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Old 04-13-2012, 10:49 AM
 
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My daughter just got a job in Burlington, MA (graduating college in May) and will be moving to the Boston area in June. She would like to do a reverse commute to Burlington and would like to keep her commute time to 30 minutes or less under "normal" conditions. Where would you suggest she look for an apartment? She would like to be walking distance to the "T", shops, restaurants, bars, movies and be able to park her car. What areas and what sources for real estate rentals would you suggest? I am just getting the ball started for her until after her finals. She would like to live amongst young professionals or graduate students. Thanks for any help. (She went to school in Philly and grew up 20 miles outside of NYC. We will be coming to the area in the next few weeks or so to get acclimated.)
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Old 04-13-2012, 11:05 AM
 
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Davis Square (Somerville) or Porter Square (Cambridge).
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:29 AM
 
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^^^ What she said.
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Old 04-17-2012, 10:51 AM
 
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Ditto. But just be aware that there's no public transit to Burlington..

Another thing: apt rentals are very expensive in the Boston area, and especially in Cambridge. Expect around 1400-1500 for a 1BR in Cambridge, and possibly having to fork over 3-4 months' rent to to secure a place; roommates might help..

You also might want to consider Watertown and Arlington, as well, although these two places only have busses ( to take you to the Red Line, which has about 5 stops in Cambridge, inc Porter/Davis Squares)...
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:12 PM
 
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Ditto. But just be aware that there's no public transit to Burlington..

Another thing: apt rentals are very expensive in the Boston area, and especially in Cambridge. Expect around 1400-1500 for a 1BR in Cambridge, and possibly having to fork over 3-4 months' rent to to secure a place; roommates might help..

You also might want to consider Watertown and Arlington, as well, although these two places only have busses ( to take you to the Red Line, which has about 5 stops in Cambridge, inc Porter/Davis Squares)...
4 months? I don't know where you have rented from, but I would avoid it. I have never had to put down more than first, last and security. Once I graduated from college, I had to put down a security and first month's rent.

Also, you can easily find a 1 bedroom apartment in Cambridge for less than $1500/month. I know multiple people who have nice apartments, 1 beds, for $1000 and $1100 respectively.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:20 PM
 
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Definitely Davis Square or Arlington close to Massachusetts Ave.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:23 PM
 
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Good suggestions above. Another place to consider is downtown Waltham. Just make sure it's downtown, for a young person looking for the amenities your daughter is seeking. Around downtown there are restaurants and a population of young professionals. Elsewhere in Waltham the neighborhoods take on a suburban feel.
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Old 04-19-2012, 12:33 PM
 
Location: JP, MA
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Take a look and see what's available in Medford and Malden too.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:57 AM
 
Location: North of Boston
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Waltham
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Old 04-25-2012, 09:52 AM
 
Location: Billerica, MA
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Davis Square would be my first choice, followed by potentially Porter Square.

I still am confused on the excitement for Waltham on these boards. I have been to the downtown area several times and find nothing really redeeming about it. But to each their own.
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