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Old 05-22-2011, 10:35 PM
 
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Hi! Currently live in Boston, but just got a job in Worcester. I'm a single professional, late 20's. I love city life, but don't think I can handle a 1+ hour commute each day. Is anyone familiar with the towns in between Boston and Worcester? Are they safe? Any good areas for young professionals? Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:47 AM
 
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Plenty of options for you to choose from. Do you want something more "urban" or "rural" for living itself? And are you looking to rent or buy? Budget?
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:56 AM
 
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Of the 3 towns that you mention, I personally like Natick. You'll only be 20 minutes away from Boston and Worcester will be something like a 30-minute commute. Moreover, for your office commute, you'll be going opposite to rush hour traffic.

Natick has a nice selection of stores and restaurants. Framingham is also mostly very nice, but I would stay away from the train station and the downtown areas. Shrewsbury is fine, but I think it might be a longer commute to Boston (I am guessing at least 45 minutes if not more) - however, the commute to Worcester should be quite fast.

Btw, in terms of costs of housing, on average, Natick will be the highest followed by Framingham, and then Shrewsbury.



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Hi! Currently live in Boston, but just got a job in Worcester. I'm a single professional, late 20's. I love city life, but don't think I can handle a 1+ hour commute each day. Is anyone familiar with the towns in between Boston and Worcester? Are they safe? Any good areas for young professionals? Thanks!
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Old 05-23-2011, 09:13 PM
 
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Probably a little more urban... but living near running or biking trails would be great (so I guess I could do either). Preferably would like to pay $1300 or less/month. Studio or 1BR is fine. Looking to rent (at least for the next year or so). Thanks!!
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:16 PM
 
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I think framingham is the most interesting. I don't know why forrestgump says to stay away from the train station and downtown areas. There's lots to do in framingham and it's a safe place. Also cheaper. and the nice thing is the train goes to both places quickly. I'd say like 1/2 hour to boston and a little less to Worcester. Definitely what I would choose in your situation.Cheers.
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Old 05-25-2011, 02:24 PM
 
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I would not chose to live in downtown Framingham by the train station. I would double-check, but I find it doubtful that Framingham is less affordable than Shrewsbury.
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Old 05-25-2011, 03:18 PM
 
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I dont know much about shrewsbury, but Framingham has some cheap housing, at least cheaper than shrewsbury.
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Old 05-28-2011, 11:01 AM
 
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Thanks so much! I'm leaning towards Natick, but still need to come check out the town... are there any areas in Natick that I should avoid (or certain areas that you would recommend)? Also, are there any other towns in between Boston and Worcester that I should consider (safe, nice, fairly easy commute to both Worcester and Boston)?

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Old 05-28-2011, 02:23 PM
 
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Not really any cheap places.
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Old 05-28-2011, 04:55 PM
 
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Is $1300/month for a studio/1BR considered cheap in the suburbs? Should I expect to pay more? I've found decent studios in Back Bay for $1350-1500 and thought living outside the city would be more affordable...
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