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Old 02-10-2008, 06:43 PM
 
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HI All,

Just wanted some opinions on where we should look to buy a home. My husband works in Newton, goes to Grad school in Wellesley, and I am a stay at home mom to a 2 year old and a 4 year old. Good public schools and a reasonable commute distance to work are very important to us. Price wise, we would like to stay between 450k and 500k. We have been all over the place and are now so confused that I am just looking for other ideas. Ideally we would like a town west or north of Newton. Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks!

Jan
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:58 AM
 
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Hi Jan - Are you looking for a single family home or townhome? What other criteria is important to you and where have you looked that you liked/disliked?
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Old 02-11-2008, 11:07 AM
 
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Thanks for your response. We are looking for a single family home with a decent size yard(at least .25 of an acre). We really like Acton, but my husband is concerned about the commute b/c of route 2. He only goes into the office 2 or three days a week, but he doesn't want a horrendous commute. I know the Acton area pretty well, but I know very little about the western suburbs out along the pike, I am looking for more info on those towns(shrewsbury, westborough). We really want a town that is very family friendly and has lots of activities for the kids.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Old 02-11-2008, 04:14 PM
 
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The commute from Acton isn't "horrendous," just somewhat crowded. I see the folks lined up on Rt. 2 headed into town. If you leave somewhat early, it's no big deal. Honest.
Shrewsbury is significantly further west by mileage- almost in Worcester.
I don't know much about family life, but most of the towns in MetroWest are very quiet, pleasant, and seem good for families.
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:25 PM
 
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The commute from Shrewsbury would be a bit of a long haul but you can certainly get a lot for your money there compared with closer towns. There are lots of family activities in Shrewsbury and Westboro. Holliston or Hopkinton might be worth considering. Both have plenty of community activities and a somewhat easier commute. Also, if the length of commute from Shrewsbury to Newton is ok with your husband you might consider Grafton because it I think would be a little faster since you have easy access to the Mass Pike (and Commuter Rail).
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Old 02-11-2008, 06:53 PM
 
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Those are all great suggestions. We really do love Acton, we were just a little scared by all of the "bad press" about route 2 in the morning, but I think that we may have decided that it would be worth it. I will be checking into Westborough and Grafton as well...thanks for the info!
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Old 02-11-2008, 07:02 PM
 
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Re: Acton, you can go to http://www.acton-ma.gov/ and on the Recreation Dept section of the site you'll see a list of all the sports, theatre, and concerts hosted by the town.
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Old 03-04-2008, 11:11 AM
 
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Look into buying a home in Newton...there are tons of lovely home in this town.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:19 PM
 
Location: Metrowest, MA
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As many suggest, Acton commute to Newton depends on time of day... If you can get through Concord Rotary... you should be fine... It also depends on where in Newton you need to go. I would say 40minutes to 1 hour.

Other towns to consider are the ones touching Wellesley.. like Needham, Natick, Wayland, Newton... Towns in the north to consider are Bedford, Arlington.

One other thing to consider is that your kids are young, most kindergarten program do not make that much difference. If you plan to move in a couple of years, I would not emphasize on school too much.
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Old 03-05-2008, 08:50 PM
 
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As a kindergarten teacher I have to disagree with the idea that K programs do not make that much of a difference. Kindergarten is a child's first experience with school and can set the tone for future sucess or difficulties. Class size and the approach towards play or worksheets vary greatly by districts.
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