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Old 10-30-2011, 06:29 AM
 
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Hello there!

I just accepted a job in Natick, MA and started looking at places to rent in MetroWest. It's been somewhat discouraging so far... I'm a bit lost.

I have a cat and a dog and haven't been in the rental market for a while. So far all I see are apartments, no SFH. I'm not fond of apartment living, having spent most of my younger years in apt. rentals.

I'm willing to commute for up to 30 min. Any ideas where and what I should be looking for?
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Old 10-30-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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What size home & what price range are you looking in?
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:07 AM
 
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Ideally, a two bedroom house or a cottage, preferably in a quiet area . I'm willing to pay separate utilities. I'd like to stay on a $1500 budget - all included. I need a yard for my small dog. One large bedroom and a den would be fine or two smaller bedrooms. I currently live in a new 2 bedroom.

Doable?
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Old 10-30-2011, 10:17 AM
 
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I know someone in Natick who is about to rent out a sf 2 bed - house. It's on Howe st. in West Natick. I believe they are asking 1700 or something like that. I can give you the info so you can reach the owners - PM me I interested.

Try looking in these towns: Natick, Newton, Ashland, Framingham (avoid the south and east part), Holliston, Dedham, West Roxbury. Of these, Newton would be the most pricey.

Try Craigslist, but just plan on getting 1 response for 10 inquires that you send out. I know what you mean by not wanting to live in apts. I'm in the same boat. There are lots of apts across the W Natick train station and they run about 1350 for a 2 bed. Also, on occasion you may run into inlaw or 2 familiy apts - owner live on 1 floor and you live on another. Having pets could be a problem though. 1500 should be enough for a 2-bed in the towns I mentioned. Some apts incl heat which is a big plus as it can run 300 bucks a month in the winter.
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Old 10-30-2011, 11:34 AM
 
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36 Harwood Rd, Natick, MA 01760 | MLS# 71296636

This looks like it will fit the bill, but you would need 3% down plus closing. But your monthly payment would only be around $1300.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:41 PM
 
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Check out Framingham. It has a bad reputation but there are some very very nice parts with quiet areas, nice scenery, parks, lakes, easy access to the turnpike and route 9, etc.
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Old 10-31-2011, 09:55 AM
 
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Thanks, kmann-sherborn. At this time I'm not interested in buying.
Thanks, mmyk72, but $1700 is out of my price range. Invaluable advice on Craigslist though. Thanks!
Thanks, Ronnie. Why does Framingham have a bad reputation?

What do you think about living in Quincy and commuting to Natick?
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:40 AM
 
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Quincy to Natick daily - I wouldn't do it if I were you unless there's a good reason to live in that area. Cost of gas, time wasted driving, frustration sitting in traffic just makes life harder than it needs to be.
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Old 10-31-2011, 10:43 AM
 
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First off--CONGRATULATIONS! Best of luck.
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Old 10-31-2011, 12:14 PM
 
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Thanks, Spaceman!

According to Google maps Quincy is only a 45 min drive but with traffic you never know. It will probably be too draining in the end but it looks like a good option right now financially, so I don't want to rule it out.

What about the area between 495 and 95? Acton through Wrentham?

natick, ma - Google Maps

Is communing North or South in MetroWest a bad idea instead of going on the major highways? You have to forgive my ignorance but currently I live about 10 min away from my job so I don't know. And yes, I'm ready to give up the current job.

Could someone explain to me what a "refuse removal fee" is?

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