Best town for your money?

  1. You have chosen to ignore posts from kbiresearch. Show kbiresearch's posts

    Best town for your money?

    That's a big couple of "if's" there.

    -house w/ acre in Lincoln OR

    -McMansion in Lexington

    for $5-600k -- GOOD LUCK WITH THAT!

     
  2. You have chosen to ignore posts from antigravity. Show antigravity's posts

    Best town for your money?

    Try Lexington, but then you have to suffer with the crowded mediocre schools!

    EHHHHHHHHH.....WRONG

    Lexington public schools rank near the top in the state.

    http://www.boston.com/news/special/education/mcas/scores07/results/lexington.htm

    But thanks for playing...

     
  3. You have chosen to ignore posts from princess-cal. Show princess-cal's posts

    Best town for your money?

    I have lived in Bedford, MA for the past 9 years and love it. Good location, good schools, and you can also get a house for a reasonable price.
     
  4. You have chosen to ignore posts from princess-cal. Show princess-cal's posts

    Best town for your money?

    You may be able to find a 2 bedroom house in the 300's. With the market being the way that it is, you can really find some good bargains out there. You can definitely get more land than Arlington or Lexington. I believe the average is about 1/2 acre. I find it a very friendly town. Good luck!
     
  5. You have chosen to ignore posts from princess-cal. Show princess-cal's posts

    Best town for your money?

    Traffic along the main road (4/225) and be pretty bad, however, there are many ways to avoid it via alternate back roads. As for the bus, there is one that goes to Aelwife, but I have never used it so I cannot really give you any more information that that. I drive to Watertown (right on the Cambridge line) every day and the commute is not bad at all.
     
  6. You have chosen to ignore posts from princess-cal. Show princess-cal's posts

    Best town for your money?

    I live very close to Hanscom and it is not a problem at all. I really do not even notice it. Every now and then there is a large plane taking off or landing, and they can be very loud. However, this does not happen very often.
     
  7. You have chosen to ignore posts from mhead1976. Show mhead1976's posts

    Best town for your money?

    Hi Lady pet lover,

    I think that area is great but you may be getting a bit ahead of yourself. I think the real estate outlook will be VERY different in MA in 3 years. It's great that you are starting to look now but don't count out any town just yet. It's going to get real interesting around here.

     
  8. You have chosen to ignore posts from antigravity. Show antigravity's posts

    Best town for your money?

    Look, test scores may not matter to you, but they do matter to those who actually count: college admissions. Also, I have family and friends with children in the Lexington school system, and they rave about the quality of education. As for your take on Lexington, I look at it like this: every school graduates its share of dopes. Lexington is no exception. -->-->That said, let's examine your baseless assertion that Lincoln and Weston schools are superior to ômediocreö Lexington.-->-->2006 SAT Scores -->-->Of the 336 Massachusetts high schools tested, Lexington ranked 4th in writing, 5th in reading, 5th in math. IÆd hardly call scoring in the top five ômediocre.ö Also, Lexington outscored your favorite toney towns Lincoln and Weston. WhatÆs more, Lexington home prices and taxes are roughly 40% lower than those of Lincoln and Weston. So contrary to your claim that Lexington residents are getting a ôpoor return on their money,ö Lexington is in fact getting a very good ROI from their tax dollars, much better than Lincoln or Weston.-->-->TOWN-->-->WRITING-->-->READING-->-->MATH-->-->Lexington-->-->4-->-->5-->-->5-->-->Lincoln-->-->19-->-->20-->-->11-->-->Weston-->-->6-->-->9-->-->6-->-->Source: http://tinyurl.com/nr7gz

     
  9. You have chosen to ignore posts from bostonvlad. Show bostonvlad's posts

    Best town for your money?

    ThereÆs a very simple answer to your question. ItÆs not school that defines quality, but the students who attend it. You can send the best teachers and equipment to Mattapan, and result wouldÆve been the same. Did you know that Harvard professors also teach in Northeastern and UMass? Still, Harvard is Harvard an UMass is Umass.-->-->--> -->Good towns make good schools and not the other way around-->-->Attleboro has ôa lot of immigrantsö, ôlow incomeö families, Duxbury does not. ThatÆs why, regardless of the class size (even though itÆs important), the kids in Duxbury would more likely be willing to study, encourage others, make better grades, go to college, etc - i.e. make better school

     
  10. You have chosen to ignore posts from lindonderry. Show lindonderry's posts

    Best town for your money?

    I believe b./com reported that the only New England state to have in increase in its economy for the next year or two was NH. If its such a bad state as you mentioned, then explain to me why every new resident in our nieghborhood is from MA? Housing

     
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    Best town for your money?

    Amen, brother!
     
  12. You have chosen to ignore posts from tante-v. Show tante-v's posts

    Best town for your money?

    New Hampshire is a parasitic state. It lives off of the Boston economy, commuting to jobs on Boston roads, polluting our air and not paying any tolls or taxes. Then it puts tolls up along the border to fleece Mass. tourists and then complains about us when we drive in their state.

    Wrong. If you live in NH and work in Mass, you have to pay income tax on your wages for the privilege of driving on Massachusetts' crappy roads.

     
  13. You have chosen to ignore posts from chickiebaby. Show chickiebaby's posts

    Best town for your money?

    Good god, who wants to live that far out in the woods and commute into Boston every day? Not to mention that those towns are cultural wastelands. Yeah, you can go to the Solomon Pond Mall but what are you supposed to do the rest of the time?

    I agree with Newton as a good starter town. West Newton is nice enough and affordable enough to start out in.

     
  14. You have chosen to ignore posts from kbiresearch. Show kbiresearch's posts

    Best town for your money?

    Wow, I like where I live, and I've been here for most of my life...but I did not know I had a symphony in town! I have a child in the high school, one in middle school, and a first grader. The schools are very good, you should go take a tour of that new high school sometime. Fabulous Rec Dept., yes, Reading has a lot to offer right now, though it continues to try to increase its business tax base. Recently matching funding has been obtained for the downtown upgrade, as well as the town tennis courts. Both will be great improvements.

    PS. I am a former resident of "Lindondrry"(sp.?) where we bought our first home in 1989

     
  15. You have chosen to ignore posts from 5quahog. Show 5quahog's posts

    Best town for your money?

    I have to agree Newton is a grt town but the affordability is -3 . Franklin,

    Ipswich , even Plymouth are good "starter" choices. Even Bedfords

    300K examples are tired 50 yr old "dumps" and not good choices

    unless you intend on a $80,000 renov. budget.

     
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    Re: Best town for your money?

    First lets get it straight that the MCAS are a joke. These people are looking to build a life and family and buy a home and people are suggesting Brockton and Waltham. I live in Wellesley but places such as Wayland, Holliston, Natick and Needham would all be great. There are great deals everywhere, you just have to look

     
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    Re: Best town for your money?

    In Response to Best town for your money?:
    I have lived in Bedford, MA for the past 9 years and love it. Good location, good schools, and you can also get a house for a reasonable price.
    Posted by princess-cal


    Bedford is a dump. I work on the Bedford/Lexington line and one can not compare.
     
  18. You have chosen to ignore posts from Nasochkas. Show Nasochkas's posts

    Re: Best town for your money?

    To the original poster, if you work in Boston/Cambridge, can you realistically drive to work? I would guess you either have no parking or have to pay hundreds of dollars a months for parking.
    Since you have not started a family yet, why not enjoy living closer to the city and taking advantage of its culture while avoiding the hellish commute by car? Somerville has some great properties for not a lot of money. It has a dismal school system but you do not need the school system quiet yet. Another good option is Jamaica Plain - prices have been soaring but its still relatively affordable and is a "gentrifying" town. Another good option as someone mentioned is Watertown - there is an express bus downtown and plenty fo regular buses to Cambridge.
    Ones the children are of schooling age and if you can afford it you can always move to a more school-friendly town.

    (Glad I am not reproducing and will never live in a suburb - *shudder*).
     
  19. You have chosen to ignore posts from JJLen. Show JJLen's posts

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    How soon are you thinking you will start a family? If you want to really settle into the town and not move when your child reaches school age, then when you talk value, you need to consider what you will do for school. And frankly, selling a home in a town with a decent school system is easier than selling one with a troubled system (so no Brockton, Lynn, Lowell, Lawrence, for example).

    But as long as your school system is "decent" -- middle of the pack -- selling your home will not be a big problem down the road. Norwood and Canton are good values. They are on the commuter line pretty close to Boston, driveable distance to Cambridge -- although not a great ride -- and a school system that, if you want to sell later, won't be an issue for many buyers, and if you want to stay with your kids, you'll be fine too. Canton especially has a good school system. You can get a decent home for between 300-400k. And not a "starter home" -- but an actual home you can live in and that will grow with you.

    I disagree with the advice above to "claw" your way into the highest priced town you can manage. Yes, your home in an expensive town will eventually sell for more. But it also costs a lot more to buy in the first place (if not at first, then after you pour money into it -- renovations and fixer-upper costs are almost always *far* higher than homebuyers expect. Spending 400k on a handyman special and another 200k to make it livable is not value to me.) So just make sure your house and town don't offer barriers to buyers, and consider your standard of living while you are there.


     
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    Re: Best town for your money?

    My husband and I really love living in North Andover, and truly feel that you can get the best bang for your buck here. The school systems are outstanding, and it takes less than 30 minutes to get to Boston. My husband and I have a darling 3 bedroom ranch with a large fenced-in yard and a two car garage that we bought last year for a very modest $290K. We're close to shopping, movie theaters, recreation... you name it! We've only been here for four months, but we absolutely love it so far.
     
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    Re: Best town for your money?

    Brockton, hands down.
     
  22. You have chosen to ignore posts from movingtarget2. Show movingtarget2's posts

    Re: Best town for your money?

    2 things about that. 

    #1 The further out you are does not necessarily translate into a longer commute.  I lived in Cleveland Circle and it took me longer to get to work on the T than it does now on the Commuter Rail.  If you live far out the commute time is an hour +/- and if you live close to the city but still on the commuter rail its generally 45 minutes.  Not much of a difference.

    #2 Properties on the north shore (everything north and northwest) are already discounted because the commuter rail goes to North Station which is nowhere near where you want to be unless you are a Celtic, Bruin, or federal government worker.

     
  23. You have chosen to ignore posts from clquake. Show clquake's posts

    Re: Best town for your money?

    Arlington (Brackett school is exceptional), Lexington good "starter" towns, excellent elementary school.  Really nothing inside of 128 is really starter, but that really depends on your definition of a starter home, and how much you can afford.  Forget Brockton.
     
  24. You have chosen to ignore posts from bpdover. Show bpdover's posts

    Re: Best town for your money?

    DOVER, MA Don’t know about a starter town, but surely is one of the best I ever lived in MA.   Close to Route 9, 128 and US1, from Dover to the medical area is only 30 minutes, also close to all the other places, Natick mall, the Dedham mall, etc, but you still feel that you are close to nature.  The schools are “A” rated and let’s face it, there is no “bad” part of town, so your home investment will always hold its value.
     
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    Re: Best town for your money?

    Well you should did get alot of answers, didn't you? Did it help? As a relocation specialist it is my job to find the right house in the right community for the right price for my clients. The best advice I can give you right now is not to listen to other people, but to listen to yourself. Make a list of what you are looking for when you make your next move as far as, starting with the most important in each category I mentioned. Once you look at this list then you can narrow it all down and your priorities will become clearer than they are now.

    Also, so you will not be working outside of the home soon, but will your husband always be working in Cambridge?

    In my experience,most clients who have children or expect to, want to be in a town that has a good school system. If that town has a good school system- your real estate is more stable even in a not so good market. I can tell you straight away, on southwest side of Boston you have Needham, Westwood, Medfield, Dover-Sherborn to research. I can also tell you, more people end up in Medfield because they can't afford the other towns and schools are excellent.Globe rated them in top 5 in state 2 wks ago I believe. Also, when you or anybody out there looks at MCAS scores for lower grades in Medfield aren't always superior. Reason being - Medfield Elementary DOES NOT teach to the MCAS tests. Hope that helps! In Response to Best town for your money?:
    [QUOTE]Hi all - my husband and I are in the process of moving and need some help picking out a town. What do you think is the best town for your money? By way of background - We are looking to start a family. I work in Boston, my husband works in Cambridge. Although once we start a family, I will likely no longer work in the city and find something more local. His family is from the North and mine is from the South. Thanks!
    Posted by Jan06NewlyEngaged[/QUOTE]
     
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