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Old 11-16-2014, 07:13 PM
 
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My husband may be taking a job in Boston having us relocate from Los Angeles. We love where we live now - we can walk to parks, restaurants, grocery store, library, etc. and would love to find something similar in Boston/Boston suburbs. He isn't sure where the office will be - it is a new office, they are finalizing their location soon...but we know we want:

1. great preschools
2. great community of stay at home moms/toddlers
3. safe
4. convenient access to transportation
5. convenient access to gym (equinox, etc.), whole foods or other health food grocery store, restaurants, coffee!, parks, things to do!

Thanks!

We are hoping to rent in the city for the first year or two and then buy after we get our bearings and settle on a more suburban community to raise our family. We spend 2800/month on a 2br now, and would like to stay in that price range, but ideally have a 3br to expand our family!
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Old 11-16-2014, 07:48 PM
 
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Just move to Brookline and stay there permanently. Don't move to the suburbs because none of them will hit every item on that bucket list.
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Old 11-16-2014, 08:15 PM
 
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Arlington would hit most of the items on that list and is cheaper than Brookline. Do you know where your husband will be working? If he's planning on using public transportation, the difference in commute time can be significant between places that don't look that far apart (e.g. Arlington would be good for working in Cambridge, Brookline would be better if he's working in Back Bay/Copley Square area).
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Old 11-16-2014, 09:11 PM
 
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I second Brookline and Arlington and would add Cambridge (an amazing city with plenty to do and offer), and perhaps Somerville around Davis Sq. or Belmont around Cushing Sq. area. To the south of the city I would check Hingham and perhaps Cohasset (smaller and quieter neighbor).

Obviously you do need to understand commute needs and position yourself accordingly. Boston is small, but commute can be miserable if you end up on the wrong side of the city.

Coming from L.A. prepare for long and dark winters, get place with newer gas heat if at all possible, and research lead issues in MA, so you understand that many rentals will be off limits for your family, if not deleded.

You might not be able to find deleded place in the hippest neighborhood, or if you do, it might cost you more because they are rarer, and many families with young kids compete for relatively small number of available deleded rentals. Be flexible, and make sure you are ready to jump on a good rental right a way.

Welcome. Good luck.
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Old 11-17-2014, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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Arlington would hit most of the items on that list and is cheaper than Brookline. Do you know where your husband will be working? If he's planning on using public transportation, the difference in commute time can be significant between places that don't look that far apart (e.g. Arlington would be good for working in Cambridge, Brookline would be better if he's working in Back Bay/Copley Square area).
I agree. Knowing where you are commuting to can make a huge difference when choosing where to live. Even if you can let us know what industry your spouse works in that might give us an idea where he would most likely be commuting to as certain industries tend to be concentrated in certain areas of the city.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:44 AM
 
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Very few moms stay home in Boston. The middle can't afford it and the rich get nannies. The sweet spots for SAHMs are Arlington and Sudbury, a smattering in Newton.
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Old 11-18-2014, 06:46 AM
 
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Very few moms stay home in Boston. The middle can't afford it and the rich get nannies. The sweet spots for SAHMs are Arlington and Sudbury, a smattering in Newton.
If the OP can afford to be an SAHM in LA she can afford it in Boston. I threw out Brookline because it has a large SAHM population and gives her the urban environment she's looking for.
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Old 11-18-2014, 08:26 AM
 
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All expensive towns like Brookline, Cambridge, Newton, Belmont, Arlington, Lexington will have pretty significant SAHM population. They are often the most cosmopolitan and more sophisticated too, than your regular NE garden variety suburb.
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Old 11-18-2014, 10:21 AM
 
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Hingham or Cohasset.
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Old 11-23-2014, 07:39 AM
 
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go with Brookline. it's got the density of Westwood mixed with nice family homes & parks. very convenient location as well. (close to all the entertainment options of Boston)
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