Thinking of Relocating to Massachusetts? Let Red Door Real Estate help!
From the bustling hub of Boston to the rural regions of the west, Massachusetts has more to offer its residents than a unique accent. Although people do talk differently here, Massachusetts embodies much of our nation’s heritage which remains apparent throughout the state. Massachusetts is known for having one of the best school systems in the nation and leads the country in higher education, health care and high technology. The largest population lives within the Boston Metropolitan area which is surrounded by a network of suburbs, each with an unmistakable uniqueness. When choosing a place to live in Massachusetts one should consider the overall cost of living and convenience of location.
Boston offers a unique mix of city living surrounded by old world charm. With narrow crooked streets carved out by historic footpaths and ox drawn carts, navigating Boston by car can be tricky. Dubbed as America’s Walking City, many residing in the city of Boston do not have cars and can get almost anywhere by foot or public transportation. Boston offers over a dozen diverse neighborhoods each with an individual flair. The city buzzes with Boston pride and its residents are known to be some of the most devoted sports fans. The completion of the infamous “Big Dig” restored the historic connection between down town and the waterfront, removing the elevated highway that ran through the center of the city. The changes to the city’s infrastructure added much needed green space and cleared visible traffic congestion by moving the highway underground. Someone moving to the area that is not familiar with the cost of city living may experience sticker shock; however there are a number of surrounding neighborhoods within city limits that offer more affordable options.
Back Bay & Beacon Hill
If you are looking for a prestigious address and are willing to pay the price this is the place for you. These two neighborhoods carry one of the highest costs per square foot in the state, with the average price of a condo for the area being $745,000. Positioned in the center of it all, both neighborhoods are a favorite for commuting professionals and empty nesters alike. Back Bay includes landmarks such as the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church and is known for some of the best shopping such as Newbury Street and the Prudential Center. Beacon Hill has a political vibe and is the home of the state house. The narrow Beacon Hill streets surrounding the Boston Common are flanked with row houses and are lit with gas powered street lamps. If you can afford it, buying in these areas is a good investment due to their continued demand.
Allston & Brighton
Both neighborhoods have become the center of college living. Boston is home to the largest concentration of universities and this is most apparent in Allston and Brighton. If you are looking to be in the center of the action this is the place for you. The atmosphere changes with each semester, making Labor Day weekend the busiest for moving into the area. Even if you are not going to be attending school it is important to keep this in mind while looking for a place since many leases or purchases occur on this date. Brighton abuts Allston but offers a quieter atmosphere while remaining in close proximity to the action. Overall, the area has an eclectic feel and is saturated with unique eateries, pool halls and the occasional thrift store. With much of the population being students the price ranges are slightly more affordable than downtown Boston.
Brookline, Cambridge, Newton & Somerville
Being part of Boston’s inner suburbs may be the only thing these neighborhoods have in common; or so their residents try to argue. These locations offer easy access to downtown while providing a more suburban lifestyle. Newton, being the most expensive of the group, has been a constant fixture on CNN Money’s Best Places to Live; taking 3rd place for 2010. Newton has one of the best school systems in the state. Although the property values in Brookline may still be high, it is a great option for those looking for the “family-style” neighborhood of Newton without the Newton price tag.
Cambridge and Somerville consist of numerous “squares” or centers. Cambridge is best known for Harvard Square and mimic’s the eclectic feel throughout. The neighborhood offers a network of parks and outdoor space bustling with scholars and local musical acts. Many of the homes are larger than those downtown and offer spacious backyards. Price tags remain high for the area, which is why many people migrated to the adjoining town of Somerville. Somerville, once a strictly blue-collar town, has gone through major gentrification and now has more of a small town feel. The average family size is smaller than that of Newton or Brookline and much of the Somerville population consist of graduate students of Tufts University or Harvard. Somerville is densely populated with triple decker buildings that were converted to condos; offering more affordable options for students and families alike.
Surrounding Boston Metro is a number of beautiful suburban and coastal neighborhoods. As you venture into these areas the home values decrease and open up the opportunity for cul-de-sac style neighborhoods. New construction homes are scarce in the city but can be found throughout the outer suburbs. The expansion of the commuter rail has helped broaden the reach of commuters into the outer suburbs. The North Shore offers quintessential New England coastal living and consists of fishing communities like Gloucester, Ipswich and Marblehead. The North Shore has an artistic flair and is home to breathtaking museums. Much of the real estate in the area is close to the water, keeping property values close to those found in Boston.
The South Shore, on the other hand, offers a variety of suburban and rural towns. Although many towns do border the Atlantic Ocean and Boston Harbor, there is a network of inland towns as well. Property values run the gamut; however the South Shore is an excellent option for those looking for the uncommon deal.
Quincy & Weymouth
Less than 7 miles from downtown Boston, these towns are a great option for professional families. Quincy, the City of Presidents, is a historic town with modern flair. Future redevelopment of Quincy Center will offer residents increased green space surrounded by restaurants and big box shopping options. The style of homes in the area varies. Surrounded by granite quarries, many homes in the area were built on granite foundations. Quincy is one of the most accessible outer suburbs. Just a few short stops on the “T” and you can be downtown in no time. Quincy has a full inventory of solid homes with the median home price of $325,000; however more affordable options have become prevalent. Although Quincy has prestigious neighborhoods such Adams Street and Hospital Hill, the highest priced homes can be found in Marina Bay. Marina Bay, practically a town in itself, is a popular waterfront community of luxury condos and single family homes. Living here, it is not uncommon