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Old 01-06-2014, 07:27 PM
Location: Massachusetts
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Definitely recommend Porter/Davis Square. I lived there in my 20s. I loved it then, visit on occasion and it is better than ever. I just wish I could relive my 20s and live there again.
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Old 01-07-2014, 03:36 PM
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Originally Posted by pghprogrammer4 View Post
Hi all!

If my name wasn't a dead giveaway, I'm a programmer from Pittsburgh . I recently took a job in Boston, am trying to figure out where to live, and figured this forum might have some good advice!

Some quick details about me:
  • I'm going to be working downtown, close to city hall
  • I tend to be pretty frugal with my money (I did receive a noticeable pay increase, but I'm told it will be quite balanced by the cost of living here)
  • I'm considering getting rid of my car and using the T to get around
My priorities for somewhere to live are:
  • Fun restaurants and bars (not frat bars but still fun, single-filled areas)
  • Plenty of people in their twenties/early thirties
  • Easy access to the T
  • Accessible grocery store
  • Proximity to work, although I believe I can make due with a longer T ride (since I can read or program on the train)
(If you've been to Pittsburgh, envision Squirrel Hill/Regent Square)

I've talked to several Bostoners (Bostonians? Bostonites?) during my last visit, and plenty of them recommended Somerville/Davis Square, an area that I absolutely loved. Fun local restaurants, plenty of attractive ladies, and very close to the Red Line. Unfortunately, no one I spoke with had any other suggestions for great areas, and I want to make sure I don't miss out on a potentially-great place to live, especially if it's closer to downtown.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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Old 01-09-2014, 08:02 AM
Location: Norman, OK
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Davis Square would get my vote.
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Old 01-09-2014, 11:08 AM
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Union Square, Somerville is another option. Davis has the subway, but I personally prefer the vibe/amenities in Union. Easy bus ride to Lechmere, Sullivan or the Red Line, longer walk to Sullivan.

Other areas to check out: Central Square and Inman Square, both in Cambridge.
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