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Old 03-18-2010, 09:41 AM
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Being used to those kind of commutes in Denver, I wouldn't bother trying to locate in a so-so neighborhood w/high rents to be closer to Somerville. Depending on time of day, you could get from Somerville to Marblehead or Salem in 40 minutes and have a nice lifestyle in very walkable coastal scenic towns where rents are much cheaper. Look for "McIntire Historic District" in Salem. Salem is more city, but M'head is very village-y, family-friendly town. Other than commuting, you'll probably enjoy spending all your time around town and just make trips into Boston occasionally. I'd avoid craigslist and look at local rental agencies--or local agents of big co's like Carlson Gmac or Coldwell Banker. Stanley Kaplan is a rental agency in M'head, but they may be high end. The towns built a stunning YMCA halfway between them (Peter Lynch formerly of Fidelity was a patron) that has afterschool programs. The Salem Y has a daycare program. Check on Henny Penny at the First Church in Salem. Homecare may be more economical--don't have kids yet, but friends say $18K is not unrealistic for an au pair for two. There's a nanny agency in the next town over, Beverly, called In Search of Nanny. Again, don't know if they're high-end, but worth checking. Another option: Newburyport. 50-55 mins in to Somerville. Lovely coastal town, historic houses, lower rents. There are seasonal rentals here too, as it attracts vacationers, but year-round rentals are reasonable.
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