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Old 12-27-2013, 12:20 PM
 
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Well if that's so then it's wood frame which is already rotten - no way this will last another 200 years.
Next time you visit, take a day trip up to Marblehead. You'll see wood framed homes that date back to the mid-1600's. And they're still being lived in.



John Palmer house - 1683
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Boston Suburb
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To answer OP's question, I'd say get the job offers first and compare what the salaries are vs the locations for each job. If the pay is equal, then BOS would probably not be a good choice (IMO) since you have to spend much more just for rent.

Another factor is climate... are you a die-hard winter person or would you rather live in milder climate (Seattle, Memphis were among your choices). I transplanted to MA and I never knew what a mess it is to deal with snow until I have to live with it. Some people love winter and snow... I never got that way. If you don't like true winters, there are better places to live.

Also, what is your plan in regards to buying a home, getting settled down/marriage, etc.? I know you said you're just graduating, so it's ok not to have a plan. Just keep in mind that to do those things require more money (high COL) in Boston so unless you want to just have fun for a few yrs in BOS then move on, you really have to weigh whether it's worth it to invest your time in BOS.
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Old 12-27-2013, 12:48 PM
 
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Well if that's so then it's wood frame which is already rotten - no way this will last another 200 years.
Not gonna get into a arguement over who builds their houses the best, but I used to be an electrician and worked on plenty of 1800's homes. Most are still solid as hell when trying to drill holes through the lumber to run wiring. No rot anywhere and no doubt they won't stand for another 50+ years.

As with everything else manufactured these days, cost-reduction has dramatically lowered the quality of everything. I'm not saying new houses are flimsy, but they just aren't as solid as the older stuff.
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