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Old 01-01-2014, 10:43 PM
 
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My husband and I currently rent in Brighton, we're relative newcomers to Boston, having moved here from London two years ago. We're in our late twenties/early thirties and probably looking to have a child in the next few years. We work in Kendall sq and Chestnut Hill (BC) and both commute by T - it's more important that the commute to Cambridge be convenient as I'm not required to commute every day.

We almost bought a condo in JP last year, but the appraisal came in low and the deal fell through. At the moment we're looking at JP, Brighton Center, Allston Village, Mission Hill and Dorchester (Savin Hill, Ashmont and Lower Mills). We're open to a variety of housing options: condos, duplexes and single families and our budget is about $400k (more for a duplex). Are there any areas we should consider that aren't on our list - we're open to being outside of Boston if the transit and local amenities (restaurants, bars and supermarkets particularly) are good.

Also: we don't have a car. We're not particularly excited by Brighton, though we like Brighton Center a lot (but transit is a bit crappy) and would prefer to live somewhere a bit more diverse and better connected to downtown.

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Old 01-02-2014, 12:02 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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What are you looking for in your next home? 2 bedrooms, 3 bedrooms, more? How many bathrooms? Is there a particular size requirement you have? Do you picture this home as a place you'll be living long term or do you plan on up sizing in five years or so? If you have children, do you plan on sending them to private school? The Boston public schools on the whole are not particularly well thought of compared to the school systems outside city limits. Also, are you specifically looking for a more urban environment? There's not a ton of information to go on in your post.
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Old 01-02-2014, 12:46 PM
 
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Scools aren't important- we will probably not be in Boston by the time any child we might have is school age as we don't have much control over where our jobs take us.

We are not hung up on number of beds: 2 is ideal but we are open to a three bed, or a large one bed for the right price.

Rental potential is important as we don't know where we will be beyond the next three to four years.

No where in Boston feels particularly urban to me, it's a very neighborhoody city. Like I said, what we're looking for is walkable restaurants, bars, supermarkets and transit - sometimes you get that in a suburb/exurb (e.g.Newton Centre), sometimes in an inner neighborhood (The South End), though both of these feel a bit twee to me.

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Old 01-02-2014, 01:56 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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If you are fine with a multi-family condo maybe Cambridge around Porter Square or Somerville Davis Square area where the Kendall commuter would have a very quick ride on the red line and the Chestnut Hill commuter could switch to the green line at Park Street. You could also get a multi-family condo in Arlington and bike or walk the bike path to Alewife or take one of the many buses to that train station. You would likely find these areas less "twee" than the South End. Porter also has a commuter rail that goes directly to North Station. Davis Square is even more perfect for those who are car-free and don't have to worry about parking on the wrong side of the street on snow days like this one.
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Old 01-02-2014, 02:07 PM
 
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If you are fine with a multi-family condo maybe Cambridge around Porter Square or Somerville Davis Square area where the Kendall commuter would have a very quick ride on the red line and the Chestnut Hill commuter could switch to the green line at Park Street. You could also get a multi-family condo in Arlington and bike or walk the bike path to Alewife or take one of the many buses to that train station. You would likely find these areas less "twee" than the South End. Porter also has a commuter rail that goes directly to North Station. Davis Square is even more perfect for those who are car-free and don't have to worry about parking on the wrong side of the street on snow days like this one.
Thanks 495neighbour. We don't know Somerville at all and only know Cambridge well around Harvard, Central and Kendall sqs. I was looking at the mbta map and thinking we should maybe check out that end of the red line so thanks for suggesting these. My impression has been that Cambridge is really expensive for what you get, I take it Somerville is more affordable?

I think Arlington would be too cut off for me (I cannot drive and so would be entirely reliant on transit) though in other ways it seems a good fit.
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Old 01-02-2014, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
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Somerville is more affordable than Cambridge, but $400,000 in the Davis Square area won't get you much.
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