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Old 03-09-2010, 04:41 PM
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What about Southborough? Have you looked into it? It has the commuter rail into Boston... I don't live there though so can't tell you too much more. My B-I-L does though and he takes the train into Boston for everything; never drives in any more, he said the train is much easier and more relaxing.

As for housing, parts of Southborough are outrageous but I think you can still find something in your budget.

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Old 03-09-2010, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by lorilou View Post
Ditto for Franklin, at that price point.
Nice town, good mix of white & blue collar folks--we all get along.
2 train stations, nice library, 3 nice ponds & a state park with walking trails...nice Common with farmers market spring thru fall.
The commute by train is an hour.
Good luck!
I grew up in Franklin-schools were good then,as well. Particularly elementary. Also,Dean College is there,in downtown area,which adds a little bit of student flavor. My experience in recent times visiting,is that the downtown still has not been upgraded to what it could be...it was never skanky,years ago,but there was nothing there,except the movie theater,which unfortunately they closed when the new multiplex theater came in. Wish they would have put in an artsy theater/house,etc. I was last there about 5 yrs ago,though,so maybe it's finally come around? Still,it was safe,and the commuter rail location right downtown was fantastic. Easy access to 495,too [excepting traffic congestion,of course]. I believe there is also a charter school now,as well,housed in what is the former catholic school building in town.

I agree with sentiments that it's got a diverse mix-when i was growing up,it was heavily italian immigrant,and those of us who weren't,well,we just weren't related to nearly everyone in town! lol. seriously,lines on the road in one part of town were painted the colors of the italian flag-red,white and green.

But,it has changed,grown ALOT and grown up a bit,too. You should still find some good italian markets/delis,along with post- modern amenities like the aforementioned farmer's market. The only thing is, it does not have that cosmopolitan/slightly bohemian/artsy edge t hat you find in cambridge,jamaica plain and I am assuming Melrose,these days....so,to me,it feels more stagnant. Has alot going for it, though, and your price range will do well in Franklin.
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Old 03-09-2010, 05:25 PM
Location: Massachusetts & Hilton Head, SC
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There's been a downtown revitalization project going on in Franklin in the last few years. A couple of blocks were torn down (the threatre is gone, the Franklin Furniture building is gone) and replaced with retail, condos and office space.
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