Flushing out the negative reviews of Longmeadow
Hello and thank you for reading. I am hoping someone can shed light on some of the negative comments that I've read on here about Longmeadow.
My family is in the home search in the Western Mass area. My husband and I both work in the Amherst area but have family in CT and NY. So far, we've settled with Longmeadow and East Longmeadow as places that provide the lifestyle we want such as parks, sidewalks, good schools, and safety for our two daughters, along with proximity to extended family in CT. We also lean toward Longmeadow because of the proximity to I-91, as getting to some places in East Longmeadow can be a pain driving through Longmeadow. We've looked in Amherst, but there's not a lot of inventory and what you get in our price range is a main road and something that needs a lot of work. Longemeadow and East Longmeadow seem to have decent homes that may not need a lot of work and in nice neighborhoods.
As a little background about us, my husband and I both worked in the media in our former careers as single people. Between us some of the places we've lived includes: Southern New Jersey; Charleston, SC; Tulsa, OK; Phoenix metro area in Arizona (including Phoenix & Scottsdale); CT; New York; Boston. Given that experience, we feel we can make the most of anywhere, but I would like to flush out the negative comments about Longmeadow.
Anyway, I constantly read posts about Longmeadow that along with recognizing the good schools will say it has a "keeping up with the Joneses" feel, snobby people, nice cars, pressure cooker schooling, and the list goes on. So I guess my question is what examples do folks who say that have of that? Is that how it USED to be? If not, what information do you have to show that it's still ongoing? My husband and I plan to accentuate good values in our home along with influence from our extended family, so we don't think our kids would be swallowed up by Longmeadow all day, everyday, since we plan to incorporate Springfield, Amherst, CT, NY, etc. into their lives. So is it simply that seeing nice cars gives that snobbish feeling? Or is there something more? I see plenty of modest cars and homes (like the one we'd probably end up in) as I drive around. Yes, there are mansions, but I don't think that should be the basis for anyone's decision not to live some place. I have friends who live in places like Milton, Newton, and Dedham, where there are also big mansions there too. Those friends, also have modest homes, and don't mention a "keeping up with the Joneses" feeling there. So what's the background? Did someone have a specific experience while living there? I'm looking for real examples and not just "what someone has heard." Please share your insights as much as possible, as I'm really trying to understand where some of these comments come from and what the environment is like.
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