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Old 12-21-2018, 06:59 AM
 
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Greetings, all! My husband is relocating to Lowell for work but we’re not sure if the city is a good fit for us to live in. We are a late thirty-somethings family with young children seeking a safe, walkable town (hoping to not drive much) with great small businesses, especially restaurants, and a variety of early education options, including unconventional ones. We are willing to commute an hour. Thank you so much!
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Old 12-21-2018, 07:12 AM
 
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Budget?

Newburyport if you truly don’t mind an hour commute. Would be your dream community based on criteria, and if you have the coin.

Andover is the best option to stay close to Lowell. Look for homes within a mile of downtown to maintain walk ability. The town sprawls as you go west/south.
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Old 12-21-2018, 09:36 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Andover, Chelmsford, Westford to name a few.
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Old 12-21-2018, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Hollis, NH
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It really depends on your budget!
I would not recommend Lowell itself.
Walkability is pretty low in general in our area but we do have lots of great early education options and family-friendly communities.
Concord MA has a great downtown.
You could also check out Milford or Amherst NH. Nice town centers.
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Old 12-21-2018, 01:00 PM
 
Location: North Andover
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Chelmsford, Westford, Tewksbury, Andover/North Andover
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Old 12-21-2018, 01:58 PM
 
Location: East Coast
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How important is it to you to be close or easily accessible to Boston? If you don't care about ever visiting Boston and there is virtually zero chance you'd get a job there or would have any need to go there regularly, then there are different suggestions than if you really like the city, and despite your husband working in Lowell, you'd like to have easy access to Boston.

And, as everyone has mentioned, without knowing your budget, it's almost impossible to recommend a town. You have a lot of options with a commute to Lowell.
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Old 12-21-2018, 02:31 PM
 
Location: New England
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Concord MA has a great downtown.
If you have a 7 figure budget!

Anyway Newburyport has the best town center, but it's sort of a long commute. Andover is a good fit if you can get a place near the town center. Amesbury is another option.
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Old 12-21-2018, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Northeast US
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I used to live in Lowell. I always liked going to Nashua for shopping, eating out. That was a while ago, though
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Old 12-22-2018, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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Not sure how Westford makes the "walkable" list...LOL
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Old 12-22-2018, 01:35 PM
 
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Not sure how Westford makes the "walkable" list...LOL
Was thinking the same thing. Same with Tewksbury, Chelmsford, and North Andover.

Only downtown Andover could be considered walkable in that belt of suburbs surrounding Lowell.
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