Boston Area

Jump to Last Post 1-7 of 7 discussions (19 posts)
  1. amy jane profile image77
    amy janeposted 10 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 image72
      crashcromwellposted 10 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 image60
      tksenseiposted 9 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 image58
      Jane@CMposted 9 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 image77
    amy janeposted 10 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 10 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 image77
        amy janeposted 10 years agoin reply to this

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

        1. drummer boy profile image58
          drummer boyposted 10 years agoin reply to this

          I agree but definitely go Celtics

    2. tksensei profile image60
      tksenseiposted 9 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 image43
    thranaxposted 10 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 image77
      amy janeposted 10 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 image43
        thranaxposted 10 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 image49
    Taryn Elizabethposted 10 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 image55
    Chloe Comfortposted 9 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 image60
      tksenseiposted 9 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 image55
        Chloe Comfortposted 9 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 image60
          tksenseiposted 9 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 image66
    Lisa HWposted 9 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 image60
    tksenseiposted 9 years ago

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

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)