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Old 09-04-2007, 09:07 PM
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I am looking into renting a condo in one of those large complexes along Route 9 in Framingham just for myself for proximity to work, shopping and highways. Anything I should be concerned about?

Also, there are many units available in the complexes near the West Natick commuter rail stop. Are those any better?

I will be working in Framingham and would like to live in a place that has easy access to Boston for the weekends but a short commute on the week days. Any suggestions are very welcome!

Thanks much.
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Old 09-05-2007, 07:32 AM
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It's usually pretty easy to find rentals in the complexes near the West Natick commuter rail station. (I'd check Craigslist & the local papers). If you're planning to take the train that might be a nicer option for you, as you would be able to walk right to the train versus trying to fight for an early morning spot at the Framingham or Natick station (not always an easy task). Plus it is quieter there vs being right on Rt 9. I believe the nicer complex in that development is Deerfield.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:52 PM
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I don't know about the specific condo developments, but generally I'd say Natick is a nicer town than Framingham. I rented when I lived in the area, so I don't know about the property taxes, but Natick has a nice clean downtown, in addition to the malls along rt. 9. The rt. 9 malls also extend into Framingham, but downtown Framingham is a run-down dump, which offers nothing except the commuter rail station to draw anyone to the area. Some people even say downtown Framingham is dangerous. I'm not so sure that it's really all that dangerous, but I guess it depends on how comfortable you are making your way around seedy neighborhoods. My experience was that Framingham's population had a hardcore element of Framingham old-timers, who really seemed to run the town, and could be pretty difficult toward people who were not originally from that town. Not sure how much of an issue that would be for someone living in a condo, where many of the neighbors are probably outsiders as well, but another strike against the general quality of life in Framingham. Also, if school quality is an issue, though the schools in Natick are not as highly rated as the VERY high-quality schools in most nearby western suburbs, they're probably better than the schools in Framingham.
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