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Old 04-26-2012, 09:25 AM
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Let me start off by saying this is my first official post (yee haw!), but I have been ghosting for a while now (great site with great info!).

My fiance was recently hired by New England Biolabs in Ipswich, MA. We are moving from Burlington, VT to the North Shore area. That being said, we have a somewhat picky criteria :/ I figured I'd ask all of you for some advice!

Our max rent is 1300ish give or take 50 bucks. One to two bedrooms would do.
We'd love a yard of some sort for our soon to be new dog.
Commuter rail would be a plus, but not necessary.
We're thinking somewhere between Ipswich and Boston would be great (I need a job and will most likely be a financial job in Boston).

We're currently looking into Danvers, Beverly, Salem. Any other suggestions???

We're kind of clueless here as we've been Vermonters the last 5 years or so

Thanks in advance for all your help!
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Old 04-26-2012, 11:32 AM
Location: JP, MA
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Check out all the nearby towns including Ipswich and see which one fits best, most of them are near the commuter rail:

Essex, Hamilton, Wenham, Rowley, Manchester, Gloucester, Boxford, Newbury, Georgetown.
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:56 PM
Location: too far from the sea
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There is "affordable" housing in Ipswich on rte 1A near the intersection with rte 133. To me, it's kind of expensive and doesn't offer much but it's new and would be a decent location. It was built by the YMCA last year.

Other than that, the area is pretty expensive although I don't know about Danvers, Beverly, and Salem. They might be cheaper.
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:14 AM
Location: Beverly, Mass
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The bigger the search area - the more chances you will have of finding something that you will like. All of these towns on the North Shore have something to offer, and there are two MBTA lines going to Boston from Gloucester and Newburyport which merge in Beverly. Beverly has a lot of rentals buildings downtown, which is near a train station. The towns you are looking at are likely to have more rentals available, as the other ones mentioned have more single family homes. With your budget you wouldn't be able to find a house, may be an apartment in a dog friendly single home, if you are lucky. Beverly and Salem have dog parks, if that helps.
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Old 04-29-2012, 01:15 AM
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I'd hesitate about getting a dog before getting a place. Unfortunately, it can be very difficult to rent with a dog. It's one reason I waited to get dogs until I bought a house.
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