Catholic family seeks new home: Us!

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This one is for Boston-area readers. As most of you know by now, I work for The Catholic Foundation of the Archdiocese of Boston. Next week, the offices of the archdiocese’s central administration are moving from the historic grounds of the chancery in Brighton to the suburb of Braintree, which happens to lies on the opposite side of Boston from where Melanie and I live in Peabody.

For the past year, I’ve been commuting from Peabody to Brighton, about 30 miles and about 1-1/2 hours each way and even then that’s during my flex hours of 7:30 to 3:30. While the commute to Braintree will be only about 6 miles longer, it’s getting to be too much, especially with the rising gasoline prices and so it’s time to move.

Do you know of a nice affordable house or apartment for rent?

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like we’re going to be able to buy a house unless we happen upon an absolutely stunning deal and so we will continue to rent for another couple of years at least. Meanwhile, the rental market in the suburbs south of Boston is not all that great so I’m throwing this question out there for all of you: Do you know of a nice affordable house or apartment for rent in Braintree, Randolph, Stoughton, Canton, Dedham, or Norwood? (We’d even expand that circle a bit, but we’d like to be close to family.)

We’re hoping to find a 3-bedroom dwelling, preferably gas heat, not oil for obvious reasons, that might have a bit of a yard for the girls to play in. My current landlord says we’re good tenants and hates to see us go and I’m not averse to doing some fix-it work around the place as I’m capable.

So if you know of a place for rent that might work for a small Catholic family of median means who are working for the Church, please drop a comment or email me.

(N.B. Yes, I’m continuing to monitor Cragislist, but I’m hoping to tap other possible sources as well.)

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