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Old 09-03-2007, 09:19 AM
 
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My fiancee is about to begin a 4yr course at MIT and we need to find a place to live.
Would anyone please suggest the best place to buy a 2 bed property. We currently live in London and would be looking for this property as a base for her. Need someplace safe but also close enough to town. We have a budget of up to $600k
Thanks..
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:29 AM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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How far of a commute would she want? I would suggest you stay somewhere near public transportation. Definitely don't want to be driving into Boston! There are several options within your price range that will be a convenient commute.
What's your wish list for a location? For example, recreational activities, etc. Near the water or don't care?
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:29 AM
 
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Concord & Lexington are both really nice with good access to Boston.
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Old 09-03-2007, 09:57 AM
 
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Default Cambridge, of course!

There are some wonderful new condos in Cambridge, so you wouldn't have much of a commute. Why live anywhere but Cambridge if you're going to school there? And since you can afford something nice, go for it!

A lot depends on your ages (I assume you are young), if you have school-aged kids, and whether you like being in the city or the suburbs.

You can look at properties in Watertown, Arlington, Belmont - all towns which are very close to Cambridge, but since there are so many nice places to live in Cambridge that will make your commute time short, that is my suggestion.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:15 AM
 
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Within that budget, you could find a very nice condo in Cambridge, and then a commute would not be necessary.
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Old 09-03-2007, 01:37 PM
 
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cambridge or back bay or beacon hill... you'll get more for your money in cambridge, but you can walk to MIT from both back bay and beacon hill. In cambridge I would avoid the area closest to MIT called area 4 as it isn't the safest neighborhood but there are some nice new condos in East Cambridge, Cambridgeport and mid-Cambridge are all easy commutes to MIT.
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Old 09-03-2007, 01:39 PM
 
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Look for a condo in Cambridge near Porter Square, Harvard Square or Central Square. All are great areas and are within walking distance to the subway.
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Old 09-03-2007, 11:44 PM
 
Location: North Adams, MA
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Anyplace along the Red Line T would be within easy commuting distance of the campus which is pretty near the Kendall/MIT station.

http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/

There are desireable locations, and bad ones on the line, so this is not something I would do long distance. Boston and Cambridge both utilize the transit system extensively, and this comes as a shock to car culture people who insist on going head to head with awful traffic everyday. From the rapid transit hubs, there is a network of bus lines that make most of the city pretty accessible. Parking is very expensive, too. Some condo parking spaces go for $50-75K.

Condos and apartments near the T are more expensive, too, so when buying, take that into consideration.
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Old 09-04-2007, 12:41 PM
 
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My fiancee is about to begin a 4yr course at MIT and we need to find a place to live.
Would anyone please suggest the best place to buy a 2 bed property. We currently live in London and would be looking for this property as a base for her. Need someplace safe but also close enough to town. We have a budget of up to $600k
Thanks..
If you want convenience Watertown,or Cambridge are the most convenient to MIT. My partner and I currently live in a 2 BR 2.5 bath condo/townhouse with garage parking for 2 autos that is along the Charles River. MIT is less than 4 miles, we both work in the MIT area and have a drive commute of less than 15 minutes, in traffic. We are close to shopping, restaurants, can be in downtown Boston in 10 - 15 minutes. I would strongly recommend the Watertown area. We have lived all around the world and have found traffic here is not nearly as bad as people make it out to be. It is an easy place to commute as long as you are within the city. If you get outside to be more in the burbs you'll be miserable with the commute.
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Old 09-04-2007, 04:15 PM
 
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BTW - I believe there is a unit in our building for sale, but I'm not sure. If interested respond back here and I'll check.
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