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Old 05-07-2019, 02:48 PM
 
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We’re relocating to Boston with school aged kids. We’ll be commuting to downtown Boston (Gov’t Center area). We’re looking at North Reading and Lynnfield. I’d welcome any opinions on the two different communities, the commute, the schools, etc. We’re looking for a newer home that has some land (call it 0.5 acres +), with nice communities, sports centric, etc. Also interested in any other towns you’d recommend! Budget is around $1M +/-.
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:06 PM
 
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Lynnfield has been nicer for longer. N Reading probably an easier commute.
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Old 05-07-2019, 03:33 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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I've lived in Lynnfield for 14 years and my wife has been a teacher in town for over 20.

Are you planning on driving to Government Center or were you hoping for a public transit commute?

Lynnfield and North Reading both present several ways of getting in to the city via the MBTA. There is the commuter rail in Reading & Wakefield, the Orange Line from Oak Grove and express bus service from Woburn.

I find it's easiest to drive to Oak Grove and take the Orange Line versus having to live by the less frequent commuter rail schedule. You need to be there by 7:00 AM to ensure parking and then it's 23 minutes to Haymarket. The knock on Oak Grove, however, is that they recently raised the parking rates to $9 per day.

As for comparing the two towns, it's probably a toss-up. The housing stock in NR is a bit newer than Lynnfield and you will probably find somewhat bigger lot sizes. Lynnfield has traditionally had a bit more cachet. Neither town has municipal sewer so all homes are on private septic; there may be a few exceptions on streets bordering other communities that do have sewer. Both towns are big youth sports towns, if you have kids that don't do sports then you probably will feel a bit left out. Lynnfield is among the most conservative voting towns in Massachusetts so if you lean to the left then that may be uncomfortable too.

With a budget to $1 million you might also consider Reading and Burlington, which are bigger and offer similar commuting options and maybe Bedford, although prices there have escalated quite a bit.

Feel free to ask any questions.
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Old 05-08-2019, 05:12 AM
 
Location: New England
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I'd take a look at Andover, since being able to hop onto a commuter rail train without driving would make your commute 10x easier.

Driving down 93 every day gets old fast, worst traffic in the state

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Old 05-21-2019, 02:23 AM
 
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How does septic work, does a truck have to pump out all the poop like once a year? If you buy a house, is the previous owner's poop in your backyard? Would a child be at risk of falling down the well like that girl in The Ring movie? Basements flood all the time, would a septic tank flood and spread the poop everywhere?

This all sounds really disgusting LoL.
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