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Old 04-18-2009, 01:27 PM
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the condos in 380-396 Riverway are in the Fenway area or in JP area, is there safe to live?Is it walkable? is it safe walking via washington str to mbta brookline village stop, is it worth to buy there? thank you
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Old 04-19-2009, 03:39 AM
Location: Dallas
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yes, it's safe, walkable, quite beautiful actually. Worst issue is that street is one of the worst streets to drive on - too narrow and very combative. But it's nicely located right between Longwood, Jamaica Pond, and Brookline. The emerald necklace park is at your front door - great for biking.
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Old 04-21-2009, 09:00 AM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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I lived in the immediate vicinity (first block of South Huntington) for over three years, moving only when I outgrew the studio apartment. What good times those were! Not only was Brookline Village a short safe stroll away, the T access was unbeatable. And for late-night munchies, the convenience store at the Brook House was close at hand as was local treasure Joseph's Pizza and Subs - to this day still open every day until 3 AM.
Having written all that, would I buy around there? No. Only in very recent times has that neighborhood shown any tangible external signs of improvement. By and large it's still the gritty and sketchy pocket of Mission Hill that it was a quarter-century ago, when dwelling in a "real" urban setting held huge appeal for a 20-something just starting out on his own. Drive-by shootings and "No Loitering" signs have effectively squashed the stoop-sitting culture that once made my block a sociable and relatively safe place. (Even with that, I experienced a mugging and a B & E during my time there.) With the influx of students pushed out Huntington Ave by rent increases closer to Brigham Circle, the area has a more transient population than ever. Just because the Riverway is comparatively quiet and has all those trees, don't kid yourself that the environment is any more secure. Not with Mission Park right behind you it isn't.
You can jog through the park and enjoy Brookline Village to your heart's content, but the immediate area in the other direction - for all its steam-cleaned buildings and renovated facades - is still dicey. If you crave the whole city-living experience, look toward Savin Hill or Audubon Circle.
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Old 04-28-2009, 12:32 PM
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thank you
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