With the high price of gas (August 2008), I’m meeting with many buyers who have decided it’s time to move either closer to work or to a commuter friendly area. Thankfully the cities of Arlington, Medford, Somerville, Malden, Melrose and the surrounding communities all have wonderful access to public transportation. The T itself, a multitude of buses and the commuter rail all make getting to work from these communities easier on your wallet and the environment by taking public transportation.
The MBTA has a wonderful site that lets you put in any address and see what the options are for taking public transportation.
Maybe public transportation just isn’t right for you,but you’re still trying to determine whether or not it makes sense for you to move closer to work. Check out the Commuting Calculator which will help you decide if it makes more sense to buy a house in a more expensive area that’s closer to work or to buy a house with a longer commute that costs less. You can plug in the potential distances from work, gas prices and more. The calculator will help you figure out which scenario makes more sense for you.