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Old 01-15-2011, 09:29 PM
 
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Hi,
I will be going to grad school at Harvard. I have 3 children and will be on a 3500/mo budget for rent . How far out can i live and still be able to:
1. commute less than 30 minutes to school
2. afford a 4br in a good school district for kids

Thanks!
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Old 01-16-2011, 10:55 PM
 
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To give yourself as many options as possible, you may want to consider apartments, townhouses, and duplexes in addition to single-family houses.

Would you be driving to class, or commuting by public transit? If you'd prefer public transit, that limits your options for a 30-minute commute in a town with really good schools. Belmont, near either Belmont Center or Waverly Square, where the town's commuter rail stations are located, comes to mind first as a town with good schools where you'd have access to public transit that could get you to Harvard in 30 min. or thereabouts. If you'd be driving, you might also want to check out Newton and Lexington, also maybe Arlington, if you'd be satisfied with schools that have the reputation for being solid, but fall short of the top powerhouse school systems.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:00 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. Glad to know there are some good options. The house hunting begins.
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Old 01-18-2011, 11:43 AM
 
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Arlington may be a good choice. Easy commute to Harvard via the Red Line. Or Lexington or Belmont which would be more $$$...
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Old 01-19-2011, 11:08 AM
 
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Harvard eh? Quick, what's the square root of 56,765,434,567,689,097?

Well, e[SIZE=3]ven if you can’t answer that as quickly as a Harvard person should, congrats anyway. I would definitely put Brookline on the list. We moved form NY 1 yr ago and have lived in brookline for the past year and love it. It’s a great mix of urban and suburban. Top notch school system and great, down to earth people. Close to everything, including downtown Boston and the medical centers. Has many good restaurants and OK level of diversity. It’s a very safe neighborhood too and has a nice feel. The rents are pricey so you may be at the upper end of your budget when looking for a 4 bedroom but the feel of the community make it worth the price (IMHO). Biggest issue is parking – you’ll have to rent a spot (around $175/month) or some places come with a spot or two included – again, worth the trade off for us – forces us to walk a lot more and ride our bikes for ease and convenience. The couple that lives above us works at the ‘ol Haaaaavvahhd and they bike to work. [/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]Newton is an OK option if you like the more suburban, white bread feel. Newton also has good schools, but IMHO, you can’t beat Brookline. The kids in Brookline hang out on the corner with their skate boards and their skate wear and look as though they are talking about nonsense. When you get close enough to hear, they will probably be having a debate about how to best control healthcare costs. Neighborhoods to check out in Brookline are Coolidge Corner (numero uno), and then there are others like Brookline Village and Washington Square (less pricey than Coolidge Corner). [/SIZE]
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[SIZE=3]Anyhoo, throw Brookline in the pile to assess. Best of luck and congrats.[/SIZE]
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Old 01-22-2011, 03:25 PM
 
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Arlington may be a good choice. Easy commute to Harvard via the Red Line. Or Lexington or Belmont which would be more $$$...
If you live in Arlington you could avoid the red line altogether and take the 77 in, probably like a half hour commute each way
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