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Old 04-18-2007, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Between Here and There
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We are planning a move to New England and were originally thinking about Maine, but more and more we are leaning towards New Hampshire. There seem to be better schools, more job opportunities and less xenophobia. Our first choice would be to work in the state we live obviously, but just in case we want to keep all options open in all New England job markets. To maximize job opportunities can anyone tell me what towns are withing commuting to Boston? Are there trains available or does everyone drive? Any information would be helpful. Thanks!
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:29 AM
 
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You might need to define "commuting distance".
It also depends on what part of Boston you are talking about.

We live in Merrimack and my husband commutes about 45 miles each way (to a location about 20 minutes outside -north- of Boston) and it runs 45 mins to 1hr depending on traffic.
For some, that type of commute is horrible to even consider but for us has almost always been the norm.
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Old 04-18-2007, 11:14 AM
 
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For us an hour or so has been the norm as well. But with traffic and congestion where we are now 1 1/2 to 2 is becoming the norm and we are trying to cut down on that. Your husband's commute is definitely doable by comparison!

I was looking at properties in New Ipswich...it seems like a good place to live. Any thoughts on there? How are the schools and family vibe?

Thanks!
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Old 04-18-2007, 03:11 PM
 
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For us an hour or so has been the norm as well. But with traffic and congestion where we are now 1 1/2 to 2 is becoming the norm and we are trying to cut down on that. Your husband's commute is definitely doable by comparison!

I was looking at properties in New Ipswich...it seems like a good place to live. Any thoughts on there? How are the schools and family vibe?

Thanks!
New Ipswich is almost 70 miles from Boston...that commute would have to be near 2 hours during rush hour
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Old 04-18-2007, 04:56 PM
 
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From the seacoast, you can take Amtrak in to Boston from Exeter, or drive to Newburyport and take the computer train or even take the CJ Trailways bus from Portsmouth into Boston.
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Old 04-18-2007, 05:31 PM
 
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New Ipswich is almost 70 miles from Boston...that commute would have to be near 2 hours during rush hour

I just realized that shortly after posting...but the Dover area seems nice and there are trains into Boston...so we moved on now...LOL

Thanks for the info!
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:04 PM
 
Location: Monadnock region
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I was looking at properties in New Ipswich...it seems like a good place to live. Any thoughts on there? How are the schools and family vibe?Thanks!
Well, it also depends on why exactly you want to be commuting to Boston. for a job, it tends to be nearly an hour of traffic commute, and yes NI is about 2 hours away.

However, we're in the process of buying land in NI, and I lived there in the '60s. It's a nice town, right on the border, still has a small town feel to it in spite of that. The taxes are low, the school is.... moderate (I won't lie: could be better, could be worse). All the people I've encountered have been very nice.
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Old 04-19-2007, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Londonderry, NH
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I live in Londonderry, NH and use the Concord Trailways bus to commute to downtown Boston. I leave early to go and return and avoid most of the traffic. Takes about 50 to 60 min. each way. there is a new station at the I-93 Exit 4 Park & Ride lot.

We moved to Londonderry 25 years ago when I worked in Lawrence, MA. It was an affordable town. Compared with the inner suburbs of Boston, it still is. Check this town. It has great schools, good library and protected open space.

Real estate prices seem to have stabilized and there are many houses available. Check Realator.com. We may have a unit or two available in my condominium - Rolling Meadows (2 Clubhouse Lane) - you can find the office in the yellow pages.

Welcome to NH.
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Old 04-19-2007, 08:23 AM
 
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...the Dover area seems nice and there are trains into Boston...so we moved on now...LOL

You should also look at Pelham...that's only about 30-35 miles from Boston
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