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Old 06-04-2011, 04:43 PM
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Hey all, recently relocated to Quincy from out of state. My wife and I rent, and we stayed with the same apartment company (thus no lease exit fee) and they had a property in Quincy. In other words, no real ties to the Quincy area aside from it being the best choice from a limited number of options.

We like Quincy, but we really want to live in the city. We have no kids (just cats), so we aren't particularly concerned about schools at the moment. We just want to move to a walkable area with quick access to parks, restaurants, shopping, etc. - all the usual stuff. Somewhere close to a T line would be ideal (walking distance would be awesome, but even biking distance would suffice). We have one car, so parking must factor in. We'd be looking to move the first week of October.

We're paying about $1800 in rent right now (utilities not included) and don't want to go above that. I've been looking in Brookline/Boston/Cambridge (which is what I figure would be the best spots for us) and it looks like I might be able to get a 2BR/1BA for about that, with a little luck. I'm well aware that the closer you get to the colleges, the more rents skyrocket, but I'm hoping that we can find something if we downsize our living space.

Any help would be appreciated! This forum hasn't let me down yet.
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Old 06-06-2011, 05:30 PM
Location: Brookline, MA
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I'm not really sure what you're asking. You will open up your options if you're willing to consider 1-bedrooms. Other than that, where do you and your wife work, do you drive or take public transportation to work and how long of a commute are you willing to tolerate? Do you need to use the car daily? Are you okay with getting a parking permit and parking on the street? Which neighborhoods in the city do you like?
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Old 06-07-2011, 01:22 AM
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Since you're living in a city on the red line at present, I'm thinking that other locations along the red line would provide a convenient commute. Any of the areas in Cambridge near the "squares" with stops along the red line might fit what you're looking for. You might especially focus on the area around Porter Sq., and give Central Sq. a look as well. Davis Sq. in Somerville could be another good option.

In Brookline, the main issue may be your car. Brookline has a ban on overnight parking, so you'd need to limit your search to rental properties with on-site parking, or else figure in the additional cost (and possible inconvenience) of renting a separate parking space somewhere. If you were to work out the parking issue, the Brookline Village and Coolidge Corner areas sound right for you.
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Old 06-10-2011, 07:53 PM
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I'm working in Needham, and my wife is taking online courses so she doesn't work/commute. That's why being along the T would be ideal.

I figured the car would be a problem. As for a 1-bedroom, I simply don't think we could fit into one...we have way to much stuff (unless it was a big one).

I'll have a look at all of those places listed.
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