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Unread 10-13-2007, 08:26 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Default I would like to move from Portland, OR to Boston...

I'm am from Portland Oregon. You can find a cheaper apartment here for around $450. You can find a decent apartment for around $650. From the research I've done it doesn't seem like I'll be able to find anything like that, but is there an area that is somewhat comparable in the Boston area?

I don't need a luxury apartment, but it would be nice to not have drive by shootings on a regular basis. It would be nice to keep the rent under $800. I looked at a few areas including Lynn and Salem because the rent seemed cheaper there, but I don't know anything about those areas. I would actually prefer to be downtown, but I have a somewhat limited budget and don't know if there is anything available for that price there.

I don't care about clubs. I would like to have some nice coffee shops, restuarants, walking trails, parks, etc if available.

I'm a medical transcriptionist so will most likely be working at a major hospital. I would preferably want a commute under 45 minutes, but I'm flexible to some degree. I do have a car right now and will have to keep it until I pay it off seven years from now, but would actually like to use public transportation to get around and for work. (I've heard that parking can be hard in some areas.) One of the problems in Portland is that PT takes forever and is not very extensive.

I'm not married, don't have children, and don't have to have pets. I don't need or want a family neighborhood and I don't want to live next door to the Brady Bunch. I'm not concerned with whether an area is ethnic or not.

Thanks for the info!!
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Unread 10-14-2007, 07:50 AM
 
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You can find $450- $650... but you will have roommates! There are studios around Boston for $750, but they are farther away and almost require you to drive. I interned at a Genetics Lab at MGH one summer, and a coworker there lived in Revere. He drove probably 25 minutes commute to the Charlestown Navy Yard (North Boston), parked, and took a shuttle (free) to work, which took probably another 15 minutes.
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Unread 10-14-2007, 01:49 PM
 
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The previous poster is right. One bedroom apartments simply cannot be had in Boston for $800 or less. A decent one-bedroom somewhat close to the center of the city realistically would start at about $1200. But if you're thinking of looking as far away as Lynn and Salem, then you might be able to find something. If you are looking at the suburbs though, and are planning on using public transportation (usually a god idea), make sure you factor the cost of a T pass into your monthly budget. Depending on where you're coming from, a commuter rail pass can be kind of expensive. Go to MBTA.com > Official Website for Greater Boston's Public Transportation System for fare info.
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Unread 10-14-2007, 05:14 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Thanks for that info. I should clarify though that I was looking for a studio or 1 bedroom. Are studios any cheaper?
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Unread 10-16-2007, 10:37 AM
 
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Wanna trade? I'd move back to Portland in a heartbeat.
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Unread 10-16-2007, 06:10 PM
 
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Wanna trade? I'd move back to Portland in a heartbeat.
I would have taken you up on that offer a few weeks ago. I thankfully escaped Portland. So happy to be out of that economic wasteland and back in Boston.
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Unread 10-16-2007, 06:15 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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yeah! I'll trade with you. When do you want to make the switch?
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Unread 10-16-2007, 06:28 PM
 
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Default Newton is at least worth checking out.

I just did a craigslist check, and found some possibilites in Newton. Very few possibilites in the preferred range for rent, but still a few.

It's at least worth looking into, because if you can find a suitable living arrangement in Newton, it meets a lot of your needs in other ways. It's a large, affluent suburban town, with a lot of nice older houses. Rather than one large downtown, Newton has a number of small business districts scattered around town. Many of these have the kinds of small stores, restaurants, and coffee shops you're looking for. Newton is well served by public transit. It's also close to Boston. From public transit stops in Newton it's probably half an hour to Mass. General Hospital, and the Longwood Ave. hospital district is closer.
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Unread 10-17-2007, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Upper East Side, NYC
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Studios in th CITY start at about 1200. I live in a one bed in boston now for 1700, to give you an idea. the numbers you gave for portland simply dont exist in Boston. This is coming from a city guy, not a suburbanite. The further you get from Boston the cheaper it gets, but then, whats the point?? I'd reccomend checking for rooms/shared on craigslist. For 700-900 you can get a bedroom in an apartment with roomates. I did that when I first moved here and was getting established, its a great way to assimilate into the culture! Good Luck!
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Unread 10-17-2007, 12:29 PM
 
Location: Quincy, MA
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Default Apt Prices

Re. the above post, I have to respectfully disagree (from personal experience). You can definitely find studios in Boston for under $1200, just not downtown. I know plenty of people who have had studios and one bedrooms for under that price, even including utilities. Look in places like Allston/Brighton, Somerville, JP, nice parts of East Boston, and others, and it's definitely doable.

As for roommates--you can certainly do better than $700-$900, again assuming you're not living downtown. I live with 2 roommates and pay $633 including H/HW. I agree with the above poster--living with roommates is a great way to save money, especially if you don't have a job lined up right away.

Last edited by lz1982; 10-17-2007 at 12:50 PM..
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