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Old 08-11-2010, 06:10 AM   #1
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Best place to live in the Boston area?

Hey question for you all,

My wife might be taking a job in the Boston area. What is the best place to live in/around Boston?

The place she might be working at is located very close to M.I.T. Is it more practical to live in downtown Boston or is it feasible to live outside of Boston somewhere and commute in? What is the public transportation like?

Will it be possible to rent a place with a garage?

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Old 08-11-2010, 06:22 AM   #2
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Sounds like you might be looking in the Cambridge area. Living in Boston itself is very expensive. Add a garage and you might need Tom Brady's salary. Sorrounding cities like Somerville, Medford, Arlington, Newton etc are really nice. You can rent a garage with some units. Moving further out, inside 128 is pretty good too. Towns like Melrose, Wakefield, Quincy, Stoneham are real nice towns. Public Transportation is good. I use the Commuter rail to get into Boston, it's fine. My daughter used the "T" all the time when she was living in Cambridge to get everywhere. All depends what you're looking for. Do you want to be in the middle of all the action? Clubs, Resteraunts, Shows etc or do you want quiet.

You'll like it here! The shoreline is awesome, and the Mountains are less than 2 hours away.
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Cool, I figured Boston would be a neato place to live. I've always wanted to see Fenway park.

Well, we're both in our early 30's and both make a fair wage. I think we'd both like to be somewhat close to the action, but also not be living in a shoebox. I've been perusing the rentals on CL. It's definitely more expensive than living in San Diego! But we're looking for a 3/2 with a garage.

If we could live somewhat away from downtown, but her be able to commute in using public transportation, that would be pretty cool.



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Sounds like you might be looking in the Cambridge area. Living in Boston itself is very expensive. Add a garage and you might need Tom Brady's salary. Sorrounding cities like Somerville, Medford, Arlington, Newton etc are really nice. You can rent a garage with some units. Moving further out, inside 128 is pretty good too. Towns like Melrose, Wakefield, Quincy, Stoneham are real nice towns. Public Transportation is good. I use the Commuter rail to get into Boston, it's fine. My daughter used the "T" all the time when she was living in Cambridge to get everywhere. All depends what you're looking for. Do you want to be in the middle of all the action? Clubs, Resteraunts, Shows etc or do you want quiet.

You'll like it here! The shoreline is awesome, and the Mountains are less than 2 hours away.
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Old 08-11-2010, 07:36 AM   #4
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I think you'll be better off living outside thre city and commuting in -- you get the best of both worlds that way - you can visit the city whenever you want and you don't have to deal with living right in the middle of it.
And I hate public transport but I don't think the trains around here are bad at all..
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Other good towns outside of Boston, with easy access to the T (public transportation - commuter rail), would be Burlington, Wilmington, Billerica (a bit cheaper), Woburn. There are others too. There's no way you'll find something in or close to the city with a 2 or 3 car garage for anything nearly affordable. You'll have to look outside the city.

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Old 08-11-2010, 09:43 AM   #6
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My sisters live in Newton (right near BC), and my brother in law works in cambridge. He got one of those T passes and I think it only takes him an hour to get to work by the T. Most of that he does reading etc, but if you were to drive it shouldn't take more than 20 minutes.

Newton is a pretty nice place to live, good school system. Little on the expensive side but most of Boston is.
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Depends on how much $$ your willing to spend for convenience. I personally hate the city life -atleast living in it.You can easilly spend $3-$5k a month in there.Out side spot's are $1.5-$3k. I live 35 minutes from the city. Drive there everyday but come home to a relaxing are where you can't see your neighbors.
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I think, no matter where you move. If you stay inside the Rte 128/95 belt, getting into town will be "easy" (tolerable). The "T" is effective. Inside the Rte 495 belt, you get more room, bang for the buck in rent, and still have access to the "T", although it's a longer ride. Traffic getting into Boston in the morning is pretty good from 5am thru 6am, then it builds pretty quickly. Getting out (by car), as we say "fuggetaboutit"...it's tuff. The "T" is the only way to go. Oh by the way the "T" is public transportation. To add to your thoughts. If you look at...say, Hingham/Quincy or Salem, you can ride the Ferries into Boston. It's fast, you're on the water, it's pretty fun and the views are awesome.
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Other good towns outside of Boston, with easy access to the T (public transportation - commuter rail), would be Burlington, Wilmington, Billerica (a bit cheaper), Woburn. There are others too. There's no way you'll find something in or close to the city with a 2 or 3 car garage for anything nearly affordable. You'll have to look outside the city.

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He he, I meant 3 bedroom, 2 bath, with a garage.
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Old 08-11-2010, 11:54 AM   #10
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I think you'll be better off living outside thre city and commuting in -- you get the best of both worlds that way - you can visit the city whenever you want and you don't have to deal with living right in the middle of it.
And I hate public transport but I don't think the trains around here are bad at all..
I definitely agree here. I like being close to things, but I really don't want to live inside the city. I'd rather have a comfortable, affordable house than a loft or something downtown. And I'm sure paying for parking down by M.I.T. is outrageous.

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My sisters live in Newton (right near BC), and my brother in law works in cambridge. He got one of those T passes and I think it only takes him an hour to get to work by the T. Most of that he does reading etc, but if you were to drive it shouldn't take more than 20 minutes.

Newton is a pretty nice place to live, good school system. Little on the expensive side but most of Boston is.
What is the T Pass? Is that like unlimited rides for XX dollars a month? How is the security on those trains? Is crime a big deal?

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Depends on how much $$ your willing to spend for convenience. I personally hate the city life -atleast living in it.You can easilly spend $3-$5k a month in there.Out side spot's are $1.5-$3k. I live 35 minutes from the city. Drive there everyday but come home to a relaxing are where you can't see your neighbors.
Ya, definitely not spending 3-5K a month in rent. Out of the question. I spend $1400 a month now for a 2 bed, 1 bath, with a garage. I'm looking at $1500-$2500 a month.

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I think, no matter where you move. If you stay inside the Rte 128/95 belt, getting into town will be "easy" (tolerable). The "T" is effective. Inside the Rte 495 belt, you get more room, bang for the buck in rent, and still have access to the "T", although it's a longer ride. Traffic getting into Boston in the morning is pretty good from 5am thru 6am, then it builds pretty quickly. Getting out (by car), as we say "fuggetaboutit"...it's tuff. The "T" is the only way to go. Oh by the way the "T" is public transportation. To add to your thoughts. If you look at...say, Hingham/Quincy or Salem, you can ride the Ferries into Boston. It's fast, you're on the water, it's pretty fun and the views are awesome.
This sounds like a viable option. Since my wife is the one who will be commuting, I won't really have to worry about it. I just want to ensure that if she chooses to use the "T" pass that it will be safe and reliable.

How long are the ferry rides?
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What is the T Pass? Is that like unlimited rides for XX dollars a month? How is the security on those trains? Is crime a big deal?

Basicaly for $59 a month you can ride the T as many times as you want. It's $2 each way normally. So after 30 round trips it basically pays for itself.

http://www.mbta.com/fares_and_passes/subway/

As for the crime, I don't know that much, but when I've taken the T (basically either to BC, or to Fenway Park) I haven't had any problems, or seen anything. Most of the people in the Newton Area are college kids (BC and BU), or workers so you don't get that many problems. I don't know about any of the inner city stops where you'll get more of the everday people.
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I've taken the train into Boston from Shirley/Garder and never had a problem -- I was never alone persay but....I never felt "skeeved out" or unsafe.....
I've gone a few times with friends at night too and it was the same....

Porbably shold consider scoping out the T stations in areas you might consider moving too -- just to check how the lighting is and how safe they "feel" since, in the winter, it's darker then sht out at like 4pm here so....
Wouldn't want to have the wife getting off the train in the dark in a scary 'hood....

I haven't been into Boston in awhile now though....might be going soon with my sister and her kids to check out the freedom trails - she's teaching them about them so....
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Ferry rides are probably around 45 minutes. Depending how far away. They drop you off downtown and from there you pick up the buses or subway.

Crime? I agree with Havok, doesn't seem there's that many problems. The "T" is pretty safe. As I said before, my duaghter used the "T" alot, all over Boston for 4 years. Neer had a problem.

I also hear tell, the Camaro owners in the Boston area are amongst the friendliest too
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I've been perusing the rentals on CL. It's definitely more expensive than living in San Diego!
MORE expensive than San Diego??? How the heck is that possible? California is one of the most expensive places I've ever been!

God Bless Texas! Affordable housing is one of our claims to fame!
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MORE expensive than San Diego??? How the heck is that possible? California is one of the most expensive places I've ever been!

God Bless Texas! Affordable housing is one of our claims to fame!
Ahhh hahaa -- you are FUNNY!!!

Ya, CA is expensive - but I hear the San Fran area's not that bad -- here it's HELL -- you either have the areas you'd WANT to live in that are too expensive, or the ones that you can afford that scare the crap out of you and should be condemned.....my view anyway....I'm not a fan of 200 year old housing....

NH is better - but the property taxes are ludacris....

Edit -- and that's why I wanted to move to TX a few years ago with my ex-husband (then not the ex of course) -- same pay (since my company operates there too) and better houses!!
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MORE expensive than San Diego??? How the heck is that possible? California is one of the most expensive places I've ever been!

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Oh hell no! A lot of cities on the east coast, New York, Boston, etc...., are a lot more expensive than San Diego. San Francisco is definitely more expensive than San Diego. Most of the rents I'm seeing in Boston are pretty high compared to San Diego.
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Great advice in here, any I would have offered seems to have already been covered. If you decide to stay in the city, you won't want or need a car as it will be too expensive for parking and there are very few places to park. Costs for renting in that (MIT) area are outrageous, but the commuter options are many.

Melrose is a great city and allows access to the MBTA (train) which will be bring you into downtown Boston, there are also two commuter rail locations which run directly to North Station and are not as dirty as the 'T' but cost a little more. Burlington is another great choice as well, within striking distance of 93 South and Route 128 and there are decent rental options available at reasonable rates.

As for crime, Boston is like most other cities- it's there but most people have an idea of the parts of town to avoid. The commercial areas are usually pretty safe, as are the public transportation systems. Obviously, being out around 2-4am is when most of the problems take place because that's when everyone is spilling out of the bars. If you park in Boston, don't be foolish enough to leave anything in the open- I made that mistake once (and only once) with an ipod, and it will never happen again (my car window was smashed and ipod ripped out).

I'm north of Boston now and the rent that I pay seems to fall within what you're looking to pay.
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I would be looking at where the commuter rail runs in relation to where you want to live and having to commute to.

MIT is on the red line for the subway.


Options - living south of the city, so you only take the one subway route.

Living west or north of the city (preferred) and take the commuter train into boston (you want to come into north station) and then take the commuter rail (red line).
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Yes, owning a car and living in Boston is outrageous! $3K per year for insurance for 1 vehicle if you live in Boston + $29.00 per day parking...!!
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Reading is also very nice. Working in Cambridge, you'll definitely not want the South Shore. (Although the red line goes all the way down to Braintree).

I did the T commute from Braintree to Kendall (The MIT stop) when we were building the Stata Center and it wasn't too bad...but longer than I'd like.
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Waltham was on the top of the best places to live in the U.S...I think it was #28

Lived here all my life its a great city..has its good and bad and a lot of options for public transportation.
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Good luck in your search for a new place. You will definitely want a nice garage to keep the SS in during our winters here.

That is going to be a fun road trip during the move :-)

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Lived here all my life its a great city..has its good and bad and a lot of options for public transportation.
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