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Old 02-01-2011, 10:52 AM
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I wanted to find out good commuting cities between these two locations. Wife works in Andover and will probably drive. I am planning to work in the Boston area and would prefer public transport.

Any suggestions. We intend to buy a house in the next year or so but first things first.
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Old 02-01-2011, 11:38 AM
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"Good" meaning what to you, specifically?
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Old 02-01-2011, 12:03 PM
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I think it would be helpful with some additional details. Are schools important to you? Budget and size for housing? Suburban/urban/rural and community preferences?

Without any of these details, I would initially refer you to the MBTA site (MBTA.com > Commuter Rail Maps and Schedules). Wakefield, Reading, and Melrose are popular communities on the Haverhill-Boston line to live in. These towns may suit your needs or not, depending on what you're looking for.
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Old 02-01-2011, 02:25 PM
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- School system is important, have a 2 year old
- No community preference
- housing in the mid 400k range (if possible)
- Low crime rate

These definitions would roll up to the community being "good" IMHO.
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Old 02-02-2011, 07:25 AM
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Thanks, this helps narrow it down.

Wakefield and Reading are more suburban towns with decent schools, reasonable housing, and are located on the MBTA Haverhill-Boston commuter rail line. You'll find housing around $400K or less. I think there's a Blue Ribbon elementary school in Reading, which you may want to investigate.

Melrose is a small city with decent schools and reasonable housing. Again, you'll find housing around $400K or less, but you'd better be quick. Melrose was listed as one of the towns which had the highest appreciation/increase values for the state. It's a walkable city with shops and restaurants. It's close to Boston with Rte 93 and 1. Melrose has three MBTA stops and it's also very close to the orange T subway line.

Andover is also on the MBTA commuter rail and may be an option for you. I think the schools are higher ranked than some of the other communities mentioned. It's a more desirable community. As a result, housing prices are higher. Still, you might find something within your budget there.

You may also want to consider North Reading and North Andover. They are suburban towns with good school systems and are somewhat close to the MBTA commuter rail stations. I think you'd find housing there within your budget, though North Andover is likely to be more expensive.

Lynnfield is another community you may want to consider. However, you may not find much within your budget since it's desirable and the town has a highly ranked school system. It doesn't have a MBTA commuter rail station but it is close to ones.
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Old 02-02-2011, 09:41 AM
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With a budget in the mid-400s you probably want to look at Melrose and Wakefield.
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