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Old 03-16-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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Newton can be surprising affordable for rentals. The whole town is not upscale and younger people who want to be in the city don't even have Newton on the radar. I'm not sure about what's available for $1300 (though apartments definitely exist below $1300), but for $1500-$1700 you can get a very nice 2-BR plus office with yard, parking, laundry near the train. I know because I live in one. It's much cheaper than Brookline, Boston or Cambridge.
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Old 03-16-2011, 01:33 PM
 
Location: Princeton, NJ
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It's hard, but not that rare. I'm assuming you mean 1300 for a one bdr apartment, right? Because studios and shared apartments are obviously cheaper. My bf lives in Chelsea, in a neighborhood convenient to shopping, groceries, etc., and 10 mins from downtown, 15 mins from Cambridge, etc., and it's a comfortable one bdr, tons of space (4 rooms total, with a balcony to boot), for 975$ a month
Well, since the OP mentions a husband and needing to look into pre-schools I assume this is a whole family (or at least Mom, Dad and one kid) and they need more than a teensy 1 bdrm. I could be wrong. But a 2 bdrm for 1300 seems impossible to me in almost any neighborhood that is commuter rail / T accessible and near to both Natick and Boston transport. I don't mean to be a downer but I would think the budgeted rent should be $1800ish.

My last 2 bedroom apartment was in JP and it was $1900 (+utilities) in 2004

I can't imagine anything so cheap in nice areas like Newton, Belmont, etc. Those towns have been considered very nice and very expensive for quite some time.
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