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Old 01-23-2011, 12:18 PM
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I am currently living in Brookline paying $1100 for rent (including heat and all that; no parking space though I don't need one). I am in a studio that's maybe (10' x 12') plus a bathroom and a wall that's a kitchenette.

While there are many good things about this apt (well maintained by good building manager, fairly responsive landlord, very sunny in the mornings, quiet area, safe, etc), I'm wondering if it's possible to find anything that's possibly a little cheaper in the area... Brookline, Cambridge, or anything else in the area that's near a green/red line stop.

I don't know if that's too much to wish for, or if it's worth looking around before renewing the lease for another year. $1100 just feels like so much to pour out every month for such a tiny, tiny apartment.
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Old 01-23-2011, 01:17 PM
Location: MA/NH
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Don't ask us. Just check on craigslist or call up some real estate agencies. They will be up to date with the latest in offerings and prices.

But remember to factor in moving costs and the apartment rental finderst fee. It might be cheaper to just stay put unless you find a new place that is greatly cheaper per month.
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:50 AM
Location: Boston Suburb
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I thought my apt is small. 10x12 is TINY!

I'm not too familiar with the rental landscape in BL, but just want to say you maybe able to get cheaper digs sharing a multi room apt. Again, CL is a good start.
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Old 01-24-2011, 02:22 AM
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Arlington, Mass., has a couple of constant listings on CL usually, about $950 or less, probably as good as your studio.

But the bus to Harvard Sq. would prove tiresome for me despite a safe town with nice restaurants and movie houses, along with the Minuteman Bike Trail...

Quincy has many studios for under $800-$900 on CL, often through realtors, but these aren't fancy.
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:25 AM
Location: Boston Suburb
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BTW, If your current rent includes heat, water and electric, you have to find something under 950 or even lower to be worth the move if the new place only includes water (pretty typical). Pretty tough I'd imagine even in the near surburbs.
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Old 01-24-2011, 01:24 PM
Location: Quincy, MA
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If you need to be on the Green or Red Line I'd say Quincy. If you are willing to take a bus to the subway, live on the commuter rail, or live on a different subway line, you have more options. Arlington, Watertown, certain parts of Newton, Malden, Melrose, Winthrop, East Boston, Revere...probably other places I'm forgetting. $1100 including utilities should be doable for a studio, or possibly a small one-bedroom, in those neighborhoods.
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