Moving to Boston & my husband needs a decent commute to Boston Logan. What areas are affordable and safe?

Asked by Tiah, Outside U.S. Tue Nov 29, 2011

We would want at least a 2 bedroom and would prefer to rent a house, but will do apartment if we have to. I would prefer a suburb family oriented area.

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Eric Hanlon, Agent, Canton, MA
Tue Dec 13, 2011
The affordable part is based on what you can afford/budget. Hire an agent that works for you. As for safe. What is safe? Someting real estate agents in Massachusetts can't comment on. Agents, stay away from the second part of this question.... It's not our place to speak of such things...
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Oh Give Me A…, Home Owner, Waltham, MA
Thu Dec 8, 2011
Now that we have input from all directions in the Greater Boston, perhaps Tiah you could be a bit more specific, to help you better narrow down your search.

Also, please note a correction to my previous post. I meant to say that Masha is the regular contributor and the resident Newton pro on these forums. And I'll still say that Newton is a top notch city well worth considering before buying or even renting elsewhere.
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Linda Sciara…, Agent, Beverly, MA
Tue Dec 6, 2011
Hi I have many rental units here on the North Shore that are close to a commuter rail if interested in learning what is avl please visit my web at http://www.LindasRentals.Biz or give us a call at
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Heath Coker, Agent, Falmouth, MA
Mon Dec 5, 2011
Decent. Your taste will be different than others. Affordable. For which budget? Safe. That depends on your comfort level.

I like towns on Cape Cod like Falmouth, Bourne or Sandwich. There is a bus directly to and from Logan every day. Read, sleep, work on the ride. Meanwhile, the family gets to live in a great town where people come from all over the world to vacation. Weekends are for relaxing and family. Just sayin.
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Heidi Zizza, Agent, Framingham, MA
Mon Dec 5, 2011
Tiah, what do you consider a decent commute?
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Oh Give Me A…, Home Owner, Waltham, MA
Wed Nov 30, 2011
There are many options, and, as others have said, working with a professional probably would be your best bet.

Newton is a remarkable surburban city, and, thanks to the Mass Turnpike, makes commuting into the city very easy, especially off hours. Also, the presence of the commuter rail makes it handy to get to Boston using the public transit. This is definitely a progressive, family-oriented suburb well worth checking out. Maria, a regular contributor and Newton pro, has kindly put in a plug for her distinguished city.

There are, though, many other options. For yourself, do realize that you can directly check out traffic live in the Greater Boston area, and see for yourself at various times what the commute may be like. I've included the smartraveler link for this below.

Also, provides schedules, to give you a sense of commuting times on the commuter rail, buses, and subways, including from the suburbs. Its nice, especially in bad weather, to have backup options for travel, even if you otherwise would use your car.

Note, incidentally, that Boston has some quirks in terms of naming some of its neighborhoods as if they are separate cities. So, to clarify, "Boston Proper" is the term for the smaller area that consists of these neighborhoods. There are other nearby towns, such as Brookline or Chelsea, that may look like they are part of Boston on a map, but are separate municipal entities. "Greater Boston" is the term that includes a number of suburbs in the area.

Good luck with the search, and hopefully one of these pros can help you find a delightful new cubbyhole in the area for you to call home.
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June Siple,…, , 02129
Wed Nov 30, 2011
Hello Tiah,

You will receive a lot of answers that are based on the agent's area but without more information it is impossible to answer your question in a meaningful manner. There are so many options in terms of suburban living close to Boston. However, they are not all equal in terms of price range, schools, community amenities, etc... In addition, the commute time between the various towns and destinations within Boston vary immensely.

I suggest that you establish a relationship with a Boston-based realtor in a national company so that this agent can help qualify your needs and purchasing power, and from that information the agent may be able to help you directly or refer you to the agent(s) that are experts in the appropriate towns. Our area is so large that no one agent can be an expert in all areas surrounding Boston. In addition, it is a very confusing and frustrating process to narrow your choices without the help of an agent(s).

As others, I would be happy to discuss your plans and needs, and either help you directly or refer you to an expert in the area that makes the most sense for you.
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Ron Campbell, , Boston, MA
Wed Nov 30, 2011
I will be glad to answer your both areas starting with an good apartment location, the areas you would consider is Back Bay, Beacon Hill and South End . As far as the suburb, I would consider Milton, Newton, Framingham and Weslley for starters
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Masha Sender…, Agent, Newton, MA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Newton has excellent schools, fabulous and family friendly neighborhoods (all 13 of them) and about a 15 minute commute to Logan if you are close to the Mass Pike. Focus on Newtonville, Newton corner, Nonantum, and West Newton. Take a look at for information on what's available.
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John Dean, Agent, Somerville, MA
Tue Nov 29, 2011

There are tons of options at your finger tips. If you are looking for rentals please understand the Boston area market is extremely hot. Rents have increased up to 25% in some of the more popular areas. I would sit down with a Realtor and discuss your options and get the most amount of information on Boston and the surronding area so you can make an informed decision.

If you decide to rent I would recomend that you work with a pure rental agent as they are keyed into the rental market.

If you find the rental numbers do not make sense you may want to consider paying yourself and purchasing a home. Interest rates are low and you could either sell the property or use it as passive income to continue renting should you decide to upgrade your home or leave the area..

Work with a pro pick a Realtor to work with. I am happy to help you in any way that I can. I have lived downtown for 5 years and specialize in the Greater Boston Area.
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CH Naamad, Agent, Boston, MA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Check out all Boston Rentals for free at:
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Nina Rogoff, Agent, Medfield, MA
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Hi, Tiah,

A lot depends on your price range, and what you mean by a decent commute to Boston Logan. Is your husband going to be working at Logan and going there every day, or will he be travelling out of Logan occasionally?

There are many great suburbs to choose from which offer rentals, family-oriented neighborhoods and commuter rails or subways to Boston. Newton and Sharon are two such communities that also have top-rated public schools.

If you would like more help in identifying communities to consider, let's be in touch via email so you can share more information that will help us target exactly what you're looking for in a community.

You can also check my blog on living in Sharon, MA at

All the best,


Nina Rogoff
RE/MAX Executive Realty
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Jaime Fernan…, , 02472
Tue Nov 29, 2011
Hi Tiah,
Congratulations for moving to the excitng city of Boston. Welcome,
There are many factors to be considered before settling on a given area and after that it comes the normal search, negotiation, and signing contract steps, etc.
My recommendation is to hire the services of a good RE agent, prefereably me, and let them hand-hold you through the overall process of finding you a home in the Greater Boston area.
Best Regards,
Jaime Fernandez-de-Castro
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