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Old 01-23-2009, 11:07 AM
 
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I currently work in Cambridge and I am looking to buy a home off of Rt 2. I would prefer property with some land (at least a 1 acre lot) and rural feel. I am hoping not to spend anymore than $300k. I don't need a large home a 3 bedroom but I wouldn't like my commute anymore than 1 hour each way to and from Cambridge. Is this realistic? Any communities that fit this bill?

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Old 01-23-2009, 02:08 PM
 
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I'd consider Ayer or Shirley. The most time in the commute comes when you get into/near Cambridge, to be honest, so how far out Rt.2 you go really is a matter of cost, not time.
(Disclaimer- I live in Littleton. Come to think of it, you should look here, too. A lovely town, great lake, and I think you'd find a modest house under or well under $300K, come to think of it).
Best wishes. Feel free to DM me.
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Old 01-23-2009, 03:05 PM
 
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Thanks for the input! I will definitely keep those towns in mind. It's also good to know that the traffic doesn't really seem to a problem on Rt 2 until you get closer to Cambridge. I am willing to commute a little farther to get more land but I am definitely not willing to truck 2 hours each way.
How are the schools in Ayer, Shirley and Littleton? I have a 15 month old and another one of the way so schools are important as well.

Thanks!
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Old 01-24-2009, 04:46 AM
 
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Littleton is much better than Ayer or Shirley, I'm sure, for schools. Boston magazine has an annual issue where it lists, among other things, all the towns and their test scores, percentage of kids going on to college, and so on.
Littleton has close to 100% of kids going at least to some college. Lots of community involvement in schools. There's only one school for each age grouping (new fancy high school).
I don't know much about other towns, don't have kids. But I do see good things happening in Littleton.
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Old 01-27-2009, 09:22 AM
 
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Try Greatschools.net for school ratings - supposely they are looking not only at the test scores, but also at the facility in general when they rate the schools.
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