Looking for experiences with Boston’s western suburbs
January 21, 2014 9:05 AM Subscribe
My wife and I are planning a move to Boston’s western ‘burbs in the next couple of years (think Newton, Wellesley, Needham, etc.). We are looking for a community connected to downtown Boston via some form of public transportation, and with good schools. We do not need an interesting town center, and are happy to walk a mile or so to get to public transport (provided that there is a sidewalk). Since this is surely going to be a backbreakingly expensive purchase, I need the advice and anecdotes of random strangers on the internet to help us focus our search.
posted by Admiral Haddock to Home & Garden (19 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
Mostly what it says on the tin. We’re both, broadly defined, “liberal intellectuals,” to the extent that matters, but we’re not BMW-driving strivers. We also are serious nesters, and we don’t need good restaurants or entertainment locally. We don’t have any family or friends in any particular towns we’re trying to be close to (or far from). Public schools are important to us, as is public transportation.
We’ll likely work with a broker or two to get the lay of the land, but there are so many towns and neighborhoods that I hoped you could share some of your local knowledge (e.g., Newton Center is for first time buyers and the houses are smaller, and Newton Highlands suffers a lot of power outages, and Newton R'lyeh is home to the Elder Gods and also where the one good Indian place is).
We’re starting from square one here, so even your basic knowledge of these towns and neighborhoods is greatly appreciated.