Which suburbs to look at?

Asked by Thecollinssix, Cicero, IN Wed Jan 8, 2014

We are weighing an offer for a job in Cambridge. My husband would like a reasonable commute to work, that being 30 min without traffic 45 with. I am looking for good schools for our 7 year old and a home under 1 million. I currently have around a 4,000 sqft home and would like something similar. Am I crazy or do I need to lower my expectations? Any suggestions on where to look? The thought of moving is very difficult for me and moving from a very low cost of living to extremely high cost of living just compounds it.

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blah, Home Buyer, Beavercreek, OH
Fri Jun 23, 2017
If you can budget ~1.3-1.5 million, you are not crazy. That's what ~4000 sqft within 30-45 mins of Cambridge costs.
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Territory.c…, Agent, MA,
Fri Mar 7, 2014
You will need to lower your expectations (/ adjust your criteria ... I.e, 2500-3000 square feet).

Winchester has incredible schools and this is the only house under a million with 4000 square feet (includes an apartment on the property)

There are quite a few options with your criteria in Framingham.

Examples if you adjust your criteria:






Locations to consider:

Hope this helps!
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Louis Wolfs…, Agent, Needham, MA
Fri Jan 10, 2014
the size and age of home you have would be comparable in Needham to around 1100000 - 1400000
Lexington, Newton, Wellesley and Brookline would all be more.

There are homes in all those communities under 1 million that would be older and not as large. These communities offer great schools, quality of life and great resale values.

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Masha Sender…, Agent, Newton, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014
Masha Senderovich, Real Estate Pro in Newton, MA
Would be happy to have a free phone consultation or show you around if you're visiting. There are a few good options but you're likely to end up with a smaller home... Probably in the 2500-300 sq ft range. But in some of the best school districts in the state. :-)
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Mario Pavli, Agent, Boston, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014
Please give me a call to discuss a few options that might fit your needs.

my number is 8573345827
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CH Naamad, Agent, Boston, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014
The high cost of living brings with it a happier style of living. You will be fine.
I am not sure about the 4000 sqft, but you can get close.
The father you go, the more you get for your buck.
I would recommend a townhouse style with 3-4 floors and larger square footage in Arlington or the surrounding towns.
Please take a moment to see what the market is offering at our website, link below.
Best regards,
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Luciano Leone, Agent, Peabody, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014
What an exciting opportunity for you and your family. We'll be happy to welcome you to New England! There's a more in-depth conversation needed to assess and prioritize your family's needs and how far (and in what direction) your budget can take you. You do have reasonable expectations, and there are a lot of highways in the area, making it easy to commute into and out of the Cambridge area.

A lifelong resident, I recently moved out of Boston to the suburbs myself, and as a suggestion I am partial to all my new community of Middleton offers! We're about 25 minutes north of the city, but it's an easily commutable location, so not too bad if I miss the city and the school system is top notch.

Feel free to click on my photo (or link below) and contact buyer's agents like myself who have lived and worked in the area for a no cost/obligation discussion about options that will work for your family. I'll take the stress out of moving and help you find and enjoy your new home, should you decide to make the move! Best of luck and hope to speak with you soon.
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Elena M. Lau, Agent, Newton, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014

Your concerns are totally understandable! Here are my general recommendations:

In terms of commute to Cambridge and good school systems, I would suggest these towns Arlington, Belmont, Brookline, Newton, and Needham. For more information about the specific school systems, you can find more information here: http://www.schooldigger.com/

In regard to the size, for properties around 4,000 square feet in these areas, the price could be from $1,350,000+ and inventory could very limited. Please keep in mind that the price could vary from town to town, year built, amenities, and other factors.

In order to give you better guidance, I welcome you to contact me to discuss further.


Elena M. Lau
Multilingual Licensed and Accredited Real Estate Consultant
Realty Direct
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Wen Farina, Agent, Reading, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014

you can check out schools´ profiles here http://profiles.doe.mass.edu. As for the commute, there are many towns outside of Boston that can keep you within the 30-45mins (Reading, Lexington, Arlington...). The house you get for the money you spend will also depend on which town you buy. I would recommend you also get a buyer's agent to assist you not just find but also guide you throughout the purchasing process (this typically is at no cost to you). If you would like to see reports of houses and their values in different towns an how they compare you can email us at info@wenrealty.com.
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Mark Fumicel…, Agent, Boston, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014
No, that's not a crazy expectation at all! There are suburbs with excellent school systems within 30 minutes of Boston that will still offer 4,000 sq ft homes for under $1 million. Lexington and Winchester stand out as excellent neighborhoods with public schools ranked in the top 15-20 each year in MA (including all MA private schools). Both would be a 20-30 minute commute to Cambridge. I'd be interested in hearing more about what you're looking for and would be happy to discuss details with you. Feel free to email me at Mark@BostonProperRealEstate.com.
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Beth Shuman, Agent, Chestnut Hill, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014
First of all, congratulations to your family on this incredible new job.
Cambridge is a very diversified area.
Brookline is another town that would fit your budget.
My specialty is working with families relocating to the Boston area and taking
the " stress and anxiety " of moving out of the relocating process.
I'd be glad to speak with you and hear about your five. " must haves " in a home and neighborhood.
Please reach out anytime.
My very best to you,
Beth Shuman
Keller Williams Realty
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Brian Mastro…, Agent, Hanover, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014
I can help you out by looking in Hanover, Norwell, Pembroke, Duxbury is very nice area to live. Please give me a call 781 829 9496 Brian Mastromatteo Keller Williams Realty
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Rafael Herna…, Agent, Roslindale, MA
Wed Jan 8, 2014
I know boston very well and am very familiar with the school systems as I have two young ones of my own. I know a few great communities where you can still get a bang for your buck and still enjoy a good school system as well as an easy commute to Cambridge. If you want give me a call or email me. I can send you a few listings now that I think you would definitely be interested in with over 12 years of experience and passion for what I do I can help you guys out. Look forward to hearing from you. You can call me anytime at 617-719-5099. Cell.
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