Wish list: Good commute, great schools, "feels" like Brookline

Asked by Elizabeth Miller, Needham, MA Wed Sep 9, 2009

We are looking for a home with an easy commute to South Station. Good public schools is a top priority. We currently rent in Brookline and love the community (lots of parks, shops, easily walkable) but cannot afford to buy here. Any suggestions for similar-feeling suburbs with an easy commute and great schools? Our budget is 500K-600K and we need at least 3bd. Thank you.

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Joe Sollomi, Agent, Boston, MA
Tue Sep 15, 2009
I'm working on a possible new listing for a 3br/1.5ba Colonial with garage in Arlington that meets your budget and sounds perfect for you. It's in a GREAT location and has been a family home for many decades. The home has great period detail/moldings but needs TLC and MAJOR renovations including the kitchen/bath, etc. The projects would be well worth the effort! Please contact me directly if you have an interest, and I would be happy to accommodate a showing in the next few weeks. Best of luck in your home search!

Joe Sollomi
Broker Owner, Realtor®, MBA
Boston Fine Homes
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Andrea J. Me…, , 02481
Fri Sep 11, 2009
Good morning. For an easy commute into South Station and good schools and a Brooline-like feel, your best bet will be Newton. The commuter rail goes into Back Bay/South Station, you also keep the Green Line access that you have in Brookline as an alternative. Many other of the towns suggested that are north have trains that go into North Station, and that would add significant time to your commute. Depending on how agreeable you are to doing work on a place, and perhaps looking at a condo, there are numerous properties in your price range. Newton does cover a large geographic area, and the various neighborhoods do feel different, so explore a bit. If you could get near Newton Center, that is probably closest to feeling like Brookline, but other parts of Newton offer a lot too.

A second runner up would be Needham. The commuter rail is available (but no other train lines). You have more limited choices in terms of location - you would be best off near Needham Center for the feel that you want. However, there may be opportunities there. It would be worth a visit and checking out if you are not familiar with it. Great food of all sorts, a variety of store, even a six lane candlepin bowling alley in a basement!

Best of luck in the hunt! If you need any additional information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Andrea Mealey
Showpiece Real Estate, Inc.
Serving Newton, Wellesley, Needham, Weston, Jamaica Plain, Westwood
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Jackie O'Con…, , Boston, MA
Wed Sep 9, 2009

For good public schools I would recommend doing your research, as each person's decision on what is 'good' varies greatly. The towns that have the best reputations for high quality teaching would be arlington ( I just showed a really great 3 bedroom 2 bath in your price range with a garage this morning) lexington, winchester, newton, stoneham, N. Reading. I welcome the opportunity to speak with you further regarding your home search. You may reach me at 857-294-9994.

Jackie O
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Peter Mlaguzi, Agent, Boston, MA
Wed Sep 9, 2009

How are you? Below you will find links to of homes that are 3+bdrms, 2+ full bathrooms within a 500-600K price target offered in communities with great schools, within a 10 mile radius to South Station, offering lots of parks, shops and easily walkable areas. Please review and email or call with feedback and we can discuss and make arrangements to view these properties. Also, the second link has access to information regarding all schools, communities and police reports in the state. Thus you can review further and feel free to sign up on to my website to receive daily updates of properties that fit your search criteria. Thanks in advance, looking forward to hearing from and working with you.



Best regards,

Experience excellence

p.s. Of all of your family, friends, neighbors and co-workers, who do you think will be the next one to move, buying or selling?

Peter J. Mlaguzi III
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