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Old 10-04-2006, 06:29 AM
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O.K we have been out of New England for about 6 years now and thinking about moving back. We are a family of 5. So need a good school system, good parks and rec (youth football, baseball, etc...) and nice community. We would like a small town but not too small. Can I get some suggestions of towns and/or neighborhoods that are great for families. We are looking more in the southwest area of the state (Milford, Harvard area, etc...) we can spend about 400,00- 450,000 for a house. Thanks for the help!!
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Old 10-04-2006, 07:27 AM
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I live in Sturbridge and really enjoy it here, we have a great neighborhood lake association with lots to do and get involved in. Good baseball league,soccer and football. My son's in baseball, soccer and Karate. he's 6.
There are a few houses in my neighborhood for sale and 120 for sale in sturbridge. My friend is a realtor and you can find her by typing in Annmariesorensen and then the .com.

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Old 10-04-2006, 09:57 AM
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I would consider Upton MA
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Old 10-05-2006, 06:58 AM
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My family lives in Harvard and find the schools superlative. We are a small town so if your kids want to play foottball or hockey they have to participate in the combined community teams we hve with nearby towns. Most other team sports are competitive. Kids can also signup to go skiing after school and there are many outdoor activities area. The twon has a rural feel, but helps form very close positive relationships. Housing is expensive, and you have to drive to a neighboring town to gt groceries and a pharmacy (which will change in a about 12-18 months when the new commercial complex is built). A 2600-3500 SF colonial runs about $700K, but there are exceptions. There is a large Acorn contempory on the market now with 3500sf in the low $400.

I don't know much about Upton, but drove through there recently and thought it was charming. Friends tell me it is a great place to raise kids.

Places we cosidered when moving from the midwest included: Southborough, Westborough, Acton (very urban but great schools) and Sudbury (just like Acton). Places I wish we could have looked at but they were too far from my husband's work are: Groton (beautiful and good schools), Townesend (sp?), Pepprel (sp?), and Littleton. Any of those I've listed have good marks from people I've talked to.
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Old 10-05-2006, 10:47 AM
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Northampton/Hadley/Amherst area.

Beautiful and quiet if you want, or town like and lively if that is your thing. Great college, restruants, activities and it is easy access to 90 to get over to Boston, or hop on 91 to get to VT, Hartford and Springfield. And plenty of sports and outdodor recreational activities.

Great place to raise a family. And you will do well for housing with your price range. At least give it a look when you up there.
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