West Newton vs other Newton village

Asked by Alex, Braintree, MA Fri May 22, 2009

I am looking at Newton for townhouses/condos and can someone tells me how does West Newton compares to other villages in Newton? Thanks!

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Robert Byrne, , 02118
Fri May 22, 2009
West Newton has a lot to offer if you are looking for a walkable location with shopping, restaurants, movies and easy access to transportation routes. These atributes are available in the Highlands, with the exception of the theatre. Newton corner is a little less walkable. Newton center is tough if you need to get to the highway during commute times, but does have the MBTA Greenline if you are so inclined. If I were looking at the villages I'd take a half day in each one to get a real feel for the lifestyle and see how it appeals to me. Best to you in your search!
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Michelle Lane, Agent, Newton, MA
Thu Aug 6, 2009
Here is a great site to start with..http://www.newtoncitizens.com/villages.shtml It describes the villages, lists the schools etc.

The biggest questions will be budget and how you get to work. Of the 13 villages, Chestnut Hill, Newton Center, New Highlands and Waban tend to be the more expensive because they are on the T line. Convenient for professionals who work in the city. So if you don't need to take the T, West Newton can be a good choice - you'll be able to get more home for the money because there is no T. If you take the Mass Pike , it is right there. And I do like the center of West Newton, nice feel, shops, restaurants and a movie theater.

If you can share more of your criteria, I'd be glad to give you more specific information than this. School ratings (if you care about that) etc.
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Zelda Kohn, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Sun May 24, 2009
Hi Alex,

in this case, West Newton satisfies your criteria and so do a few other villages, so don't limit your options. See what's available in Newton that matches your needs - transportation, shops, restaurants, price range, etc. Go with what feels right when you are there. Walk/drive a bit around, strike up a conversation with people in the neighborhood -you'll be amazed at how much you could gain from that brief experience!

If you have anymore questions for me you can ask & find me here http://www.boc-re.com. Good luck with your house hunt! There are many good options out there now. It's a great time to buy!
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Alex, Home Buyer, Braintree, MA
Sun May 24, 2009
Hi Zelda,

My main criteria is close to public transportation (commuter bus or rail) and good public school. Will be nice to be close to shops, grocery and restaurant but not a must. West Newton caught my eyes because of the commuter rail station and Burr school.
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Zelda Kohn, Agent, Pleasanton, CA
Sat May 23, 2009
Alex,

why are you looking in Newton? do you have a family with kids or only adults? what do you need to have access to? once you provide more specific information you'll be able to get more specific response comparing things that matter to you.

...Many people asking such generically stated question do not realize that for their needs the differences between villages may not matter to them at all as all villages in Newton share something good in common and each has something different that will only matter if that neighborhood does not have what you need. So the real question is what are your needs?
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