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Old 09-18-2019, 09:07 AM
 
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For the record, the vast majority of Hingham parents I've met are super down to earth and friendly. They have a great school system and most parents just want the best for their kids. Hingham is a cute town right on the water with a nice downtown area, lots of amenities at Derby and the Shipyard, multiple commuting options (commuter rail, ferry, the bus even goes to Hingham from Quincy), and a great school system. So of course it's going to be a desirable town for those looking for all the quintessential New England things and a healthy budget. You don't have to have white lights at Christmas, everybody in town isn't pretentious. Yes, there are those types, but no more than you'll find in most other Boston 'burbs.

I wouldn't recommend Duxbury to anybody commuting to Boston, even though it's a great town.

To the OP, if being close to the water is important to you, I think Hingham or Cohasset would fit the bill of everything you're looking for. If proximity to beaches isn't important, look west. Or just drive around the Metrowest 'burbs and see how you feel about them. We knew quickly the Metrowest wasn't for us, you might find the same thing once you explore both areas--one just might just feel more like home to you.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:12 AM
 
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For the record, the vast majority of Hingham parents I've met are super down to earth and friendly. They have a great school system and most parents just want the best for their kids. Hingham is a cute town right on the water with a nice downtown area, lots of amenities at Derby and the Shipyard, multiple commuting options (commuter rail, ferry, the bus even goes to Hingham from Quincy), and a great school system. So of course it's going to be a desirable town for those looking for all the quintessential New England things and a healthy budget. You don't have to have white lights at Christmas, everybody in town isn't pretentious. Yes, there are those types, but no more than you'll find in most other Boston 'burbs.

I wouldn't recommend Duxbury to anybody commuting to Boston, even though it's a great town.

To the OP, if being close to the water is important to you, I think Hingham or Cohasset would fit the bill of everything you're looking for. If proximity to beaches isn't important, look west. Or just drive around the Metrowest 'burbs and see how you feel about them. We knew quickly the Metrowest wasn't for us, you might find the same thing once you explore both areas--one just might just feel more like home to you.
Living in the area, I cannot agree more...
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:20 AM
 
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I work with 3 people from duxbury who commute in everyday. They don’t seem to think it’s that bad.
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Old 09-18-2019, 09:31 AM
 
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I work with 3 people from duxbury who commute in everyday. They don’t seem to think it’s that bad.
It is not a commute that everybody would like to have daily. If one can work from home at least a day in the week, it is much better.
Realistically, you need to drive very early in the morning or after rush hour. Coming back home can be a problem.
For public transportation: it takes about 15-20 minutes to get to Kingston station.
The trip from Kingston to South Station is 1 hour.
So, depending on where you work in Boston, it can be less than 1.5 hours even by commuter rail.
If one works at the South Station area:
The commute from Hingham is 35 minutes + time to get to the station (lets say 5-15minutes), roughly 50 minutes door-to-door
From Cohasset: 45 minutes + time to get to the station (5-10 minutes), roughly 60 minutes door-to-door
From Duxbury: 1 hour + 15-20 minutes, roughly 80 minutes door-to-door
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Old 09-18-2019, 11:55 AM
 
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I did the commute from Duxbury to Back Bay for about 3 months and it was life-zapping (nearly 2 hours each way). And that was when I was in my early twenties, no kids, and lots of energy. If I had to do that commute now, I'd never see my kids. And I'd cry a lot.
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:35 PM
 
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It seems being deluded about the commute into Boston and using only the proper little white lights during the holidays are pre-requisites for living in Hingham.

To clarify, the earlier point about traffic was in response to the MetroWest being easier for getting to Logan. As my spouse and I both travel for work, we were expecting it to be awful from Hingham and have been pleasantly surprised that it's consistently 45 minutes or less - worse case an hour - unless trying to drive in for a morning flight - which is awful. (as it would be from nearly anywhere). For daily commute the Ferry or train would be the way to go. Note: we have lived outside LA so while the morning traffic bites, the afternoon and evening is far better in comparison.


Will let you know if we get kicked out with our colored lights and blow up snowman at the holidays.
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Old 09-18-2019, 07:05 PM
 
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As I said in an earlier post, consumers vote with their wallets. So, there must be something that the majority of people find appealing about Metrowest that makes the home prices in many of the towns higher than Hingham.

Not everyone has the same preferences and certainly not everyone lives the same life. So, some towns are going to work better for some people and their preferences may run contrary to the majority.
I think it's convenience to 128 area jobs (Needham, Waltham, Lexington, Bedford, Burlington, Natick, Framingham), that gives Metrowest its high desirability; more so than access to the city.
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Old 09-19-2019, 06:35 AM
 
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I think it's convenience to 128 area jobs (Needham, Waltham, Lexington, Bedford, Burlington, Natick, Framingham), that gives Metrowest its high desirability; more so than access to the city.
This. There are a ton of companies out that way, much more so than going either north or south. The Pike is a straight shots in and out of Boston depending on traffic. 128 not so much a straight shot but it connects to roads which are.
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Old 09-19-2019, 06:40 AM
 
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Will let you know if we get kicked out with our colored lights and blow up snowman at the holidays.
Friends who moved to Hingham were spoken to by their neighbors about this very thing. YMMV...
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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I know someone who had their Frosty kidnapped and not returned until mid January because a neighbor thought it was tacky.
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