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Old 02-04-2018, 07:47 PM
 
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Hello Folks,

We currently live in the Chicago suburbs. This summer we are planning on moving to Boston due to my job. Me and my girlfriend have visited a Boston a couple of times and absolutely love it out there, so we are super excited to be making the move.

Came here to seek advice on what parts of Boston we should focus on finding a place to live and any other suggestions people might have about moving to Boston.


Thanks in advance for the help.

Background Info:

Age: Early 30's and No Kids

Rent Budget: $2100/ Month not including Utilities

Apartment type : 2 bed/1 Bath Preferred , but we wouldn't mind a 1 bedroom apartment if we are in the heart of the city.

What we are looking for :

A neighborhood that is safe (obviously) especially since I travel a lot work so I want my girlfriend to feel safe when I'm not there.

We will only have one car which will not be used much, so being near public transportation is a must.

We would like to live in a neighborhood that has the restaurants and shopping nearby as well.

Thanks again !
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:08 PM
 
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You have to figure out where you’ll be working first and go from there. But 2100/mo is pretty unrealistic these days.
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Old 02-04-2018, 10:39 PM
 
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You have to figure out where you’ll be working first and go from there. But 2100/mo is pretty unrealistic these days.
I'll be working out of Logan airport .

We have been looking at places in Somerville and Quincy for the most the part and have found some places that fit the bill, we are just unsure how those areas are.

I'm also not against driving to and from work .
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Old 02-05-2018, 04:47 AM
 
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Somerville and Quincy are both on the orange line. Somerville is very hot right now, your budget may not get you what you want. Other places to look that may fit your budget that have restaurants and shopping and public transportation and are safe: Malden, Medford, Melrose.
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Old 02-05-2018, 06:13 AM
 
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$2100 is doable. It will take some leg work. Some parts of East Boston would be fine, but probably East Somerville near orange line. You can then do orange to blue for work.
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Old 02-05-2018, 07:44 AM
 
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Many employers at the airport offer subsidized tickets on the Logan Express. If yours does, focus on Braintree and Quincy.
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Old 02-05-2018, 08:03 AM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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Hello Folks,

We currently live in the Chicago suburbs. This summer we are planning on moving to Boston due to my job. Me and my girlfriend have visited a Boston a couple of times and absolutely love it out there, so we are super excited to be making the move.

Came here to seek advice on what parts of Boston we should focus on finding a place to live and any other suggestions people might have about moving to Boston.


Thanks in advance for the help.

Background Info:

Age: Early 30's and No Kids

Rent Budget: $2100/ Month not including Utilities

Apartment type : 2 bed/1 Bath Preferred , but we wouldn't mind a 1 bedroom apartment if we are in the heart of the city.

What we are looking for :

A neighborhood that is safe (obviously) especially since I travel a lot work so I want my girlfriend to feel safe when I'm not there.

We will only have one car which will not be used much, so being near public transportation is a must.

We would like to live in a neighborhood that has the restaurants and shopping nearby as well.

Thanks again !
Former Chicagoan.

Give us a few neighborhoods that you like in Chicago and then we can tailor recommendations in that way. Quincy is not going to be recommended, nor will Malden or some of the other communities listed on the thread thus far. Essentially, that would be like a Bostonian moving to Chicago and you suggesting Niles or Rogers Park.

So, what are some of your favorites? Lincoln Park? Logan Square? West Loop? Evanston?
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Old 02-05-2018, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Chibostoncaliseattle
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Wicker Park/Bucktown: Central Square Cambridge/Somerville/Allston
Lincoln Park: South End
Gold Coast: Back Bay/Beacon Hill
Old Town: /Seaport South Boston(Broadway st.)
West Loop is incomparable... Everything is seemingly more developed in Boston. But if you like the hip restaraunts, modern apartments, Seaport is the closest thing.
Rogers Park: Brighton
Evanston: West Cambridge/Harvard Sq.

etc.etc.etc.

For $2100, I'd go with a 1 bedroom in a good location. Maybe even a temp rental or short term lease. Once you find an area that's a bit less expensive yet still manageable, then move to a longer term 2 bdr lease.
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:00 AM
 
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Former Chicagoan.

Give us a few neighborhoods that you like in Chicago and then we can tailor recommendations in that way. Quincy is not going to be recommended, nor will Malden or some of the other communities listed on the thread thus far. Essentially, that would be like a Bostonian moving to Chicago and you suggesting Niles or Rogers Park.

So, what are some of your favorites? Lincoln Park? Logan Square? West Loop? Evanston?
Why would Quincy not be recommended when it meets all the OP's requirements???
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Old 02-05-2018, 10:52 AM
 
Location: New England
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Somerville and Quincy are both on the orange line. Somerville is very hot right now, your budget may not get you what you want. Other places to look that may fit your budget that have restaurants and shopping and public transportation and are safe: Malden, Medford, Melrose.
Quincy is not on the orange line, it is on the red line.

But to be honest Quincy isin't the most urban walkable place. The city has no laws requiring people to shovel sidewalks during the winter, so pathways to the t can be difficult. Why Quincy does have the T the city has lots of strip malls and other car dependent places. Most people there have cars.

Of course it's a pretty good deal and a red line to South station followed by silver line to airport commute would not be bad.

You could also look at something like Roslindale or West Roxbury and rely on the commuter rail.

But 2100 is not gonna get you the most exciting neighborhoods next to the T. This area is wicked expensive.
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