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Old 12-11-2012, 10:30 AM
 
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I have two kids (2 and 1) and we will be moving to the MA/RI area in the next couple months. Was hoping for help with recommendations on best towns to look at with the following criteria:

1. Needs to have great public schools
2. We want a community that would be great to raise a family...above and beyond the school. People define "great" differently but we'd love to hear your opinion
3. Within 1/2 hour commute of Woonsocket RI
4. Looking to spend $450K-$550K on a house and looking for 4BR. Prefer a yard bigger than 1/2 acre so the kids can play
5. Leaning towards the MA side of the border, but totally open to arguments for the RI side.

We also lean towards a smaller town feel vs big city but are most concerned with schools and community.

Really appreciate the help.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:47 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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Look in Wrentham. 2nd choice would be Franklin.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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Look in Wrentham. 2nd choice would be Franklin.
2nd that.

But with that said, Franklin is larger and does seem to have a stronger community feel than Wrentham IMO. Wrentham is more rural, spread out and catering to people who just want piece and quiet. Visit both towns and see which one has more the vibe you are seeking.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:21 PM
 
Location: Central Mass
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look in wrentham. 2nd choice would be franklin.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:14 PM
 
Location: Norman, OK
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Is RI completely out? I know the state has its issues, but if you're working in the state, I think you should consider living there, especially since you will be paying taxes to the state. There are great communities like Lincoln and Smithfield that would fit your needs and also be a short drive into Providence. IMO, those areas are more desirable in terms of location and amenities. Yes, Wrentham and Franklin are great communities with great homes and schools, but they are a little too 'isolated' IMO.
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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I have two kids (2 and 1) and we will be moving to the MA/RI area in the next couple months. Was hoping for help with recommendations on best towns to look at with the following criteria:

1. Needs to have great public schools
2. We want a community that would be great to raise a family...above and beyond the school. People define "great" differently but we'd love to hear your opinion
3. Within 1/2 hour commute of Woonsocket RI
4. Looking to spend $450K-$550K on a house and looking for 4BR. Prefer a yard bigger than 1/2 acre so the kids can play
5. Leaning towards the MA side of the border, but totally open to arguments for the RI side.

We also lean towards a smaller town feel vs big city but are most concerned with schools and community.

Really appreciate the help.
Uxbridge: This meets all qualifications, AND you can get so much more house for your budget. They just built a brand new high school and test scores are solid. Great community spirit, and small town feel.
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