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Old 04-01-2011, 08:51 PM
 
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So far, all the places I've seen are run-down and not nice at all. I've looked at places from $1250-$1950.

Maybe Craigslist is the worst place to look?

Any other suggestions?
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Old 04-02-2011, 07:04 AM
 
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It depends on your expectations? If you are looking for shiny and new, you will be very hard pressed to find it without paying through the nose. This is Boston, everything is old. If you are used to the condo/townhouse complexes where everything is big and updated, you are not going to find it.
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Old 04-02-2011, 09:23 AM
 
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Funny, I just went to Gibson Sotheby's web site (a South End realtor), typed $1200 - $1900 range and got the following responses: Gibson Sotheby's International Realty. None of these look run down to me, and that's just one realtor in one neighborhood.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:02 AM
 
Location: Kennebunkport
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Default Craigslist is useless for Boston

I found Craigslist to be useless for Boston. A lot of the listings are designed to get you to sign an exclusive with a broker, not to give you any real info on the apartment. You can waste tons of time just trying to get the basics.

The who tenant pays the apartment fee scam in Boston is ridiculous, IMHO.

I've had good luck with the following people:

Fred of University Real Estate for Cambridge market
Joyce Lebedew for Southie, South End
Jeff Bowen for Southie, Chelsea

All have been exceptionally fair, and will even show you no-fee apartments.

I've lived all over the world, but have found Boston to be one of the weirdest places to find a quality place to live.

Happy Hunting!
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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you do realize that the Boston CL page has an option to search for by-owner rentals only, right? if you can't find anything remotely decent on CL, you're either not searching properly, not trying, or your expectations are too high

some examples (of course, your OP gives no info on what apartment size you're looking for or location)

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/2300980923.html (broken link)
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/2300882139.html (broken link)
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/2300876634.html (broken link)
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/2300768656.html (broken link)
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/2300749844.html (broken link)
http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/abo/2300408582.html (broken link)

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Old 04-04-2011, 02:30 PM
 
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Use "www.boston.com", and then look under "rentals"; you'll also find large realtors this way as well..
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:03 PM
 
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Thanks for the tips.

The problem I'm having is that most the pics they post are fake. It's like they lure you in with pics of a different rental even if you specifically ask if that's the actual rental.

I don't know how high my expectations are. Maybe they are high but then again, I don't mind a tiny tiny studio, I just want it to be clean and in a safe neighborhood and for under $2000. Are my expectations too high?

I went to the Prudental Avalon today and the location is great and the buildings are well-mainted but the cost for a studio with parking would come out to about $2600 a month. That's not counting utilities.

The only other places I saw since I last posted had very bad smells and locations.

*sigh*
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Old 04-04-2011, 10:13 PM
 
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P.S. I have emails into all the places listed above so maybe something will turn up. It feels very discouraging so far.
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Old 04-05-2011, 02:06 AM
 
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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What about those apartment guides published monthly, free at those street b oxes. I don't think there's a fee for those. Those apts. Are managed by those large apt. Companies instead of a b roker or realty office (unless I'm wrong).

Seaport Landing and Munroe Place in Quincy could have a 1 BR for that price range, if you don't mind $1700 or so. They're modern and attract a more educated tenant, I assume. Those buildings and similar are found in that booklet and web site. I don't tend to see them as often on CL. Avalon and Archstone advertise their complexes widely in those guides (I think there are 2 guides competing in this market).

Yes, there is a lot of garbage for housing and rentals in Boston...yet so many seem to love living here anyway.
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Old 04-05-2011, 07:57 AM
 
Location: DE/PA
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If you can, I recommend getting out of the city a bit. Check out Arlington, I have had a lot of luck with craigslist, but I agree its different here then any other city I have lived in.
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