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Old 02-07-2012, 07:22 PM
 
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Can you make suggestions on towns to live in?

My spouse works in Littleton, MA and I work in Woburn. We would like a single-family home in the Boston Northshore. We plan to start a family soon so we're looking for: decent schools and low crime rates. Looking to spend ~300K-375K.

Note: We like Burlington, MA and Stoneham, MA. Are there other towns we should consider?

Thank you!
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Old 02-07-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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The area you are talking about is not considered the North Shore. The North Shore includes towns in Essex County. That said, with that price range and commuting to those locations, you want to look at Billerica and Chelmsford.
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Old 02-08-2012, 04:00 AM
 
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The area you are talking about is not considered the North Shore.
Depends on who you ask and how you're defining it
North Shore (Massachusetts) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-08-2012, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Beverly, Mass
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If you want to be closer to Woburn, for decent schools in your price range I would suggest Burlington, Stoneham, Wakefield, Melrose, Wilmington and Reading. You would have to look at the highways to make sure you are within a good commute range to your husband's work.

With your budget you could find something in more desirable towns, but it might be smaller and/or older.

The term North Shore is used loosely depending on who is using it, usually including those towns actually closer to the shore, or those that would otherwise be in "north of Boston" category.

From near Woburn you can still be within 30 minutes on 128 to an actual shore.
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:36 PM
 
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the North Shore of MASSACHUSETTS (not Boston) try Beverly, its down 128 from Woburn, and isn't uber expensive
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Old 02-08-2012, 03:43 PM
 
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Beverly would be a crummy commute to Littleton, especially during normal business hours. I'm not even sure if it could be done at all "You can't get there from here." Frankly, although I'm biased, I think Littleton itself would be a great location for OP, or even Acton. Get on 495-3 to Woburn and live in a lovely community for that budget with a real community feel, and the schools are good and not pretentious. Best wishes on OPs move- is it IBM in Littleton? I've been seeing more and more people out walking and jogging around there, and it's so nice to see people working there again, after Digital/HP/Compaq passing through.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:25 PM
 
Location: The State Line
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Meh, Burlington and Stoneham are more "North West" than "North Shore"--A little far to compare with Beverly, Salem, Danvers, Peabody, etc. You'll have more options in a town like Chelmsford, but Bedford or Burlington would still be good choices. Perhaps even Carlisle if you happen to find a smaller, "starter" home.
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