Kathy, Home Buyer in Pottsville, PA

How terrible would the commute be from Salem, MA to Canton, MA?

Asked by Kathy, Pottsville, PA Wed Oct 12, 2011

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Eric Hanlon - Realtor’s answer
The truth is that the commute would be difficult, but it really depends on the time of day you are traveling. The travel time is about 55 minutes to an hour without traffic. With traffic, it's a whole different story...
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I don't think you would be happy with that commute at all. It appears you are looking for towns similar in style to salem which would be very hard to replicate given the waterfront location however something closer but not necessarily an easier commute either would be Hingham:
http://bit.ly/q64I5m
Or try Sharon. They have a really quaint downtown:
http://bit.ly/nagZw1
0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Oct 13, 2011
Not bad on your Broom - otherwise your better off in Rhode Island.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 12, 2011
Kathy,

It is all about your budget, There is nothing exactly like Salem on the South Shore. But there are a lot of lovely towns at good price points. You should figure out what you want in you next home and your budget seach the listings available online. Burt at the end of the day you won't know till you're here and can see the properties and towns in person.

Best,

Eric
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 12, 2011
You certainly could consider the south shore, although I'm not sure what it is about Salem that you like. If it's the historic character you're less likely to find that on the south shore, although towns like Hingham, Weymouth and Cohasset have some--and waterfronts.

Ellen G. Friedman, Keller Williams Realty, ellengfriedman@comcast.net
http://www.ellenfriedman.biz
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Oh no, Kathy--you do not want to do that. I had clients who sold their wonderful lakefront Sharon (near Canton) home and moved to Salem, where their children and grandchildren lived, because the trip was so bad even during non-rush hours.

Ellen G. Friedman, Keller Williams Realty, ellengfriedman@comcast.net http://www.ellenfriedman.biz
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God awefull. Unless you own a helicopter, I wouldnot recommend.

Is living in an ocean community that important? Even the roads in and out of the towns closest to Canton on the south shore can be a challenge.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 12, 2011
Thanks, everyone! Any areas in close proximity, or an easier commute, to Canton, but similar to Salem?
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Horrid! 128 is a parking lot at rush hour. I would look at areas closer to Canton.
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Horrid! 128 is a parking lot at rush hour. I would look at areas closer to Canton.
Web Reference: http://www.mdmrealtyinc.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 12, 2011
Hi Kathy,

It would not be easy. Canton is South of Boston. there are two ways go down RT 95 / 128 or through boston. during commuting hours it would be a nighmare for you. You might be able to do it for a while leave by 6:00 AM in the morning. But I would expect that you will end up living on the South shore closer to work. Good Luck,

Eric
Web Reference: http://www.teamerickson.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Oct 12, 2011
Hello Kathy,
Everyone's threshold for traffic and commute is different. Also, it could depend on when you have to make the commute. The two towns are on opposite sides of the city so you will always have to go through, or around, the city. With no traffic, the drive would take you about an hour. If you are commuting during traditional high-traffic commute times, I would say that you could conservatively at LEAST double that.
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Hello Kathy,

I'm a native to Salem and know all about traffic. There are several routes you could take 128 southbound or go through Boston via RT 1 South. Either way you are looking at a tough commute. Well over an hour, maybe two during rush hour.

Contact me to chat more...

Thanks,

Jeffrey H. Carter, ABR
Keller Williams Realty
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