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Old 05-24-2008, 11:46 PM
 
Location: New England & The Maritimes
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9. yes, NYC for $15 by bus. Montreal, PVD, Philly, not too far.
What is PVD?
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Old 05-27-2008, 10:16 PM
 
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you also could check out new hampshire-the sea coast-no income tax or sales tax!
not too far from Bean Town-then you have water, and snow!
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Old 05-27-2008, 11:38 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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No sales tax in NH, but if you're working in Mass (I think the OP wanted to commute to Boston) you'll be paying a much higher property tax PLUS Mass income tax of 5.3 percent. Plus depending on your political standing, you may prefer one over the other. NH, without an income or sales tax, doesn't typically provide the level of services that people in Mass are used to (which causes many transplants a certain amount of grief and complaining ("Whaddaya mean I gotta put the trash in my car and bring it to the dump???" "Where's the street lights??" "$6000 property tax bill??" "Whaddayamean, there's no public kindergarden??" and so then the quest begins to turn NH into MassachusettsNorth...)

Please ask LOTS of questions before deciding to live in NH--it's just not for everybody. We like it like this (small government, less services, etc) and don't really need more people heading here for "cheaper housing and a better life" if they are just going to vote up the same services and expenses that they are running from...

Note: I don't want to turn this into a political piece, but just want to caution the OP that the two state are VERY different, as it should be

Note to TheWereRabbit: I think PVD refers to Providence



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you also could check out new hampshire-the sea coast-no income tax or sales tax!
not too far from Bean Town-then you have water, and snow!
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:37 PM
 
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If you like the beach, water, and the ocean, check out Hull. It is that spit of land off Hingham south of Boston. The whole southeast side is one long beach. All the rest is rocky. There are lots of houses on or near the beach. Anywhere north of Cape Cod the water is cccold. There is a surfing crowd there, but that is all I know. You can take a commuter boat from Hull to Boston. Cliffs are in Plymouth, but beware of houses on a cliff, they are being erroded into Cape Cod Bay. Marshfield is another affordable beach community. For good skiing head north on i93. Massachusetts ski areas are not worth the drive unless you already live nearby. There is skiing at the Blue Hills Reservation, if there is snow.
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Old 05-31-2010, 03:40 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Thanks again for the responses! My wife and I visited Boston a few weeks ago. The town definately seems very expensive with a sort of country-club exclusivity everywhere. People were nice, we found some great pubs, and had a good time overall.

On a rainy day, we had the chance to drive up to Gloucester, which seems perfect for us, except for the long rail commute (1 hr) and the strange train times (Too early to surf or too late to get to work by some reasonable hour). We saw some nice affordable houses about halfway between some surf spots and the commuter rail stop. How is the commute, driving from Gloucester into Boston? Is it solid traffic the whole way? Maybe I could surf in the morning and drive in when the waves are good, and then commute by rail the rest of the time.

Guess I don't have too many more questions. The Boston area seems like a great place to live, though we may end up going back to California, depending on the job situation.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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What is PVD?
The great metropole of Providence
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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How is the commute, driving from Gloucester into Boston? Is it solid traffic the whole way?
Yes, it's bad.
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Old 06-01-2010, 11:59 AM
 
Location: North of Boston
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I like the fact that this thread started 2 years ago and the OP just made an update.
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Old 06-01-2010, 12:15 PM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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I like the fact that this thread started 2 years ago and the OP just made an update.
Interesting. I'd seen posts with "05-27" and missed the "2008" part.

So, OP, where have you been living for the last 2 years?
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Old 06-02-2010, 01:04 PM
 
Location: Bike to Surf!
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Indiana. No matter how bad MA is, it can't be worse than IN. We moved here for *cheap *good post-grad education but the lifestyle is driving us nuts. We recognize that it's fine for the people who live here, but not for us, so we need to move.

We just recently had a chance to tour the East Coast. We had planned to do it prior to a year-long around-the-world backpacking trip, but we ran out of time and postponed it until a few weeks ago. Thus the reason I'm dredging this thread up after 2 years.

We're now 1 year from graduating and planning to get out of the Midwest as fast as possible. Among others, we're considering the Boston-NYC-DC region or the San Fran-LA-San Diego region where we previously lived.

We saw some nice-looking 2-3BR 1-2BA single family houses in Gloucester which were within our price range and about 1 mile from both the beach (one way) and the rail station (in the other direction).
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