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Old 05-20-2008, 07:13 PM
 
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Relocation with two young kids ages 5 and 8 and commuting from Fall River. Pros/cons ?
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Beautiful New England
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Relocation with two young kids ages 5 and 8 and commuting from Fall River. Pros/cons ?
Marion. It's a more upscale community (but your commute will be a bit longer). Mass. schools are, on average, better than RI schools. Have you checked the schools? Marion is kinda remote from a lot of shopping. Either way you'll probably be in Dartmouth regularly for shopping.
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Old 05-20-2008, 08:30 PM
 
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What about Marion vs. Barrington ? I think the commute to Barrington from Fall River is much shorter, and Barrington schools have a good reputation. Any thoughts ? How is the summer commute to Marion from Fall River on i95
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Old 05-21-2008, 08:25 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Default What a difference in locations.

I guess I'm a little confused as to why your choices are Marion, which is way down 195, and Tiverton, which is right down the street from Fall River....but I'll answer your question for you based on what I would do.
Tiverton is nice, never been, just know that it is a rural town in RI that plays soccer against my cousins club team in Lakeville, MA. Location wise though, it would be a lot closer to where you work, saving you money and time. I assume you work in MA, and live in RI, so the tax situation for you would be better.
If you move to MA, lets say Marion, your tax situation will change. Along with your commute time and the expense of gas. Now, I have been to Marion several times and it is a small, quiet community on the coast. You don't get a lot for your money in Marion unless you live inland from 195.The cost of living will be more in MA, than RI. I guess I can make a blanket statement and assume because the COL is higher the schools are better, but that's not always the case.
Your kids are going to get a fine education whether their in RI or MA...they might have more opportunites in MA just because it's a major hub on the east coast...but then again, that's a blanket statement.
Here are some other areas that might interst you: Freetown, Lakeville, Acushnet, Berkley, Rochester, Mattapoisett in MA, or Little Compton, Tiverton in RI.
Best thing you can do is take a drive some weekend, and check it out.
Peace, and Good Luck!
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Old 05-21-2008, 10:33 AM
 
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We live in coastal NJ now and we are trying to find places that are the "equivalent" home wise, school size, etc. We live in an affluent village and would like to continue to have that quaint, upscale antique shop but very close to beaches feel. I heard the schools in RI, with the exception of Barrington, are horrific. Apparently Marion, Rochester and Mattapoisett have good schools and a similar lifestyle to what we are looking for. We come from a top notch public school district also. The other thing is currently my husband commutes almost 1 hr so anything in a 1/2 hour range is fair game as far as driving distance, which puts Marion/Mattapoisett at the end range. I will check out the other areas. I guess if you had to pick RI vs. MA, which is best.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:36 AM
 
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Default Sounds like MA

It sounds like you are favoring MA......
Well, if you like the small, antique like atmosphere and are partial to the beaches, MA would be your better choice. You would be moving in the right direction towards what you are looking for if you go east on 195, just remember that 195 can be a busy interstate in the summer, but what MA interstate isn't busy in the summer? Also, the COL is higher on the coastal side of 195. Make sure that the state hasn't approved their Mattapoisett casino project, unless your a gambler and like the anticipated summer crowds.
Good Luck
I persoanlly like the country, so I would prefer living north of 195, like Rochester or Freetown.
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Old 05-21-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have individual elementary schools, but combine for middle and high school in the Old Rochester Regional school district.

Time2Settle, the proposed casino will be in Middleborough, I hope there aren't any plans to ruin Mattapoisett.
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Old 05-21-2008, 12:47 PM
 
Location: Deep in the Heart of Texas
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Have you considered Little Compton, RI? It is the quintessential rural New England town. The town has been trying hard--and successfully thus far--to preserve the rural character of the town and limit development.

Padanaram village in Dartmouth, MA, is also terrific, quaint and historical, right on the harbor and very picturesque.

Both are upscale areas. No idea about the schools, but there's certainly a large number of well-to-do folks in each town.
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Old 05-21-2008, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Cincinnati, OH
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Default Second location is considered

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Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester have individual elementary schools, but combine for middle and high school in the Old Rochester Regional school district.

Time2Settle, the proposed casino will be in Middleborough, I hope there aren't any plans to ruin Mattapoisett.
You are correct, kinda. I believe the proposal for the casino, which got approved, is going in on Rt 44 in Carver/Middleboro area. So, you can say goodbye to the rotary, because that is going to be re-constructed to accomadate the massive amounts of people that will be trying to hit it big.
The state proposed three locations for the casino, to include Middleboro, Mattapoisett, and another location further north.
But don't worry.....the state won't propose another casino for MA, which will be Mattapoisett next, for about another 10 years after the original one in Middleboro goes up.
I don't know all the specifics, but a coastal casino will be in MA future within the next 15 years....put money on it!
Peace.
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Old 05-22-2008, 09:53 AM
 
Location: Beautiful New England
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I heard the schools in RI, with the exception of Barrington, are horrific.

I would disagree pretty strongly with this. RI schools are hit or miss--the quality range from town to town is significant. Some are pretty good, some not at all, and many in between. But this is also very much the case for MA schools, especially in the SouthCoast region away from the upscale Boston 'burbs where the public schools are generally very good. I haven't seen anything to indicate that Marion public schools are tops in Mass.

Of course, if you're looking for snootiness then Marion would be the choice between the two. But that would be eclipsed by plenty of Boston 'burbs to the north.
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