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Old 02-10-2011, 04:15 PM
 
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I would love to help you out as I was once in your position relocating from out of state. I have lived in various parts of the greater Boston area and now am happily settled in the beautiful, coastal town of Cohasset. There are so many wonderful communities here on the South Shore and the commute to the financial district is great as many take the commuter boat or rail. We have awesome beaches, schools, restaurants, quaint village shops, community events, theatre, arts, etc. As far as lifestyle, this is one of the best areas for families. My husband and I have 3 kids and we feel so fortunate to not have to go into Boston (although we enjoy it) for everything. There is so much to do in and around this area.


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e in denver, co and we are relocating to boston. we have two young sons ages 3 and 4. we are looking for an area with a reasonable commute to boston (my husband will need access to the financial district), a wonderful family neighborhood (i'm a stay at home mom), a great town center that has enough on offer that we feel a sense of community and enough to do without having to head into boston for everything, and EXCELLENT public schools. we love denver for its easy living, high quality of life, warm community, and hoping to find an area in boston that has a similar feeling. we would prefer to be an area that doesn't feel too urban. for schools, we are primarily interested in a warm, nurturing, caring, creative environment, great and challenging curriculum, small teacher:student ratio (we also happen to like project based learning). we are liberal and jewish. so far, we have a heard that newton, lexington, acton, and winchester might fit the bill. we are going to rent for the first year, but will probably be able to afford up to 900k, when we buy. thanks so much for your thoughts!!!

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Old 02-10-2011, 04:17 PM
 
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[quote=vickiconnolly;17814645]I would love to help you out as I was once in your position relocating from out of state. I have lived in various parts of the greater Boston area and now am happily settled in the beautiful, coastal town of Cohasset. There are so many wonderful communities here on the South Shore and the commute to the financial district is great as many take the commuter boat or rail. We have awesome beaches, schools, restaurants, quaint village shops, community events, theatre, arts, etc. As far as lifestyle, this is one of the best areas for families. My husband and I have 3 kids and we feel so fortunate to not have to go into Boston (although we enjoy it) for everything. There is so much to do in and around this area.

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Old 02-14-2011, 02:05 AM
 
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everyone's input has been super helpful! thank you so much! i can't tell you how much i love and appreciate all the help...
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Old 02-16-2011, 09:15 AM
 
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There are lots of great towns near Boston. Hingham is beautiful, great naure and water views but a longish commute to Boston. Ditto for Concord. I would agree with others...Lexington. It is two busses away from Harvard SQ.--the kids would like that. Bike path is fantastic. Beautiful and historic town center. Arlington is nice too. Great town center, good restaurants, on bike path. Belmont is an easy commute, on train line. Wellesley is swellsy. We New Englanders are more reserved than out in Colorado but all of the above towns are lovely places.
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Old 02-21-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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Hi - we too are going to be relocating to Boston from NJ and are considering Lexington and Newton. We have 3 kids, 14, 12 and 8. We are also looking for a Jewish community, great schools (we come from a part of NJ with excellent schools - the high-achieving kind mentioned in one of the other posts). We like the diversity of an urban area, yet are unsure which of those two towns would suit our needs better. It seems like you can get a bit more house for your money in Lexington? Any additional info is appreciated. Also, how can I find out what the real estate taxes are on a property? The mls site doesn't seem to list that info....thx
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Old 02-21-2011, 11:17 AM
 
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Hi - we too are going to be relocating to Boston from NJ and are considering Lexington and Newton. We have 3 kids, 14, 12 and 8. We are also looking for a Jewish community, great schools (we come from a part of NJ with excellent schools - the high-achieving kind mentioned in one of the other posts). We like the diversity of an urban area, yet are unsure which of those two towns would suit our needs better. It seems like you can get a bit more house for your money in Lexington? Any additional info is appreciated. Also, how can I find out what the real estate taxes are on a property? The mls site doesn't seem to list that info....thx
Will you need to commute to work? One reason I'd pick Newton over Lexington would be public transport.
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Old 02-21-2011, 05:04 PM
 
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Hi - we too are going to be relocating to Boston from NJ and are considering Lexington and Newton. We have 3 kids, 14, 12 and 8. We are also looking for a Jewish community, great schools (we come from a part of NJ with excellent schools - the high-achieving kind mentioned in one of the other posts). We like the diversity of an urban area, yet are unsure which of those two towns would suit our needs better. It seems like you can get a bit more house for your money in Lexington? Any additional info is appreciated. Also, how can I find out what the real estate taxes are on a property? The mls site doesn't seem to list that info....thx
Both towns have great schools and a sizeable Jewish population, though there are more Jewish families in Newton because it's much more populous overall. Newton also is far denser than Lexington. There are areas that are almost urban, others that are more classic suburban, and a little bit of woodsy. It can be gorgeous or gritty, kind of like Montclair. Lexington's range is more classic suburban to woodsy, the more classic New England village, more like Madison or Mendham. Newton has about 85,000 people in 18 square miles, so it's about 4,700 people per square mile. Lexington has only 30,000 people in 16.5 square miles, so that's about 1,800 people per square mile. They're both on the pricy side but generally a large home/large lot will cost more in Newton. Newton is, in some areas, extremely upscale, but also has a fairly sizeable local blue collar population that you really don't see in Lexington. Both towns have a fairly large Asian population but few residents of Latino or African American background.

I agree completely with proudestmonkey that commute is easier from Newton. Newton has commuter rail and express bus in the north (about 20 mins to downtown Boston), the Green Line trolley farther south (35-40 mins to downton Boston), and a pretty quick commute by car on the Mass Pike. Lexington has no commuter rail, the buses take much longer and it's not really near a direct highway route. Route 2 is often backed up and feeds into slower, more local roads near Alewife station on the Arlington/Cambridge border.

Property taxes are fairly easy to track down. The tax rate is published annually. This year Newton is $10.90 per thousand, Lexington is $14.40. Valuations are pretty straightforward; they're based on market value so you don't really see the situation I've heard of in other states where the assessed value in one town might be close to market value and in the next town it's far lower.

Lexington's tax rate is obviously much higher but the tax may be more comparable if the house valuation is lower. For a 4BR house of 2000-2500 square feet, you'd be looking at $10K in either town. That's high for here but far below some NJ towns. If you're looking for info on a specific address, most Mass. towns have that online. You can search the database and get specific figures, including the assessed value in the years immediately preceding FY 2011.

City of Newton - Assessors' Database
Appraisal Vision Assessor's Database
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