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Old 12-14-2017, 07:53 PM
 
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Hi
Relocating from NYC to MA

Will be working in Kendall Sq. Cambridge
Wife looking to go back to school / considering Northeastern, BU

Have a 3 and 1 year old


I grew up in Worcester and have lived for short stints in Charlestown and Cambridge

Looking to minimize commute to Kendall Sq (less than 35 min) while keeping a less than 1 hour drive to family in Worcester

Want something that is walkable / bikable and has more urban feel
(Donít want to shock my wife)

But also want to be able to park my truck and go out to play with the kids.
In 2 years public schools will be important

We prefer non uptight living
Budget 1M

Advice very welcome
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Old 12-14-2017, 08:02 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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Arlington
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Old 12-15-2017, 01:14 AM
 
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Brookline. Parts are very urban, and schools are top notch. Sure a SFH there would be difficult at 1 million but if willing to look at a townhome or other multi family home it would be a great option.

Belmont too, similar to Arlington (at least the eastern part, the western part has some larger estates).

Also Medford and Watertown have great (though not top notch) schools.
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Old 12-15-2017, 11:15 AM
 
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Since you want urban, are you asking about a single family or is a condo ok? Will you be commuting by public transportation or driving in?

I'd think Cambridge itself is a good option.
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Old 12-15-2017, 11:48 AM
 
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All good options.

Brookline/Cambridge townhome, Newton small SFH, followed by Arlington. I wouldn't reccomend Medford just yet as the schools have really lagged behind compared to desirability. Some day, the Lawrence Estates neighborhood north of downtown Medford will be my reccomendation, just not yet.

If you can expand to more walk-able but not urban suburbs, Winchester, Belmont and Needham come to mind, though they're very expensive too.
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Old 12-16-2017, 06:45 AM
 
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Also Medford and Watertown have great (though not top notch) schools.

Said no one ever.
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Old 12-16-2017, 07:42 PM
 
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Since you want urban, are you asking about a single family or is a condo ok? Will you be commuting by public transportation or driving in?

I'd think Cambridge itself is a good option.
Prefer SFH but open to condo.

Will likely commute by train or T
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Old 12-16-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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All good options.

Brookline/Cambridge townhome, Newton small SFH, followed by Arlington. I wouldn't reccomend Medford just yet as the schools have really lagged behind compared to desirability. Some day, the Lawrence Estates neighborhood north of downtown Medford will be my reccomendation, just not yet.

If you can expand to more walk-able but not urban suburbs, Winchester, Belmont and Needham come to mind, though they're very expensive too.
Thought about Medford..
Curious, why just not yet....
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Old 12-17-2017, 09:21 PM
 
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All good options.

Brookline/Cambridge townhome, Newton small SFH, followed by Arlington. I wouldn't reccomend Medford just yet as the schools have really lagged behind compared to desirability. Some day, the Lawrence Estates neighborhood north of downtown Medford will be my reccomendation, just not yet.

If you can expand to more walk-able but not urban suburbs, Winchester, Belmont and Needham come to mind, though they're very expensive too.
Is there a quick way to get to Kendall Square from Newton?
Bus, T or Commuter all require a transfer which would cut into your 35 minute limit.
Google Maps estimates 25-45 mins drive at 9am
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Old 12-18-2017, 09:22 AM
 
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Prefer SFH but open to condo.

Will likely commute by train or T
I'd be looking at Cambridge or Brookline (Coolidge Corner). From Coolidge Corner you can easily cycle in to Kendall or take the T - cycling would be quicker. Coolidge Corner is ok but Cambridge will probably be more down to earth and more crunchy granola. Neither will land you a SFH though.

Welcome and best of luck.
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