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Old 06-04-2009, 09:31 AM
 
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Between Melrose and Watertown , where is the prettier, and where is the fastest commute by public transit to downtown Boston ??
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Old 06-04-2009, 03:47 PM
 
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Between Melrose and Watertown , where is the prettier, and where is the fastest commute by public transit to downtown Boston ??
They both have pretty areas and some less pretty areas. I live near Watertown and I like my area, but the town center in Melrose is very nice.

If you are not far from Oak Grove, the commute from Melrose is probably faster. From Watertown you usually take a bus to Harvard and the Red Line from there. Melrose is not far from the northern end of the orange line. You can also take commuter rail from Melrose, either changing to the Orange line at Malden Center or taking the train all the way in to North Station.
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Old 06-11-2009, 09:31 PM
 
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Watertown has Russo's for shopping, I just looked at their site, it looks awesome there...It's on my agenda after seeing this unique place....

Welcome to Russo's

I would choose Melrose just the same, hands down. It was always a wonderful community, the description of it from posters here are right on the money with it. They also have a fairly new, really cool Bistro in Melrose right in the center across from their awesome Turner's seafood restaurant these days, it's called Stearns & Hills Bistro, I have yet to try it, but I'm going to this summer at some point. It looks GREAT, can't wait to check it out:

http://www.stearnsandhillsbistro.com/
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Old 06-18-2009, 10:17 PM
 
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I grew up in North Waltham, definitely suburban and you will pretty much have to drive to get most places ... North Waltham is really convenient to 128, Mass Pike and Route 2, but less so for public transportation. Nice, quiet, relatively safe piece of suburbia if that's what you're looking for.

Waltham public schools are pretty average, but the high school has a horrible reputation. My whole family went to Catholic high school in the area and we definitely weren't made of money, in fact very blue collar, but there was no way we were going to Waltham High.

If I had to choose now, I would be very intrigued by some of the nice areas in Melrose. Great access into Boston and some very pretty areas, pretty safe too I think. Not sure about the public schools, but generally speaking there is only a handful, maybe a few more, of very good school systems in Mass, a pretty large handful of very bad ones, and the rest are just average/mediocre.
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