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Old 11-29-2010, 08:52 PM
 
Location: CT
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job starts next Monday December 6th, in the Financial District of Boston. I am lucky enough to stay with a family member for a few months but the commute will be 1 hr 40 min taking the T. I am looking for a place for around $1100/month that isn't a closet space or in a ****ty area. This has led me to look outside of anything in Boston. Any suggestions? I've been looking at Revere and Quincy finding rent to be $1200-1300 not including utilities.
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Old 11-29-2010, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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job starts next Monday December 6th, in the Financial District of Boston. I am lucky enough to stay with a family member for a few months but the commute will be 1 hr 40 min taking the T. I am looking for a place for around $1100/month that isn't a closet space or in a ****ty area. This has led me to look outside of anything in Boston. Any suggestions? I've been looking at Revere and Quincy finding rent to be $1200-1300 not including utilities.
Well Boston is pricey. Unless you're willing to do the long long commute everyday, you're not gonna find a lot of offers that are fabulous and spacious. I suggest you accept the fact that for $1100 you'll have to settle for a studio or one bedroom, but get one right in the heart of downtown so what you lack in square footage in the abode is more than made up for with the vast amenities of downtown Boston. Downtown Boston is great - the place to be! Cafes, libraries, restaurants, shopping, museums, pubs, attractions, parks, free wifi everywhere - hell, you only need to be home to crash. Then you can have no car (and no car insurance!), walk to work or a short T ride. If you shorten you commute from 1:40 to 5, that means you shorten your work week by like 16 hours per week! believe me, life gets WAY better with a 10 minute commute. If you commute back and forth 1 hour per day you lose almost 10% of your life to highway stress. And Boston is about the worst place to have to commute.

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Old 11-29-2010, 10:02 PM
 
Location: CT
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sounds great i'll continue my search on this...i don't necessarily want a roommate having terrible experiences with my random dorm roommates I was with in college. Another twist is that I'd like to have my car available for weekends so on street parking would be a nice option if i was in the city. It's a big change from moving from a suburban area in ct.
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Old 11-29-2010, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Dallas
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sounds great i'll continue my search on this...i don't necessarily want a roommate having terrible experiences with my random dorm roommates I was with in college. Another twist is that I'd like to have my car available for weekends so on street parking would be a nice option if i was in the city. It's a big change from moving from a suburban area in ct.
You should sell the car and use Zip car when you need wheels. Plus there's cabs everywhere. On street parking is BOS is a nightmare - forget it. Take my word now, or wait till after the tenth time you've driven round the block for 1.5 hours looking for a parking spot, and then you'll see what I mean. The only way anyone keeps cars sensibly in BOS is they rent parking spaces for like $150/month to start. And your car will certainly be towed 3 times before you figure out the parking rules. Oh, and my insurance in BOS reached $3500 per year at one time. So count on $4000 per year to keep the car.

Or better, save that $4K to buy drinks for the thirsty lonely college chicks from the all girls colleges. If you work in the Financial District you will not need a car. Skates cost $50 bucks. Much better investment.
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Old 11-30-2010, 03:54 PM
 
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job starts next Monday December 6th, in the Financial District of Boston. I am lucky enough to stay with a family member for a few months but the commute will be 1 hr 40 min taking the T. I am looking for a place for around $1100/month that isn't a closet space or in a ****ty area. This has led me to look outside of anything in Boston. Any suggestions? I've been looking at Revere and Quincy finding rent to be $1200-1300 not including utilities.
Quincy is quite possible, since it has several stops on the Red Line, which ( for you) would culminate at South Station, in the middle of the Financial District. Forget Revere--it would be a nightmarish commute, regardless of the prices...

You migty also consider Malden ( near the Orange Line), Medford, Somerville ( near the Red Line), or try to find a cheap studio/1 BR in a nice town like Newton ( Green Line), although prices might easily rise to 1300-1500; Cambridge, with Harvard and Yale, is also on the Red Line, but its prices generally equal Newton's, and sometimes exceed them...
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Springfield and brookline MA
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wow and all this time i though yale was in new haven.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:43 PM
 
Location: CT
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haha thats where i'm coming from yale.. and revere commute will only be around 30 min while the apartment has a free shuttle that runs to the local t station, thanks for the advice everyone i'll keep looking
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