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Old 08-07-2009, 08:09 PM
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We are moving to Boston within the next two months and I have two school aged kids and a husband working in downtown Boston. We would like to find a house with a great school district and a short commute, preferably by the water (although not so important). Our budget is from 1.4mill to 1.7 mill.
Thank you in advance!
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Old 08-07-2009, 08:21 PM
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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Look at Hingham, your husband could take the commuter boat or train into the city. A very nice town with good schools.

Town of Hingham Massachusetts, Incorporated 1635
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Old 08-08-2009, 05:27 AM
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Winchester is close and has a nice lake.

Brookline is also super-convenient and has beautiful houses (as does Winchester).

Belmont is close.

Newton is fairly close.

Wellesley a little further out but still doable.
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Old 08-08-2009, 04:07 PM
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
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With that kind of budget for a house, you could live in whatever town you want.
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Old 08-08-2009, 06:08 PM
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We currently live in Lexington (25 mins to Boston by car). It's not too far from Alewife station by car (there's a bus going there too). The public schools seem very good as well as the private ones. Lexington is relatively diverse and safe, very affluent, has a town center with restaurants. There's Burlington mall, Trader's Joe, Whole Foods, Costco nearby (less than 10 mins by car). It isn't near the water though. For your budget, lots of massive new constructions (not much backyard though) if you like these.
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Old 08-08-2009, 11:27 PM
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I would check the Kingston/Duxbury area..plenty of gorgeous homes in your price range as well as awesome public and private schools. Commuting to Boston is easy as well, there is a commuter rail station in Kingston that brings you right into South Station.
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Old 08-09-2009, 12:53 PM
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Cool Winchester

You Have to look into Winchester. We have the best schools in the state, awesome train service into Boston about 20 min. - about 20-30 min into Boston by car. - nice shops--and a quaint New England town center. Many volunteer groups and organizations for everyone's tastes, and great youth activities for youth. We have a great recreation department for youth, summer concerts on the common, movie nights on the common in the summer, ENKA fair carnival in MAY, TOwn Day in June, Santa coming around on the firetruck and tree lighting in December, the thanksgiving football game with Woburn on thanksgiving morning, a Farmers Market every Sat in the spring-summer, a town tv station (WINCAM), a kids video production workshop/film production workshop and summer camp, a kids theatre program (Winchester Cooperative theater)(and Kidstock) at the Next Door Theatre, Winchester Ballet Arts Center, Winchester Community Music School, a great Music Porgram at the High School and Elem. Level..- and the whole town as well, a boat club at the Mystic Lakes, Swimming beaches at Broggard Beach and Sandy Beach , Boat Access from Medford Boat Club to the Boston Harbor/Ocean, Recreation activities and a nature trail at Long Pond in the Fells, and trails at the middlesex Fells. - and much more.
We are right on Route 93 and 95 and there are businesses in town and services, and also services in Burlington and Woburn about 10-15 min away
Mall is in Burlington about 15 min on back roads, and Woburn Mall about 10 min There's a Logan Express bus available at Anderson-Woburn Station off 93. to Logan when you need to go to the airport or pick someone up
Hope this helps!

If you have any questions regarding Winchester feel free to email me at jdearman77@gmail.com or reply here
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:12 PM
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I also vote for Lexington. I think it's always the first choice for family life/schools/kids if you can afford it.
In the OP's price range, they can live wherever they want!
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Old 08-10-2009, 09:04 AM
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If your husband's job will be close to north station you could also consider Marblehead or Manchester by the Sea for great schools & commuter rail access but if it's closer to south station Hingham would be a great bet.
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Old 08-12-2009, 08:48 AM
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Cool Winchester V Lexington

The only drawback from Lexington is that its a tourist town from Spring-Fall so can be busy. its also harder to commute into Boston because there's no train service. - you'd have to drive into Alewife parking garage which is doable but could be stressful at times ---as Alewife gets backed up a lot.
Lexington is nice and all but I find Winchester to be more attractive. You should def. look into Winchester. We have the best schools in the state. A charming downtown, 2 commuter rail stations right in town -about a 20 min ride into Boston. Also if you did choose to drive we are closer to 93 and 128/95.
We also have the Middlsex Fells Reservation, and there's even a boat club in medford that has access to boston harbor via the Mystic River. so you could have a boat there. Lots of youth activities, and clubs/orgnizations. and also adult organizations in town as well. Its a great community. I would highly recommend you look into Winchester. I think once you walk around town and drive around town you'll fall in love with it :-)
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