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Old 01-24-2020, 02:29 PM
 
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I have a friend who is relocating from NYC and wants to get a single family house for $250K that isn’t an hour or more away from Boston. I told him with that budget you really can’t do much, but he seems dead set on it. It’s just him but he wants to buy a place then rent out any spare rooms.

I suggested Framingham as if you get lucky you might still be able to snag something for $250K. I thought just doing away with the rental idea and getting a condo much closer would be a much better idea still, but people are going to do what they are going to do.

I guess some places South of Boston might work, but I think he might take one look at some parts of Brockton and decide to stay in NYC.
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Old 01-24-2020, 02:42 PM
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Rockland, Brockton, some parts of Northern Rhode Island. 1 hour is broad. You can get something for 250k

https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/5...71496860_zpid/ heres one
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Old 01-24-2020, 02:43 PM
 
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I also want a like new Tesla Model 3, but my maximum budget is $3,000.
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Old 01-24-2020, 02:52 PM
 
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If someone down there started renting out rooms in a single family zone, I, would be at town hall and zoning board so fast he would not have his first rent cashed before being shut down. That crap breeds blight ,cars parked on front lawns and drugs.
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Old 01-24-2020, 02:53 PM
 
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You'd have to go to RI for that low which would be much more than an hour. Unless your buddy is willing to buy a tear down.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:04 PM
 
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There are probably a couple of unicorn properties somewhere that meet these criteria, but you could spend 10 years looking, and by then $250k may be $500k.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:08 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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I have a friend who is relocating from NYC and wants to get a single family house for $250K that isn’t an hour or more away from Boston. I told him with that budget you really can’t do much, but he seems dead set on it. It’s just him but he wants to buy a place then rent out any spare rooms.

I suggested Framingham as if you get lucky you might still be able to snag something for $250K. I thought just doing away with the rental idea and getting a condo much closer would be a much better idea still, but people are going to do what they are going to do.

I guess some places South of Boston might work, but I think he might take one look at some parts of Brockton and decide to stay in NYC.
This seems like a question for Zillow. And you have to be a bit broad with what you mean by "an hour away" and "safe".
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:09 PM
 
Location: Hyde Park, MA
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The lower end of homes in Randolph, Weymouth and Holbrook might work. But it's mostly fixer uppers or derelict properties that you'd need to invest pretty heavily in.
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:10 PM
 
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If someone down there started renting out rooms in a single family zone, I, would be at town hall and zoning board so fast he would not have his first rent cashed before being shut down. That crap breeds blight ,cars parked on front lawns and drugs.
I thought each town has its own limits on numbers of unrelated adults in one house (going back to the college kids in places like Brookline).
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Old 01-24-2020, 03:22 PM
 
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I'd look at southern NH. Good access to jobs on 495/3/95, lot of land.

If he's planning on commuting to Boston, then forget it.
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