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Boston Area

  1. amy jane profile image79
    amy janeposted 9 years ago

    What are your favorite towns surrounding Boston?  We may be relocating soon and I was hoping to get a feel for the area from people who really know what they are talking about!

    I love charming old New England towns. smile

    Any suggestions? I have heard a lot about the North Shore towns and am leaning in that direction. I don't really want to live in a town where the teenagers drive bmw suvs, you know what I mean?!? We have lots of that here in CT.

    1. crashcromwell profile image75
      crashcromwellposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      It sounds as if you are looking into relocating, and if that is the case, I hope you've got some significant bucks, because Boston area is muy expensivo (not sure if that's actually a word, but I've been saying it forever, so I guess it works, right?)

      I grew up out in Western Mass. and only escaped from there about six years ago. If you're looking for charming New England towns, the sea coast of New Hampshire is nice, and my neck of the woods in Southern Maine is good too. They're all cold in the winter, but summers are nice.

    2. tksensei profile image59
      tksenseiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      This is probably waaay too late to be of use, but you should look at Winthrop or Nahant.

    3. Jane@CM profile image61
      Jane@CMposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      Funny you should ask!  We may have to relocate also and the prime jobs for my husband are in the Boston area.  Will look forward to the responses here smile

  2. amy jane profile image79
    amy janeposted 9 years ago

    Hi CrashCromwell,
    Lol! Yes, it is an expensive area. We are originally from NY, now living in Fairfield county CT, so we are accustomed to being ripped off by inflated real estate prices! The Boston area is actually slightly more affordable than where we are now, and the taxes are less as well.
    I would love to go as far as New Hampshire (so I could have enough space for horses) but I think the commute into Boston would be tough for my husband.  I thought the North Shore looked nice, near Rockport, Manchester, maybe Beverly.
    Western Mass is so beautiful - to visit. Too country for you? My only worry is that everyone in Mass is going to be all "Go Sox, Go Pats"  as that would be horrible for my Mets/Jets loving husband.  smile

    1. lady luck profile image67
      lady luckposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Oh and it's more like GO SOX AND GO CELTICS

      you do not want to be anywhere near boston on a game night

      1. amy jane profile image79
        amy janeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        LOL! Thanks for clarifying that. smile  Can you tell how much I love sports?

        1. drummer boy profile image59
          drummer boyposted 9 years agoin reply to this

          I agree but definitely go Celtics

    2. tksensei profile image59
      tksenseiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      That is exactly what everyone does. Mets fans are largely ignored, but take out extra insurance on a Jets fan.

  3. thranax profile image52
    thranaxposted 9 years ago

    I've been living around Boston for my whole life (within 20 miles of it). There are a lot of nice places around here. You might want to try a coastal location if you don't mind being too far away from Boston. Gloucester and Rockport and nice locations. There are way to many locations to get into but if you tell me more about what your looking for I could help you find that location ^_^

    1. amy jane profile image79
      amy janeposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Thranax! I have been looking online at that area. My only concern was that it might be too far to commute into Boston (by train). More than an hour is too much, I think.   I also liked the town of Boxford. It looks kind of country without being too far out there. I'm going to go track the commute from Rockport now...maybe it isn't that far...

      1. thranax profile image52
        thranaxposted 9 years agoin reply to this

        I have family that lives in Danvers MA. That isn't bad, for them its a 15min drive to the train station and then the train is less then an hour ride directly to the FleetCenter. They have a friend who lives on there street that does that every morning, I don't know the wearabouts of where she works but she gos to the train station, takes the train, then takes a bus or walks (again not sure) to her area. (might also be subway). I do know that the traffic is horrible for going into Boston by car smile.

  4. Taryn Elizabeth profile image50
    Taryn Elizabethposted 9 years ago

    Try the Rockport area~ it's one of the most beautiful places in Massachusetts; right near the water, with lots of local charm and not more than a half hour from the city.

  5. Chloe Comfort profile image57
    Chloe Comfortposted 8 years ago

    Salem, MA - love that town - the history, the shops, the homes - would move there in a heartbeat if my hubby would go! Too cold for him come winter time :-(

    1. tksensei profile image59
      tksenseiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

      We lived in Salem for some years. A great place to live. A little nutty on Halloween though.

      1. Chloe Comfort profile image57
        Chloe Comfortposted 8 years agoin reply to this

        I know - that's the best part! My kinda town, especially then. Going for another visit in October - unfortunately not on Halloween - but will be there for "Haunted Happenings" festivities taking place over the month.

        1. tksensei profile image59
          tksenseiposted 8 years agoin reply to this

          Actually, in recent years it has gotten a little hairy at times. Being right smack in the middle of downtown at midnight on Halloween is not exactly a 'family' environment. Other than that time though Salem is a pretty nice, quiet place to live. A lot of interesting historical sites and the Peabody Museum is just great.

  6. Lisa HW profile image72
    Lisa HWposted 8 years ago

    I think in most Massachusetts towns (not cities) you may find things like downtowns that have hints of "old New England".  Some, more than others.   The ones that really focus on that look are often more "upscale".  You can also find in that individual neighborhoods.  Most towns have lots of perfectly pretty neighborhoods away from their downtowns or "main drags".

    As far as the North Shore goes, Salem was featured in the local tv program, Chronicle, within the last few years as having earned some recognition for something like "best place to live" (within some category).  They pointed out lots of work Salem has done to enhance its beauty and call attention to things like museums and transportation in the area.  Chronicle is a WCVB show.  I don't know if they have archives or anything like that.

    I, personally, would not choose Beverly (although they have a commuter rail station), Peabody, or Danvers.  They're fine, and they tend to be where the industry/shopping is.  If I'm looking for a suburb I like something less developed. 

    Ipwish has an adorable downtown.  Rockport has its own, unique, look.  Gloucester is said to be a "blue collar".  (Last year when there were all those unmarried, pregnant, teen girls news features kept saying how the kids in Gloucester aren't necessarily the ones looking to go to college.)  Hamilton is pretty.

  7. tksensei profile image59
    tksenseiposted 8 years ago

    That's all about true. I still recommend taking a look at Nahant if you can.