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Old 09-17-2018, 03:30 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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Thank you all. I looked into Watertown and I did not see anything in our budget at all. Added Quincy to our list. Also Milton, Norwood and Deadham. I think we did not realize how dense many of these Western areas are. Our definition of dense was definitely not dense enough. I think someplace with more breathing room would be a better fit.
Dedham is closer, but Iíd pick Norwood if choosing between the two. Youíd have a pretty good commute and could probably find something reasonable thatís a walk to the commuter rail. Itís definitely the suburbs, though. Milton or Quincy would probably be a better choice if they work with your budget
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Old 09-18-2018, 08:35 PM
 
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Dedham is closer, but Iíd pick Norwood if choosing between the two. Youíd have a pretty good commute and could probably find something reasonable thatís a walk to the commuter rail. Itís definitely the suburbs, though. Milton or Quincy would probably be a better choice if they work with your budget
Is there something wrong with Norwood? I see it is not recommended that much on this forum. Would Canton be a better choice?
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Old 09-18-2018, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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Is there something wrong with Norwood? I see it is not recommended that much on this forum. Would Canton be a better choice?
Norwood has middle-of-the-road schools and it is solidly middle-class. I know a few people who live there and they all seem to like it. Canton has better schools, but will be more expensive. I like Norwood Center more and Norwood has better restaurants.

The towns between Boston and Providence also aren't nearly as popular as in pretty much every other direction (Dedham, Westwood, Norwood, Canton, Sharon, Stoughton, etc.). If you want to take commuter rail to Boston, it's pretty convenient. Driving to Boston is rough, because realistically you have to head up 95 to 90, so places along 90 are just a lot more convenient. The North Shore and South Shore have the ocean, and places north and west of the city are historically well-to-do suburbs (think Lexington and Concord). If you're looking to commute to Cambridge or points north of the city it's less than ideal.
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Old 09-19-2018, 04:56 AM
 
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Norwood is going to change soon, and not sure in which direction. They just had a 40b development of about 260 units forced on them. They're also trying to build another development with 238 units as well. That's 500 additional units in a fairly short time frame. It sure helps the housing crunch in the area, but not sure how traffic and schools will be effected.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/re...MwJ/story.html

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norw...ods-13-million
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Old 09-19-2018, 06:53 AM
 
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Norwood is going to change soon, and not sure in which direction. They just had a 40b development of about 260 units forced on them. They're also trying to build another development with 238 units as well. That's 500 additional units in a fairly short time frame. It sure helps the housing crunch in the area, but not sure how traffic and schools will be effected.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/re...MwJ/story.html

https://patch.com/massachusetts/norw...ods-13-million
Keep in mind that not all those units are going to be affordable. The developer only has to meet the 1.5% or 10% threshold set by the state. The rest of the units are market rate and affordable doesn't mean poor or subsidized. It means the rent or purchase price has to be attainable at a certain income level set by the state based on the area.

Here in Burlington, the town works proactively with developers to ensure the 10% threshold is met. That way the town can maintain some control of the process.
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Old 09-19-2018, 07:35 AM
 
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Keep in mind that not all those units are going to be affordable. The developer only has to meet the 1.5% or 10% threshold set by the state. The rest of the units are market rate and affordable doesn't mean poor or subsidized. It means the rent or purchase price has to be attainable at a certain income level set by the state based on the area.

Here in Burlington, the town works proactively with developers to ensure the 10% threshold is met. That way the town can maintain some control of the process.
Yes, you're right. I believe only 25% has to be affordable in that complex and 'affordable' means 80% of the current market rate. I don't believe it's going to make Norwood into a slum. I'm thinking putting that many units in can effect traffic and crowd the schools, causing increased taxes to improve roads and build/renovate schools. It could also be a good thing, increased demands for restaurants and services could be a great thing for the town's economy. Just don't know which way it would go.

The 10% number is what a town has to meet as far as affordable housing inventory so that a 40b development can't be forced upon the town.
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Old 09-20-2018, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Lol yes 700k is a middle class home now. This is sad.
Upper middle class. Bostons average Home price is 550k. Massachusetts' is like 375k. This is just rich CD poster craziness. OP, they don't tell you to look at Norwood and Dedham really because their home prices are much cheaper and it's in an unglamorous more normal part of the metro. Fine places to live. The commute is not as hellish as many people on here will claim.

Do your self a favor and move to Metro South/South Shore IMO.

The difference is the South Shore is away from Cambridge and the Colleges and Waterfront. Where all the high paying jobs are. Its close to Providence and Bristol county which is more economically depressed. The least desirable areas in Metro South have more pronounced drug crime than Metro West or the North Shore. That being said Metro North (distinguishing from the North Shore) can be much grimier and high crime but due to location Lynn/Revere/Everett/Malden/EastBoston/Chelsea/Salem catch the same prices as bigger more suburban areas in Brockton/Quincy/Randolph/Stoughton/Canton/Milton/Holbrook etc.

Quincy has a few sketchy areas (kind of). Norwood is solidly middle class but has some lower middle-class areas as well as upper middle class. You don't have to take 95 to 90, that just what most people on this thread say about things. You could also take 95 South/East to 93 north. Or you could drive through inner city Boston via Route 128/Rte. 28

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Old 09-20-2018, 08:11 AM
 
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Upper middle class. Bostons average Home price is 550k. Massachusetts' is like 375k. This is just rich CD poster craziness. OP, they don't tell you to look at Norwood and Dedham really because their home prices are much cheaper and it's in an unglamorous more normal part of the metro. Fine places to live. The commute is not as hellish as many people on here will claim.

Do your self a favor and move to Metro South/South Shore IMO.

Right.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:15 AM
 
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Quincy has a few sketchy areas (kind of). Norwood is solidly middle class but has some lower middle-class areas as well as upper middle class. You don't have to take 95 to 90, that just what most people on this thread say about things. You could also take 95 South/East to 93 north. Or you could drive through inner city Boston via Route 128/Rte. 28

You can also take the Providence Hwy/VFW Pkwy/Jamaicaway/Riverway, etc., and there are many rail/transit options. Norwood has 3 Commuter Rail stops.
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Old 09-20-2018, 08:26 AM
 
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Hey we all like diversity .as long as its the diversity we like.
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