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Quality of Life in Boston : Real Estate Advice

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Mon Nov 10, 2014
Richard Shapiro answered:
Assuming you are talking about having a car in the city, I think South Boston's honor system regarding on street parking is the worst. It's been very well documented by both city newspapers. ... more
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Mon Nov 10, 2014
Rafael Hernandez answered:
Here are just a few suggestions :
1. Make sure heating system gets serviced including hot water heater and pipes are properly insulated.
2. Make sure that windows are working properly and that the seals are not broken.
3. Make sure that any place air comes in gets sealed. You can buy winterizing supplies in Home Depot for very cheap money
4. Make sure you have an extra space heater around in case system fails and also have candles and blankets ready in case power goes out.
5. Lastly keep important phone numbers handy for management company, plumbers, electricians, city hall in case all the above fails.
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Mon Nov 10, 2014
CH Naamad answered:
Usually, it is the LL or the management company taking care of the property.
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Mon Nov 10, 2014
Masha Senderovich answered:
You're going to need to define "best" before any of us can answer this one...
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Fri Oct 19, 2012
Sarah Goulart Nathe answered:
My suggestion is to look into and find the best 'baby wearing' option that you like. Whether it be a traditional bjorn or something like a Moby wrap, it will make moving around the city and on and off busses and subways easier. I would also recommend a lighter weight stroller with a quick fold option. I have the Baby Jogger City Mini that I like but there are a multitude of options.

Invest in a good stroller cover and Bundle Me for the wet and cold New England weather for sure.

Best of luck in your move!
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Fri Sep 28, 2012
Louis Wolfson answered:
North End, Constitution, Fenway Park, Newbury Street, Museum of Fine Arts, Science Museum, Harvard Square to name a few. You and your son will love Boston a great City with great schools.

You probably wont have time, but Lexington and Concord, Salem have much history and interest as well.

Louis
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Wed Apr 11, 2012
Heath Coker answered:
SouthPort in Mashpee on Cape Cod has pools, golf, tennis, meeting rooms, social events, trips to Boston museums or theaters or concerts, beach access, and townhouse/condo style living.

My in-laws moved off the Vineyard and into a unit there a few years ago.
Smaller and less needy than a house for those who want to do other things.


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Sun Jan 25, 2015
Bobby Woofter answered:
It can be. You just have to use common sense. Sure Hanover Street is going to be rowdy. Look around to see how many restaurants are close by and you should get a good idea of the noise level. At the same time there are plenty of one way streets that are tucked away and are likely pretty quiet. ... more
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Wed Dec 1, 2010
Talisa Rafferty answered:
There are several locations that will work for you. If your children are school age, then the schools in the area would be most important. It is easy to get to Tufts in 30 minutes from most locations, so to narrow down I would think of your price range.

Medford would be a great location and is on the T.

Feel free to contact me for details.
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Fri Oct 8, 2010
Heidi Zizza answered:
Framingham has the best commute within that time frame, however our school district is going through a change k-2 in one school and 3-5 in another. If you prefer a more traditional k-5 I would look at Natick. Natick has everything you are looking for including a very popular town center and a great sense of the arts! Walnut Hill School is a private high school dedicated to the arts and has beautiful ballets and plays to go with the kids. The downtown area is a great place to walk around and shop or have lunch/dinner. A very easy commute to the city plus a commuter rail. If you want to see whats available in your price range I can send you all the available homes or you can log into my website linked below. If you have any further questions please give me a call. I have been a Metrowest Realtor for 18 years.
Heidi Zizza
mdm realty
508-277-2032

I look forward to hearing from you!
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Tue Apr 9, 2013
William Brokhof answered:
Most Realtors will feel very uncomfortable answering that question. It's relative to your personal experience. However, I do have many clients, most of which whom work at the Longwood Medical Center who regularly get off the train there and catch the shuttle to work... ... more
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Wed Apr 22, 2009
Judy Boyle answered:
WELCOME, Movingtomass! You have made a brilliant choice and we are glad to have you and your family!

There are actually so many towns that will meet all of your criteria that I would recommend you interview a few Buyer Agents who specialize in "Relocation". This will save you a lot of time and really help you zero in on your top criteria.

For now, you could start by looking at the website www.neighborhoodscout.com. My relocating clients tell me that it is a great starting point...short of getting out there and hitting the proverbial pavement itself.

I welcome any questions you might have! Warm welcome, once again!
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Thu Apr 23, 2009
Monroe Heyman answered:
I am sure you will love Boston it is a grea city with many activities for a variety of interests. I recommend Jamaica Plain which is an urban village 5 miles southwest from the city center. Some of the many attributes of JP are; it is very gree- many parks; the Emerald Necklace, Jamaica Pond, the Arboretum, Franklin Park and Forest Hills cemetary. It is a short commuter to downtown and has great public transportation.
It is diverse and any way one defines diversity, it is here in JP. Not to mention all the hips restaurants and pubs. Finally it is less expensive then other areas of the city and affordable for first time buyers. I have lived in the area for many years and would be happy to answer any or all questions and show you around.
Monroe Heyman








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Tue Sep 25, 2012
Val Cloutier answered:
Actually, you've just described Andover! Living in town would make for a super easy commute, and Andover has a wonderful downtown with shopping & restaurants. The Harold Parker State Forest (3,000 acres) has 35 miles of logging roads and trails, and is in Andover, North Andover, Middleton and North Reading. There are several ponds, but no motor boats are allowed, making for peaceful hiking, biking, etc.

A great way to get to know a community is through its newspaper--here is a link to Andover's hometown newspaper: http://www.andovertownsman.com/

There is public transportation to Boston via the T (www.mbta.com) and getting to the seacoast is an easy trip as well. Overall, Andover is one of the most sought-after communities on the north shore, and while prices are somewhat higher than some of the nearby cities and towns to the south (especially if further from, and without public transport into Boston) Andover remains a popular destination.

There is everything from upscale condo developments to stately 200 year old homes, and everything in between, including rentals if that's what you are interested in.

If I can help with your search, please feel free to give me a call or send an email.

Valerie Cloutier
603-965-5197
www.SNHhome.com
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Thu May 8, 2008
Michael Lefebvre answered:
Bob,
I'm a Realtor and a Real Estate Appraiser who lives in Norfolk. We have a commuter rail station right in town that gets you into South Station in about 50 minutes. The other three towns do not have commuter rail stations in their towns (but they do in their neighboring towns). We moved out to Norfolk from Boston just over five years ago when our first child was born. We love it out here and I'm happy to tell you all about why. I'm also happy to give you my opinion on how these towns compare and contrast with each other, but I'm afraid it might be a little too long for this forum. Drop me a line at "mlefebvre at verizon dot net", and I will put it all in an e-mail for you later tonight. Gotta run and show some homes right now! Are you folks coming up from Huntersville, NC? Good luck with the move and I look forward to sharing some info with you!

All My Best,
Mike
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Thu Mar 19, 2009
Territory.com answered:
Consider Newton, Lexington, Natick, Huron Village in Cambridge, Needham, and obviously Wellesley. Your price range and how far out in the burbs you are willing to go will determine a lot. Arlington is fantastic. If you are patient I am sure something good will come on the market there.

Here are just a few places I pulled in a quick search.

Natick:
1) walk to center: 4 Reynolds Ave, Natick, MA 01760-4857
map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=4+Reynolds+Ave+Natick+MA+01760
listing sheet: http://www.territoryre.com/SF_Property.php?LIST_NO=70706791

2) Another pretty house in walking distance to the center: 6 Jefferson St , Natick, MA 01760-5918
map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=6+Jefferson+St+Natick+MA+01760
listing sheet: http://www.territoryre.com/SF_Property.php?LIST_NO=70698384

Needham:
1) near trains and center: 268 BROOKLINE STREET, Needham, MA 02492-3641
map: http://maps.google.com/maps?q=268+BROOKLINE+STREET+Needham+MA+02492
listing sheet: http://www.territoryre.com/SF_Property.php?LIST_NO=70719863

Good luck!!
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Fri Mar 14, 2008
The_Bayou answered:
Hi.

There are many options for your daughter and her family in that area. The Oak Square area of Brighton has many great apartments in 2 family houses, as does the Newton Corner/Watertown Square area which is a short distance away. Both areas have access to public transportation (buses) that your daughter can use to get to St. E's. Also, that area is close to the Massachusetts' Turn Pike (Mass Pike), which makes for easy commutes into and away from downtown Boston.

I have lived in Oak Square and Newton Corner, and I would recommend Newton Corner, but that is just opinion. My reasoning is the convenience to restaurants and supermarkets in the area.
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Fri Mar 14, 2008
Mike Calef answered:
As a real estate agent and also a recent buyer in Boston I did a ton of research. My wife and I loved the Charlestown area, and pretty much anywhere in Cambridge is good, but we settled on South Boston. We couldn't be happier. You get much more for the money than the other areas, the area is growing REALLY fast for resale down the road, and our neighbors have lived there for years so everyone knows everyone else. I would definitly throw it in the mix if you are keeping it in the city. Another area that is beautiful but difficult to live in is the North End. The culture is top notch, but driving around the area can be really tough. Hope that helps. ... more
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Fri Dec 11, 2009
ReNewsYouCanUse - Caberry/Austria answered:
Hey Mathew. Wow big move! Difficult question to answer as well. I wish you could be a little more specific with your question as I do not know how much you want to spend and I do not know how far you are willing to travel to and from work. There are some wonderful Boston suburbs as you probably know. For instance, Milton, MA was recently ranked the 7th best place to live in the country based on many different variables. It is very convenient to Boston and, for the most part, has very good schools. A bit pricey? Yes but not as expensive as some.

Please let us know some more details about your situation. The more we know the better we are able to give you real quality "free" advice.

Thank you!
Keith
www.ReNewsYouCanUse.com
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Fri Dec 5, 2008
Brian Valanzola answered:
Brookline is very nice, and right in your price range. Also, Sommerville can have nice areas, or a little further out, Newton is family friendly.
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