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Old 02-01-2011, 06:50 PM
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Hi all, I lived in Fenway for the last few years, but I got to the point where I am too old and irascible for that. I want to live in a place where neighbors go to bed by 11, eventually have children if that's required to keep them quiet, don't play any instrument and generally do not feel the need for loud music. I work long hours at BMC and I can't drive, so I can't go further than, say, Brookline. I am hesitating between South End, South Boston and Beacon Hill, although I suspect they all have their share of undergrads, 40 hours-a-week yuppies, and music-loving minorities. Is there any place I missed? Did I get any place wrong? Which would be better out of the three? Where are all the grownups in this town?
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Old 02-02-2011, 03:34 AM
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I can tell you up front that no one can guarantee that you won't have the misfortune to have a few noisy neighbors in any area. As far as the usual experience, I'll tell you to start with that the areas you absolutely want to avoid are the Fenway/Kenmore Square area (including the westernmost blocks in Back Bay), almost all of Allston, except maybe the very far north end, Brighton in the vicinity of Commonwealth Ave., and Brighton around Cleveland Circle. If you really want minimum risk of noise, you probably also want to avoid Mission Hill.

I've never heard that the South End is known for noisy neighbors, but I have heard complaints about general city noise out in the streets, like sirens, and crowds out for the nightlife walking the streets. I've never heard much one way or the other about Southie in this regard.

You said you could go as far out as Brookline. If you can afford Brookline, then that's probably a town you should consider. You might also take a look at Newton if you could stretch your commute a bit beyond Brookline. You might also check out Cambridge around Central Square, maybe Porter Sq. (becoming yuppified, but I don't really know whether noise is a problem).
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Old 02-02-2011, 05:58 AM
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Are you renting? I would think you'd be pretty safe on the east end of South Boston, but that doesn't sound like a good commute to BMC, unless there's a bus that goes in that direction. I think Beacon Hill would be generally safe, and the South End, too, but there may be spots to avoid there and I'm not sure which ones, but I know a lot of professionals and young families (kids not up past 11!) in the South End and they don't seem to have a problem. I also think that the SE and BH are a little pricier and maybe out of reach of more students, except maybe the foreign ones, the real estate agents love them! You could find an agent to ask if you can find someone you trust- through a friend or something?

I like Brookline and think it would generally be a safe have from students. If there's any type of concentrations of students, they're along the border or Allston/Brighton. However, the South End would be a much better location for your job.
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