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Old 06-16-2009, 01:53 PM
 
Location: A place that's too cold
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I've noticed that a lot of the houses on the market in Boston and its suburbs don't have garages or air conditioning. Are the winters and summers mild enough that this isn't a problem, or is it just something you learn to live with?
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Old 06-16-2009, 05:34 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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lots of older stock of houses in Boston. there are a lot of old triple deckers and other homes that are well over 50 years and obviously predate central air and attached garages. I think some of the triple deckers there were bought up and converted to condos were renovated to include central air, but it's still a major luxury in those older homes. people rely on window AC units when it's really warm. as for garages, I think most people are just happy to have off street parking if they have it! in some parts of the city, off street parking is also a luxury that comes w/ a major price tag. winters and summers aren't mild by any stretch of the imagination, but people learn to live w/ it (hardy New Englanders!)
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Old 06-16-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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What eevee said.
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Old 06-16-2009, 11:41 PM
 
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So do people have to daily scrape ice/snow off their car windows throughout most of the winter? Or do most people use public transportation, and not worry about their ice-covered cars?
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Old 06-17-2009, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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For what it's worth, snow tends to be all or nothing around here--a few big storms that coat everything and not so much of a daily snowfall. Most days in winter there isn't much snow or ice to remove from your car. Some do scape it off, though. The further out--and more likely you'll need to drive instead of just take public transportation or walk--the more likely you'll find houses with garages. Even the people I know with garages who have to drive, though, would rather park near the front of the driveway instead of the garage because clearing snow off the windshield is easier than off the driveway.

If you think that is unusual, in Boston people will clear a spot on the (public) street of snow and then reserve the spot that they cleared with a lawn chair.
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Old 06-17-2009, 08:26 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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If you think that is unusual, in Boston people will clear a spot on the (public) street of snow and then reserve the spot that they cleared with a lawn chair.
they do it in Chicago too (though some areas don't seem as creative when it comes to space savers)
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Old 06-17-2009, 12:49 PM
 
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So do people have to daily scrape ice/snow off their car windows throughout most of the winter?
It's more of a bi-weekly chore.

If you can't find a home w/a garage, a remote starter for your car is a wise investment.

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Old 06-17-2009, 12:59 PM
 
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So do people have to daily scrape ice/snow off their car windows throughout most of the winter? Or do most people use public transportation, and not worry about their ice-covered cars?
If it's at all possible, I recommend taking public transportation year round, better for the environment, better for your stress level as Boston drivers/roads are as bad as you might have heard. If you must drive in winter and if you have kids, you can be like my father was when I was little and send your kids out to scrape off the cars. It's very common for people not to put cars in a garage to avoid shovelling the driveway. in the summer, people often just opt for an air conditioner in their bedrooms, though some newer homes in the 'burbs or "luxury" condo buildings in the city may have central air.
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Old 06-18-2009, 12:08 PM
 
Location: Sverige och USA
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You typically may get few weeks of unbearably hot and humid weather in the summer, but most don't feel it is necessary to spring for AC. As for winter, you typically don't get the endless gray days with snow showers every day. It is mostly a snow storm, then cold sunny frigid days to cleanup before the next snow storm. Also, note, the further you are from Boston, the more snow you will get. This is an area of microclimates and the closer you are to the ocean the less snow you will get. Boston typically sees an average of 42" or so of snow per year. However Worcester in the Metro West suburbs gets about 66" per year.
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