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Old 08-28-2010, 09:08 PM
 
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We will not be able to extricate ourselves from Queens NY and our house here for another 2 years, so maybe this is still idle chatter, but we definitely intend to move back to the metro Boston area.

I lived there for 25 adult years, college, grad school, need to be in an area that is quite affordable (modest prices of houses) but prefer to be around the metro Arlington area due to the high level of education (read: interested in intellectual things, classical music, liberal political outlook more likely, etc.) which would suit us well.

We have numerous cats and a dog so we MUST buy a house once again. But we need it to be on the cheapo side. We could care less about "granite counters" and all of that: We just need a place that has a 4 season porch for our critters, a level yard, 2 to 3 bedrooms and a basement.

I know this area fairly well but have never looked for a house there.

Are we completely nuts to think we could find a house that has a recent roof and windows, up to date electric system and plumbing, no expensive issues, a basement (unfinished or not) for, say, $350000?

We are going to travel up to look at houses over the next coming year.

We are dying to move back to our beloved metro Boston!!!
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Old 08-29-2010, 01:14 AM
 
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I'm not familiar with the availability of properties in that approximate price range, but I can tell you that in general the lowest costs in that area you're considering for the most part are going to be found in towns that are more or less generic suburbia. Of the three towns you list in your thread title, Burlington and Woburn are likely to have more properties that are modestly priced by the Boston area's standards than Arlington will have. Billerica is another town in that vicinity which you might want to consider.

If you want to be able to have a lot of your local neighbors be Ph.D.'s and the like, then it's going to be a major challenge to find property in the price range you're talking about in that kind of town. If you simply want to be fairly close to a town of that sort, so you don't have far to travel to attend cultural events, you might expand your search to other areas. Another generically suburban kind of town with more (relatively) modest housing costs is Dedham, which is fairly close to towns with the kind of populace you're associating with Arlington, except that in Dedham the nearby towns of that sort would be Newton and Brookline.
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Old 05-09-2011, 08:48 PM
 
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How about condos? Are they more affordable? What's the furthest outposdt that is still on the trainline?
Thanks for any help.
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Old 05-10-2011, 02:28 AM
 
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Try checking on realtor.com or Trulia.com for Arlington. I think you should be able to find something modest in that price range (and I wince at having learned to think of $350K as "modest!". Of course there are condos, but a lot of Arlington condos are just converted apartment buildings (and no yard, etc. for critters, plus maybe covenants against them). I think Arlington would be great because of the large number of seniors, low crime/car insurance, great bus access to Cambridge/Boston, nice downtown and an overall modest feel. I personally have strongly thought of Arlington in my older age if I want to move back into a city area, or cannot drive. Best wishes.
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Old 05-11-2011, 10:57 PM
 
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Pretty sure you won't get anything that isn't defined as a "dump" in Arlington with those parameters. 3 bed SFH are pretty expensive. Plus if you want new windows, new roof, new electric you could be out of luck. Most condos which are more affordable are not really condos, but dual family homes, many of which come with pet restrictions.

Woburn is more likely.. with Burlington in the middle.

I would start out looking at MLS listings in those areas to get an idea of what you can get.
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