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Old 10-30-2011, 03:57 PM
 
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Old 10-30-2011, 04:24 PM
 
Location: Bangor Maine
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If you can sell your house in this realestate market right now and make 2-300K on it - go for it. I guess families in your area are not feeling effects of the overall economy.
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Old 08-18-2016, 01:50 PM
 
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I think the best combination is an average neighborhood in the best school district - all within your means. In virtually every town there is the high and low ends but the kids all go to the same schools. Being comfortable in an average neighborhood is much better for your psyche than being uncomfortable in the best neighborhood as "keeping up with the Jones" is something we all get trapped in at one time or another.
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Old 08-18-2016, 02:47 PM
 
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I think the best combination is an average neighborhood in the best school district - all within your means. In virtually every town there is the high and low ends but the kids all go to the same schools. Being comfortable in an average neighborhood is much better for your psyche than being uncomfortable in the best neighborhood as "keeping up with the Jones" is something we all get trapped in at one time or another.
There really aren't "average" neighborhoods in the towns with "the best" school systems. There's only expensive and super super expensive. In many cases the "average" neighborhoods mainly consist of people who bought their houses 30+ years ago but could never afford to buy their own house today.
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Winchester
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I'm still curious as to the OP's current and want-to-move-to town.
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:21 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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You have to do some research and decide if you are really going to be comfortable before you switch towns. Having neighbors who have so much more wealth than you do can be miserable, but the reverse is true, as well.
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Old 08-18-2016, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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I'm still curious as to the OP's current and want-to-move-to town.
Yes, it would have been helpful to know at least the town she was considering.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:40 PM
 
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There really aren't "average" neighborhoods in the towns with "the best" school systems. There's only expensive and super super expensive. In many cases the "average" neighborhoods mainly consist of people who bought their houses 30+ years ago but could never afford to buy their own house today.
Depends on where you live. We lived in one of the best school districts in Mass and we had homes in every price range.
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Old 08-18-2016, 07:41 PM
 
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Depends on where you live. We lived in one of the best school districts in Mass and we had homes in every price range.
Where? And when?
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Old 08-18-2016, 10:40 PM
 
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I think the best combination is an average neighborhood in the best school district - all within your means. In virtually every town there is the high and low ends but the kids all go to the same schools. Being comfortable in an average neighborhood is much better for your psyche than being uncomfortable in the best neighborhood as "keeping up with the Jones" is something we all get trapped in at one time or another.
This doesn't exist in the Boston suburbs with the best schools. Maybe when you get out past 495 in places like Hopkinton or Harvard there are a few houses in the $400ks that are not tear downs. From the original post I got a Lexington vibe and there are no average neighborhoods there.
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