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Old 10-20-2010, 11:01 AM
 
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My husband and I are relocating to the Boston area for his new job in Newton. We are 50 somethings with children gone and are currently living in the DC area. We are looking for a hip, creative area that's walkable and has good restaurants, stores, etc. We would prefer a small town or village or something more urban but would like to stay away from anything suburban....any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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A lot depends on your budget and how large a space you're looking for.

Brookline, north of Route 9 (neighborhoods like Coolidge Corner, Longwood, Brookline Village or Washington Square), may be a good fit. That part of Brookline is urban but not oppressively so.

Downtown Waltham also is fairly urban and has some decent restaurants, but housing options in that area are not always as attractive.

Sections of Newton itself such as Newton Center, Newton Highlands, West Newton or Newtonville also may fit. Parts of Newton are "suburban" but not in the sprawling strip mall sense. My personal opinion is that most Boston "suburbs" feel very different from the DC suburbs. They're all independent towns with their own centers. Some, like Newton, are denser, while towns like Weston are very woodsy with a quaint but quite small center.
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Old 10-20-2010, 02:51 PM
 
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Thanks for the info....we are looking to rent first and are looking for a three bedroom in the $3000 a month range.....are there any loft style buildings in the area?
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Old 10-20-2010, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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Thanks for the info....we are looking to rent first and are looking for a three bedroom in the $3000 a month range.....are there any loft style buildings in the area?
In your price range you should have plenty of options, including right in Boston if you want to live there. There will be added costs, however, if you want to have a car in Boston proper (e.g. you'll likely have to pay for parking and insurance is higher).

Lofts are not that common except in formerly industrial areas, and there are probably more condos than rentals. Most are in Boston itself or Cambridge, which may be less appealing for a Newton commute. Brookline is urban but was never particularly industrial. It's the nation's first "streetcar suburb" and has always been residential. Newton even more so. Brookline has plenty of apartment buildings and multi-family homes; Newton more multi- and single-family homes.
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