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Old 10-15-2012, 11:56 AM
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Hi all,

It has been a year since I have moved to Newton (nonatum area) and am currently renting a two bedroom apt.. I am planning to buy next year and am looking at possibilities to buy in the Waltham neighborhood as most 3 br 2ba houses I see fit in my budget(450K) . My wife works in heart of Downtown so public commute is a bit impt.... and I travel due to work and have customers north and south of the city and also in the entire North east. When I look at real estate maps.. there is the bentley section, bleacherry section,warrendale section, the highlands and others of waltham and some of the sections of west watertown that seems to be ok, but not as great as compared to Newton. Since we do not have kids yet, school system is not the focus of us, safety and other factors are impt. I was wondering if people could share their opinions and also suggest other places I should look at...

Thanks in advance...
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Old 10-15-2012, 09:58 PM
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My partner is currently living in Waltham near Bank Square and he likes it. It is very walkable and has convenient access to lot of shops and other amenities. It's nice having the commuter rail but I think we will end up moving some place that is closer to a T stop. If you only need to go into downtown for work then the rail will probably be sufficient.
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Old 10-16-2012, 10:36 AM
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I live in Waltham highlands. I would (and did) choose Waltham over Watertown and have commuted downtown from Waltham for years. While Watertown has bus transport, Waltham has rail and bus/express transport.

If you are looking for a single family I would definitely consider schools even if you do not plan on having your children for a while. If you choose a home that is zoned to a severely underperforming elementary it will be less advantageous when you go to sell.

I would drive around both places and see how it feels to you. We wanted well-treed and more suburban single family with easy commuting which lead us to Waltham rather than Watertown. In Watertown we felt that it had more of that Somerville/Cambridge density that we wanted to avoid (city density without city amenities). However, others may prefer that density. Of course I am sure that there are parts of Watertown that are lovely, we just found a house we loved in Waltham however.
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Old 10-16-2012, 11:14 AM
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Sofresh thanks for the opinion. I am leaning to waltham for the exact same reasons you have mentioned when it comes to suburban family feel versus density, but parts of west watertown towards the waltham border are good too... my wife and i really liked the highlands area though... we went there for an open house and loved the area....
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