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Old 07-02-2017, 05:08 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for the suggestions, this is really helping me understand Boston better. We are willing to revisit the budget to a range of between $1800 to $1900 provided we will not need a car. Is it reasonable to expect a renovated apartment with modern amenities for this range. Also, what is the likelihood of finding a good apartment without a broker? Thanks again for all the help !!
You can find a good place without a broker. But it can take months, and you need to be here. In effect, you need to be the first or second person so see a place and hand over a check on the spot.

30 minutes downtown is doable in places like porter, and there are apartments in that price range there, but the competition is fierce, and its may not be what you consider "modern".
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:23 PM
 
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Where did you live in NYC? Can you give more information about that neighborhood?
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:25 PM
 
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@porterhouse: In NYC we live in Astoria, Queens which is a 20 minute commute to midtown Manhattan.
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Old 07-02-2017, 05:32 PM
 
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@porterhouse: Astoria is a Greek neighborhood but a lot of young professionals liver here because of its proximity to Manhattan. Lot of dining options along with 24/7 grocery shops. Everything is at a walkable distance , subways, restaurants, park, pharmacy etc. We pay $2200 for a 1 BR apt which is very high and limits us from traveling or even occasional dining out on weekends. Since we are moving out of New York , we wanted to cut down on our rent and start saving.
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Old 07-02-2017, 10:52 PM
 
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@porterhouse: Astoria is a Greek neighborhood but a lot of young professionals liver here because of its proximity to Manhattan. Lot of dining options along with 24/7 grocery shops. Everything is at a walkable distance , subways, restaurants, park, pharmacy etc. We pay $2200 for a 1 BR apt which is very high and limits us from traveling or even occasional dining out on weekends. Since we are moving out of New York , we wanted to cut down on our rent and start saving.
What about CT cheaper than Boston
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Old 07-03-2017, 05:19 AM
 
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I would still look in those same neighborhoods- Quincy, Cambridge, Union square sommerville, Jamaica plain, Allston, Roslindale. They will not be NYC living as you have now but depending on what you're able to get will check off a lot of what you listed.
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Old 07-03-2017, 07:43 AM
 
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We found a few listings in Malden centre , along the orange line , close to the subway. Any feedback on the neigborhood ? Is it safe ? We see that the commute is no longer than 20 minutes by public transport.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:26 AM
 
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IMHO, Malden will be one of the cities to supplement Somerville as the place to be. Great access to Boston, reasonable housing prices, new amenities moving in, culturally diverse.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:33 AM
 
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Malden should be fine if you find something there. It is culturally diverse, its downtown is improving (although it will seem sleepy compared to Astoria) and has potential for Somerville-like transformation. You're also very close to the Fells reservation, a nice patch of urban wilderness.
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Old 07-03-2017, 08:36 AM
 
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Malden should be fine if you find something there. It is culturally diverse, its downtown is improving (although it will seem sleepy compared to Astoria) and has potential for Somerville-like transformation. You're also very close to the Fells reservation, a nice patch of urban wilderness.
"Improving" somewhat & "potential".

IMO Malden = still dumpy.

Fun fact: nothing in Boston or Massachusetts is 24/7.
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