You're going to have to start looking so you have an idea how much homes cost now. Zillow is great for house searing as you can circle a geographical area you want to search for homes in. All those towns along 128, you are looking at 600k+ for just about everything available or it'll need a ton of work. My guess is the 495 belt will be in your price range but the Westboro and Southboro areas are expensive due to Dell/EMC and other corporations having headquarters in the area. Area south of that where Will is are still relatively affordable too if you want some snow or you can look down my way in the Bridgewater area.