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Old 10-19-2013, 03:57 PM
 
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Thanks guys and gals. The Mission Hill, Fenway/Kenmore and south of BU (at the border with Brookline) sound interesting to me as the commute will be a joke.

What about Brighton around Beacon st and Commonwelth av. There is T line on both streets and there seems to be decent apartments and decent prices (above $1700 though). The commute from there seems the same as from Dorchester. Is Dorchester better/nicer in any way? What about north Quincy?

Also, why I should be careful with Cambridge? I would guess it's safe because of the high student density. What about south and West Somerville?
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Old 10-19-2013, 10:35 PM
 
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Beacon Street on the C line is nice, a majority of that is in Brookline but some is Brighton as well. I wouldn't live on the B line, it's slow and there are tons of students living along that line.

Some parts of Cambridge (Kendall Sq, Harvard Sq, Central Sq, Inman Sq) are nice and home to professionals and students.
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Old 10-20-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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What about areas on the D and E lines? Are they safe? I've read on another post that I should avoid orange line south of NU, but E lines seems do not cross Roxbury.
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Old 10-20-2013, 02:14 PM
 
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What about areas on the D and E lines? Are they safe? I've read on another post that I should avoid orange line south of NU, but E lines seems do not cross Roxbury.
Much of it used to be on the sketchy side (Mission Hill), but I've heard it's improved. Wish I could confirm the accuracy of that.
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Old 10-20-2013, 04:38 PM
 
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D line is fine as well. I don't know much about the E. There are rumors of gentrification but when I drive through there it doesn't look nice. That doesn't mean it's not safe, though. I don't know about the safety of that area.
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Old 10-20-2013, 07:28 PM
 
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The Mission Hill, Fenway/Kenmore and south of BU (at the border with Brookline) sound interesting to me as the commute will be a joke.
You also can keep going into Brookline. The entire C line is nice, although the terminus may get too college student heavy for you (Chestnut Hill/Cleveland Circle area). The first few stops are probably better location/population for you than going past Coolidge Corner is.

By virtue of being wealthy and not a part of Boston proper in spite of being basically surrounded by it, you'll also notice a much higher level of city services + upkeep. Less crime, better roads, etc. On the other hand, it means the NIMBY types have much more say in the town and Brookline loves inconvenient rules as a result. (ex: No overnight street parking, at all).
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:35 PM
 
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Hi all, I am a young (early 30s) gay male college professor who will be moving to Boston in a couple of months. I've been through a lot of posts here about which areas are best for living, but I haven't heard anything about areas to avoid. Areas that are dangerous with high crime activity. Any thoughts?

My office will be at Back Bay which means that I will have to commute from a place where I can afford the rent. My salary is in the middle $80Ks. Any ideas about safe areas with young population which will be affordable to me?

Thanks in advance
Let's be blunt here: as a 30-something, gay, college professor from out of town working in the Back Bay, the chances are quite high that you will never find yourself in the rougher areas of Boston. Especially if you're white. I can't imagine anything in your professional or personal life that would bring you to any areas worth worrying about. The worst you may come across is the area bordering the South End/Roxbury that may seem intriguing due to proximity to the Back Bay but lower cost. Don't worry about the worst areas in Boston b/c you're unlikely to step foot in it.

As for the other question, I'll suggest the usual areas that get tossed around here: Fenway, Brighton/Allston, South End, South Boston, various "squares" in Cambridge and Somerville (e.g., Union, Inman, Davis), Jamaica Plain, Brookline.
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Old 10-21-2013, 07:10 AM
 
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Why not try East Boston? It has nice views of the financial district.
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Old 10-21-2013, 09:15 PM
 
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East Boston, as far as I know has no subway. Or am I wrong?
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Old 10-22-2013, 12:16 AM
 
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East Boston, as far as I know has no subway. Or am I wrong?
It is on the Blue Line (Maverick, Airport, Wood Island, Orient Heights).
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