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Old 06-25-2012, 09:45 PM
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My fiance and I currently rent a small 1 bedroom apt in the Quincy Center area and are getting married next week. We are looking to buy a house in the next year.

Can someone suggest some good places to look? We are both originally from Braintree and work in the Downtown Crossing area. We would be able to afford up to a $400,000 home. We would prefer to be able to buy a house that is at least 1200 square feet and 3 bedrooms and 1.5 baths. We would also want to live in a community where the schools are at least average.

We have been talking about looking in Braintree because they have decent schools, not crazy house prices and is convenient to the Red Line, although I'm not sure my fiance is floored by the idea of living in the town we both grew up in. We've been discussing different communities along Route 3 mostly. I would prefer not to have a crazy commute. Our total commute right now is 30 minutes. He wants to look as far down south as Marshfield but I am nervous about a commute once you get a distance off the red line. Since we don't get to work until 10am, he thinks that the commute wouldn't be so bad. Once or twice when we drove by the highway around that time, it looked like the cars were moving pretty well.

So any suggestions on some good places to live? Like I said we've only really been looking on the South Shore and aren't looking at Brockton, Randolph, Holbrook, Avon, Rockland, since I have pretty poor opinions of those towns. If anyone also knows what the commute is like from various areas around the 9-10am hour, that would be extremely helpful.
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Old 06-25-2012, 11:46 PM
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How about Milton? It's made a few "best places" lists of late: Best Places to Live: Milton, MA. Plus, you'd still be close to Quincy and Braintree.
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