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Old 08-14-2011, 04:40 PM
 
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Hey Everyone,
I've been reading these forums non stop for like two weeks trying to find other's posts to see if they would answer any of my questions, some did some did not so here I go.

Quick background my name is Jessika and I'm originally from New England, Maine to be exact (Waterville area) My dad is from Lynn MA, and has lived there for 25 years and I'm from there as well. I lived in Salem 1996 to 1997 and was going to Salem State College my experience wasn't really that great it was kind of dirty looking, I lived on Forest Ave near the school. So I moved out to FL then to LA to do acting etc.

Well 11 years later I miss NE and my family like crazy and I want to move back next Aug. I have no idea where I want to go but I have a few ideas. I was looking at Salem now and I don't even recognize it. It looks exactly the way I'm looking for, cozy, New Englandish and slightly spooky. I must have not been anywhere near this part of Salem cuz It makes me kinda excited to look for a rental there. Is there a Tline or Subway that goes into Boston? Salem is also close to my family from Lynn MA to Maine.

I will have a degree in Forensics (CSI) and will be looking for work there or for the State.

I also was looking at Quincy and Worchester. I really would like to find a cozy New England town with old character but not run down or yucky or unsafe, I am from LA so expensive to you may not be expensive to me. Also time isn't the same for me, living in LA I sometimes have to sit in traffic for up to 45 minutes so a half hour to hour Train into Boston wouldn't faze me.

I also have a car a budget of around 900 to 1000 if all utilities are included. I will also be trying to finish my second degree and may have additional finanical aid for living expenses, another reason Salem was attractive.

So I guess people who live in any of these towns please give me your opinions on what you think. If Salem is a good choice and why etc. I need to start planning at least which city I'm going to in the next few months.

Thanks again!
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Old 08-14-2011, 05:02 PM
 
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Sounds like Salem would meet your requirements. If you haven't been back in a while, you won't recognize downtown Salem and the Salem State campus. Both areas have seen tremendous growth and rebuilding in the past 10+ years.
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Old 08-14-2011, 05:23 PM
 
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The campus? Really? what has changed?
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Old 08-15-2011, 04:52 AM
 
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Salem would be great. There's been a lot of downtown rehab, condo/lofts, etc. I know there's a train somewhere there but not sure where. A friend of mine just got a job as a city planner there and lives in a great apartment. Best wishes.
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:44 PM
 
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What streets would be the best to look for apts?
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Old 08-16-2011, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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If you're commuting into Boston, I'd look around Salem Depot. Check out the MBTA's website for schedules, maps, etc. I lived in Salem and commuted to Boston for four years. Loved it.
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Old 08-17-2011, 06:22 PM
 
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Ok I want to be in downtown area where it's quaint etc, I have a car so driving to the depot isn't a problem just wanted a idea of which area to look for apts when I come visit in OCT. A decade ago I lived near the college on Forest Ave and I DON"T want to be in that area I want to nice area.
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Old 08-19-2011, 10:01 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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Take a look around Federal, Warren and Broad Streets.
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Old 08-20-2011, 02:37 PM
 
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Take a look around Federal, Warren and Broad Streets.
OK thanks!!
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