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Old 10-18-2013, 10:02 AM
 
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Default Groton to Lexington during rush hour?

My husband and I have been actively searching for a house for the past few weeks and were looking in the Bolton/Stow/Maynard/Boxborough area, we have a max budget of 400,000 and there is a very limited amount of houses available. We were thinking of expanding the search to Groton -husband works in Lexington. Maps online say 45 minute commute but is that true if he takes Rt 3? He works 8-4.
Thanks so much!
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Old 10-18-2013, 10:51 AM
 
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My husband and I have been actively searching for a house for the past few weeks and were looking in the Bolton/Stow/Maynard/Boxborough area, we have a max budget of 400,000 and there is a very limited amount of houses available. We were thinking of expanding the search to Groton -husband works in Lexington. Maps online say 45 minute commute but is that true if he takes Rt 3? He works 8-4.
Thanks so much!
"Maps online say 45 minute commute but is that true if he takes Rt 3?" It's only 45 minutes via RT 3 at off hours. Rush hour(s), I think Groton-Lexington (& vice-versa) is going to be brutal. Are you open to Waltham at all? And have you checked prices in Burlington? But $400K is probably tough for a SF house regardless.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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This will be a very stressful commute, especially once winter is here – many hills to go up and down, no public transportation alternative and no road that is a straight shot between the two. On the best day, you are looking at a 1 hr, 15min commute and who knows what on the worst.

I would add some of the suburbs North of Lexington to your search, such as Burlington, Reading.
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Old 10-18-2013, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Billerica, MA
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I wouldn't do that commute.

What are your 'requirements' for a town/city? Schools important? Rural?
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:08 PM
 
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Thanks for the fast responses, I work in Worcester and I know it will be a long commute, but I would not hit traffic from Groton to Worcester and I leave early in the morning so we were more concerned that my husband would hit traffic. Also I would be willing to look for a job closer to Groton later on and he is staying in Lexington for the future-so towns north or east are out of the search.
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Old 10-18-2013, 01:24 PM
 
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I did it, not too bad, but I would avoid rt. 3 like the plague. 119 to 225 is a better bet.

Easier if you could flex your house and do 7-4.


Tons of people in Groton, Pepperell, Townsend, Tyngsboro, etc. commute to Lexington, especially Hanscom and Lincoln Labs
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Old 10-31-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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Depending on where you are in Groton and where in Lexington, it might not be bad at all but it will take 45 minutes. From the center of Groton, you'd drive down Rt 119 to Acton, turn left on Strawberry Hill road (just past Donlan's supermarket), left at the bottom of Strawberry, right at the next intersection and it will take you right through Concord Center. It is a straight line from there to Hanscom AFB. The drive is all country roads and very pleasant at any time of the year unless the snow has not been plowed (very rare). The earlier the better to avoid other commuters and school busses.
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Old 11-01-2013, 06:01 AM
 
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Good points raised by everyone above. Don't take the highways unless you can leave the house at 5:30. Really! Rt. 3 chokes up starting at 6:15, and the Rt. 2 rotary chokes up at 6 AM. (And they stay choked until 9:30 or so.) Rt. 225 isn't bad, but Rt. 119 is packed since everyone from Groton, Townsend and Pepperell uses it.

Also -- Groton is huge geographically. Depending where you are in Groton, it can add 20 minutes to your commute. If you consider places, check Google Maps at rush hour to see what the current commutting times on the routes you are considering.

Otherwise, it is a lovely town. Reminds me what Concord was thirty years ago. (Very nice town with good schools, but still within reach of middle class.)
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