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Old 04-22-2021, 09:47 AM
 
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For a day per week in the Seaport District, the commute time doesn’t matter much as long as the last part of it is rail to South Station.

Personally, I’d recommend relaxing the “newer house” criteria since the housing stock is so old in New England. You can always remodel kitchens and baths.

Me? I’d start with Marion. An idyllic coastal town too far to consider a daily commute. Strong local elementary school and good regional middle and high school. Go sailing or to the beach after work. I wouldn’t want that commute 5 days per week but once per week would be fine.
That's a good point. You'd opt out of all historical districts as well. I think most housing commissions are more apt to argue about what a house looks like outside, not inside. My house is about 120 years old and has no knob and tube wiring, asbestos and lead paint. Even without historical districts I could show you complete neighborhoods that date back more than a few decades. In New England 20 years is a drop in the bucket, try 100+ years old.
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Old 04-22-2021, 09:52 AM
 
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how big of a house for your 800-900K budget? Sq footage? # beds/baths? anything else about the house?
Ideally we’d be around 800K - 900K, but if we found an amazing house we could probably go up to 950K or just north of there.
Minimum 4 bedrooms, prefer 3 full bathrooms, but can live with two, need to have at least one (if not two) spaces that could serve as home offices. Minimum two car garage and nice size yard.
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Old 04-22-2021, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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Ideally we’d be around 800K - 900K, but if we found an amazing house we could probably go up to 950K or just north of there.
Minimum 4 bedrooms, prefer 3 full bathrooms, but can live with two, need to have at least one (if not two) spaces that could serve as home offices. Minimum two car garage and nice size yard.
I can understand your concerns about Lime disease. However, it's not something that occupies my mind on a regular basis. If I go stomping around the woods or if I play golf and hit one into the woods then I check for ticks. When my kids are just running around in the yard, I don't check them when they're done.

Honestly, I think you were on the right track when you were looking around 495. I would look at places like Holliston, Hopkinton, Southboro, Sherborn, etc. You're not going to get everything on your list but I think you could find something you'd be happy with.
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Old 04-22-2021, 10:52 AM
 
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You can get your yard treated for mosquitoes and ticks. Lawn services do it.
And kill any beneficial insect in the process.


I live in the woods and spend a lot of time working around my plot of land. Typically I remove ticks from me 5-10 times a year, even if I spray my cloths.
My wife got Lyme a couple of years ago. 3 weeks of antibiotics and the problem is solved. The only potential issue is not treating it, after a very long time can start give you symptoms that may not be connected to Lyme by the doctor.

If I have to pick an outdoor disease that concerns me in MA I pick West Nile probably, even if it's rare.
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Old 04-22-2021, 11:03 AM
 
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6.8 million people live in MA and don't get lyme disease every day.
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Old 04-22-2021, 11:07 AM
 
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After what we just went through with covid ticks are a breeze, lol.
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Old 04-22-2021, 11:24 AM
 
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It probably makes sense to look at the MBTA commuter rail map and focus in communities on the lines that go to South Station (from the west and from the south) and then go to realtor or zillow and just put in Massachusetts and whatever other parameters you have and look at towns/areas along those lines. You can always drive to a station or walk if you are not right near the station.

https://cdn.mbta.com/sites/default/f...il-map-v34.pdf

https://www.realtor.com/realestatean...,-70.613541,10
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:26 PM
 
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I would get my yard treated for ticks if I were that worried. There are 'green" companies that do it. They'll also kill mosquitos -- I don't worry much about West Nile but I would worry about Eastern Equine Encephalitis, which is spread by mosquitos. Knock out both those suckers in your yard.

Ticks/lyme are a worry in many places. I worried in Chicago, worried in Philadelphia and worried here.
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Old 04-22-2021, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Essex County, MA
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Honestly, I think you were on the right track when you were looking around 495. I would look at places like Holliston, Hopkinton, Southboro, Sherborn, etc. You're not going to get everything on your list but I think you could find something you'd be happy with.
Good suggestions! I'd probably throw Medfield into that mix.

I'll say that Sherborn has the least well defined downtown of the bunch. Each of the others at least have two of: a pizza joint, a coffee shop, and a bar/grill. Sherborn has Dunkin, and ice cream place, and the Heritage. OP said they want a few shops and stuff.
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Old 04-23-2021, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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Good suggestions! I'd probably throw Medfield into that mix.

I'll say that Sherborn has the least well defined downtown of the bunch. Each of the others at least have two of: a pizza joint, a coffee shop, and a bar/grill. Sherborn has Dunkin, and ice cream place, and the Heritage. OP said they want a few shops and stuff.
Medfield is a good suggestion. I'm thinking with their budget and their desire for a new/newer home that OP is probably going to have to compromise a bit. That might come with the house or that compromise might happen with the town.
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