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Old 07-17-2017, 09:02 PM
 
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As far as renting, you can find 2 BR in Natick and even Newton. Newton is a very very desirable town, and if you are ok with renting in a town that may not be an option for a purchase down the line, I'd go that route. Newton is split into villages, which serve as little cities themsleaves. Generally, it's a walkable town with great transportation options, good eats, great shopping at Chestnut Hill, some coffee shops, and some great public spaces. It's definitely going to offer more at 32 and 28 than Natick.

When it comes time to buy, you'll be hard pressed to find a single family for less than $800k in Newton. I think Natick, all things the same as far as work/budget/commute, is a great choice. You may want to consider Watertown as another viable option. It's gone through a millennial gentrification, so there is a lot of money being poured into the city. It has it's more unkept and raggedy areas, but is generally a bit nicer than Waltham. BTW, I love Waltham. Yes, it is kind of raggedy and has it's rougher looking areas, but the diversity and mix of blue collar and new millennial blood has created a really cool environment. You can find a run down Irish bar next to a coffee shop next to a barber shop next to a tapas joint next to a high end Italian place next to an auto body shop. Some great bars around Moody Street, and the new developments off of 95 offer some high end eats and shopping. It's already gotten more and more expensive, but there is still tremendous upside in Waltham because it has everything the new generation desires including proximity to the city, public transportation, and a funky lil downtown.
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Old 07-18-2017, 07:36 AM
 
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As far as renting, you can find 2 BR in Natick and even Newton. Newton is a very very desirable town, and if you are ok with renting in a town that may not be an option for a purchase down the line, I'd go that route. Newton is split into villages, which serve as little cities themsleaves. Generally, it's a walkable town with great transportation options, good eats, great shopping at Chestnut Hill, some coffee shops, and some great public spaces. It's definitely going to offer more at 32 and 28 than Natick.

When it comes time to buy, you'll be hard pressed to find a single family for less than $800k in Newton. I think Natick, all things the same as far as work/budget/commute, is a great choice. You may want to consider Watertown as another viable option. It's gone through a millennial gentrification, so there is a lot of money being poured into the city. It has it's more unkept and raggedy areas, but is generally a bit nicer than Waltham. BTW, I love Waltham. Yes, it is kind of raggedy and has it's rougher looking areas, but the diversity and mix of blue collar and new millennial blood has created a really cool environment. You can find a run down Irish bar next to a coffee shop next to a barber shop next to a tapas joint next to a high end Italian place next to an auto body shop. Some great bars around Moody Street, and the new developments off of 95 offer some high end eats and shopping. It's already gotten more and more expensive, but there is still tremendous upside in Waltham because it has everything the new generation desires including proximity to the city, public transportation, and a funky lil downtown.
I agree that Newton would be great for OP, but I'm not sure that they can find an apartment in their rental budget, especially a 2 BR. And I also think Waltham is worth another look - I know they said it looks run down, but there are pockets, and some very nice rentals there (although the high end ones will also be over their budget.)
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Old 07-20-2017, 04:55 AM
 
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Thank you so much everyone who replied! I really appreciate the input. We were a little worried about affordability, but it seems like there are definitely options out there for our budget.

I don't have a job in Boston yet, and am still looking. Another reason why we don't want to be far from the city, since my potential commute is unknown.

We were originally looking at Waltham, but my husband had a couple of hours to drive through and he said it's actually a little run down and not very clean (especially certain areas that are more affordable and within our budget). So I am very excited to check out Natick and other above mentioned towns near there since he is about to take the job offer in Framingham with Bose and there would be a pretty easy commute.
Your husband drove through Waltham and found it "a little run down and not very clean."

One thing to keep in mind about Massachusetts is the general age of its infrastructure and housing stock. What looks run down to the casual observer may be, in fact, just plain old.

Given your budget and likely commutes, I also recommend looking at Natick.
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Old 08-01-2017, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Metrowest Boston
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A lot of recommendations for Natick ....but Framingham is really diversified in population so you get the big city/urban feel with only a 40 min. drive or so into Boston- Rentals can be found both in North and South Framingham. With MA Pike and 495 and Rte. 135 you can easily get places too. Falmouth on the Cape is only 1hr.1/2 away. The ability to walk to the train station - I should add to that apartments in the downtown area near the train station are being built as the downtown area geta revtalized. If you want to go to an area where you can walk to eateries, shops etc. then do consider waltham (Moody Street for fun places to eat etc.), and Watertown. You may have to hunt for a rental in your price range, but it will be well worth it.
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Old 08-01-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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Parts of Framingham has that "run down" look as well. Especially the center and the southern part of town. I'd look over in the Rte. 30 area since that's close to the Bose headquarters.

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Old 08-03-2017, 06:19 PM
 
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Your husband drove through Waltham and found it "a little run down and not very clean."

One thing to keep in mind about Massachusetts is the general age of its infrastructure and housing stock. What looks run down to the casual observer may be, in fact, just plain old.

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It is run down state, not because it's old, because of poor built quality and lack of maintenance. Same can be said about the whole "New England", and most of NE.

Most German towns are far older than the oldest MA town, but they look fresh and clean like on a postcard, simply because everything built with proper skills, built to last and well maintained.
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Old 08-03-2017, 07:02 PM
 
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Most areas in greater Boston/metro west are run down/basic, unless you are able to settle in select areas of Wellesley, Weston or Newton and spend 1.3M +(minimum). Infrastructure maintenance and improvement is a challenge MA has not been able to conquer for the past several decades, so those who settle in MA should probably get used to it along with rising taxes. Also, housing affordability is a reach, so its likely most middle class homeowners won't have any money to upkeep their property. But, apparently it's a trade-off since MA is such a great place to live 🤔
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:50 AM
 
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It is run down state, not because it's old, because of poor built quality and lack of maintenance. Same can be said about the whole "New England", and most of NE.

Most German towns are far older than the oldest MA town, but they look fresh and clean like on a postcard, simply because everything built with proper skills, built to last and well maintained.
This is a very interesting observation. Germany is a wealthy country and until recently it has a more unified culture than in the US--i.e., "dem deutschen Volke" with much consensus on aesthetic and other cultural standards. This is why even after so much terrible war damage many cities were rebuilt to echo the traditional atmosphere of a German town.

Massachusetts is a wealthy state in a wealthy country but with much less cultural solidity and with more laissez-faire governance. There's a lot a variety in what gets built and in how things are maintained partly because less state regulation over standards, also more uneven distribution of the social and economic goods. Wellesley, Newton and others like that do not look run down but so many other places do.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:16 AM
 
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You havent lived many places then.
+1. There are grungy parts but I wouldn't say it's a dirty city.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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This is a very interesting observation. Germany is a wealthy country and until recently it has a more unified culture than in the US--i.e., "dem deutschen Volke" with much consensus on aesthetic and other cultural standards. This is why even after so much terrible war damage many cities were rebuilt to echo the traditional atmosphere of a German town.

Massachusetts is a wealthy state in a wealthy country but with much less cultural solidity and with more laissez-faire governance. There's a lot a variety in what gets built and in how things are maintained partly because less state regulation over standards, also more uneven distribution of the social and economic goods. Wellesley, Newton and others like that do not look run down but so many other places do.
Plus housing stock in New England is primarily wood clapboard and that can look run down unless it gets a lot of maintenance.
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