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Quality of Life in Boston : Real Estate Advice

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Wed May 17, 2017
Ezgoal asked:
Tue Feb 2, 2016
Michael Sherman answered:
It Depends how close you want to be to the city. I highly recommend Newton, and Brookline if you want to be right outside the city. If you are comfortable with a little longer commute (30-45 minutes or so) I would suggest Sudbury, Wellesley, Wayland, Westin. Every town has a differs in average home values so depending on what you are comfortable spending the best options may vary. Please feel free to reach out anytime if you need more details! ... more
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Wed Sep 23, 2015
Esperabak answered:
Hey there! I would suggest you to try getting some answers from people who moved there recently or have experience with that in the past. One of the networks I always suggest is InterNations. Once you log in you can check out their forums. They also organize bunch of activities and events once you are there so you could meet a lot of people. Lot of international ones as well. You can check them out here: ... more
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Mon Nov 10, 2014
Key Realty Group answered:
Window Insulation
Remove window air conditioners
Furnace/Boiler Tune Up
Clean Chimney
Portable heaters definitely help for those 'cold spots'

Stay warm!
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Mon Nov 10, 2014
Key Realty Group answered:
How far north? Charlestown is a great extension of the city.
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Mon Nov 10, 2014
Key Realty Group answered:
Varies from situation to situation - if you own, check your condo docs. If you rent, check your lease.
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Mon Nov 10, 2014
Key Realty Group answered:
I have my own opinions but, the general consensus is South Boston
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Fri Oct 19, 2012
Sarah Goulart Nathe answered:
My suggestion is to look into and find the best 'baby wearing' option that you like. Whether it be a traditional bjorn or something like a Moby wrap, it will make moving around the city and on and off busses and subways easier. I would also recommend a lighter weight stroller with a quick fold option. I have the Baby Jogger City Mini that I like but there are a multitude of options.

Invest in a good stroller cover and Bundle Me for the wet and cold New England weather for sure.

Best of luck in your move!
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Fri Sep 28, 2012
Heath Coker answered:
There are come 200 colleges and universities in the Boston area.
It depends on what he wants to do after college.
There is also a lot of history to see.

OH! You will of course need a place on the Cape when you come out to check up on him, and for him to use while he works here over the summer. :^)

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Tue Sep 25, 2012
Kevin Vitali answered:
Andover would be a perfect choice for a relocation to Wyeth. It has everything you just described.
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Wed Apr 11, 2012
Heath Coker answered:
SouthPort in Mashpee on Cape Cod has pools, golf, tennis, meeting rooms, social events, trips to Boston museums or theaters or concerts, beach access, and townhouse/condo style living.

My in-laws moved off the Vineyard and into a unit there a few years ago.
Smaller and less needy than a house for those who want to do other things.

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Tue Mar 20, 2012
Heath Coker answered:
Does a sack of flour make a big biscuit?

On the other hand, Cousin Vinnie slept soundly once he was in the noisy jail, in "My Cousin Vinnie".
It depends on what you are used to.

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Mon Aug 29, 2011
Mikel DeFrancesco answered:
Depends on what your definition of reasonable is... if it's 20 minutes, not likely at least under $300K at that size. But there are several fairly close communities that may be a better fit for you. Feel free to contact me to provide more detailed information about your situation and I could make concrete recommendations at that point. Good Luck!!! ... more
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Wed Dec 1, 2010
Irena answered:
30 minutes or less to Tufts you are looking at Medford, Somerville, Cambridge, Belmont and perhaps Watertown. The rental options are quite limited to 2-3 Fam. Homes 1900-1930 and some nicer condo buildings in Cambridge. Really depends on what you can afford, but realistically Belmont and Medford are more affordable and family friendly. (I personally prefer Belmont since I live here). ... more
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Fri Oct 8, 2010
Jon answered:
Have you found a home already?

Our home is for sale in the town of Walpole. It is within walking distance to the train station and close to the town center. Lots of families and kids in the subdivision. Private subdivision so ideal for walking, biking around. Outdoor pool that the kids and adults love. 508-633-6100 if interested.
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Fri Dec 11, 2009
Jason answered:
For the price of a 3,000 sq. ft. home in Boston, you'll be lucky to find one that's "newer". You'll learn that most of the homes here in 'Boston (or near) are older. However, there are a few areas such as Saugus, Brockton, Quincy, Beverly, Melrose, Burlington to name a few (which is approximately 15 to 30 minutes away from Boston) that is a nice area to raise a family. Also, you'll have a better chance in finding a home that will probably suite your price range. For the most part, my wife and I just moved up here about a year ago, and we love it here (minus the WINTER)'ve been warned!!! lol. Boston also has THE BEST Fireworks show for our Independence Day, in my honest opinion. Better than D.C. (we're from Virginia). Lots to do around here and plenty of shops and restaurants. Parking is very difficult to find at times and expensive parking garages, unless you get lucky and find a 2 hour meter.

If you need a hard-working realtor who's good at what he does, google Michael Gurevich with

Best of luck and Happy Holidays to you and yours.

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Tue May 5, 2009
Monir Mamoun answered:
Hi S108c, you should really check with the local police and sheriffs departments for this data. They will have the most accurate information. A realtor can't really give you a fully "legal" opinion on this issue for a variety of reasons related to real estate laws and professional liability. ... more
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Thu Apr 23, 2009
Shaun G answered:

You've got to explore the area, period. No one can tell you what you'll like. Take a week and walk around all the neighborhoods. From Dorchester to South End to Readville. Most people couldn't even tell you all of the districts within Boston because they've never considered to go.

Best of luck, and Search Boston homes on my site,
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Wed Apr 22, 2009
Maha Hanania answered:
Welcome to Massachusetts,
There is some nice areas like Woburn, it is only about 10 Min. or less from Burlington, Has a good school system, it is not a suburb, it is a city. there is also Reading and North reading in the range of 25 min. to Burlington, with great school system and it is not a city it, also not a suburb it is more like a Town and could be great for family with kids to raise there.. You can also search in Stoneham especially the Robin- hood area there that has a beautiful houses with great school system. Winchester is one of the good areas that looks like (Newton)when it comes to describe it, it considered one of the best areas and also one of the best school system and about 25 min. to Burlington.
If you have any questions or wants to see some houses in these areas, please feel free to contact me for any of your real estate needs.
Good luck
Maha N. Hanania
Prudential Prime Properties Real Estate
cell: 617-407-9830
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Thu Mar 19, 2009
Kathy Kelley answered:
Both Wellesley and Natick offer much of what you are looking for. Both have lovely downtowns, both of which are anchored by new, large public libraries. The libraries are a magnet for families with young children and offer lots of activities. Both have great gathering spaces with cozy coffee shops and public spaces: in Wellesley the Duck Pond at Town Hall and in Natick the Town Green which hosts a farmers market on Saturday mornings in season. Both offer super fast access to downtown with commuter rail stations in the town centers, and the best access to the Mass Pike. From some parts of both towns you can drive to Boston without hitting a single stop light until you get off in Copley Square!

While it is tough to give up the city lifestyle, it is worth it to give your kids the easy access to the outdoors, the education, sports and activities that you will find in the burbs. And remember, their clhildhoods will unfortunately fly by and your will be empty nesters moving back to the city before you know it!

I have listings in Wellesley and Natick now on Trulia. I hope you will check them out!
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