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What’s the Story? The Single-Family Home in Boston area and Where to Find It

What’s the Story? The Single-Family Home in Boston area and Where to Find It

Houses in BostonKnowledge is power when it comes to understanding the housing market. If you’re on the path to homeownership but are confused about the process, take the time to educate yourself about the ins and outs of house-hunting and purchasing before you take the plunge.

A tight housing market means more competition between buyers. Making smart choices will mean the difference between prolonging your house hunt or finding the home of your dreams.

What’s a Single Family to Do?

There are many issues that may be standing in your way when it comes to finding the right house. Are you searching in the right places? Do you have a realistic picture of what your dream house should cost? Whether you’re trying to find an affordable home in the city or are looking for more space the in suburbs, it’s important to clarify your expectations with your Realtor. Your price range will have a significant impact on the type of homes you will find in your desired location.

While city living is typically more expensive than suburbia, there are corners of the market that only a good Realtor can explore successfully. Taking the time to communicate your needs, wants, and deal-breakers will give your Realtor exactly what she needs to refine the search and find you a home you’ll love.

In-City Options

boston cityIf you’re set on living within city limits, you may find that your options are as limited as your housing budget. Million-dollar family homes are the norm in many bustling metropolitan areas, so if you’re looking to get the space you need near the amenities you want, you may have to compromise your pricing goals.

One of the ways you can get a great house for a lesser price is to put some distance between you and the popular amenities city-dwellers love. You will still be closer than the suburbs, but adding an extra ten or fifteen minutes to your drive may be worth the lower price tag. If you enjoy remodeling projects, find a home that needs a little love and attention. If it needs work, chances are the price will be significantly lower than the average move-in ready home.

City-living definitely has its benefits if you’re willing to pay the right price. Hardwood floors, granite countertops, spacious bedrooms and bathrooms, generous lot sizes, and garden views are only a few of the options you’ll find in city neighborhoods.

Suburban Alternatives

family in a new homeSuburb living has long been the choice for many single families who want a stronger sense of community. Braintree offers affordable homes with character and space, while Wayland is a little spendier and a lot more suburban, but has great schools. You can easily find a three-bedroom home in either of these places. Melrose or South Boston are also affordable, generally on a par with Newton price-wise. If you’re looking for value, don’t look to Cambridge or Brookline… but you might check it out if what you want is cultured affluence.


Talk to your Realtor about the details of each potential neighborhood to find the right one for you.


Mitra Farzani

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