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Old 03-02-2011, 03:00 PM
 
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Hi All,

We are thinking about moving to Boston area, my wife will be going to Boston University Medical School.

We are looking for a nice place to move (apartment) with access to public transportation (we don’t mind short walk to the train station) and with access to daycare.

Please suggest us the best neighborhood.

Thanks so much for your reply....
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Old 03-02-2011, 03:54 PM
 
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If I were going to Med School, I'd want to live quite close to school so it would be easy to get there for classes, study groups, etc.

BU Medical, unlike the BU main campus, isn't particularly close to any subway stations, so for public transport you should look at bus routes, which you can find at mbta.com

Lots of people at BU Med live in Jamaica Plain, but I might look into Cambridge somewhere along Mass Ave because then she could take the #1 Bus which stops right near the Med School.
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Old 03-02-2011, 07:49 PM
 
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I attended the BU Medical complex for four years so know this area well.

I don't recommend Jamaica Plain because it takes too long via public transportation. I looked at a few places here but backed out for this reason.

Anywhere near Mass Ave. from Central Square to the BU Medical is good. There's an express bus during commute hour in addition to regular bus going along Mass. Ave that stops right in front of BMC.

Andrew Square in South Boston has a regular bus and express bus that take you directly to BU Medical. The area feels like the hood but it is safe. I spent a year here.

JFK/Umass red subway line has a bus that reaches BU Medical. Harbor Point Complex has quite a few BU medical/dental residents living there. It's luxury condos mixed with government housing recipients so it can get noisy during summer nite depending on where your rental is. I spent a month here.

Chinatown/downtown is good because there's a bus and the Silver T that take you directly to BMC. I spent a year here.

The Copley area is good since there's a bus that drop you off right in front of BMC.

The most convenient is the Harrison Court right across the street to the Medical Center but extremely pricey. There are lots of condos in the South End area a block or two around the Medical Center area that is easy walking distance. Fifteen years ago when I lived in this area, it was extremely ghetto and scary to walk at night but things have improved drastically. The ridiculous high price of real estates must have pushed out all the unsavory characters.
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Old 03-02-2011, 08:30 PM
 
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Some of these locations aren't really very child friendly in terms of social opportunities, child centered services, parks, playgrounds, fresh air spaces. I lived in Cambridge, north of Harvard Square and also near Inman Square, with a small child and it worked out okay. You might have to balance convenient commute against your child's age specific needs.
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Old 03-02-2011, 09:36 PM
 
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Some of these locations aren't really very child friendly in terms of social opportunities, child centered services, parks, playgrounds, fresh air spaces. I lived in Cambridge, north of Harvard Square and also near Inman Square, with a small child and it worked out okay. You might have to balance convenient commute against your child's age specific needs.
I agree most of these aren't very child friendly. Unfortunately, BU Medical is in the most inconvenient location not near a T for easy access to the Malden or Quincy suburb.
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Old 03-03-2011, 12:11 AM
 
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I'm unfamiliar with most bus routes, so I can't be sure of the convenience of commuting from the locations suggested. I agree with Teachertype that some areas of Cambridge could be better for a child socially than some other places suggested.

If your child is old enough for schools to be an issue, I would suggest that if the commute by public transit from either Newton or Brookline is at all workable, you may want to look very closely at those towns. Those are the two closest areas that are family kinds of towns and also have first-rate schools.
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Old 03-03-2011, 03:15 AM
 
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There are lots of condos in the South End area a block or two around the Medical Center area that is easy walking distance.
That's where I'd be looking, the gentrified South End or the Fenway, but off hand I can't think of much to support parenting there.
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Old 03-03-2011, 04:59 PM
 
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South End is very diverse. I agree you can find child friendly apartments close to BU Med, but they're expensive, and its still the city.

South End from Washington Street south is considered SOWA, which isn't suitable. Some people may assume it is a gay party enclave, but younger gays have been priced out, and its relatively quiet. The gay community is older and quieter. There are a few rowdy spots, but not many. Along Mass Ave there can be a seedier and younger element.

But the north side of the south end between Columbus and Saint Botolph is really nice, quiet too. And the section between Tremont and Columbus is nice too, especially the eastern end toward Appleton Street. Tremont to Washington is a mixed bag. Below Washington isnt suitable for kids.

Otherwise, I'd look at the bus schedules from South Boston. Don't be thrown by the stereotypes. Its actually a great place for kids. There are two projects on the far west side, but the rest of southie is fine with parks, beaches and many quiet streets.
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Old 03-17-2011, 11:19 PM
 
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Will you child be in school? Public? Private?
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