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Old 02-09-2008, 02:34 PM
 
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Which would you choose and why?
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Old 02-09-2008, 03:29 PM
 
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Everyone's needs are different such as being single or having a young family, income, drive to work, rent or buy, urbanish or suburban. I lived in Lexington with my family and although pretty with an amazing rec center for Lexington residence, I found it too unstimulating. Might have moved to Arlington if they didn't have a dog restriction.
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:36 AM
 
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What's the dog restriction?

Offhand, I'd say that Lexington is much, much more expensive. I'm not sure if there is a less-expensive side of town there. Supposedly, city services, like parks and library, are superb.
Arlington has more of an income mix, and is not as upscale overall. I really like East Arlington, with the restaurants, and access to the train, Rt. 2, and Cambridge.
Low crime (and low car insurance) for both.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:24 AM
 
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Lexington is a dynamic town, with activities for all ages. If you have kids, there are lots of arts/sports/music opportunities; if you're an active family, there is the bike path; if you're into church, there are plenty of churches; if you're into politics and 'volunteering, there are lots of opportunities to join committees and become active. There is also a nice Arts and Crafts society which offers classes.

The schools are terrific and there is a lot of parent participation. The down-side is the cost of housing. But, you can still buy a small house for $400,000. It will be on the less-desirable side of town, but many people buy a small house and trade up after a couple of years. I would say it's one of the best towns.

It is close to highways and the T service is good. There is an in-town bus that runs through the neighborhoods.

Arlington is a nice town and is very convenient. The schools are good. There is an active town center with lots of restaurants.

Hey - no town is perfect - you will find happiness where you make it. Good luck!
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:28 AM
 
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Hey - no town is perfect - you will find happiness where you make it. Good luck!
Very good point, I'm trying to remember this as we navigate through the crazy process of home buying!
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Old 02-10-2008, 03:43 PM
 
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What's the dog restriction?

Offhand, I'd say that Lexington is much, much more expensive. I'm not sure if there is a less-expensive side of town there. Supposedly, city services, like parks and library, are superb.
Arlington has more of an income mix, and is not as upscale overall. I really like East Arlington, with the restaurants, and access to the train, Rt. 2, and Cambridge.
Low crime (and low car insurance) for both.
The dog restriction would only affect those with more than three dogs like me..so not a problem for 99.9%.
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Old 02-10-2008, 11:03 PM
 
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They both have their pros and cons.

Lexington (as mentioned) is more upscale. Homes are larger, the population isn't nearly as dense as Arlington. Lexington Center is very nice. The schools are very good, especially if you're a very high performing student or in special education. Public transit is kinda meh, but does exist. Housing is extremely expensive. Neither town is particularly diverse, but Lexington is the more diverse of the two. There's a very strong Jewish community.

Arlington is cheaper. Schools are good, but not as good as Lexington, especially special education. Public transit reaches much more of Arlington (granted there's much less to reach since Arlington is 1/3rd the size) and it's much more frequent than in Lexington. It's more conveniently located to Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville by car or public transit. There's more of a variety of housing. Arlington is a dry town, so there are no bars or liquor stores, but seriously it's 5 sq miles and the first store over every border (that allows it) is a liquor store. Fortunately they do allow most of the restaurants now to get liquor licenses. And whole we're on the subject of restaurants, there's a whole crapload, and they're of generally decent quality.

For towns that are right next to eachother they do actually offer pretty different lifestyles and I don't think you could go wrong with either one. Overall I like Arlington better, but since it is my hometown I'm not exactly unbiased here.
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Old 02-11-2008, 01:53 PM
 
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They both have their pros and cons.

Lexington (as mentioned) is more upscale. Homes are larger, the population isn't nearly as dense as Arlington. Lexington Center is very nice. The schools are very good, especially if you're a very high performing student or in special education. Public transit is kinda meh, but does exist. Housing is extremely expensive. Neither town is particularly diverse, but Lexington is the more diverse of the two. There's a very strong Jewish community.

Arlington is cheaper. Schools are good, but not as good as Lexington, especially special education. Public transit reaches much more of Arlington (granted there's much less to reach since Arlington is 1/3rd the size) and it's much more frequent than in Lexington. It's more conveniently located to Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville by car or public transit. There's more of a variety of housing. Arlington is a dry town, so there are no bars or liquor stores, but seriously it's 5 sq miles and the first store over every border (that allows it) is a liquor store. Fortunately they do allow most of the restaurants now to get liquor licenses. And whole we're on the subject of restaurants, there's a whole crapload, and they're of generally decent quality.

For towns that are right next to eachother they do actually offer pretty different lifestyles and I don't think you could go wrong with either one. Overall I like Arlington better, but since it is my hometown I'm not exactly unbiased here.
I have to disagree with Lexington being the more diverse of the two towns. Not even close, in my opinion. Arlington is a much more dynamic town and has less attitude. I like Lexington, but it's not a diverse town at all, in terms of class strata or racial/culture make-up. And, as I alluded to, the snob factor is a major drawback. Lexington, however, does have better middle and high schools. The elementary schools in Arlington are very good. Brackett (in Arlington) is the top-performing elementary school in the state, actually, but those things change over time.
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Old 02-11-2008, 04:15 PM
 
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As far as pure racial makeup percentages, Lexington is more diverse, mainly it has a larger Asian community. Socioeconomically it's way less diverse than Arlington, I don't think you can find anyone to dispute that. It's nice that Brackett does so well, but Arlington has other elementary schools so it can't be judged just based on that. I'm not trying to talk smack about Arlington public schools, I did attend them for 12 years and received a great education.
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Old 04-10-2008, 03:51 PM
 
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i would choose Lexington hands down over Arlington. Arlington has some interesting restaurants and I love the Arlington Capitol theatre but I can go to those anytime since I live in Cambridge close by and anyone in Lexington could driver there as well. Arlington is too hodge podge for me and not very pretty. It just isn't that pretty and the housing stock isn't so hot.

I think that Lexington feels so much cleaner and prettier yet still has the vibrant center, the gorgeous homes, and the awesome public schools.

Arlington schools are not, not good. They are so-so at best.
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