What is the best boston suburb neighborhood for family that you can purchase a home in low 500's or less? I don't mind a 40 min. commute.

Asked by JPZ, Harrisburg, PA Mon Jan 9, 2012

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Angie's Home…, Agent, Wakefield, MA
Wed Feb 1, 2012
Wakefield, and the surrounding communities, have easy access to Routes 1/128/93 as well as good public transportation. There are neighborhoods that would afford you the opportunity to walk to a bus or commuter rail stop as well as be very close to the highway. Arlington is another great community with easy access to Route 2 and good bus routes.
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Eric Hanlon, Agent, Canton, MA
Sun Jan 15, 2012
Hi, and thanks for your question.

I would stay within the route 128 and 495 belt, and stay north of route 24 and south of route 2. There several communities in that area that should fit all of your needs. Also, one of the best way to really narrow it down is by exploring. Next time you are in the Boston area, grab a map and pick out 5 or 6 towns. Then you can drive a round each community to get a sense of what each has to offer.

Here is a link to Boston Magazine. They are always doing the best places to live in the Boston area. Do a search, and pehaps you'll find a decent article that will give you additonal direct.


Lastly, if you need to see school propfiles in the area, I would look at this link:


Best of luck, and feel free to contact me with any questions or some help.

Be well,

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Heath Coker, Agent, Falmouth, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012
I'd choose Falmouth on Cape Cod. The commute is not too much further, and the ammenities are great for families. People come to Falmouth from all over the world for summer vacation, and the smart ones live here year round. ;^)
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Sharleen Dav…, , Burlington, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012
As someone who commuted into Boston for years, I can say that anything outside of the 128 belt will give you a commute time of at least 1 hour door-to-door. You need to look at where in Boston you are going--what is the closest T stop/commuter rail station. For a true 40 min commute, you'll need to get pretty close to Boston and on a subway line (even living in Boston it can take that long to go from one area of the city to another). Winchester is nice as the commuter rail runs right through the center of town, but some don't care for the commuter rail as North Station is a 10-15 walk to the Financial District and the scheduling of trains can be inconvenient.
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Richard Shap…, , Framingham, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012
Those commutes home on a Friday in the spring and summer are a breeze.
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Territory.c…, Agent, MA,
Mon Jan 9, 2012
JPZ, start with the below options. When you click each link you will see all the properties come up on a map for each town so you can see the distance/location to downtown Boston.

Waltham - http://goo.gl/OCGDt
Malden - http://goo.gl/rrwQz
Milton - http://goo.gl/u04pu
Melrose - http://goo.gl/IKYnj
West Roxbury - http://goo.gl/sQgf7
Jamaica Plain - http://goo.gl/ZuMa2

Obviously like all metropolitan cities the closer the 'burb to the city the more expensive so you will be limited however the top 5 are good affordable options.
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Heidi Zizza, Agent, Framingham, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012
Metrowest area is perfect for what your looking for
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Richard Shap…, , Framingham, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012
Is that 40 minutes by car or 40 minutes by public transportation a be a big difference either way
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Mon Jan 9, 2012
Hi, You can go to http://www.homefair.com and http://www.spotcrime for in-depth crime stats and area demographic stats. When you go to Homefair click on the city reports and you can even do a side by side zip code comparison


Christopher Pagli
Licensed Associate Broker
Accredited Buyer Representative
William Raveis Legends Realty Group
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Jeff Makowski, Agent, Andover, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012
There are several properties in the Essex County area that offer good school systems and an overall good quality of life. There is a commuter rail line in Andover that will take you right in to Boston's North Station in about 35-40 minutes.

However, without the specifics of what you and your family are looking for, it is tough to give more than a generalized answer. If you would like to explore the Essex County area further, feel free to contact me.

Best of luck and Welcome to Massachusetts.

Jeff Makowski
ERA Home & Family Real Estate
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John & Miche…, Agent, Reading, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012

Its a good idea to start off with a list of items you need and want. Once you arrive in Boston, have an agent show you some properties that match your criteria, in your price range, in some different towns.

You will notice very community will have a slightly different "feel" - Style of homes, size of lot and yard size, proximity to Boston, public transportation, etc.

One town ro consider is Reading. It was recently voted by CNBC as one of the 10 perfect suburbs in the county. Many homebuyers in the $400-$500 price range prefer Reading because of its schools reputation, proximately to Boston, easy access to routes 93 and 95, and commuter rail. Here's the link.

Good Luck! Feel free to contact us for more information on any communities North of Boston.

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John Savigna…, Agent, Hopkinton, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012
Hopkinton. Southboro, westboro for schools, ease of commute and community
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Deb Nicholls, Agent, Concord, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012
Judy is right, there are lots of choices, and it depends on the factors she listed. It also matters where in Boston you would be committing to, and whether you wanted to take public transit or drive. There are several commuter rails that go into the city, but each ends in a different area, so you would want a town with the right train. The T goes everywhere in the city, but doesn't extend far out except for a few lines. If you are planning on driving, then you have to factor in where you could park and what the traffic is like on your route.

So, not exactly an answer to your question, but it would be misleading to list towns without more info!

Good luck,
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Louis Wolfs…, Agent, Needham, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012
Quality of life, resale, schools, commute should all be of concerns. There are many great options and depending on the size of home and amenities the communities will differ.

I would take less home for the concerns I listed above, you can find homes in Newton, Needham for the price you mentioned but it may not be your dream home.

Next areas you may consider may be Arlington, Belmont, Natick, Wayland
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Judy Boyle, Agent, Marlborough, MA
Mon Jan 9, 2012

Welcome to MA!

There are many wonderful Boston suburbs that your family will enjoy. I would need more specific information, however, to match you up with one that fits into your budget.

For example, I would need to know the following:

- Importance of public schools
-Number of Bedrooms, Baths etc.
- Style of home (One level living versus multi-level)
- Age of home (antique versus new construction)
-Private setting versus multi-family neighborhood

Basically, the more specific you can be, the better equipped an agent can be in pointing you in the right direction.

Feel free to email this information to me directly and I will provide you with a few of my suggestions!

Kind regards,

Judy Boyle
RE/MAX Signature Properties
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