New England is the American place for boarding schools, and I was fortunate to attend one in the Western part of Massachusetts, next to both the Vermont and New Hampshire boarders. It was beautiful country, to be sure, but I was a teenager and always longed to be in the nearest big city, Boston, Massachusetts, located two hours away. The first year I moved to Massachusetts the Red Sox won the World Series for the first time in over eighty years. The celebrating the ensued on my boarding school campus until sunrise left me amazed at the type of community that was built around Boston. Boston is not only Massachusetts’s largest city, but it is New England’s as well. The site of many a historical event, Boston has retained the brick buildings and cobblestone streets of another era, yet offers all the amenities a modern, twenty-first century metropolis can. With under a million people living in Boston proper, the city remains large yet accessible, the perfect place to buy another house.
Although the cost of living has risen steeply in recent years, Boston is an international city for higher education medicine, and innovation. It is consistently ranked as one of the most livable cities in America, and as the populace grows the purchase of another house there would only be a wise one. The fluctuating student body ensures year round renters, yet you would hard pressed to not want to live in Boston yourself. From the world class shopping to be found on Newberry Street, to the waterfront concerts or the lobster rolls and more innovative seafood dishes at the Legal Test Kitchen, the city is filled with culture and foodie-worthy fare. Catch a Red Sox game at Fenway park and experience Boston sports fanatics for yourself, and when you’re done head over to Quincy Market, part of the larger Faneuil Hall shopping area, and lunch on anything from world-famous clam chowder, to sushi, to Indian food.
If the food is not enough to leave you sure of buying another house in Boston, then hit the tourist trail and see some of the historic sites for yourself. The city is extremely walkable, especially if you stick to the Freedom Trail that walks one from site to site, and back through Boston’s history. Hop on the T, Boston’s public transportation system, and take a train to Cambridge to visit Harvard Square, or to the Boston Common to lounge on the green and take in a beautiful fall day (there is absolutely nothing like New England in the Fall). Even when it is winter, and extremely cold, nothing shuts down and the city views remain spectacular. The view of the Back Bay or the Charles River alone is reason enough to buy another house in Boston and make it your home.
With a heavy Irish influence, a Chinatown with amazing Dim Sum, a diverse populace, some innovative urban architecture, and an accent all it’s own, Boston is a city like nowhere else. If the prices within city limits are too steep for your family to afford another house there, then buy one in one of the many suburbs, and join the millions that commute each day. With a commuter rail and more than one state to choose from, you can enjoy rural living with Boston as a nearby urban escape. There are beaches just an hours drive away-including the many to be found in Cape Cod-as well as hikes, apple orchards and other historical towns. Beantown, as Boston is known, has a rich history and is still making history, improving upon itself every year. The purchase of another house would be a worthwhile investment, for one’s life and financial portfolio. I visit the city once a year if only to get a sticky bun at Flour Bakery, and savor it while I take in another city I have come to love.
Do you want to purchase your first or second home in Massachusetts? If so, don’t hesitate to check out properties that you can rent before you buy. Buy a rental property and test-drive for a few nights to make sure it fits your needs and lifestyle and to make sure you’re investing in the perfect property. It’s currently the growing trend in the real estate industry.
Kiran is a third culture kid, whose love of maps was cultivated from a very young age. Having been raised the daughter of two diplomats, she had visited thirty-six countries by her twenty-first birthday. She has driven across the United States five times, and in light of all her travels, is adamant that America is one of the most beautiful countries on earth.