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June 5th, 2006
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My sister and her husband had an offer accepted on a house in Medford over the weekend. If all goes well, they will be closing on June 30th, doing some work on it, then moving in a bit later. They are first-time home buyers and are obviously very excited. It's a nice three-bedroom house with a fenced-in back yard, and it's in a nice neighborhood (between Tufts and the Mystic River).

Anyway, I mapped out directions from their new place to my place, and it said that it would take half an hour (yes, I know those aren't always accurate times, but it's a good rough estimate). And it got me thinking. If I'm not able to find a place in Wellesley, I could find a place somewhere that is closer to town ("town" generally meaning "Boston", but in a practical sense it means the greater Boston area, since that's where my friends live and where events happen) and then get a car to commute to work. Yes, I don't want a car, but a commute of 15-30 minutes wouldn't be the worst thing, especially if it meant I was closer to people and things, and possibly on the T instead of on the commuter rail, and also didn't have to pay quite as much in rent. So maybe something like Medford, Arlington, Somerville, Cambridge, or Newton might work. Or I guess I could look into renting in the Back Bay and taking the commuter rail to work.

So, we'll see. Anyone have any suggestions? Or would anyone who wasn't willing to move to Wellesley be willing to move to one of the above-mentioned places?

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From:coorr
Date:June 5th, 2006 06:32 pm (UTC)
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Wellesley is kind of out in the middle of nowhere relatively speaking. There are definitely some good places in between there and boston that could work quite well for you, and provide you with a reverse commute. Just make sure you aren't going on 128 and you are fine (its bad all directions all the time :-)

maybe Watertown, near the pike would be a good choice. quick shot into cambridge and boston, not had to get to the immediate northern suburbs (medford, malden ect...) and the rents I believe are quite reasonable.

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From:bitty
Date:June 5th, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC)
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watertown isn't a great commute to wellesley.


i still vote for JP, but i'm biased :)
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From:queue
Date:June 5th, 2006 07:23 pm (UTC)
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Do you have experience with this commute? Any thoughts on how long it'd take me in the morning from Watertown Square to my current work (Rt. 9 and Weston Rd.)? Google says something like 17 minutes.
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From:bitty
Date:June 5th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
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I have yet to do it in under half an hour, and I rarely drive during rush hour.
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From:queue
Date:June 5th, 2006 08:31 pm (UTC)
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Is that taking the Pike or not taking the Pike?
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From:bitty
Date:June 5th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
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not taking the pike, but that's 'cause i hate the pike.
From:coorr
Date:June 5th, 2006 08:34 pm (UTC)
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Really... I wouldn't think it would be that bad. get on the pike get off at rt 16 in newton and take that right into Wellsley... not short mind you... but not that bad. I wouldn't think the traffic would be too bad since it is usually running in the opposite direction from the way he would be going.

Im not sure how one would go from JP.
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From:bitty
Date:June 5th, 2006 08:55 pm (UTC)
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JP's easy, and bubblebabble recently found a route that is prettymuch all backroads. we're not sure how long it would actually take, though, since the last time we tried it, there was a parade in the way.
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From:queue
Date:June 5th, 2006 07:21 pm (UTC)
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Well, I just called about an apartment that's in Newtown right near Watertown Square, and I'm going to see it tonight. I hope that the commute to work wouldn't be too bad. I'd have my choice of 16 or the Pike.
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From:library_sexy
Date:June 6th, 2006 04:46 am (UTC)
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Newton Center is a great area. You would need a car, but you also have the green line there and you can walk places in that area. I am sure it is not cheap rent but would be a nice area to live if you want to stay farther out towards work.

As for Medford, yes it is 30 mins but that is with no traffic the AM would be bad. I agree with coorr you don't want to have to take 128 to or from work.
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From:bitty
Date:June 7th, 2006 01:30 am (UTC)
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Actually, the main reason you can't move to Watertown is that if I'm commuting to work there every weekday, there's no way in hell I would go there to visit you on weekends.
As it is, I drive on autopilot when I mean to be going to Cambridge instead. I hate driving to Watertown.
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From:queue
Date:June 7th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
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Well, I went to look at a place in Wellesley tonight, so it looks like I'm either going to take that place or stay in my current place (my landlords might end up moving but keeping this place as a rental for at least another ear or two). So, you'll likely get more opportunity to try out your backroads way to Wellesley.
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From:bitty
Date:June 7th, 2006 10:24 am (UTC)
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I know you don't give Queue Points for comments, but I love the idea of you having to give an ear or two to extend your lease. It started my morning off right.
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