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Old 03-10-2018, 04:14 AM
 
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Our family is located in Wisconsin and have spent ast year or two deciding whether to move to Massachusetts... We are large family and want to be in family friendly area. I love the history, and Salem seems that it would be perfect for one who absolutely loves Halloween. However, what is it REALLY like living there? Is there any semi rural area that is still near Salem? Any information appreciated.
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Old 03-10-2018, 07:40 AM
 
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Lots of semi rural places near Salem. Hamilton, Wenham, Essex, Topsfield, Boxford, Georgetown, Middleton.

I love Essex county. The biggest issue with Salem specifically is that it can be fairly slow to get to due to it not being next to a highway.
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Old 03-10-2018, 08:45 AM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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I like Salem (and I'm a Badger at heart and UW alumn, welcome!) but the schools aren't great. Cape Ann is my favorite area of Mass actually. There are plenty of semi rural towns with better schools to. Where you will be working and budget will really decide all.
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Old 03-10-2018, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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There is nothing wrong with Salem, and if you need to take the train into North Station, it's also pretty close. For families though, I'd give a little preference to Beverly and Gloucester along Route 128, and up Route 95, to Georgetown, Newburyport and Amesbury.
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:38 PM
 
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... Where you will be working and budget will really decide all.
Budget, absolutely, will have a lot to determine, especially if OP is supporting a large family and needing space accordingly.
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Old 03-10-2018, 02:40 PM
 
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Plus commute. Where is the OP working? I wouldn't move here without a job lined up if you have family.
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Old 03-10-2018, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Newburyport, MA
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P.S. pretty much all the towns in Essex county that have some navigable waterway were first settled in the early 1600s. If you're big on history, you may enjoy this page - it's a page of links to other pages that show photos of particularly early houses in Essex county (which contains Salem). There aren't too many from the 1600s, but there are lots of surviving homes from the 1700s.

https://historicipswich.org/the-anci...-essex-county/
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Old 03-11-2018, 11:16 AM
 
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My initial thought is that MA is significantly more expensive than WI, especially if you are currently in semi-rural WI (although I'm not certain that you are.)

I suspect that for many the Halloween stuff in Salem gets old after a while. (If you live there, the town is overrun on October weekends).

But, again, the primary hurdle is going to be budget.
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Old 03-11-2018, 12:37 PM
 
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I lived in Salem for 3 years. Cute little downtown area with brick streets and a fair amount of trendy restaurants and shops. Fantastic common park and art museum. Tons to love about Salem. However, the worst thing about Salem is Peabody. In general, the area is pretty unfriendly. Took me a long time to get used to the crappy attitudes generally found in the retail sector. The schools are not great, and one of the main reasons we moved. Also, very congested area. I would look into Essex county if you want more of a sense of rural. My commute from Salem to Boston for work took 1.5 hours each way, and costs hundreds of dollars per month. So, hope no one in your family needs to commute. Halloween in Salem is pretty fantastic but it starts on Oct 1st so by the time Halloween actually rolls around you’re over it and just want to move on.
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Old 03-21-2018, 08:48 PM
 
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Hi Frameofmind

Were you driving for that long commute? Train should be very quick into the city...
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