Choosing a Boston Suburb

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Choosing a Boston Suburb

Staff Writer · Nov 18, 2010

When choosing a Boston suburb, you’ll find most of the cities and towns located within the Greater Boston area. If you are thinking of moving near or around Boston then, a closer inspection of these cities and towns will give you a better idea which part of this historic metropolis meets with your lifestyle requirements.

Criteria for Choosing a Suburb

When selecting a suburb, your decision should be based on the cost of living for the area, the availability of jobs, the educational offerings, the type of housing, and access to transportation. Boston has a rich history, which provides many residents with educational and cultural opportunities as well.

The Suburb of Cambridge

Cambridge is a city that is the center for such prestigious schools as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, or MIT, and Harvard University. Twelve elementary schools are located in Cambridge and a good number of private schools as well. The city has a significant number of people who walk to work. Real estate consists of historic homes and renovated condos priced from approximately $300,000 to $1,000,000. If you like history and enjoy academic pursuits, you will be happy here.

The Suburb of Framingham

Framingham in the Greater Boston area is a town with a population of about 67,000 people. The first part of the town’s name is pronounced like “frame.” The town, which was once known as Framlingham, was officially incorporated at the beginning of the eighteenth century. If you are an apartment dweller or are seeking housing that is reasonable in price, then Framingham is a good choice. It has more rental properties than the other nearby areas. The scenic town also provides many recreational venues where people can walk, jog or bike while enjoying the lovely landscape.

The Suburb of Waltham

Waltham’s claim to fame is that it was once the location for the Waltham Watch Company. The famous factory, which began operations in 1854, finally shut down in 1957 after making quality time pieces for over 100 years. Although, the area was first settled in the early part of the seventeenth century, the town was incorporated around 100 years later. A number of estates are situated in the area, including Gore Place, which was the home of the governor, Christopher Gore, in the early nineteenth century. Waltham residents send their children to one of six elementary schools, one of two middle schools or Waltham High School.

The Suburb of Peabody

The city of Peabody was once part of Salem, Massachusetts. It went by a number of names until it was given its official appellation in 1868. The town, which once made its living from leather tanning, now boasts one of the biggest malls—the Northshore Mall—in the area. It has received acclaim for its high school sports teams, namely soccer, track, baseball and hockey.

Boston offers a lot of opportunity for people academically and professionally. No matter what suburb you choose, you will find plenty of ways to enhance your way of life.

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