My wife and I just moved from a beach town in LA, CA. We're looking to buy a home here in the Boston area...

Asked by Jcurls, 02116 Mon Sep 29, 2008

but are completely unsure of what neighborhood to look in! We're interested in a beach community (or near the beach, bicycling distance). So far we've browsed a bit in Swampscott, Hingham, Cohasset, and Scituate, but we're simply doing this based off of friends suggestions. We have two wrinkles in our search, first - we both work in the financial district in Boston, second - we'd like to keep our prices in the low seven hundreds. Given our parameters, which I'm guessing are fairly limiting, are we looking in the right areas? Are there other towns we should check into? Family friendly isn't a huge concern of ours right now, but a neighborhood that's safe, clean, quiet, not far from the water and has a decent commute is a must. On the commute side, my wife and I were used to a 45-60 minute drive to work, which we found entirely reasonable. Thanks!

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Michelle Eas…, Agent, Boston, MA
Mon Nov 3, 2008
I'm not sure if you are still looking, but just came across your post...

Winthrop is a hidden seaside community often overlooked by many. It's a town that faces West, so your views are of the entire Boston skyline and sunsets. The nice thing is it's only 5 milies from downtown Boston. A commuter ferry is also going to be established which will go right into Rowes Wharf.

Your price point can afford you direct waterfront, whether home or condo.
Check out The Residences at the Atlantis Marina

This is a luxury brand new condo community on direct waterfront and a new marina. If you are into boating, you can purchase a condo with a slip. All condos face the water with private balconies, and views are amazing. High end luxury finishes throughout. Your pricepoint can afford you one of our deluxe units. Also, every unit comes with 2 deeded parking spaces...and we have a heated underground garage! (Something you'll appreciate come winter in New England!)

It's a thought...I'm also well versed in Swampscott, Marblehead, Nahant...all Northshore communities reasonably close to Boston.

Feel free to email or call with any questions and/or if you wish to check out The Residences at the Atlantis Marina.... 617-990-2209

Wishing you all the best...
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Martine Assaf, , 02169
Fri Oct 24, 2008
The South Shore of Boston is the new Greenbush Commuter Rail line with a direct connection to Boston. Hingham and Cohasset both have stations in their town. Furthermore, Hingham has a commuter boat that brings you directly to Boston as well. So you do not have to drive from these towns. In Hingham you should be able to find a home in your price range, in Cohasset you would probably be bottomfishing, but definitely worth a try. Both these towns have great town centres with little coffee shops, small boutiques. When you are in town, don't hesitate to contact me. I will be more than happy to show you around.
Martine Assaf- RE/MAX Innovations 617-262-9747
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Celine Muldo…, Agent, Newburyport, MA
Thu Oct 23, 2008
Hi there. I just noticed your question and was wondering if you considered the North Shore at all. I am an agent in the greater Newburyport area and we are also right on the water. We are about an hours drive North of Boston and also have the commuter rail available to take you into the city. Newburyport is a very active community with alot of fun things to do that may or may not relate to living near the water. Boating, kyacking, cycling to name a few. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or even if you want to tour the area.
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Sharon McNam…, Agent, Pembroke, MA
Wed Oct 8, 2008
Hi there,

I just noticed your post on Trulia. Welcome to Massachusetts. I'm sure that you and your husband are going to enjoy New England and all the beautiful seasons that accompany it.

I noticed that your search has several South of Boston communities but one I think one water community you should consider is Duxbury. Convenient to Route 3 if you drive into Boston and a short ride to the commuter rail if you want to take the train.

If you would like any further information on this historical town, please feel free to contact me.
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Pamela Pimen…, Agent, Westport, MA
Tue Oct 7, 2008
Have you considered Westport MA.? We're about 60 miles away, a lot of people in the area commute to the Boston area. We have easy access to Rt. 24. I did some work in Boston years ago. Depending on what time you leave, traffic can be tough, but I thought it was worth the commute. Westport has beautful beaches, beautiful country scenery - old stone wallsand farmland, and a great property tax rate. (2008) $5.56 per thousand. You'd be able to get a really nice house for your price range and you'd already be someplace great when you wake up every weekend. Feel free to contact me if you'd like to check it out. Have a good one!
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Territory.c…, Agent, MA,
Tue Oct 7, 2008
Consider the following areas:

All of these have great proximity to the city (taking into consideration your daily commute comfort level) and ocean/river, and have incredibly charming historic towns.

I took the liberty of searching through 300+ homes and thought the below was a great start (I created a link but you can change the search at any time. Also zoom out on the map and you will see where each property is located with relation to the ocean and the city). Some have awesome bones and would make great fixers, others are move in ready with deeded beach access ... :…

Good luck!
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Glenn Lavery, Agent, Franklin, MA
Thu Oct 2, 2008

I understand that a beach community is important to you but perhaps you should look 40-50 miles south on Rt 95. You can get so much more house for the money in Foxboro, Mansfield, Plainville and North Attleboro. These communities are close to the train and Rts 95 and 495. Contact me and I can send you some listings for a sample. Thank you.
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Laura Usher, Agent, Brewster, MA
Thu Oct 2, 2008
I'm surprised no one has suggested the Cape! Many people live on the Cape and commute daily into Boston. You can take the bus or the commuter train or drive if you prefer (an hour from the bridge into Boston). If you work in Boston and live on Cape Cod, you'll have the best of both worlds! We have so many beautiful beach communities on the Cape--you are never more than a few minutes from the water, no matter where you are. If you'd like more information about the Cape, let me know; I'd be delighted to show you our beautiful corner of the world! Best of luck!
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Judy Boyle, Agent, Marlborough, MA
Wed Oct 1, 2008
Hi! All of these answers are great!

I would just like to mention the little peninsula town of HULL a/k/a Nantasket! You can get a LOT of house in your price range (probably ocean front!)

And forget bicyling can WALK to a beach no matter where you live. And the best can take a short boat ride to and from work each day!

Let me know if you need help. I'm a native!

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Jonathan Bow…, Agent, Stoughton, MA
Tue Sep 30, 2008
Manhattan Beach?! If so, I love Manhattan Beach! Anyhow, there is really nothing comparable to Manhattan Beach in Massachusetts. There just simply isn't really a comparable place to ride your beach cruiser and grab a seaside drink in Massachuetts. I am biased to the South Shore; I grew up in Cohasset and have also lived in Hingham and Quincy. Good luck, Jon
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Jcurls, Home Buyer, 02116
Tue Sep 30, 2008
Thank you all very much for your feedback and suggestions! Very helpful! My wife and I sat down last night and went through all of the information posted here and were pleased to have it give us some direction! Thanks again for the detailed information!
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Chris Head, Agent, Norwell, MA
Mon Sep 29, 2008
Welcome Jcurls,

You are going to love it here, and your friends have suggested some great towns to investigate. I'm partial to the South Shore because it's where I live and work, but prices seem to be lower here than the North Shore. If you intend to use public transportation to get to work from, I think the South Shore offers you better commuting options. The MBTA Red Line and the Greenbush Commuter Rail line will get you within a short walk of the financial district, as will any of the South Shore water shuttles. You can find an excellent home in the low 7s in a number of towns here on the South Shore...from homes in Hull with views of the Boston skyline, to new construction in Marshfield (a bit more than an hour). I'm a Certified Buyer Representative working out of a regional South Shore (Norwell) real estate office, and I'd be happy to show you around the area.

Chris Head
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Brian Valanz…, , Marshfield, WI
Mon Sep 29, 2008
I live in Marshfield, MA, and I love it here, its a bit far here, a bit over an hour. If you are looking for something closer, Milton is a nice area, Dedham would be nice for you as well, or West Roxbury. Scituate and Cohasset might seem like they are right up your alley, but they are difficult to access the highway from. You might be better closer to Boston, like in Hingham.
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Cynthia Flem…, Agent, Laguna Niguel, CA
Mon Sep 29, 2008
I'm originally from south of Boston, moved to NH and currently live in Laguna. My recommendation to you would be to spend some time touring the different locations to decide what town you feel most comfortable in. You have to deal with traffic whether you choose north or south of Boston. I lived and practiced real estate in NH just over the border and went to Boston regularly (in under an hour). North Hampton and Rye are two beautiful communities north of the border. They also have great areas to ride along the coast as well - I suggest you take a ride along route 1A and check out the areas for yourself! If you decide you'd like to explore in this area, let me know. I can recommend a great agent and I'd be happy to connect you both - if you do make the trip up, she can arrange some showings and give you a tour of the area. If you decide to look in MA and North of Boston, I have a great agent as well - she's my cousin and she lives bi-coastal with a house in Ipswich and a home in Palos Verdes. I wish you the best of luck with your home search. You can reach me directly at 603-216-7906. Let me know if I can help!
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Peggy Dinger, , 02066
Mon Sep 29, 2008
Hi Jcurls,
I live by the lighthouse in Scituate and cover the entire south shore area and would ask you to give me an afternoon showing you and your wife around Hingham, Cohasset and Scituate. There are some wonderful, charming areas that feel somewhat beachy and you could afford a nice single family home or condo. For commuting if you considered a condo I love the new development at the Hingham Shipyard. It is really nice and there will be a community of small commercial ventures along with the commuter boat and train. The commute would be about 30-40 minutes from there. You could even keep a boat in the marina. Lots of good surfing in the area too. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience. Give me a chance to share this lifestyle choice with you.
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Zelda Kohn, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Mon Sep 29, 2008
If you want to have a bicycle friendly neighbourhood and close proximity to beaches (not ocean, but lakes) you could look into Winchester (20-30 min drive from Financial District), Newton (30-40min), Arlington (20-40min). How much of a home you'd be able to buy there greatly depends on how many bedroms you need and whether you'd consider a single family, condo or a townhome. All 3 are very nice, safe and clean communities. I can help you with those if you'd like. You might also consider Marblehead, although traffic to Financial District during pick hours may keep you on the rode a bit longer than a mapquest may suggest. If you have anymore questions feel free to contact me via my website. Meanwhile, have fun house hunting!
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Rob Goodwin,…, , Easton, MA
Mon Sep 29, 2008
Good morningJcuris:

I would reccomend that you work with a buyers agent with the ABR & CRS designations in your search area. I would be happy to give you a few names if you like.


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McCormack Sc…, Agent, Jamaica Plain, MA
Mon Sep 29, 2008
Hello Jcurls,

South Boston is Very close to Boston and on the water. That may be a place to start.
There is less land (yard space) than Scituate or Cohasset etc... but closer to Boston and more reasonably priced.

Quincy is still close to Boston and part of the town is on the water. (Squantum, nice community too)

I will give it more thought, but the $700,000k range seems reasonable unless you require, lots of land or a very finished space with a lot of square footage.

What kind of space are you coming from? Bedrooms? Land?
Good luck, Karen McCormack

McCormack & Scanlan Real Estate
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Michael Giles, Agent, Beverly, MA
Mon Sep 29, 2008
HI Jcurls,
I live and work in Beverly, which makes me a bit biased, but there are several North Shore Communities that would meet your needs. Swampscott, Beverly, Manchester Essex and parts of Gloucester would have beach access as well as Commuter Rail access into North Station.

If you would like to discuss this in more detail, you can contact me through my Trulia profile or by accessing my website with the link below.
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