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Old 05-14-2015, 08:52 AM
 
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How come nobody asks about these burbs? Are they good family towns? Good schools? what are some important things to know that an outsider wouldn't know?
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Old 05-14-2015, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Ex-Bostonian in Woodstock, GA
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How come nobody asks about these burbs? Are they good family towns? Good schools? what are some important things to know that an outsider wouldn't know?
My wife and I were actually looking to purchase a home in those towns initially (including Wilmington and Melrose), but decided to move to the South Shore instead. I did a ton of research on the area before contacting a realtor, and this is what I took away from the experience after looking at many homes and driving around the area.

Stoneham: I don't think the schools are highly rated, but not horrible either. The homes we noticed were very pricey, and for not a lot of house either. I think Stoneham's proximity to Boston/Medford is the reason its highly desirable.

Woburn: Was the cheapest(ish) area we looked in. Schools aren't good (maybe thats changed?) and some parts we drove around seemed a little seedy/sketchy. The nicer neighborhoods we saw were in the west part of Woburn.

Burlington: Schools are great, more suburban feeling than the other 2 towns. A lot of commercial stuff and a very big mall near the highway. I got a good vibe from Burlington, but unfortunately we couldn't afford our ideal house. (Our budget of $375k would've got us a ranch or split level ranch that needed a lot of updating)
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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That's a good summary.

traffic_lover, have you ever seen the movie A Civil Action? That's about Woburn.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:41 AM
 
Location: Pawtucket, RI
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A Civil Action is relevant if you're planning on moving to East Woburn between 1964 and 1979.

W.R. Grace is long gone, the contaminated wells were shut down long ago, and the site has been cleaned up.
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:01 AM
 
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Vtec, what was your take on reading?
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Old 05-14-2015, 11:37 AM
 
Location: Southwest Minneapolis
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A Civil Action is relevant if you're planning on moving to East Woburn between 1964 and 1979.

W.R. Grace is long gone, the contaminated wells were shut down long ago, and the site has been cleaned up.
A Civil Action is still relevant if you're looking to move to one of the developments on the original Superfund cites TODAY.

Jefferson at Washington Crossing Apartments are located there. As a condition of moving in, you need to sign a waiver. I looked at those apartments a few years back and decided not to move in because of it.

The Ugly Truth: Mass. Superfund Sites Still Toxic Nearly 30 Years And More Than $1B Later | WBUR
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Ex-Bostonian in Woodstock, GA
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Vtec, what was your take on reading?

Reading is a really nice town, great schools, but again the only issue is the price point on the single family homes. I mean, if you don't mind spending 400k on a non-updated ranch/small cape style house with 2-3 beds and 1-2 bathroom, then there are options there for people. My wife and i just didn't see the justice in spending that much money on a small, older home.
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Old 05-14-2015, 12:45 PM
 
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Reading is an excellent buy. Still relatively affordable, but well run town with good commercial tax base, safe, and with good schools. It offers very good access to Boston. Everything points to getting more expensive in the next couple of years as prices continue to push people little further of of Boston/Cambridge area.

Personally, location beats size and condition of any house, any day. You can change and upgrade everything about your home little by little, but the sub-par location that will always drag you down. Never "overestimate" area you are buying in.
Smart buyers make more money on condos in desirable areas, than going for "proper" big SF in so-so towns.
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Old 05-14-2015, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Ex-Bostonian in Woodstock, GA
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Just checked zillow for ****s and giggles, and there are only 2 homes in Reading under 500k. And they are both above 400k smh...I'm all for living in a good location (I do now) but being house broke just to live in a particular town is pointless. There are tons of towns with great schools that are a little bit more affordable ( well affordable for MA standards)
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Old 05-14-2015, 06:02 PM
 
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Just checked zillow for ****s and giggles, and there are only 2 homes in Reading under 500k. And they are both above 400k smh...I'm all for living in a good location (I do now) but being house broke just to live in a particular town is pointless. There are tons of towns with great schools that are a little bit more affordable ( well affordable for MA standards)
Nothing with good location is affordable nowadays.
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