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Old 02-23-2014, 05:08 PM
 
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I've heard that any place with good school system is $2500 for two bedrooms. Is that true?
Is there anywhere that has good school that is $1500 or less?
Would it be too much to find two bedrooms for $1000 per month?

With reasonable commute distance to Cambridge and good school system.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:25 PM
 
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Right now you will be hard pressed to get something that cheap. Cheap and Boston are not meeting in the same sentence for a while now. Realistically, you should be looking to spend around $1600-2000 for two bed in better school district. If you are lucky perhaps you also get extra space for office, or small nursery for $1800-$2000. Utilities are extra.
Cambridge is very hard to commute to. Train, car? Close to T? Where is office?
Give some more info, and maybe answer can be less vague.
Good luck.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:04 PM
 
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Office is at MIT. What would be the names of the $1600-2000 apartments in better school district?
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Westwood, MA
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I've heard that any place with good school system is $2500 for two bedrooms. Is that true?
Is there anywhere that has good school that is $1500 or less?
Would it be too much to find two bedrooms for $1000 per month?

With reasonable commute distance to Cambridge and good school system.
You might have luck in Arlington or Belmont.
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Your budget --

Lexington, Lincoln - no
Belmont or Concord - maybe
Acton, Arlington - most likely
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:09 PM
 
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Another vote for Acton
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Old 02-23-2014, 07:36 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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I would look at Burlington.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:48 PM
 
Location: The New England part of Ohio
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I have a 30 something friend, married with two children, one with special needs. She and her husband just bought a house in Maynard.

She says that the area is "up and coming" and is in love with the school district.

I have never been there, but she's very enthusiastic about it and says the home prices and rentals are quite a bit less than most in suburban Boston.
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Old 02-23-2014, 08:55 PM
 
Location: Camberville
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I recommend looking at towns on the Fitchburg line of the commuter rail. It goes into Porter Square where you can hop on the red line to get to Kendall/MIT. MBTA Commuter Rail > Fitchburg / South Acton Lines Schedules and Maps

Acton is definitely an option with excellent schools and affordable rents. There are even <$1000 one bedrooms there, and with a budget of $1500 you should be able to find a decent 2 bedroom that isn't a complete dump like it might be closer to the city in better districts. It would be about an hour and a half commute including the red line, but the commuter rail has wifi and it's much less stressful than driving.

Littleton might also be an option. It doesn't have the worst schools, but not the best either. It's solidly middling for eastern MA.

Groton is a little bit further of a drive to the commuter rail station, but has good schools. The Groton-Dunstable Regional High School is well regarded.
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Old 02-24-2014, 09:36 PM
 
Location: New York
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Westford has better schools. My wife took train a train from Littleton to North Station, took about an hour. We lived in Groton and it is a nice rural town. The schools there are rated a little lower than Westford, but they are much better than most. We had a 3 bedroom/ 1.5 bath duplex that went for $1250 and we knew we were lucky...Good luck!
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