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Old 09-04-2013, 05:04 PM
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I am interviewing for a job at Mass General. I believe the location will be Charleston Navy Yard.

I have never lived anywhere besides Austin and Houston Texas, so have no experience with cold weather, Boston or public transportation. I am a single female, 50's. Not particularly interested in living near water. I like museums, social dancing(!!!), music and theater.

Where would be a convenient place to live for under $2000/month (prefer no more than $1500)? I have a car, but hate traffic. I would like to be close to work and within reasonable distance from other activities I am interested in.
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Old 09-04-2013, 06:43 PM
Location: Massachusetts
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A lot of those activities you are interested in will happen more often in the towns by the water.
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Old 09-04-2013, 07:16 PM
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Is an apt. okay or must it be in a two or three-family house, assuming a single-family house rental may be out of your budget?

You will drive to work, or are you agreeable to public transit?

Will your parking fees be covered by your company?.

I think a nice one bedroom in the Navy Yard may be possible for under $2,000...

It's hard to find a decent 1 BR for $1,500 near the Navy Yard. Maybe the nice units at Station Lading in the city/town of Medford near the orange line, which gets you close to the Navy Yard, but a bus connection is advisable.

Perhaps Somerville has prices in your range, but it's mostly houses, not apt. complexes.

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Old 09-05-2013, 04:05 AM
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I worked at MGH CNY (Charlestown Navy Yard) for many years. These are some points you might want to consider:
-First thing you need to consider is whether you really need the car... I mean the MGH shuttle runs every 15-30 minutes, from very early in the morning to late at night. By not having a car, you will save a lot of money that you can put to the rent etc...
-Realistically, for the activities you mention that you like, I would live in the city, not in any suburb.
-The most convenient places that I recommend based on your preferences/description (and also in terms of proximity to CNY) are North End or Beacon Hill. You might be able to find an apartment for less than $2000 there, but it is not certain.
-There is a public transportation boat (MBTA boat) that connects Waterfront to CNY (5 minutes from the MGH buildings). This is another option that many people that work at CNY prefer.
-About public transportation: If you are not familiar with public transportation, I would avoid taking an MBTA bus to/from work every day. This will be a source of aggravation... The MGH shuttle is great (accurate unless traffic is really bad, clean etc) and the subway is OK.
-Another thing to consider, which is very convenient: you can take green line to North Station and then the MGH shuttle (which stops just outside North Station) to CNY. If you like this transportation option, you will substantially increase your options and you can look for an apartment to places like Back Bay for example.
-You could also take Orange Line to North Station and then the MGH shuttle. If you like this, you could choose the Station Landing and Medford (that Bostonguy1960 mentions above). I know many people that work at MGH and live in Medford and the Landing. I personally do not like it though.
-One of the most important things to consider is the door-to-door commuting time. This is important and here is my experience: If you live at the Beacon Hill and you take the MGH shuttle, you are going to be looking at about 25-30 minutes commuting time. The shuttle from North Station to CNY is about 12-15 minutes (and then you need to add the additional time it takes to get to the North Station via green or orange line).
-Driving to CNY will always take more time than public transportation and will always be way more expensive (I mean you even need to pay for the MGH parking garage, which is not terribly expensive, but adds about $100 to your monthly budget)
-Finally, a great source to look for apartments etc. is the Partners and/or the Harvard internal websites, they have posts about Housing/apartments etc.
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Old 09-05-2013, 12:26 PM
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Wow, this is great feedback, but I think I'm going to need a map of the city and the transit system to translate the advice.
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Old 09-05-2013, 01:02 PM
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Welcome to the MGPO (almost I guess)! I'm at MGH and work for both MGH and MGPO so I am at CNY here and there. I can't really add too much more than others have already said. The shuttle gets pretty crowded in the am, but will save you on pkg costs and traffic hassles so I vote for public transportation too. And we have a discounted T pass/commuter pass program.

Anywhoo, the navy yaaaahhhhhd (make sure to have your switchblade) isn't the prettiest location - not a lot of shops and things in the area but it has a nice culture. [SIZE=2]
Jim Heffernan is a good guy and the holiday parties are swanky - you can show off your dancing!
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Old 09-05-2013, 05:35 PM
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Prices are quite a bit differen!. Right now I live in Round Rock, Texas in a 1950 sq ft, 3 bedroom, 2 bath house with an attached 2 car garage with a big yard on a greenbelt. My rent is $1475/month and we don't have a state income tax!
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:38 AM
Location: St. Augustine, FL. & Austin, TX.
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Welcome to Boston!

I moved here from Austin last September, but was on the Cape for 10 months before working in Charlestown. I know a lot of Partner's people live in the CNY, you'll be very hard pressed to find what we have in Texas. My apartment in Bee Caves was just under 1,000sqft 1/1.5 with a parking garage in the Galleria, $1100/month. I'm paying $3,000 for a condo, but it includes all my utilities but cable and part of the electric, I get an underground parking spot, and I'm within a 10 minute walk to work.

I looked at a studio (560sqft) in HarborView that was around $2300. I would highly suggest looking at the condo buildings for any rentals. Parris Landing is quirky, but IME comes across as a bit gross. A unit I looked at smelled AWFUL. Granted, each unit will be different as they're now individually owned.
The Flagship Wharf building as the cheapest monthly parking rates I've found, $160 for a spot, and it's valeted.

A coworker of mine just found a condo on 3rd Avenue, not sure what he's paying though.

The Partner's shuttle does run every 15-20 minutes, but the MGH Institute students can sometimes take up the space, especially at the evening run.
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Old 11-24-2013, 09:57 PM
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I'd say the logical place for you to live would be Medford.

Check out the MBTA website.

MBTA.com > Official Website for Greater Boston's Public Transportation System
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