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Old 09-20-2017, 04:25 PM
 
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I don't mean to disparage your town or your experience. Not to beat a dead horse, but I'm simply trying to give a well-rounded take while considering all options for the OP.

Having moved back to the state recently, I can vouch that almost any town in Eastern Massachusetts is a great place to raise a family. It's a competitive area with a vast amount of formidable options. I lived in Chelmsford for a number of years, and while those from the metrowest/valley tend to belittle the town, it turned out to be one of my absolute favorite places to live. So I do understand that there are many angles, opinions, and takes that can drive someone to love an area while others may not prefer it.. part of it is unfamiliarity.

That said, as a transplant from out of state, the OP has fairly standard desires and needs. They aren't overly specific to any one place, but some towns IMO will be more heavily tailored to a family.. Maybe it's higher education rankings, a high school built on extra-curriculars, lots of town events, great college placement, resale value, sociodemographics. So, with those in mind, I stand by my recommendations.

Cheers- No intention to offend.
I dunno, there seems to be some significant contradictory info in here and I'm trying to figure out if you're saying there ARE or ARE NOT notable differences among all the towns in Eastern mass.

I spent the first 30 years of my life in eastern Mass, and while I agree that Massachusetts cities and towns share some basic core similarities, I'd be very hardpressed to argue they're all great places to raise a family, or that the differences are minor. I'd never argue for example that Lawrence is a "formidable option" to Andover or that Randolph is one to Sharon.

Heck we used to argue all the time about the relative merits of Chelmsford vs. Tewksbury vs. Wilmington vs. Billerica (always lost). Well, Lowell always lost, TBH. But Lowell was way better than Lawrence, natch.

Your third paragraph seems to acknowledge that there are these notable differences, though. That makes sense.

Regarding Hull specifically, local knowledge like one poster shared will always be instructive since there are geographic features that make it appreciably different from its neighbors. I lived in the 'other Hull,' Winthrop, for years and you had to live there to appreciate (or hate) what the town had to offer. Websites would not paint a complete picture.

As always, YMMV.
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Old 09-20-2017, 05:39 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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I don't know what Hull is like anymore. It's not somewhere you just "drive through" due to it's location. You have to make a conscious decision to go there. Those of us who are natives remember it had a seedy reputation due Nantasket Beach and Paragon Park.

Maybe it has improved and anyway the OP mentioned she is open to private schools if need be. She can investigate and decide if it suits her family.
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Old 09-22-2017, 02:37 PM
 
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Frazil and I have had disagreements about Hull before. It is not the first place I'd choose to live on the South Shore, especially with a $500,000 budget. It's pretty bleak there in the winter, depending on where in Hull you live it can be a haul to get anywhere, traffic in the summer is brutal, and there are stronger school systems elsewhere. That said, my mom just moved there and loves it, so everyone's MMV.

With a $500,000 budget you could buy in a number of towns on the South Shore. There are actually a couple on the market in Duxbury right now below $500,000. You could find something in Marshfield, Scituate, Braintree, Milton (maybe), Pembroke, Kingston....
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Old 09-22-2017, 03:57 PM
 
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Hull seems similar to scituate IMO. Both are beach towns and pretty out of the way. Scituate has slightly better schools than hull.

Real estate has changed a lot in this state the past few years. You'll find that once 'seedy or 'bleak' towns have changes a lot. Many working professionals are priced out of towns they thought they'd end up in and are choosing alternatives and hull is becoming one of them. If you're priced out of hingham or norwell but love the area hull is definitely a consideration.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:15 PM
 
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Hull seems similar to scituate IMO. Both are beach towns and pretty out of the way. Scituate has slightly better schools than hull.

Real estate has changed a lot in this state the past few years. You'll find that once 'seedy or 'bleak' towns have changes a lot. Many working professionals are priced out of towns they thought they'd end up in and are choosing alternatives and hull is becoming one of them. If you're priced out of hingham or norwell but love the area hull is definitely a consideration.
Hull is nothing like Scituate.
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Old 09-22-2017, 04:38 PM
 
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Hull is nothing like Scituate.
Agreed.
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Old 09-22-2017, 06:50 PM
 
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Well it seems similar to me-an outsider looking in who has never lived in either place. How are they so vastly different?
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Old 11-09-2017, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Metrowest Boston
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We moved from West Hartford Ct. (1hr.1/2) so I know about the commute to family....often
Anyhow we settled in Hopkinton but it will be hard to find a home under $500K ---it won't be new but it will be well cared for.....Framingham on the other hand offers the commuter rail and prices there are less, with older established neighborhoods. Having just become a city with it's first Mayor it offers diversity with ethnic resturants and population.
If you choose to go to Hopkinton their is commuter rail as well in Ashland to Boston. It takes awhile to adjust but all of these towns are family friendly. I will add that being off RTE.495 gives an easy commute....just about anywhere so if jobs should change Hopkinton is a great location. Schools ranked high. Holliston is another, next town over and offers
much, but gets high marks for education and family involvement. Wishing you the best in your move!
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Old 11-12-2017, 12:48 PM
 
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