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Old 10-15-2010, 05:40 PM
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I am a 45 yr. old professional female. Most important to me (besides safety) is a short walk to the T or commuter rail. I did my time in NY trudging to the subway and standing on the freezing cold platform waiting for the railroad. I don't want to do that again. Next on the importance list is easy parking. I will have a car and I don't want to have to search for a place to park or move my car for snow plows. I'm looking for a one bedroom apartment preferably off of the T line or the Commuter Rail in a safe neighborhood. The more upscale the better but that may be unrealistic on my budget. I really don't want to have to wait for a bus. Again, the standing out in the cold waiting for a bus doesn't appeal to me. Both Urban or Burbs works for me. I will be working on State Street right by the Orange line. The most I want to commute is 45 minutes. I'm open to an apartment in a multi-family home, brownstone, apartment complex, etc. A quiet place to live is key so prefer not to be with the college student crowd. My budget is tops $1,500.00 (but hopefully less) with at the very least heat included and ideally all utilities. These are my dream preferences. If you know something that is "close but no cigar" please let me know.
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:47 PM
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I thought of Malden. Not sure how much housing is there, though.
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Old 10-16-2010, 12:13 AM
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It sounds as if you are pretty flexible on the kind of neighborhood, as long as it's safe, and meets your commuting requirements. If that's the case, the first town that comes to mind is Newton. Newton is an affluent older suburban town. Housing costs are pretty high in Newton, but if you're flexible enough about your residence so you'd be okay with a basic no-frills apartment building, or with an apartment in a large old house that has been divided into rental untis, then you're likely to find some properties within your price range. The Newton Centre neighborhood would be an especially good option. Newton Centre has a neighborhood shopping district, and is close enough in toward Boston so that the ride on the green line in toward the vicinity of your workplace would not drag as much in terms of time as it does from more outlying locations near the green line.

The stops along the commuter rail in Newton could also work, depending on the details of your work schedule. For some strange reason, the commuter trains going in toward Boston don't stop in Newton for a stretch of quite a few hours in the afternoon and evening. If you're working bankers' hours, you'll be okay with the commuter rail schedule from Newton. If you'd be going to work in the afternoon, this would be a problem. By the time you'd made the transfers on the subway you'd need to make to get to your workplace, you'd probably be pushing the limits of your preferred commuting time. If that's okay, and your work schedule is a good fit with the commuter rail timetables, then Newton neighborhoods near commuter rail stops would be worth considering.

Brookline, in the Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner neighborhoods, is another upscale older suburban area near the green line. As with Newton, you might need to be flexible on the type of dwelling in order to find a rental property within your budget. An additional challenge in Brookline is that the town does not allow parking on the street overnight. You'd either have to limit yourself to properties with on-site parking, or figure the extra cost of renting a parking space into your budget.

Not quite so upscale, but still solid areas to live that could meet your criteria would be Quincy along the red line, downtown Waltham in the vicinity of Moody St., Belmont in the areas around Belmont Center and Waverly Square or near these neighborhoods just over the line in Watertown, West Roxbury near the commuter rail station, or Porter Square in Cambridge. The one qualification is that I'm not familiar with the availablility of parking in some of these areas, such as Porter Sq. All these areas are either on the red line, which connects to the orange line just one stop from State Street, or are near commuter rail lines that connect to the red line or in some cases directly to the orange line.

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Old 10-22-2010, 10:28 AM
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You can definitely find something in that price range with parking in East Arlington, which is walking distance from Alewife, that last stop on the red line. East Arlington is a short walk to the T via the bike path.
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