My husband & I are relocating from Hawaii to Boston in a few months and we are trying to narror down our neighborhood search.

Asked by Birdiej33, Boston, MA Mon Dec 14, 2009

We're both in our upper- twenties and don't have any children. We would like to be close to the commuter line as we will likely only have one car, with a commute of less than 45min., We currently have a condo in Waikiki and are looking for more space both inside & out, probably a townhouse w/ a small yard. A safe area is very important us. Any thoughts on good neighborhoods?? Thanks!

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Anna M Brocco, Agent, Williston Park, NY
Wed Dec 16, 2009
FAIR HOUSING LAWS--real estate professionals are prohibited from “steering”—enticing a buyer to purchase, or not, in specific neighborhoods; so, you should check out demographics on your own to assure your comfort level can be reached. Keep in mind opinions are just that--as far as safety is concerned visit local police departments and ask away.
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Scott A. Nel…, , 02155
Tue Dec 15, 2009
Hi there,

We'd love to have you as a neighbor here in Medford, MA. My office just built a community of 41 townhouses here in Medford, there's 1 unit left #3, it should be finished over the next few weeks. If you'll be visiting the area we'd be glad to show it to you. Also I have a mobile GPS/MLS application that gives you free access to the local MLS listings along with directions, pics & contact info for any property you might be interested in. - it's a free download to your phone and works with most major carriers: AT&T, Verizon, Boost, T-Mobile, Sprint etc.

Also if you'd like a free market snapshot for any town you might be interested in my site has a great tool that's free and will keep you updated on what properties are selling for , it'll also give you school info, local attractions & resources. It works for just about every locality in New England. Even if you choose not to work with me, it's a free service I offer. Feel free to utilize the tools, no obligation just glad to help.
Happy Holidays & good luck with your search :)
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Michael Caru…, Agent, Boston, MA
Tue Dec 15, 2009
Hi Birdiej33,
Without specifics on your price range or size requirement, I would suggest Somerville or South Boston as an option for your move to the Boston area. Though they are not in the Boston proper core neighborhoods of Back Bay, Beacon Hill or South End, which tend to be pricey, both enjoy the convenience of city location, i.e. diversity and commutor convenience with the affordability of more space, parking and yard option. I specialize in Buyer Agency and would love to assist you in your search for a new home. The best way to reach me is to email me at or on my cell phone 617-901-7600.
Michael L. Carucci, President
Boston Real Estate Group
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Judy Boyle, Agent, Marlborough, MA
Tue Dec 15, 2009
Hi Birdiej33!

I am sure I can speak for all MA residents when I say WE ARE THRILLED TO WELCOME YOU TO OUR WONDERFUL STATE!!!!

There are so many wonderful towns to choose from that meet your initial criteria, it would be next to impossible for you to do it alone! I am a relocation specialist who can certainly help you "narrow down your search."

Posting your inquiry on Trulia is a great place to start, but nothing will take the place of a real estate professional who will listen to your needs and sort through the inventory to make the most of your valuable time.

I am currently working with a couple from Southern California who fit your description exactly. Out of a possible 60+/- houses that they found on the internet, I was able to narrow down the list to 12. We just put a house on deposit...well within their comfortable budget....and more beautiful than they could ever have imagined!

In short, whether you choose to contact me directly, or another relocation specialist, I would highly recommend you do so! You will save yourself a LOT of time and aggravation!

Best of luck to you both!

Judy Boyle
Weichert Realtors
Northborough, MA
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Jim Lambert, , Boston, MA
Tue Dec 15, 2009
If you want to be a little bit closer to the city (actually technically in the city) yet still feel like you have the space that suburbia provides I would recommend looking either at West Roxbury or Jamaica Plain. If you want to spend a bit more money, you could get a place right in South Boston and be one T stop (not commuter rail) to Downtown and the financial district.

If you want to talk more about what neighborhood is best for you I would be happy to help. Some things that would help narrow down the search would be where you will be working, what your price range is, what is your desire to be in the city vs. suburbs, etc.

Just to let you know, buyers who purchase a home through our company receive a 20% cash refund (in most cases) from our commission as your buyer's agent.

Best of luck,

Jim Lambert | Sales Consultant
Mobile: 617.780.8139 | Office: 617.314.7704
Fax: 617.482.2181 |
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Tracey Stedm…, , Massachusetts
Tue Dec 15, 2009
My name is Tracey Stedman with Success! Real Estate in Braintree, MA. The town of Braintree is a great area as well as Weymouth, Abington, Hingham. It all depends on your price range. All these towns have public transportation nearby. Whether it be the commuter rail or bus lines. Let me know if I can assit you further in your search. I can also set you up so that you receive automatic e mails when new properties come on the market that match what you are looking for.
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Mary Crane, Agent, Dover, MA
Tue Dec 15, 2009
It will depend on your pricepoint. Newton is a wonderful town with so much to offer including a convenient commute to Boston. Please contact me if I can be of help to you. My website has a property finder search in it that you can sign into yourself and manage. Good luck! Sincerely, Mary Crane
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