Considering a move to Boston-need guidance

  1. Hi All!

    My husband is considering a job near Boston -- near Framingham. Any suggestions on where to live and where to work?

    I recently started working in the ED, so I have minimal ED experience. I have 7 month's GMF so a total of about a year's experience. I want to stay in the ED.

    Any suggestions?
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  3. by   TechieNurse
    Hi Stitchie!
    I grew up in Framingham and have lived around it for all my life.
    Framingham is a unique place. It is large, about 35-40K people. But it is a town (meaning, it has a town meeting structure).
    The poplulation is mixed, with a large Brazilian community.
    There is a distinction, much to many people's chagrin, between North and South Framingham. The North being the locale with less diversity and less affordable housing.
    Framingham has many major routes running through it, Routes 9, 126, 135 and Intrastate 90 (toll road) which run East/West and is situated midway between routes 128 and 495, which run North/South. As you may guess, this means that it is well situated for a commute just about anywhere in the state. There is a mediocre bus service and a pretty good commuter rail station that travels both into Boston and Worcester.
    I just read that the average commuting time for residents in this area is 50 min. That doesn't necessarily mean into Boston either, that's mostly local commuting! Traffic during rush hour is bad and getting worse. My advice, either look very closely to your job location, work off hours or take public transportation.
    Lastly, the communities that surround Framingham are (briefly):
    > Sudbury: smaller, somewhat exclusive community. 1 med./small route running through it. Mod. high taxes
    > Wayland: Approx. 17k people. Nice community, I'd characterize it as being like a mix of Framingham and Sudbury. Mod. high taxes.
    > Ashland: Approx. 14K people. Nice community. Has a toxic waste supersite in it. It's in the middle of a 10 year clean up plan. Moderate taxes.
    > Natick: Nice community, taxes moderately high. Divided into nice and 'very nice' (South Natick)
    > Wellesley: 'exclusive' community. High taxes. Called 'swells-lee' by the locals. Not much diversity here.
    > Southboro: Nice, kind of small community. High taxes

    Here's a town website:

    Lastly, Framingham has a community teaching hospital (affliated with Tufts I believe), situated next to the famous Framingham Heart Study. Framingham merged with a neighboring hospital (Leonard Morse in Natick) to form Metrowest Medical Center. This was sold to a for-profit group. That group, Tenet, is looking to sell it (not enough profits) so it's kind of in turmoil. You are within commuting distance to:
    Leonard Morse Hospital, Natick (community hospital)
    Milford Hospital, Milford (community teaching hospital)
    Newton-Wellesley Hospital, Newton (community teaching hosp. affiliated with Harvard)
    Emerson Hospital, Concord (community hospital)
    Waltham Hospital, Waltham (closed or is closing)
    UMass Medical Ctr., Worcester (level 1 trauma center) would be a reverse commute from Framingham
    Faulkner Hospital, Jamaica Plain (community hospital affiliated with Harvard)
    Then the BIG ones: Mass Eye/Ear, Children's Hospital, Mass General, Beth Israel Deaconess, Brigham and Women's, Joslin, N.E. Baptist, N.E. Medical Center, Dana Farber Cancer Inst., Boston City (renamed to Boston University Med. Ctr.).

    Whew! Hope that helps! Please remember, these are just my thoughts and opinions, no offense to any resident of the above communities meant. Feel free to contact me if you have more questions.
    Good Luck! :hatparty:
  4. by   Stitchie
    Hi Techie!

    Thanks for the input. My DH is flying out tonite and will interview all day tomorrow. The company he is interviewing with is in Framingham so we'd like to be close to there.

    As far as off-shifts, that won't be a problem; we are in the middle of an international adoption and it's unclear what my situation will be, maybe PRN or something. I've seen some decent ads for PRN nurses; I guess they pay more because no benefits?

    I've read on these boards that Tenet-affiliated hospitals may be not a first choice place to work. Any truth to that?

    I've looked at some real estate web sites and OMG the housing prices are $$$,$$$!!! I made the mistake of searching for homes in Dover and my DH nearly MI'd right in front of me! :chuckle We quickly scrapped that idea!

    Seriously, I thought that Chicago prices were high -- we have a small three bedroom brick ranch near the city and it was appraised at a (I thought so anyway) shockingly high price, but it was nothing compared to the prices in the Boston-area.

    Can you believe that real estate people are calling and emailing already? Weird. Like it's a sixth sense or something!
  5. by   TechieNurse
    You will not find higher real estate prices than in the Boston area (ok, maybe Hawaii!). It is the bane of living here. The good, and bad news is, the prices are high everywhere around here. Which means, while you won't find a bargain anywhere near where you want to live, but you will build equity in your home and get a handsome return on your investment.

    The most expensive places to look: Dover, Sherborn, Wellesley, Lincoln, Weston
    Nice towns where you might find something affordable: Ashland, Millis, Grafton, Framingham (be careful, some parts are bad) & Milford (be careful, some parts are bad)
    I would stay away from these towns: Bellingham, Franklin (both having major difficulties with town growth, overcrowded schools etc.), Marlboro, Hudson (some parts are nice, but most is drab and city-ish).

    Some folks do live in N.H. (no state income tax ~ but that may be changing soon) or R.I. But, what you save in real estate price, you pay for in gas and time...

    You're right about working PRN, usually no benefits. However, the need is great and you will most always get all the work you want/need.
    There are two ways to work PRN (not sure if it's the same where you are), either through a hospital (dedicated to that hospital) or through and agency. There are plusses and minuses to both.
    Just a note, some hospitals are unionized, some are not. PRN nurses must pay union fees if they work for a unionized hospital, while agency nurses do not.

    Ok, I've rambled again. Wishing you and your husband all the best!