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Old 06-06-2018, 01:44 PM
 
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Relocating from Chicago to Boston in the coming months. Will be working downtown in the Back Bay area and want a location that has a train commute option (which appears to limit me to west and southwest suburbs if I want a straightforward commute)

Family with 2 young kids so schools are important but we are looking at Montessori programs vs. public school option. We have a small lot now (0.3 acre) so don't need a ton of space and would prefer a town with sidewalks where you can walk the dog, etc. safely. Newer homes are preferred that have open floor plans vs. an older fixer upper type.

Budget for housing is not much of a limitation (say <$2M)... so which town would be your top pick?
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:00 PM
 
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Newton
Belmont
Wellesley
Winchester
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:22 PM
 
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Lynnfield
Andover
Lexington
Belmont
Wellesley
Weston
Cambridge

Less upmarket but still good:

Watertown
Waltham
Quincy
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:25 PM
 
Location: New England
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With a 2 million dollar budget and a commute to the back bay i'd go for Brookline or Newton.

Although in Brookline you might have to forgo the newer home requirement due to cost, even at 2 million. It is a great spot though and if I had that much money that's where i'd likely be. Very walkable and urban with lots of nice SFH's along with condos, also great schools and family friendly. More of the SFH's will likely be updated older homes versus newer ones further out, though just as nice if not more so imho.

You could get a new build town-home in Brookline if you're open to that.

Cambridge is nice too, although very expensive and not much of a suburb.

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Old 06-06-2018, 02:27 PM
 
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Newton
Watertown
Arlington
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Old 06-06-2018, 02:38 PM
 
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Brookline or Cambridge. $2 million should get a solid SFH in either area, but you should consider raising your budget for a high end or newer construction home. Both areas are incredibly convenient and walkable, combined with a serene residential feel.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:01 PM
 
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Brookline or Cambridge. $2 million should get a solid SFH in either area...Both areas are incredibly convenient and walkable, combined with a serene residential feel.
This, both towns are heaven in terms of walkability, raising children and having places for the dogs to play.

If you are looking for something more traditionally suburban I would consider Needham, or Hingham if you want to be by the water.

It is worth noting that many of the towns mentioned in this thread do not have direct train access or a particularly easy commute to the Back Bay (Belmont, Winchester, Lynnfield, Andover, Lexington, Arlington).
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:03 PM
 
Location: New England
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It is worth noting that many of the towns mentioned in this thread do not have direct train access or a particularly easy commute to the Back Bay (Belmont, Winchester, Lynnfield, Andover, Lexington, Arlington).
Yah I think lots of the towns mentioned are more towns that they like the most more then towns that would make the most sense to the OP.

I love Marblehead or Manchester, but those don't make much sense from a commute standpoint.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:39 PM
 
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Chicagoan here. I'm going to take the commuting equation out of this, and let you do your homework there. Instead, I'll compare some towns for your convenience.

If you like Evanston/Oak Park, I'd roll with Brookline, Cambridge, or Newton. You're not going to find a new house in a family neighborhood at <$2M, so some sacrifices will need to be made.

Hinsdale/Winnetka, I'd go Wellesley, Winchester, Belmont, Lexington or Needham. These suburbs are the Boston sweet spot, and where I've really grown to love Greater Boston. Winchester is essentially a larger, more interesting Hinsdale. Some areas of duplexes, while others have neighborhoods full of $3M homes. Same can be said for Needham and Belmont.

La Grange/Western Springs/Highland Park, hard to compare.. There are a lot. I'd say Andover, Milton, Melrose, or Reading.

There are some other beautiful towns within reach that are hard to categorize.. places like Manchester by the Sea, Concord, Hingham, Marblehead. They're uniquely New England I suppose, with quaint downtowns, loads of trails, ponds, functional waterfront. Most of these, with the exception of Concord, are probably not going to be an option for a daily commute into Back Bay. But, they're worth a look while you're here.
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Old 06-06-2018, 03:43 PM
 
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Another vote for Brookline.
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