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Old 11-08-2010, 08:21 PM
 
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I may be transferred to Western MA and want to get some advice from the forum.

Here is where I stand-
I can spend up to $650k, but would prefer to stay at $600k or less. I have twin 4 year old boys and a 1 year old girl. Schools are very important. My wife and I have only bought new construction and greatly prefer to do so again, but we are open to a resale that meets all of our needs. Want a nice family focused newer neighborhood.

We drove out that way and looked in Southwick and Granby, CT. Although we like Granby a little better from our short time, we did love a community called "The Ranch" in Southwick, it is a gold community that is gated.

I would be traveling from Pittsfield to the Oxford/Auburn area and everywhere in between so I want to live close to the middle.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Springfield and brookline MA
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If you want to stay close to the highway i would recomend Longmeadow or East Longmeadow. You won't find to much in the way of new construction but the homes in these to towns are all well kept. Southwick seems to far out of the way from much of anything although it is growing rapidly.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:07 AM
 
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Northampton Massachusetts is an amazing town. Amherst may have better schools though.
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Old 11-09-2010, 10:48 AM
 
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$600K will get you a pretty nice house in Western Mass. Northampton is a lively desirable town with good schools and a geat place for Kids. Lots of bike paths, Look park, vibrant downtown, arts and culture. Longmeadow is nice, but kind of a boring bedroom community.
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Old 11-09-2010, 04:03 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies so far, greatly appreciated. I got a call today, looks like this is going to happen, just waiting on some final paperwork. Hopefully no glitches come up I am looking forward to living in Western MA.

I will look into Northhampton, have not done so yet.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:46 PM
 
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. I have twin 4 year old boys and a 1 year old girl. Schools are very important. My wife and I have only bought new construction and greatly prefer to do so again, but we are open to a resale that meets all of our needs. Want a nice family focused newer neighborhood.
I don't think Northampton is what you are looking for.
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Old 11-09-2010, 09:52 PM
 
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It seems like the schools in CT just over the border are much better than MA, Simsbury, Suffield, and Granby. I may come drive around over the weekend and get a better feel for the area.

I know the Great Schools and School Matters sites are not the end all be all, but seems like a pretty big difference.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:38 AM
 
Location: Springfield and brookline MA
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Just bear in mind that it is more expensive to live in CT than it is Wmass and if you are drawing a paycheck out of mass and live in CT you will have to pay income tax to both states. And out of the 3 towns you listed only Suffield is within close proximity to highway access.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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Just bear in mind that it is more expensive to live in CT than it is Wmass and if you are drawing a paycheck out of mass and live in CT you will have to pay income tax to both states. And out of the 3 towns you listed only Suffield is within close proximity to highway access.
Good to know

I was under the assumption you pay both taxes, but you get the difference back come tax time. I will have to look at that further.
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:58 PM
 
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Just bear in mind that it is more expensive to live in CT than it is Wmass and if you are drawing a paycheck out of mass and live in CT you will have to pay income tax to both states. And out of the 3 towns you listed only Suffield is within close proximity to highway access.
This doesn't sound right, you either pay the higher tax, I think that is MA which is 5.5% vs. 5% CT, or you get a refund.

Income tax is higher in MA, but property taxes are much higher in CT.

I would go to Simsbury if you want schools, western ma schools are not even in the same league. Grandby CT schools are not good.

But property taxes on a 600K house would be about 9K-10K in CT
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