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Old 06-28-2011, 09:41 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Hello,

My wife and I moved to Texas to chase jobs when the economy fell apart and I have to admit that we're sick of it and are looking to either move to MA, CT, or the West Coast and I was just a bit curious about some of the housing prices..

We're renters and not really looking to buy a house at the moment but I've done the usual craigslist search and found several 2BR apartments and houses for rent between $600/$1000 mo. One is on Brunswick Street in Brockton, One is on Peary Ave. in Lynn. I'm just wondering if it's really possible to find rents in this range or if it's basically a scam ?

We're really excited about the thought of getting the hell out of here and getting back into seasons and real winter weather.

Thanks for any information provided.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:26 PM
 
Location: MINNEAPOLIS, MN
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Well, I believe that Lynn and Brockton have 2 BR places for $1000, but Brockton is by no stretch of the imagination a place I'd ever recommend someone to live, and it really isn't very close to Boston. The same thing kinda goes for Lynn, just to a less extreme extent.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:49 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Well, I believe that Lynn and Brockton have 2 BR places for $1000, but Brockton is by no stretch of the imagination a place I'd ever recommend someone to live, and it really isn't very close to Boston. The same thing kinda goes for Lynn, just to a less extreme extent.
Right now in Houston we live about 25 miles north of the city and commute roughly an hour and 10-20 minutes to and from work. We're just looking to get close even if it is a suburb.

Is Brockton a bad area ?
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:01 PM
 
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Hi TXRyan,

I don't know about Brockton, but I know some people that live in Acton and they like it. It is very integrated with nature. I would also take a look at Lincoln. It is a very pretty town.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:19 PM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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Hello,

My wife and I moved to Texas to chase jobs when the economy fell apart and I have to admit that we're sick of it and are looking to either move to MA, CT, or the West Coast and I was just a bit curious about some of the housing prices..

We're renters and not really looking to buy a house at the moment but I've done the usual craigslist search and found several 2BR apartments and houses for rent between $600/$1000 mo. One is on Brunswick Street in Brockton, One is on Peary Ave. in Lynn. I'm just wondering if it's really possible to find rents in this range or if it's basically a scam ?

We're really excited about the thought of getting the hell out of here and getting back into seasons and real winter weather.

Thanks for any information provided.
It's definitely not a scam. To be perfectly honest, Brockton and Lynn are not really places you'd want to live.

Speaking as a native Houstonian, you're not going to find housing in MA or the West Coast as nice or affordable at the price point you've referenced (same goes for certain parts of CT, especially those close to NYC), so just get used to that.

If you are looking for seasons though, the East Coast is definitely the place to go, just keep in mind you'll be trading your summer A/C bill for your winter gas bill.

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Right now in Houston we live about 25 miles north of the city and commute roughly an hour and 10-20 minutes to and from work. We're just looking to get close even if it is a suburb.

Is Brockton a bad area ?
Living 25 miles north of anywhere is a pain (one I'd personally never endure), but especially in car-centric Houston, I could imagine the lack of options would wear on you. In that respect, Mass. could be a better option if you find a place that has a commuter rail station.
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Old 06-29-2011, 12:28 AM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Speaking as a native Houstonian, you're not going to find housing in MA or the West Coast as nice or affordable at the price point you've referenced (same goes for certain parts of CT, especially those close to NYC), so just get used to that.

Living 25 miles north of anywhere is a pain (one I'd personally never endure), but especially in car-centric Houston, I could imagine the lack of options would wear on you. In that respect, Mass. could be a better option if you find a place that has a commuter rail station.
I appreciate your reply. To be honest, We came to Houston from Nashville because the economy bottomed out and we lost our jobs. Our current jobs both have openings in Boston, Portland, OR, and Nashville. Chances are, We'll probably just move back to Tennessee. I'm not really that interested in paying over $1,500 a month for a decent area to live.

Thanks again for your reply.
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Old 06-29-2011, 01:42 AM
 
Location: Hell's Kitchen, NYC
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I appreciate your reply. To be honest, We came to Houston from Nashville because the economy bottomed out and we lost our jobs. Our current jobs both have openings in Boston, Portland, OR, and Nashville. Chances are, We'll probably just move back to Tennessee. I'm not really that interested in paying over $1,500 a month for a decent area to live.

Thanks again for your reply.
No problem. Portland is probably a better fit price-wise. You might at least want to look at that with the people in the Portland forum.
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Old 06-29-2011, 06:55 AM
 
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Are you sure you really want seasons again? In hot vs cold you have to remember that snow can block traffic. The past five or so years have been pretty significant. If you do live in a house I'd recommend a snow blower. Sometimes even if the roads are ok for you that is no indication that others are the same. Work can be canceled if it is unsafe for a majority to make it in.

I wouldn't recommend portland unless you really love the rain. There's a show on IFC called Portlandia that makes fun of it...

Are these jobs in the areas temporary or permanent? I might be worth it come up if the pay is good and then move back.

As much as I might like Boston I think coming from Houston you will probably be disappointed..less people here.
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Old 06-29-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: a bar
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I'm quite familiar with Lynn, and Goggled that address out of curiosity. It's actually in a very nice area of Lynn.
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Old 06-29-2011, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Brattleboro, VT
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Oh god, Lynn. I lived in Lynn for about five years as a kid. I didn't notice how bad it was until I left and got a bit older. I wouldn't recommended it. Granted the Flax Pond area isn't as bad as Kings Lynn, but still. I'd vouch for Lynn over Brockton, though. Ugh. Do not do that to yourselves!
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