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Old 08-22-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Default Moving to New England From Northern VA

I will be moving to the New England region the end of this month from the Northern Va region. I've worked at a large defense contractor in the NoVA region for the past few years after graduating from Syracuse University. Moving to be with my college girlfriend (also a Mechanical Engineer...we're geeks) who lives and works in the Leominster, Ma area. I've gotten a job at research laboratory in Westford, MA.

I am very excited about this move, I am a very outdoors type person. I Love to hike and have been a competitive mountain biker for the past 6 years. I'd love to link up with some people to learn where the good biking and hiking trails are.

We've been looking at apartments between Lemoninster and Westford. We've found a few really nice looking complexes in Concord, Ma. Prices seem a good deal cheaper then in Nova but I've had a hard time finding places with private garages...Maybe asking for too much. Anyone have any suggestions or leads on towns to look in?

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Old 08-22-2012, 09:34 AM   #2
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Look farther north and consider a rental house with the sucky economy.

Littleton/Westford is certainly a good place to start. Although Concord isn't far, you're in a far higher priced town than either the Westford area or Leominster would offer. Chelmsford is probably worth looking into as well. In general, the closer you are to Boston, the more expensive.

Biking: Vietnam in Milford (Rt 495 exit 20) is pretty good. It's sort of geared to the downhill jumping crew these days, but if you go off the property, there are still some good cross country trails. Upton State Forest has tons and tons of marked trails and maps to follow them. There are connectors from these trails going north into Hopkinton that loop around Whitehall Resevoir (where I live). I can easily do a 3 hour ride staying only on trails and crossing a couple roads. From the main entrance, don't forget to cross the road and go maybe 1/8 mile north, then up the big hill on the left. Great trails in there.

If you are into downhill, you probably know about Highland up in Northfield, NH. It's a lift assisted bike place about 2 hours from central Mass.
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Old 08-22-2012, 01:11 PM   #3
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Concord MA isn't cheap by its a nice town if you like old people
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Old 08-22-2012, 10:19 PM   #4
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we have meets every thursday night in the leominster area. Im from the town over, Sterling, and love this area.

You can check out the rail trail in sterling and also the much longer one a town over in west boylston. very good trails to walk/ ride. if you want to hike, theres always wachusett mountain.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:21 AM   #5
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I am a very outdoors type person. I Love to hike and have been a competitive mountain biker for the past 6 years. I'd love to link up with some people to learn where the good biking and hiking trails are.
If you get a chance, head up to the White Mountains in NH. Incredible hiking trails in the Presidential Range (much above tree line) and lots of mtn. biking in the North Conway area. My favorite time of year here is the fall when the temps cool off, the leaves change colors, and there is snow on the mountain tops.
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Old 08-23-2012, 07:46 AM   #6
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As far as Mt Biking I only know a few places(only ride to them) but lucky for me they turned out to be really good. I am not a fan of putting bike on car ever since I drove my 88 GLI into garage with bikes.....

I lucked and lived for years near here>>> http://www.nemba.org/ridingzone/Fort_Rock.html

Also growing(25yrs ago!) up my backyard was a place that more mountain bikers found called the Moats in North Conway. I was floored how much "development" they did to make it so you could actually ride vs walk it.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:06 PM   #7
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Jack ffr1846, Thanks for the sugestion on looking towards the north, we're def going to look that way. A rental house might be the right way to go.

BoDiddley, Old people hmmm might have to rethink concord....

J.Gibbs, Sweet I will have to come to some of the leominster meets

nhmtns, We have plans to spend hike the the white mountains this fall, really looking forward to it.

_Raj, Fork rock looks amazing putting it on my map of places to ride

Thanks for the replys guys!
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:18 PM   #8
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Hey! I actually work in Westford! Just moved here myself. I chose Bedford, MA more for its being close to the city while my commute to work is fully reverse so its completely highway and only about 20-25 minutes both ways. I also live with my brother who commutes the other direction so we had to choose a midway point.

Biking is something I do a lot of as well, but mainly road for me. =] Tons of mountains and trails to find here. I go hiking every so often up in New Hampshire and its great!

Message me if you have any questions in terms of apartments. I know theres a few where I am that offer garages as an add on. say 150 a month. I live in Bedford now in a relatively nice apartment. I just never got around to getting a garage.

I do have to say that rent in Mass seems to be relatively expensive overall, I live in a 2 bedroom for roughly just under 2k a month. It ranges where you choose, but its not too far. Garages are pretty available though in complexes as a seperate unit if that works out for ya. Feel free to message if you got more questions. I've been working in Westford for just over 2 months now, and its been pretty nice coming from Bedford daily.
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Old 08-23-2012, 04:52 PM   #9
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My girlfriend is from Carlisle, MA which is right next to concord. Concord is a super nice quiet town but it's also not cheap. If kids are in the future at all, concord has one of the best highschools in the state. Plenty of other areas that are much cheaper.
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:35 PM   #10
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Shirley, Ma looks really nice. Splits the distance between our two jobs and looks like good biking and hiking near by. Anyone know anything about the Shirley?
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Old 08-23-2012, 10:04 PM   #11
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Shirley is nice. Have family there. Some of the guys in our group are from around there. Ask in Northern Worcester County Subarus
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Old 08-24-2012, 01:52 PM   #12
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Talking with the GF I think we've settled on looking in the Shirley, Ma / Lunenburg, Ma area. Starting to look through craigslist for houses / apartments for rent. It seems there is also a new apartment complex on the site of an old amusement part that looks really nice.
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Old 08-24-2012, 03:46 PM   #13
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Lunenburg isn't a bad choice. Those apartments are where whalom park used to be. The mall is close and New Hampshire isn't far for no tax purchases
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Old 10-03-2012, 08:44 AM   #14
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Well I got everything moved up to New England! My girlfriend and I are getting one of the new town houses at whalom part in Lunenburg. Its very nice ground floor unit two bed two bath with nice appliances but most important a large private one car garage.

I've begun to explore the mountain biking areas and so far leominster state forest has proven to be the most enjoyable. I also see far more wrx's in the region than i did in northern va.
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Old 10-03-2012, 09:00 AM   #15
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Should of went more north just over the NH line.. MA sucks, the people here are rude as hell, im sure you will miss the south pretty quick. MA has that four seasons feeling which is nice around the hollidays, but once you get over the culture shock you will ask your self "why did I move up here?". The good news is your closer to Epping NH (Newengland Dragway) than most people in MA.

But anyways.. welcome to the party, best of luck to you starting a life up here!
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Old 10-03-2012, 10:04 AM   #16
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im sure you will miss the south pretty quick...once you get over the culture shock you will ask your self "why did I move up here?"
I lived in several states all over the U.S. during the 90's, but I was always drawn back to New England because of the people, the seasons, and the fast pace of life. I love the sharp wit and sarcasm of folks here compared to the laid back attitude out west and the sappy hospitality down south. There are definitely places in New England I would HATE to live, but that's just it, I would never live there for any reason. Life is too short to spend it living in a crappy location.
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So where did you move to?

Pick Methuen. We can be naaayyy-bors.
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Old 10-05-2012, 08:44 AM   #18
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In Lunenburg right off route 13
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Right by my work lol. At least you have a dealership close by
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Welcome to Mass.

I lived in Virginia for a while (Blacksburg) and have been around nova on vacation a bit. You're not going to see a huge difference in pace from nova. From SW Virginia, yah.

I think you'll like it here. Get snow tires.
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Old 10-07-2012, 09:56 AM   #21
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Yeah, If anything it seems more rural than northern va, but i am enjoying it. I have a second set of wheels with snow tires so I'm set in that regard.

Blackburg has some amazing mountain biking, I tried to get down a few times a year.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:15 PM   #22
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Blackburg has some amazing mountain biking, I tried to get down a few times a year.
There is a ton of great mountain biking in NH and VT. I love riding in the fall when the air temp cools down, plus you get a lot of awesome views around here when the leaves fall. Grabbed this crappy cell phone pic from this morning's ride:



Once winter hits, we throw on studded tires and ride the snowmobile and snowshoe trails. So damn fun.

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Old 10-09-2012, 09:52 AM   #23
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^^^ That looks like fun. I loved snow trail ridding when i was living in Syracuse, NY going to school.
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I went to school in Syracuse (SU + ESF) from 1988-92 for my undergraduate degree. I had a mountain bike and rode all around campus, but back then it was still somewhat of a fringe sport. I did a race down at Colgate once.
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Small world! Both my girlfriend and I studied mechanical engineering at SU. My capstone design project was working with ESF on designing a bio-diesel plant.

I cant tell you how many times I biked through the quarry at the top of south campus. I had a ~10 mile loop that took me though the south campus quarry across 481 to the quarry on that side and then up to pompey.

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