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.
Maha N. Hanania
Prudential Prime Properties Real Estate