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Old 02-02-2018, 12:12 AM
 
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Regarding Brighton (Center/Oak Square): It's a low-key area with less in terms of city problems. I'm not going to say it's easy to find a street spot at 10pm, but you will find one somewhere. It's a neighborhood where a petite female friend never felt concerned about walking around alone late at night. I could sleep with my windows open in the summer and I'm not a heavy sleeper. You get the idea.

I like Brighton. I'm not sure if it's for you or not.

Commuting downtown is pretty miserable, express buses that sit in traffic or a local bus that sits in some traffic to a subway transfer. Off-peak, the 57 does get you to Kenmore pretty well, and if you catch the 64 or 86 they'll get you to Cambridge fine. Getting back tends to be more of the issue. 64/86 frequencies are low at night and awful on weekends. No one wants to wait an hour for a bus, so expect to do a lot of walking or use of Uber if you're frequently trying to get back from there at night.
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Old 02-02-2018, 06:19 AM
 
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Classic Boston Craigslist move is to tell you it is near some T stop you want and then map says it is a full town away. You call ALOT of ads just to find out the three family "near harvard square" is in Malden. If it sounds reasonable try to see it immediately. Also things will rent immediately so when you go look you take your checkbook. Sometimes at a showing it can come down to who fillls out an application faster.


The last three Somerville apartments I got were because I was 1st or 2nd to see it, and I wrote a month's deposit on the spot.
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Old 02-03-2018, 06:25 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Regarding Brighton (Center/Oak Square): It's a low-key area with less in terms of city problems. I'm not going to say it's easy to find a street spot at 10pm, but you will find one somewhere. It's a neighborhood where a petite female friend never felt concerned about walking around alone late at night. I could sleep with my windows open in the summer and I'm not a heavy sleeper. You get the idea.

I like Brighton. I'm not sure if it's for you or not.

Commuting downtown is pretty miserable, express buses that sit in traffic or a local bus that sits in some traffic to a subway transfer. Off-peak, the 57 does get you to Kenmore pretty well, and if you catch the 64 or 86 they'll get you to Cambridge fine. Getting back tends to be more of the issue. 64/86 frequencies are low at night and awful on weekends. No one wants to wait an hour for a bus, so expect to do a lot of walking or use of Uber if you're frequently trying to get back from there at night.
Speaking for the 86, if you're going to take that for commute, plan on getting on at 7:30 or earlier and coming back after 6:15. Then it's pretty smooth. However, if you are trying to go at 8:20 and 5:20, you really are better off walking unless you don't mind the insane crowds and the 30 minutes it takes to get out of Cambridge because of the 1-lane section of JFK.

But still, I like Brighton and if you like walking (I do) it's not a big deal. But I understand if others don't.
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