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Old 02-12-2021, 10:24 AM
 
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Here's a 2 bedroom for 550k in Brighton:

https://www.redfin.com/MA/Boston/142...9udW1iZXI9NQ==
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:38 AM
 
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Love big lots, absolute minimum 5 acres. Ideally 30-40. Had not been for my wife I would be living in a tiny hut in the middle of a 50 acres lot, but I wasn't able to convince her

I'm looking forward to reading your "On Walden Pond". LOL
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Essex County, MA
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Here's a 2 bedroom for 550k in Brighton:

https://www.redfin.com/MA/Boston/142...9udW1iZXI9NQ==
2 bedrooms for 6 (the couple, the parents, the grandparent, the toddler, right?) people!?

Guess you could set up a bed for grandma in the living room and have the toddler in mom and dad’s room.
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:41 AM
 
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omg...i'm giving examples. I've already basically said I think theyre SOL if they only can or want to come up with 550k. Someone else had suggested a 2 bedroom saying people need less space than they think and i'm trying to show that in many cases the WILL only GET a 2 bedroom with 550k.

I dont know what the OPs spouse does for work but it sounds like she does not work. Unfortunately they're competing with a many two incomes households and high earners.
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Ditch your cars, buy a condo on the T for 550. Wait a couple years, sell it and you will probably net 200-300K back, with which to buy a house closer to your dream.

There's a lot of neighborhoods I'd be comfortable to have my toddler in for a few years. I'm not as concerned about school system quality til we get to about Junior High.
with a toddler and much elderly extended family? Sounds worse than miserable. This is Boston's issue. TO live anywhere desirable pretty much means spending $600k to live anywhere.

Not enough flexibility and room for households that arent 29 years old single or 29 year old DINKs making 120k+.

Very limiting-unsustainable. Anyone saying otherwise is 40+ and owns a home.
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Essex County, MA
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with a toddler and much elderly extended family? Sounds worse than miserable. This is Boston's issue. TO live anywhere desirable pretty much means spending $600k to live anywhere.

Not enough flexibility and room for households that arent 29 years old single or 29 year old DINKs making 120k+.

Very limiting-unsustainable. Anyone saying otherwise is 40+ and owns a home.
Could you imagine some rat-infested, 1970s condo that probably sold for 300k in 2014 being worth 750k-850k “in a few years”?! And not only do some people expect this to happen, some even want it to happen!
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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2 bedrooms for 6 (the couple, the parents, the grandparent, the toddler, right?) people!?

Guess you could set up a bed for grandma in the living room and have the toddler in mom and dad’s room.
right...and Brighton puts you in bad schools. There's no inner Boston housing for you unless you want to commute from Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park, or Mattapan. And are willing to live there. And you can land your child in a strong charter school.

https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/boston/1...26--2001505920

https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/hyde-par...36--2411595112

https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/boston/3...31--2001558546

https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/boston/3...24--2001490961

https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/boston/1...25--2001497875

https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/boston/7...25--2001504386

Decent option in Mission Hill:

https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/boston/7...20--2001468398
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:55 AM
 
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Going back and re-reading, I now see it's 5 adults, and at least 1 and potentially more kids. If the desire is to be close to boston, you're going to have to lift your budget another $100-200K to find something with enough space for everyone, and not needing a ton of work. But then again, i can't speak to your standards with regards to living space. Maybe the OP is ok with less space. Up to them to decide
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Old 02-12-2021, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Could you imagine some rat-infested, 1970s condo that probably sold for 300k in 2014 being worth 750k-850k “in a few years”?! And not only do some people expect this to happen, some even want it to happen!
The only people fueling the Boston area growth are young people with huge amounts of expendable income and immigrants willing to sacrifice the quality of life for social welfare.

Middle-aged middle-class professionals are a tiny fleck of the Boston area's growth over the past 30 years. Mostly because they've gamed the housing market in favor of locals and promoting general scarcity.
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Old 02-12-2021, 11:33 AM
 
Location: Baltimore
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Going back and re-reading, I now see it's 4 adults, and at least 1 and potentially more kids. If the desire is to be close to boston, you're going to have to lift your budget another $100-200K to find something with enough space for everyone, and not needing a ton of work. But then again, i can't speak to your standards with regards to living space. Maybe the OP is ok with less space. Growing up, i was a family of 5 in 1300 SF with one bathroom. We never even questions the size of the house as it's all we were used to. These days, we are a family of 5 in 2500SF and 2.5 baths and some days (especially since Covid) i could use some more space.
I think the only real option is "inner city" Boston. if they want to be close to Cambridge. Maybe Everett or Lynn. At best, Malden.

Lynn: https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/lynn/25-...02--2001071963
https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/lynn/20-...02--2001071189

Revere: https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/revere/4...51--2001740587

Everett: https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/everett/...49--2001715260

Malden: https://www.trulia.com/p/ma/malden/3...48--2001707408
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