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Old 10-21-2010, 08:57 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I am looking into a position in Worcester and am trying to get a better feel for the area. My wife and I currently live in West Hartford, CT.
We are a professional Jewish couple and would like to continue living in a single family home with at least 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. We like to have easy access to ethnic restaurants, bookstores, etc (not big-box stores). We've got a dog, so would like safe areas to walk him. Does anyone have any suggestions for areas or towns that might suit us?

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DandJ
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Old 10-21-2010, 09:35 PM
 
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Westborough is a very nice suburb that's close to Worcester. I grew up there & there are lots of nice neighborhoods where you could safely walk your dog. We have a reform and conservative temple & plenty of ethnic restaurants. I like the rabbi at the reform temple where my folks go. Re: bookstores, I have to say I wish there were more little gems of bookstores in the area. Westboro has some nice little mom and pop shops but has too many big box stores for my taste, although most of them are clustered along Rt 9. There's a nice Tatnuck bookstore in Westboro and a great little antique bookstore next door in Hopkinton and then there's Bearly Read Books in Sudbury, which I love, but it's a bit of a drive. Actually my husband has found homes for a few people who moved to Worcester for work & they chose to live in Sudbury. It's a bit of a hike if you ask me but a gorgeous town with very well rated schools.

Also, when you say easy access to shops, do you mean walkable or just a short driving distance? I will say that one issue we hear from people moving to the area is they're surprised by the lack of walkability to things in many of the burbs.
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Old 10-22-2010, 05:19 AM
 
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The West Side of Worcester
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Old 10-22-2010, 08:46 AM
 
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Westborough is a very nice suburb that's close to Worcester. I grew up there & there are lots of nice neighborhoods where you could safely walk your dog. We have a reform and conservative temple & plenty of ethnic restaurants. I like the rabbi at the reform temple where my folks go. Re: bookstores, I have to say I wish there were more little gems of bookstores in the area. Westboro has some nice little mom and pop shops but has too many big box stores for my taste, although most of them are clustered along Rt 9. There's a nice Tatnuck bookstore in Westboro and a great little antique bookstore next door in Hopkinton and then there's Bearly Read Books in Sudbury, which I love, but it's a bit of a drive. Actually my husband has found homes for a few people who moved to Worcester for work & they chose to live in Sudbury. It's a bit of a hike if you ask me but a gorgeous town with very well rated schools.

Also, when you say easy access to shops, do you mean walkable or just a short driving distance? I will say that one issue we hear from people moving to the area is they're surprised by the lack of walkability to things in many of the burbs.
Thank you for all of this information!

As far as walkability, it would be nice to be able to walk to a coffee shop or a restaurant but, because we don't want to be in a busy neighborhood, that may be very unlikely. A short drive is just as good.

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The West Side of Worcester
Hi Gabe,

What consitutes the west side? We saw a few houses online that appear to be on the west side, but it's hard to gauge on mapquest.

The streets are: Coolidge Road, Surrey Lane, and Lambert Circle.

Are these streets considered to be on the west side?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:29 AM
 
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The streets are: Coolidge Road, Surrey Lane, and Lambert Circle.
These are all West Side addresses.

Surrey Lane and Lambert Circle are very very very nice neighborhoods but leave nothing in the way of walkability or even bike riding ability as far as amenities go.

Coolidge Road however sounds absolutely perfect for what you guys are looking for. There is a good cafe right on the corner of Coolidge and Chandler. A natural food store and their sister restaurant at Chandler and Park, 2 Sushi places, Mexican, Italian, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern, African, Armenian (as I type this I am wondering why in the hell I don't live in this neighborhood) all up on Park Avenue. An incredible art festival every September. Live music all summer at Newton Square. Elm Park. Beaver Brook Park.

Yeah, that really is a great little neighborhood.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Thank you sooooo much!

Of course these houses will likely be sold by the time we're ready to house-hunt, but it's good to know that houses *do* exist, in our price range (ok, a wee bit higher than we'd *like* to spend, but anyway...), for when it is time to look.

Those restaurants all sound incredible, as do the art festival (I love!) and the live music (husband loves!) -- can't wait! Let's hope the hubby gets the job that he's interviewing for!

Hey, you *should* move into that neighborhood -- right off the bat we'd know someone!

Thank you again, so much, for your help. This is very encouraging.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:53 AM
 
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And there's Tequila Sams. Don't forget Tequila Sams!

If I worked in Worcester, Westborough is a great fit since I wouldn't want to live in Worcester. If you're looking for a jewish community, I would say Sharon or Newton.. (currently resides in Newton).
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:31 AM
 
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Tortilla Sam's
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:04 PM
 
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And there's Tequila Sams. Don't forget Tequila Sams!

If I worked in Worcester, Westborough is a great fit since I wouldn't want to live in Worcester. If you're looking for a jewish community, I would say Sharon or Newton.. (currently resides in Newton).
Sharon and Newton are both about an hour from Worcester, which is where my husband would be working. That's a heck of a commute and not something that he'd be thrilled doing.

We thought that there must be a Jewish population in Worcestor because it has quite a large number of synagogues. Not that we're religious, by any stretch of the imagination, but it would be nice to know that we're not the *only* Jews in town.

Why woudn't you want to live in Worcester? Just curious...

We also heard about Westborough but, with a cursory glance at realtor.com, the houses don't seem quite as nice as the Worcester ones that we saw. Of course, that's not saying that Westborough isn't possibly nicer -- typically a home in a nicer area costs more, which makes sense -- but I'm curious why the west side of Worcester wouldn't be appealing to you.
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Old 10-22-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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Why woudn't you want to live in Worcester? Just curious...
Take whatever is said as answers to this question with a grain of salt. I love dense city living, so I am not the biggest fan of the city, but if you don't have kids, and don't mind a more suburban lifestyle, the West Side is one of the best inland areas in the entire state, and I stand by this as someone who is constantly looking to move out of the city.

The region can have a very uneducated and misinformed opinion of Worcester.
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