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Old 04-14-2007, 05:04 PM
 
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Hello,
I'm new to this forum and have read through countless posts. I have an opportunity to move to either Boston or North Miami for a job, I'm currently in Toronto. Aside from the beautiful weather I'm leaning towards Boston. I'm single black female, 30 yo and very curious to get real feedback on living in Boston. I want to be very close to downtown Boston in order to take in all of the amenities that Boston has to offer in terms of nightlife, entertainment, shopping, restaurants, theatre, etc.

My research has turned up several articles suggesting that Boston still has undertones of racial tension. Coming from Toronto I want a multicultural, diverse and genuinely tolerant place to live. Does Boston offer this or is racial tension and segregation still an issue?

What about cost of living? Is it really that bad? Is it possible to get a decent sized 1Bd apartment not too far from the city that is clean, pest/rodent-free and safe?? CAn this be had for $1200 or less? What areas?

And what's the situation with parking?

I apologize for the series of questions but from what I've seen on these boards...you guys are the experts...thanks
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Old 09-30-2007, 03:07 PM
 
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Default Moving to Boston

Hello,

I read your post and would like to help answer some of the questions you asked. I live in the North End in Boston (~minutes to downtown).

Boston is a wonderful and tolerant place to live. The different areas of Boston seem to have a unique culture which I really enjoy about living here. The parking and apartment prices around here are tough but certainly manageable if you're willing to search for a deal. Parking is best if done by permit (get a permit from city hall) on the street because it is a heck of a lot cheaper than having to pay for a garage. In the North End, it has not been an issue for me.

In my experience I have found that it is indeed very hard to find 1BR apartments for below $1200 close to downtown. A lot of landlords around here are feeling the pressure of the credit market and have had to raise rents to cover their mortgages, and that on top of the fact that the demand for apartments is so high has led prices above the $1200 mark for downtown one bedrooms.

That's not to say you can't find a deal. There are areas with plenty of nightlife and excitement just outside the city. Brighton, Alston, South Boston, Brookline and Cambridge are all good options for people looking to get "more for their money" in terms of apartments in Boston.

Let me know if you would like help looking for a place when you get here, I'd be happy to help.

Best,

Jay Alberino
Broker, Eleven Park Realty: We happily give rebates on apartment rentals and sales to help you save money!
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Old 09-30-2007, 10:38 PM
 
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Default Bye Boston

Thank you for your post...again I have to say that this is the best forum I've ever been on...the readers are so helpful!

As for Boston.....tonight I made the decision...I'm leaving. Besides not ever really feeling like this could ever be a permanent home there are a few other reasons but unfortunately....it's time to cut my ties and not lose any more times.
If anyone is still contemplating Boston and has done their research, I would still encourage to to follow their instinct and pursue Boston if they so choose..it is just not the city for me I came....I saw....I'm leaving!
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