Boston Magazine Ranks Salem Among Best Places to Buy First Home

Salem's low housing prices and charming harbor are among the reasons Boston Magazine named the city one of the best places to live in 2013.

A recent Boston Magazine article about house hunting in the Boston area ranked Salem among the best places to buy a home in 2013.

The article notes that Salem's median home price is $249,900, with a one-year change of -3.4%; and points to planned increases in ferry service and our new five-story downtown parking garage as reasons why Salem would be a good fit for someone working in the big city.

Other communities making the magazine's list were Medford, Boxford, Western Southie and Dorchester.

Michael McNeil February 27, 2013 at 06:24 PM
Too bad the schools are failing ...
ken February 27, 2013 at 06:39 PM
I guess they didn't take into acct the tax rate on top of the assessed value.
Carolyn Costain February 27, 2013 at 06:41 PM
To bad the "Taxes" get raised to give city official's raises, while the average family struggles to pay them in this bad economy!.
Bill February 27, 2013 at 07:26 PM
Good example why I stopped subscribing. Wouldn't good schools and low crime be important attributes? Guess not.
john February 27, 2013 at 07:29 PM
The best shopping district in the state?
Holly February 27, 2013 at 09:50 PM
The homeless population on the streets seem to agree with the article!
gene February 27, 2013 at 11:51 PM
Was the survey before or after the CPA passed? And was it before Tom Furey ( you know the Councillor who has never paid a real estate tax bill nor owns a computer) proposed a pay raise for himself and the Mayor?
Roxie February 28, 2013 at 04:39 PM
I bought my first home in Salem, and my mortgage rate has gone up every year solely because Salem keeps raising property taxes.
john February 28, 2013 at 04:57 PM
If your mortgage rate keeps going up you don't have a fixed rate or a very good mortgage company.
Carolyn Costain February 28, 2013 at 05:56 PM
Roxie, I remember getting a letter, why my "property tax" went up. It was because some idiot overpaid for a small house without any parking across from mine? I don't think its fair to the home owner who's house has never been updated or changed in the past 20 years!
Phil Higgins March 01, 2013 at 01:10 AM
Do any of you people actually live in Salem? Rather than being such Negative Nancies, why don't you just move? Boston Magazine was spot-on.
john March 01, 2013 at 01:21 AM
Yes,I have lived in Salem all my life. Just because I disagree with a magazine article about the city I live in doesn't mean I should move. Boston Magazine was waaayyyy off.


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