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Old 11-05-2015, 12:41 PM
 
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My wife and I (both retired seniors) are thinking of relocating from the Boston suburbs to Brattleboro where my oldest, whom we visit frequently, has lived for several years. We like the town a lot. We'll be selling our house here and buying another when we move. Can anybody comment on the reputation of the various condo developments in Brattleboro? Any reason not to consider them? We're particularly interested in the Brookside development on Robin Way where units become available from time to time. I'd personally prefer a condo as opposed to a single family house since my taste for maintenance has waned over the years. But we're flexible and will consider anything suitable. Any advice? Cautions? Any help will be much appreciated and thanks.
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Old 11-05-2015, 02:42 PM
 
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I have no input on Brattleboro condos.

I'd be considering:
Health care in Brattleboro versus the world class care accessible in metro-Boston.
Property tax rates. It's about 2.3% of the value of the property. The state school tax is means tested if you're lower income
State income tax. Social Security is taxed as income. It doesn't take much income to land in the 6.8% bracket.

I'm not saying not to move but make sure you understand the costs.
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Old 11-05-2015, 04:23 PM
 
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Thanks for the reply. Health facilities are of course a concern but we're very healthy with no chronic conditions but you're right, who knows? But it's not like you're in the middle of North Dakota, after all, and respected medical centers are reasonably close. Taxes are indeed a big concern. Property taxes appear to run about a third more than here and both the sales and income taxes are higher. But much lower housing prices will be an offset. More worrisome to me are energy costs (no natural gas) and the absence of extensive public transportation. We've also been considering towns in Massachusetts in the Pioneer Valley such as Greenfield, Easthampton, and Northampton, as well as the Springfield area where we have a son and a grandchild.
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Old 12-07-2015, 12:25 PM
 
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Just my 2 cents, here. I lived in Brattleboro for about a year. Great town. Lots of character, charm, loved the people there.

If you're looking for a condo rather than a house, and given that you're looking at a retirement place, if I were in your shoes, I'd be looking at Northampton. First off, it's closer to where you say your family is, which is always handy. I also found that when looking for cultural activities, I ended up heading down toward NoHo more than staying in Bratt, just because there was more going on in terms of cultural activities that interested me. And NoHo still had plenty of lovely countryside, New England charm, character, artsy-ness, etc.

If I were choosing again where to live that year with hindsight, I would have chosen NoHo rather than Bratt, just because it was a bit more... well, there was just a bit more going on there. When I'm retired, I imagine I'll be putting a priority on plays and concerts, etc. And I'm guessing that if you're looking for a townhouse or condo to retire in, there'd be a better selection in the Pioneer valley.

I hope that's not too off-topic for you. I don't know about the condo developments in Bratt, although when I was there, there were a couple going up. Whatever you decide, hope you have a great retirement!
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Old 12-07-2015, 04:16 PM
 
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Locolady, thanks. I lived in NoHo for five years in the late seventies, my ex is still there, and we've been back from time to time over the years. Some things about it we like and others not so much, like any place. But you're right; there's definitely a greater variety of housing options in Massachusetts along the I-91 corridor than in Brattleboro. And, as I wrote earlier, I think it'd perhaps be cheaper. The cultural activities and the PVTA are major advantages as well. At present we're content, and we have time, so no rush.
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