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Old 04-16-2022, 04:07 PM
 
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My partner and I will be moving to Massachusetts from a large city in the Midwest; we have been offering on homes since January. We have been considering Winchester, Melrose, Reading… starter and long term homes… have lost all offers thus far (and yes they have all been very aggressive offers). Our range is 1-1.3 and we’ve started broadening our search criteria.

Which has lead us to Lynnfield, a town we’ve been to and like a lot. Ideally we would want a town with a commuter rail as my partner will be working in the city but we are willing to compromise at this point with how crazy the market is.

My question is- we are a young, progressive couple, more left leaning but we are also open minded to all kinds of neighbors and always have been. I know Lynnfield historically is a more conservative town, and we don’t have any issues with that. We are however curious if the town is trending in a more progressive direction or if there’s a chance we’d feel a bit out of place.

Thanks for any input!
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Old 04-16-2022, 04:33 PM
 
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Rent some snazzy place for a year and spend that time doing some recon while hoping that the housing market crashes?
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Old 04-16-2022, 04:49 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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I would say the town is 70% I don't know how they vote/feel (aka don't wear their politics on their sleeve which is great) with the other 30% split roughly between vocal progressives and conservatives.

The vocal groups are the most left and right leaning respectively.

you wouldnt be an outlier regardless of which way you lean.

-have lived in town for >5y.
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Old 04-16-2022, 10:16 PM
 
Location: North of Boston
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I've lived here for 17 years, my wife has been a teacher in town for well over 20 years.

Lynnfield is increasingly left leaning. This is happening fairly rapidly as more liberal buyers are being priced out of communities closer to Boston.

Plenty of gay couples in town, some with children and some without. I don't think you would have any concerns here, just take care of your lawn and don't paint your house a silly color.

The Lynnfield market is every bit as competitive as the other towns you mentioned, with even less inventory, so your struggle may continue here too.
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Old 04-17-2022, 11:16 AM
 
Location: Woburn, MA / W. Hartford, CT
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I believe Lynnfield is mostly septic, unless I'm mistaken. Just bear this in mind.
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Old 04-17-2022, 01:07 PM
 
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Bring your wallet.
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Old 04-17-2022, 04:31 PM
 
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I believe Lynnfield is mostly septic, unless I'm mistaken. Just bear this in mind.
Yeah it is (almost) all septic, I think. But the same is true for many other upper middle class towns in the suburbs.

Personally I avoid septic tanks and oil heating, but I know many people don't care.
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Old 04-17-2022, 04:45 PM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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I've lived here for 17 years, my wife has been a teacher in town for well over 20 years.

Lynnfield is increasingly left leaning. This is happening fairly rapidly as more liberal buyers are being priced out of communities closer to Boston.

Plenty of gay couples in town, some with children and some without. I don't think you would have any concerns here, just take care of your lawn and don't paint your house a silly color.

The Lynnfield market is every bit as competitive as the other towns you mentioned, with even less inventory, so your struggle may continue here too.
Didn't see the OP mentioning their orientation, but that's nice.
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Old 04-17-2022, 09:00 PM
 
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Didn't see the OP mentioning their orientation, but that's nice.
Had the same thought.

OP - Melrose and Lynnfield are drastically different places. Both great, but very different.

What kind of town do you want? Dense, walkable? Suburban, more land?

Nail that down and stick to it. Don’t make a concession on the type of town.
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Old 04-18-2022, 10:46 AM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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My advice would be to rent in Reading, North Reading, Wakefield, etc. for one year. I can assure you that your buying decision will be wiser at the end of that year.
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