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Old 10-06-2018, 09:29 AM
 
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Hi all, we currently live in Carmel, Indiana but my husband is considering a job prospect in Billerica. Starting to do some initial research into the area. I am from the northeast and am thrilled at the thought of moving back, but I think the cost of living increase is going to be a shock to our systems after living in the midwest for a decade, where houses cost about $100/sq foot. We are in our mid/late 30s with a 1 year old (and hopefully another child within the next year or so)... where are some good areas for a family to live near Billerica (hopefully avoiding the worst of rush hour traffic into and out of Boston). Thanks so much for any advice/input!!

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Old 10-06-2018, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Boston
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Whats the budget?
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:04 AM
 
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Not exactly sure yet, as we have to research taxes and such and how that would factor in to cost, but my guess would be about 700-800k? Hoping for 3-4 bed, 2.5 or 3 bath, but I might be kidding myself thinking we can get that size house in the area.
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Old 10-06-2018, 10:58 AM
 
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Bedford? Burlington? Carlisle?
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Old 10-06-2018, 11:02 AM
 
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Thanks @rethcir, I will look into those areas! All good public schools? Have read that Newton is the cream of the crop school-wise, but I think we'll be priced out of there for quite some time!
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Old 10-06-2018, 12:28 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Newton is too far. How about Westford?
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Old 10-06-2018, 12:37 PM
 
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Billerica is no where near Newton and I wouldnít call it the absolute cream of the crop since there are so many equally excellent schools in all areas of suburban Boston. The advantage of Newton is that itís right near downtown so itís perfect for those commuting into Boston. Luckily, your husband is not one of these people and your budget will go much farther since you are able to access the many excellent schools/towns that people often find too far for a daily commute to Boston. Commutable to Billerica, Westford and Andover come to mind for top notch schools and a great bang for your buck (for Boston standards).

For example, I just checked and on our state testing (MCAS) that just came out Westford came in 15th overall and Newton 53rd (our of 350). Take it with a grain of salt, but just wanted to show you that there are 52 places that rank higher than Newton so keep an open mind

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Old 10-06-2018, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Andover and Reading for a start, both charming and public transportation accessible towns.
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Old 10-06-2018, 03:01 PM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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Not exactly sure yet, as we have to research taxes and such and how that would factor in to cost, but my guess would be about 700-800k? Hoping for 3-4 bed, 2.5 or 3 bath, but I might be kidding myself thinking we can get that size house in the area.
Very familiar with Carmel...my folks have lived in Indy/Carmel/Westfield for decades!

Glad that you're coming in with realistic budget expectations. Since commuting is a consideration, I'd look hard at Chelmsford. Schools are decent, and you can get to Billerica on back roads.
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Old 10-06-2018, 05:10 PM
 
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Not exactly sure yet, as we have to research taxes and such and how that would factor in to cost, but my guess would be about 700-800k? Hoping for 3-4 bed, 2.5 or 3 bath, but I might be kidding myself thinking we can get that size house in the area.
That range is the sweet spot here in Burlington for a 3-4 BR, 2-3 bath recently renovated home. Good schools, next door to Billerica, low tax rate, lots of shopping and dining.
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