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Old 09-13-2013, 11:32 AM
 
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I may receive a job offer in the Boston area for $50k/year starting. I am single with no children.

Considering this, what are safe neighborhoods with reasonably priced rent that you would recommend? I am willing to commute up to thirty minutes one way and/or use public transportation.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:46 PM
 
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Rents are pretty insane anywhere in the city, you'd be better off buying if you have some money saved up for a down payment. It's next to impossible to find a 1 bedroom for less than $1200-1300 unless you get REALLY lucky, but you can still find sub-$200k condos that will cost you around $1K a month or less in mortgage/taxes/condo fees once you factor in mortgage interest write-off.
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Old 09-13-2013, 12:49 PM
 
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I may receive a job offer in the Boston area for $50k/year starting. I am single with no children.

Considering this, what are safe neighborhoods with reasonably priced rent that you would recommend? I am willing to commute up to thirty minutes one way and/or use public transportation.

Consider sharing with a roommate or two to increase your options. (I'm assuming you're fresh out of college or early in your career.) If the job is right in downtown and you want to live alone, you are looking at a studio or 1 BR in one of the outlying suburbs such as Waltham, Watertown, Arlington, Medford, Quincy and a 30 to 45 minute commute on public transportation. (Very few employers offer free parking these days.) You won't be the only single person in these towns and there is a little nightlife in all of them. However, I recommend the roommates as living right in Somerville, Boston, Cambridge is more fun for a single person.
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Old 09-13-2013, 01:48 PM
 
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Where is the job physically located? 30 minutes is a dream commute by most people's standards -- whether you can really have that and stick to that budget will depend on the location of the/surrounding neighborhoods.
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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"In the Boston area" means where exactly?

Craigslist often has a basic studio for about $1050 in Arlington. It's a good town near Boston and Cambridge with good restaurants.

Perhaps check Waltham, depending where you will work. But $1200 or so won't get much even there. Quincy may offer more, right on or near the red line.
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Old 09-16-2013, 09:51 AM
 
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I'm in East Somerville and pay $1050 a month for a one bedroom. 10 minutes to Sullivan Station (walking) and 20 minutes to State St stop. Quincy is another good option. 10-15 minutes walk to Union Sq (good nightlife) and busses to Harvard, Central and Davis Squares as well.
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