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Old 06-02-2015, 09:09 AM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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i really hope the day jobs of many of us here are not doctors.
Nope, finance here (which I purposely keep vague since incomes can range anywhere from $50k to $500k and up for finance). And I agree with what Jayrandom said above. No one is mentioning Wellesley unless the OP hinted at being able to afford it. If no budget is specified, but OP wants the best schools then the usual towns with the "best schools" will get tossed into the conversation. Most people with low budgets know their budget is low and will throw out a requirement of say, $400k max. Then we will start suggesting towns along I-495 with good schools, but also warn the OP about 1.5 hour commutes. I don't see what the problem is here.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:27 AM
 
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'what else would you expect? don't blame the advice givers if the requests are vague.'

well it gets boring seeing the same towns listed over and over.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:48 AM
 
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i guess my problem is too many assumptions are made sometimes, but this is obviously a web forum so people are free to dispense their opinions. I also find myself to do the same.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:52 AM
 
Location: 42°22'55.2"N 71°24'46.8"W
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'what else would you expect? don't blame the advice givers if the requests are vague.'

well it gets boring seeing the same towns listed over and over.
True, but there are only so many towns with top schools right? The list doesn't change much from year to year. The discussions you see on the forums are driven by what people post. And new members post the same question every week. "We are a family with 2 young children moving here for a job in Kendall Square. What are the towns with the best schools with a commute under 45 minutes?" Then reality hits and they realize the $150k salary they are relocating here for doesn't buy them a house in a top school district along 128 LOL.
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Old 06-02-2015, 09:54 AM
 
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True, but there are only so many towns with top schools right? The list doesn't change much from year to year. The discussions you see on the forums are driven by what people post. And new members post the same question every week. "We are a family with 2 young children moving here for a job in Kendall Square. What are the towns with the best schools with a commute under 45 minutes?" Then reality hits and they realize the $150k salary they are relocating here for doesn't buy them a house in a top school district along 128 LOL.
This pretty much sums it up. 60-70% of Eastern MA is automatically disqualified by most people on this forum because of schools or distance from Boston.
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Old 06-02-2015, 10:00 AM
 
Location: North of Boston
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'what else would you expect? don't blame the advice givers if the requests are vague.'

well it gets boring seeing the same towns listed over and over.
What are you expecting, some radical new location that no one new existed before?

There are X number of towns within 128 and X -Y that are "great" school districts. there is a finite list. of course its boring seeing the same list again and again. but that is reality.
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:21 AM
 
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What are you expecting, some radical new location that no one new existed before?

There are X number of towns within 128 and X -Y that are "great" school districts. there is a finite list. of course its boring seeing the same list again and again. but that is reality.
Amen. Wouldn't say it much better myself.

I think that it is important not to pry, to be truthful, and treat people who ask for guidance as adults able to decide what is best for them. There is too much unnecessary, distracting debates, and petty prejudice.

This is not competition for the most popular answer of the day. Eastern MA is tiny, and options are pretty limited especially with high COL, and commute issues.

OP doesn't have to contribute more than they are comfortable with. Help if you can, and move on.
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Old 06-02-2015, 11:43 AM
 
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'What are you expecting, some radical new location that no one new existed before? '

that'd be less boring
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Old 06-02-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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I'm impressed with all the helpful replies! Thank you so much for everyone who chimed in and gave their opinions. Sorry it was vague to a lot of posters. We were in Boston a week ago and toured some of the neighborhoods (as good as you can do with 2 little ones). I've done a lot of research on the areas and houses (so, no, I wouldn't ask for a rating of those areas not knowing what houses cost there, how they look, in what shape they are in, etc.) but couldn't get much info on the different schools until it was clearly stated here that school systems are governed by the town and not by the county/state.

Also, apologies if similar topics have been discussed here before. A lot of similar posts refer to public transportation, town restaurants/nightlife/shopping, all I need is a place to go for a coffee or a treat and for the rest I'm happy to drive everywhere else. I'd rather have a nice community, hiking, outdoor activities in 'walkable' distance so I felt like it was legitimate to ask for an advise.

Again, thanks to all of you for the valuable info!
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Old 06-02-2015, 07:54 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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Still didn't give any insight in to budget.
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