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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 07-04-2009, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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Moving to Boston!

Hello all,
First, profuse apologies for having been silent for so long. I have lurked now and then in the forum, but have been busy busy busy fulfilling the requirements of my degree program and my denomination for becoming a UU minister. All of that stuff, a very long journey, was completed just a few weeks ago with my achievement of preliminary ministerial fellowship in the Unitarian Universalist Association and then being ordained by my internship congregation in Pennsylvania, which I've been serving this year as associate minister.

Now we are planning a move to Boston this summer, for me to take a part-time ministry position in the city. Will be there next week looking for a place to live.

I am hopeful that
1. You won't be too terribly upset with me for not having connected better previously.

2. Bounder and I can be added to the list of New Englanders who, I see, get together for meet-ups now and then; yay! Lookin' forward to that.

3. You folks on this list, who know best, can please fill me in on things-Havanese, Boston-area based: e.g. the best vets, the best groomers, the best places for supplies (Canidae is the food of choice), the best place to leave my little guy overnight if necessary, the best dog parks. (I don't know yet where we will live; I'm sure that could make a dif. I'll update you when I know, and also will welcome suggestions for the best rental housing: the most space in the nicest area for the least money, LOL -- ministers don't make much $$$.)

Hoping to hear back from anyone who has advice about any or all of the above, and anything else I didn't think to mention. Bounder is a sweetie who is looking forward to meeting Hav pals in the area of his new home.


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Welcome to Boston Yvonne and Bounder. Will you be working in the city of Boston? how far are you willing to commute? Do you have children where a good school system would be required? We moved about 25-30 minutes west of the city for affordability and yard size. I will be happy to PM you with ideas to look. Only know pet things where I live. But you will have to make the next N.E.Play Date which is likely to be in September.




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Welcome to Boston Yvonne and Bounder. Will you be working in the city of Boston? how far are you willing to commute? Do you have children where a good school system would be required? We moved about 25-30 minutes west of the city for affordability and yard size. I will be happy to PM you with ideas to look. Only know pet things where I live. But you will have to make the next N.E.Play Date which is likely to be in September.
Will be working at Arlington Street Church, which is on the corner of Boylston and Arlington St., right next to the Public Garden and the Common downtown. Commuting time is a good question -- I'd like to minimize it but also to have enough space that's affordable. Maybe something like a townhouse?

My office at the church is teeny tiny, hardly more than a closet, and I have thousands of books and lots of bookcases, so will need a home big enough to have a home office. No school age kids -- my kids (one son, three stepkids) are grown and flown the coop. Would be nice to have guest room space, though, which could serve double duty as my office. (We (DH and I) have four grown kids between us, each with a partner, plus four grandkids.)

25 or 30 minutes west sounds very do-able. So yes, please, any and all ideas welcome! Thanks, Missy, for such a fast reply! And yes to the September play date. Please let me know when a date is set so I can avoid calendar conflict if at all possible. Will love to meet you and your canine sidekicks. (I'll try to watch the forum, too, re: the date, but will be busy with packing and moving -- little breathing room foreseeable until we have begun to unpack and settle in the new home. Then will be eager to meet folks and get to know the new area.)

Am preaching tomorrow in Gettysburg, so back to my sermon...
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Boston is one of the most expensive cities in the country to live Yvonne. You'll have your job cutout for you! There is a good transit system there. Parking can be VERY expensive as well. A friend of mine bought a tiny condo along Commonwealth Ave. near the park and paid about $700,000 plus $60,000 for his parking space. You can live anywhere along the "T" and commute in without a car.

Try looking in Charlestown, Chelsea, Quincy, to get out of the city, but still nearby. I know a lot of folks that live in Arlington as well as Brighton, Brookline......


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Congrats on your move !
You can be sure there are many on this hav/forum who will help you in any way.
Best! and Woof!
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Yvonne, I was wondering about you a few weeks ago. It is good to hear from you.

Best wishes with your move and new position. It sounds like an exciting change.
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Welcome to the Boston area! I too will be happy to help you out. I live about 22 - 24 miles north of the city. I commute into Boston for work. My commute is usually 45 - 60 minutes. Of course if it rains or snows - forget it!
Funny thing is if I come in really early or on a week end it only takes 35 minutes.

You gotta love the traffic - not!

Missy is correct you can get more for your dollar (house and yard) but you will have to take the commute so doing something that allows for public transportation is a good thing. Some areas are closer to the city and considered up and coming (or being re-vitalized). Actually Malden was listed as a top place to live (us locals couldn't figure that one out). But, it is up and coming, close to the city, and reasonable which I think were all factors.

Check out Boston.Com - go the real estate section they have some good info.

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Hi Yvonne,

We're also west of Boston (in the area called "Metrowest")... though further out than you'd probably want to go. We're not on the commuter rail, so it's a LONG commute from here. But Framingham which is a bit north of us is RIGHT on the Commuter rail, and some parts are quite affordable. Norwood and Canton, both south west of Boston, and on one of the commuter lines have quite affordable areas too.

I'm not _quite_ a Hav owner yet... I pick up my puppy in 10 days. But I'm very much looking forward to getting to know the other N.E. Hav owners better soon!

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Hi Karen, welcome to the forum... I am so excited that there will be a puppy just a bit south of me in Framingham in 10 days. Where do you live? Leeann and I will be over in 11 days to inspect your new puppy....LOL. do you have pictures?

Yvonne, the places you will want to live are Brookline, Arlington, Cambridge, Newton, Charlestown. They are beautiful, diverse and safe and an easy commute to Boston... and it is possible in this economy you may find a deal on a rental. But I think these desirable communities are still going to be pricey.

I suspect if you go 25-35 minutes drive in any direction from the city you will find affordable living. What I like about Natick and Framingham is that it is a straight shot on the Mass Pike into the city. And if your arrive time can be flexible (say 10a instead of 9a) you can shoot right in.

I grew up in Newton (an upper middleclass community 10 minutes from Boston) and never, ever imagined I would live in "Framingham" which is the home to several malls and has questionable school systems and a kind of tough downtown. But when we were looking for houses, my DH wanted a yard and we wanted a house that was not a tear down and in our price range that meant Framingham. I have never regretted the move. Our neighbors are the best, we are not in over our head, and there are things here that are great...and I have met several very smart young people who went through the school systems. In fact, you may be able to buy in Framingham now for the same as renting if you have any money to put down. As the market is at or near bottom, if you are planning to stay for a few years it could be a great investment. I would be cautious about rentals in framingham though as many are in the "bad" sections of town. But you may be able to find a house to rent in a better section. I may be able to hook you up with a realtor who could help when you are ready. Also check out Natick and Wayland for rentals. feel free to pm or e-mail me.




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Hi Missy,

We are in Holliston, and it would be great to meet some other forum members! From what I've read, it's really important to socialize a puppy early and often, both with people and other dogs. Actually, my puppy has a bunch of photos up on the forum, even though I haven't posted them... he is one of Tom's newest black and white litter. He's one of the ones with the black head and white body. You can also see pix of him on the Starborn website.

We actually lived in Framingham for 5 years when we were first married. Like you, we found the neighbors to be lovely, and quite frankly, I liked our house there much better than the one we have now, though we have LOTS more room where we are now. (5 acres) My brother just moved away from Framingham last week after living there for 22 years. He lived in north Framingham, though, so a little farther from the train. We lived close to where Rte 9, Rte 126 and Rte 30 all sort of come together, so it wasn't that far from the train station. Also, I work as an educational advocate, and I have to say that even from an educational standpoint, Framingham does a pretty good job. If you campare it to the "W" town, maybe not quite at that level, but most of us mere mortals can't afford to live in those towns either.<g>

I agree that Natick is worth a look, and Ashland is only one stop further out, and is another nice but less pricey town. It's a lot smaller than either Framingham or Natick, and the Ashland state park is beautiful and dog-friendly... there are trails all over the place.

Hope to meet all you MA Hav folks before too long!

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