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Old 10-30-2015, 06:44 AM
 
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What are the best towns on the south shore to raise a family based on a $350K budget? A Decent school system is key- along with the town itself and future resale value based on the town. We want the biggest bang for our buck property wise/school wise. What are your thoughts?
We considered Kingston, Marshfield, Carver, Avon. Are these good towns?
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Old 10-30-2015, 06:57 AM
 
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My favorite S. Shore town is Plympton. One of the few that has rural feel with limits on development.
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Old 10-30-2015, 07:06 AM
 
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$350k won't go very far.
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Old 10-30-2015, 07:12 AM
 
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As someone who has lived on the South Shore for a few years now, I can tell you that a budget of $350K will not get you very much, especially in a town with the "better" schools. How big of a house did you need? You're looking at a ranch or small cape style home at best, and in need of updating.

The towns you listed don't necessarily have great schools, with the exception of Marshfield. If schools are important, I'd be looking in Duxbury, Norwell, Marshfield, Plympton, Hanover, Halifax, and Pembroke. (In that order too, from best to "decent")

Unfortunately, the housing prices are roughly in that order too (From high to "not so high")

My wife and I wanted to upgrade to a bigger home (4 bed, 2 bath minimum colonial with a 2 car garage.), and with a budget of around $450K we couldn't find what we were looking for, even in Pembroke.

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Old 10-30-2015, 07:40 AM
 
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I thought Kingston, Halifax, and Plympton went to the same HS?
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Old 10-30-2015, 07:49 AM
 
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From your list I would think Kingston and Marshfield are the best. With the price point you mentioned you might want to look into Hanover. It fits most of the criteria you're looking for and you might be able to get a house (not a big one, though).
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Old 10-30-2015, 08:29 AM
 
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I thought Kingston, Halifax, and Plympton went to the same HS?
They do, Silver Lake Regional High. According to School Digger, Halifax ranks higher than Kingston, and I assume they took the Elementary and Middle schools into account too? And Plympton actually seems to be the better of three after a second look. Must've unintentionally typed in "Plymouth" which isn't very good.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:33 AM
 
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Property tax wise I think Braintree is the best bang for the buck. Good schools there as well.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:50 AM
 
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Property tax wise I think Braintree is the best bang for the buck. Good schools there as well.
I agree. We actually looked there initially. Problem is, finding anything decent under 500K is almost impossible.
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Old 10-30-2015, 10:54 AM
 
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Hingham or Duxbury. It will cost you though.

I've also heard good things about Scituate which is cheaper than the 2 above mentioned towns.
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