Condo – 30 MacIntosh Lane Unit 30 Leominster, MA 01453 now has a new price of $150,000!

Nice end unit at Cider Hill. Close to major routes yet situated in a wooded, country atmosphere. Sought after end unit with fireplaced living room and outside deck access. Master bedroom offers a private balcony. Updates in the last four years include furnace, indirect tank which saves hugely on oil use, carpeting on second floor, stove, washer/dryer and newer refrigerator! Need extra space? Finish off the walk-out basement.

This is a Townhouse style home and features 5 total rooms, 1 full bath, 1 half bath, 2 bedrooms, and is currently available for $150,000.

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Moving Away From Town Could Lead to a Lower Mortgage

Living in the heart of a big city puts you moments away from major sports competitions, live theater, five-star restaurants and top paying businesses. Rent or buy a house in a major city and you won’t have to worry about transportation. Cities like Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Newark are connected via trains, subways, bus lines and international airports.

It’s not all fun and games at the heart of a big city

Many people who live in these cities don’t own a car. That’s where you could definitely save money by renting an apartment or buying a house in the heart of a big city. Unfortunately, there may be more ways that you could lose money if you rent or own in these popular areas. To see if you’re ready to head for the heart of town, consider these residential money guzzlers.

  • City taxes – Ask around. You’ll find that taxes in big cities are nothing to wink at. This includes property and income taxes. You could easily save four to five percent or more by moving outside a major city.
  • Housing costs – Rents and mortgages are generally higher at the heart of a major city than they are in towns 20 or more miles away from downtown, uptown and midtown areas. A time when this isn’t the case is if you move to a beach front home. Apartments and houses at the heart of cities like New York, Chicago and Miami are not cheap. You could save one hundred dollars or more a month on an apartment and thousands on a house if you choose a home away from hot spots.
  • Lower food prices – Dining at a restaurant can cost less if you dine further away from town.
  • Taxis – This includes traditional and newer taxi services like Uber and Lyft. Depending on how far you are going, hailing a taxi in a major city could run you $20 or more to travel less than 15 miles.
  • Live entertainment – It’s hard to turn away from live stage plays, outstanding jazz performances, indoor concerts and the chance to watch a professional sports game from box seats or the front row. Getting away from these entertainment temptations could encourage you to find fun ways to entertain yourself at home. It could also save you the $100 or more that you’d spend on a ticket and refreshments at a single live entertainment event in the heart of the city.
  • Clothes – You certainly won’t have to hunt for boutiques, malls and upscale shops if you move to the heart of a big city. Regularly shop at these stores and you could be out several hundred a year.

Moving further away from the center of a major town could save you money. You could yield bigger savings if you move to an area near public transportation. Taking public transportation can save you gas costs. It could also save you auto maintenance costs. Pull this off and you could save hundreds or more a year. You could also save thousands on a new house.

Single-Family – 23 Reed Hill Road Wales, MA 01081 now has a new price of $209,900!

Home back on the market due to buyer financing! Clean Home Inspection and sellers are ready to for a quick close. This three bedroom, one level home is situated on a nice large lot with a garage under and a separate two car garage and workshop! Features include eat-in kitchen with new granite countertops and three year young appliances. New roof and large deck overlooking a beautiful yard with invisible dog fence. Wood stove in basement included, cuts heating bills dramatically. Conveniently located for commuters to Sturbridge, Route 84, and the MA Pike.

This is a Ranch style home and features 5 total rooms, 1 full bath, 3 bedrooms, 1.25 Acres, and is currently available for $209,900.

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Transportation Options When Living in a Busy City

Move to a big city and you gain instant access to world class theatrical performances,professional sports competitions, trending fashions and business opportunities with some of the globe’s leading firms. Move to a big city and you’ll also gain access to congested traffic.

It could easily take you an hour to drive 10 miles during peak traffic times. Yet,there’s so much that busy cities offer that it might be well worth it to become a resident. To avoid traffic headaches, buy a house in a quieter part of the city, turning your home into a center of tranquility.

Creative ways around busy city traffic

You’ll appreciate having bought a house in a quiet area as soon as you drive onto your street after having put in seven or more hours at work. Other ways to deal with congested traffic in the big city that you live in are to:

Take public transportation. You’ve probably heard it before, but, it can prove to be a wise decision. Take public transportation to and from work and you’ll save on gas, auto maintenance and stress. If you take a train or subway to work, you’ll miss out on traffic jams and stick to a more reliable schedule.

Carpool. This is an option that a lot of people who work in Washington, DC use. Before you buy a house in a busy city, check to see if the city has carpooling pick up locations. Cities like Atlanta allow you to sign up for carpooling online. If another car-pooler lives and works near you, the system can send you alerts.

Employer commuter savings. Check with your employer to see if they offer a pre-tax commuter program. You may have to make monthly payments toward your public transportation to participate in the program. Annual tax savings could reach several hundred dollars a year.

Great exercise options. If you live less than 10 miles from work, consider riding your bike to work. You could also walk to work, especially if you live and work in the same area that a good friend or relative does.

Flex schedule. Don’t rule out a flex schedule. Your employer might allow you to start your work day after peak morning rush hour traffic has subsided. That or you could arrive to work before morning rush hour traffic peaks and leave before evening rush hour traffic starts.

Telecommute. Advancing technology has made it easier to stay connected to work from home. Your employer may allow you to telecommute. Before you leave your job, ask your employer if you can work from home, especially if you’re a top performer the company doesn’t want to  lose.

Don’t let the challenges of a job commute keep you away from a city that you’re sure to love. Get creative and find commuting workarounds. While house shopping, focus on buying a house in quieter neighborhoods. Doing so will get you out of the hustle for hours a day. Buying a house in a quiet neighborhood will also ramp up your chances of enjoying peaceful weekends. It could prove to be just what you need to recharge your batteries and prepare for another exciting week in the heart of the city.