Thank you all for the detailed suggestions.
We looked into more affordable areas like Natick, Ashland, Needham. Also keeping in mind Canton, Sharon. Please let me know of any other good school districts within easy commute to Cambridge/Boston.
We need a place by October 1st. So if anyone has something to show with 3 bedrooms 2 bath and deleaded that will be perfect.
The South side of Newton is one of the hotest areas in the immediate Boston area for young couples. Specifically there is a neighborhood called Oak Hill Park which is seeing its neighborhood transition from smaller ranches to beautiful 4,00sf homes with 4-5 bedrooms. There has been a hug influx of families and kids, and you can get a new home in Newton for the best value there.
Easy ride to shopping, great public and private schools, medical disctrict and many parks.
Just my thoughts. Worth the look.
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There are some variables here. What part of Boston will you be working in? Financial district, Back Bay, Seaport, Government Center? (different trains go to different parts of the city, and if you have to make transfers, it could take a lot longer). Do you plan to take public transportation or drive? What do you consider an easy commute?
For example, my son lives in Belmont (great schools) and it takes him 15 minutes to drive to Copley Square in Back Bay, but 40 minutes by bus/subway. I have friends who live in Acton (again, great schools) and commute an hour to their work in Boston. All the other towns listed below are also good. So add in the variables I mentioned and you should be able to find the perfect place.
Having spent every summer of my life on LBI, NJ, I know how hard it must be to move from the warmth of the mid-Atlantic to the more severe northern latitudes (its not really that much colder up here, it just lasts longer). If you have to do it though, Newton, MA offers great proximity to Boston, highways around Boston, Rt 128, into and out of Boston, Rt 90, and also has wonderful and cutting edge public schools for all ages. My own children have been through Newton Pubic Schools and regularly outwit me, so they must be doing something right (I'm only half joking). Look around online, you'll get a good sense of the town and neighborhoods. Good luck.