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Old 12-10-2011, 08:13 PM
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Good luck, Eastcoaster! And welcome. I hope the reticent, reserved Yankee style doesn't make you feel you aren't welcome. I've lived here for 25 years, and it took a long time for me to realize that "salt of the earth" means they don't do phony "hi ya'lll...nice toooo meeeet youuuu." The deep roots create some very hardy spirits that will be there for you through thick and thin -- but you may have to peel back the layers a bit. Just a tip from a transplant who grew deep roots here.
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Old 12-10-2011, 09:36 PM
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Hey, I've lived in the north and south and the whole "Hi ya'll nice to meet you" thing is not necessarily phony. My experience (sweeping generalization to follow) is that people in the south are much more open to meeting new people and are genuinely interested in others. Here I have to go out of my way to meet people at a party because nobody approaches you and hosts don't really introduce you to other people. I go to parties and get togethers that have the same people and yet I don't really get to know people who are new to me because they just want to talk to the same people they always talk to. I've tried talking to them.

Okay, rant over. I do like it here overall or I wouldn't live here I think the Boston area will be a bit of a shock- where were you in VA? Because I would liken the vibe of Seattle to where I lived in VA.

I live south of the city, so I'm sorry I can't be of much help with suggestions, but good luck finding something that works for your family.
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:36 AM
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If your husband's job is Boston to Maine - then it might make sense to look at Lynnfield, Burlington, Bedford, or even Hamilton-Wenham or Newburyport. It really depends how far north you want to go and what you're looking for and what routes/highways you're going to take.

Boston to Maine is a big area though; there's a lot of towns and cities that might appeal to you north of Boston or on the North Shore.
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Old 12-11-2011, 02:10 PM
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In VA, we were in Richmond, Arlington, and Charlottesville, all at different times of our life. We've been in Seattle for 1.5 years now. Seattle (the neighborhoods, at least... not downtown) is a big Charlottesville! Love the vibe. We'll have to visit Boston in order to see where we fit best. But THANK YOU for all the advice!!
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Old 12-11-2011, 06:19 PM
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I think Andover would be a great fit. There are great neighborhoods/community, excellent schools and a nice town center with shops/restaurants. Also, you are right near the major highways (95/128 -93- 495) for your husbands commuting needs. Andover has a much better school system than Burlington and some of the other towns mentioned previously. $600k will get you something nice as well. I wouldn't bother with N Andover or other surrounding towns, it is a different town and the school system is not as good as Andover. There is the commuter rail so you can head into Boston or you can drive, as long as its not rush hour. Good luck!
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Old 12-12-2011, 03:52 PM
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If you are looking at north of Boston there is always Melrose, Stoneham, Salem, Gloucester (sp)? which is on the water, Newburyport - all of those are north shore. City-data can supply you with all the statistics for these towns. Many of these towns have older charming homes.
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:44 PM
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Winchester is an amazing little town (with big amenities) that I think would meet your criteria. The schools are A+ and everything is within walking distance to the picturesque town center, library, cafes, etc. . My grandparents lived there for over 50 years and my extended family has visited quite often over the years. We all go back to visit every summer, when the weather is delightful and the gardens are in full bloom. A beautiful 'bedroom community' town with very friendly people. The town center train takes only 15 minutes from Winchester to Boston, where you can find all the culture and fun imaginable. If you don't find anything in Winchester, visit neighboring Lexington/Concord - our other favorite towns. I hope you get a chance to visit before making a decision. Good luck.
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