Lynn a chance. And, I'd be happy to work with you to find just the right home and neighborhood. Give me a call!