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Jenschaffe, Renter in Temecula, CA

Moving to Boston. Looking for nice suburb with under 30 minute commute to Cambridge.

Asked by Jenschaffe, Temecula, CA Tue Jul 31, 2012

Husband will be working in Cambridge. Looking for a nice community with really great schools for our elementary age children. Looking to spend no more than 500k on a home.

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Brookline, Belmont, Arlington are great neighborhoods and great schools.

If you like please let me know what kind of home you are looking for and I will be more than happy to help at anytime.
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Are you looking to take the train? If so, I'd lean toward towns that have well ranked school systems that are along the Acton/Fitchburg train line (http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/?route=FITCHBRG) that goes into Porter Square.

I think for highly rated schools, commuting access & more I'd start with Acton.

Concord is also worth a look. Prices are usually high but it's not impossible to find something & it's a fantastic town (very charming town, walkable center, excellent library & tons of stuff to do for families)

If you'd prefer to be closer to the city & you're open to townhomes, there are some lovely places in Belmont, which is a wonderful very pedestrian friendly community.

Here's a link to some school rankings:


You can also find some good info as well as parent reviews at greatschools.org.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012

Welcome to the Boston area! You have plenty of options including Arlington, Winchester, Cambridge, Belmont, Bedford, Lexington, Burlington, Brookline, and even Weston. If you do a quick search online you'll quickly find that Lexington, Winchester, Bedford, and even communities a bit further away such as Lincoln, Sudbury, and Condord all offer amazing school systems according to the latest rankings.

I would love to learn more about what you're looking for; however, based on the knowledge that you have young children you may want to focus on communities that offer more outdoor space in your price range. This may cause you to lean towards Burlington, Belmont, and Lexington to begin. Please let me know if you have any questions.


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I specialize in working with relocation buyers. I would like the opportunity to speak with you and find out more of what your expectations are for your new home and new town.

Please feel free to call me @ 508-277-3596

Deb Feldman
Hammond Residential
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
Needham is great.
Great schools.
Great community.
Classic town center.
Great restaurants.
Commuter rail.
Deals can found if you know where to look.
Let me know if I can help!
Thanks and good luck!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
I recommend Winchester, Belmont,Newton,Weston,Wellesley , Brookline.

Feel free to call me !

Richard Ho

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
Hi! There are a few communities to consider: Arlington, Winchester, Lexington, Newton, to name a few. What kind of home would you like, single family or condo? Are interested in a renovated home or do you want to so some work?

Commute and schools being top priority, we would want to look at properties in various towns to compare options.

Let me know if you want me to recommend a few homes to start.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Jul 31, 2012
You can find a great home - townhouses as well - in that price range in Arlington and they have fabulous schools and downtown area(s).

Here is everything currently on the market in #Arlington and a map to show proximity to Cambridge:


Other areas to consider but you will get less for your money (or only have the option of a condo):

Belmont: http://territory.com/search?search_string=belmont&min_pr…

Winchester: http://territory.com/search?search_string=winchester&min…

Brookline: http://territory.com/search?search_string=brookline&min_…

Hope that helps get you started!

Massachusetts Premier Buyer Brokerage
Web Reference: http://territory.com/
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