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Old 06-24-2009, 06:26 AM
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Hi all,

I currently live in Cambridge, England and my husband and I are looking to move to Boston in the next 1-2yrs with our golden labrador. I am 29 and my husband is 33. i am a nurse and my husband works for a retail telecommunications company. We are looking to start a family very soon.

I would like loads of advice please as this is a massive move for us and we are a bit clueless on moving to America. What is Boston like to live in?? I had family that lived in Arlington and commuted into. They liked it there but that was over 10yrs ago. They are now back in Scotland. We have no problems communting as we both worked in London. We love city life, but also enjoy living on the outskirts, as we feel this is a better place to raise a family. What are good areas?

Any advice good or bad would be much appreciated.
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Old 06-24-2009, 08:15 PM
Location: Austin, TX
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I'm not from Boston, so I can't help you much...

but I have been to Cambridge, and let me tell you.. the outskirts of English cities are A LOT different from the outskirts of American cities. Incredibly low dense and unwalkable... even in the relatively dense city of Boston.

Good luck! Boston is a fascinating city, one of my top 3 favorite cities to visit in the U.S. I would love to live there.
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Old 06-25-2009, 08:49 PM
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Brookline and Cambridge are nice if you want a "mild urban" feel. To be honest Cambridge, UK has as much of an urban feel as the residential parts of Boston. Newton is also nice but more suburban, but is an established suburb that is comparable to being in Europe and parts are served by the Green line train.

Arlington is ok but notorious for being a boring "dry" town (alcohol is prohibited in the town; you can obviously buy it in neighboring towns and bring it back).

Milton is a nice suburban relatively close in suburb to the south. There also nice suburbs to the west of Newton like Wellesley, etc. but it gets more and more like homogeonized, strip mall America the further out you go. Lexington is a lovely town north of Cambridge.

But of course, a lot of this depends on your budget. I would recommend renting in the current market.
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