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Old 04-15-2009, 07:37 PM
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My husband and I are moving to Boston at the end of the summer so that he can attend grad school at Tufts University in Sommerville. After much research, we are no closer to making a decision on where to live. We are in our mid twenties and would prefer to be within walking distance of restaurants, shops, bars etc. We are torn between being closer to Tufts with the luxury of more space and living in the city where there is more action. We have a small dog (under 20 lbs) and would rather not spend more than $1600 a month. We do have a car, but are open to getting rid of it if parking is an issue. Any ideas on which neighborhoods to explore? Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:22 PM
Location: Newton, Mass.
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This is a tradeoff you basically don't need to make. Check out the areas near Davis Square, Porter Square and Teele Square, mostly in Somerville but spilling over into Cambridge and Medford. Davis Square is a very active area with all of those things within very quick proximity to Tufts. There are a ton of people in your age range in that area. There's also a Red Line T station at Davis that gets you to downtown Boston in 15 minutes.

If you go a bit outside the very heart of Davis Sq. and register the car in Somerville, you might find it's not that bad to keep the car. Some apartments come with parking. Most don't but many side streets are designated for resident parking and it's not as bad looking for street parking there as some places I've lived. You probably don't need the car in that area, but it's doable if you prefer to keep it.

Not to nitpick, but it's "Somerville." Tufts straddles the line between Medford and Somerville, but it's generally thought of as being in Medford.

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Old 04-15-2009, 09:29 PM
Location: Boston, MA & Istanbul, Turkey
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I would focus on Davis, Porter, Central and Harvard Square. You will be close to school and on the Red Line. All three areas also have many restaurant, bar and lounge options and are far from sleepy.

You are also about a 10-15 minute subway ride into Boston. If you are set on living in Boston I guess you could also look at Beacon Hill or somewhere near Downtown (Downtown Crossing, Ladder District) which would keep you on the Red Line.
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Old 04-16-2009, 01:12 AM
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Default Try Davis Square, Fenway, Back Bay, beacon Hill :-)

Try Davis Square , Cambridge or Arlington MA :-)

Maybe - the Fenway Area of Boston around the Ballpark

or perhaps the North End in Boston

or maybe Brookline Village area of Brookline
I saw an apartment on CL - 1BR for $1640 in Brookline

Try the Back Bay as well :-)

Winchester, MA

Saw a two bedroom on beacon hill - for $1825/month if you dont mind $200 more
prime location
Check craigslist

You dont even need a car in the city you could use ZIPCAR
Car Sharing, an alternative to car rental and car ownership – Zipcar when you need a car, and just walk or take the "T" if you lived in the city.

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