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Old 04-18-2017, 12:18 PM
 
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My husband and I just moved to Boston two weeks ago and currently are staying in Seaport, where my husband works. We have a 16 month old son and another baby due in October. We'd love to stay in close proximity to Seaport with a short commute for my husband but finding a 3 bedroom with parking that meets all of our needs is proving to be a bit difficult. We have our search narrowed down to South Boston, Harvard Square, and Davis Square. Could you provide insight as to which area you would consider most family friendly, particularly with children's activities, classes, etc. within walking distance? Based on my research it seems to be Harvard Square, followed by Davis Square, and then South Boston.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-18-2017, 12:34 PM
 
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All those areas you mentioned are "young professional" type areas, not really oriented around families as much as young single people. Not that you can't find families there, but the way our society works it's just not typically the case there.

Don't expect easy parking in any of the places you mentioned.

Harvard and Davis are about 2 miles apart, so any activity you can do in one, you can easily commute to the other via car, cab or T.

You really ought to talk to a realtor and/or go visit those areas to get a feel for them.
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Old 04-18-2017, 12:44 PM
 
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We have spent a lot of time the past two weeks in those areas and liked those neighborhoods, particularly Cambridge. Can you suggest any family friendly areas within a 30 minute commute of Seaport? Ideally $4500 for a 3 bed with parking?
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Old 04-18-2017, 02:10 PM
 
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Harvard Square, actually Mid-Cambridge is going to be a great area for you. You should be ok with that budget, but you will need to look around. I lived in Cambridge for a while, in 3 different places, Mid-Cambridge was the best for location/friendly...etc
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Old 04-18-2017, 02:51 PM
 
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Watertown. Might not be 30 mins unless you drive in, but 45 by express bus is conceivable.
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:05 PM
 
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You should join GardenMoms on BigTent. There's also a big Somerville parent group.
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Old 04-18-2017, 04:13 PM
 
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Harvard Square, actually Mid-Cambridge is going to be a great area for you. You should be ok with that budget, but you will need to look around. I lived in Cambridge for a while, in 3 different places, Mid-Cambridge was the best for location/friendly...etc
That's where we are with 2 kids. We love it. Tons to do and everything is walkable or accessible via public transportation. 3br with parking is doable with the OPs budget.
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:59 PM
 
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We live in the Porter/Davis area on the Somerville side with kids and it's great. There are plenty of kids around - actually this area of Somerville has some of the highest density of children per square mile in the state, so while the percentage of households with kids is lower than in the suburbs, you still end up with more households with kids in your proximity due to population density. Plenty of playgrounds, somerstreets festivals, toy and book stores and kid friendly restaurants make is a great family neighborhood.

If you are thinking longer term, know that both Cambridge and Somerville have school choice, but Cambridge has a lottery system while in Somerville it's generally easier to get you first choice of schools. Schools are changing pretty rapidly every year with many highly educated families enrolling in the elementary schools.

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