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Old 07-10-2011, 07:21 PM
 
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HI!

I am moving from Florida to Boston in Dec of this year. I have no clue where to live. I am moving with my friend and we are both in our late 20's. I have heard that Brookline is a nice place to live. Any suggestions on other places?

Also, we are both trying to get jobs there and not sure where to look. We both work for Marriott hotels right now, so we will try and go that route. But we are not sure. Any suggestions on job hunting, who is always hiring?

Absouletly any tips and/or suggestions will be great. This will be our first big move and we need HELP!

Thanks~
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Old 07-10-2011, 09:39 PM
 
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The best place to live depends on your particular situation and preferences. Some neighborhoods in Brookline can be good areas for young single people, while other neighborhoods are more family-oriented. Brookline also can be difficult if you own a car, because they don't allow parking on the street overnight, so you have to shell out extra money to rent a parking space, or most likely shell out extra money for a higher rent in a place with on-site parking.

Info on your likely housing budget, whether you'll have a car, whether you'd prefer being near public transit, what kind of neighbors you'd prefer (young single professionals, college students, etc.), and what kind of general character you'd like in a neighborhood (more or less urban, quiet family area or nightlife right in the neighborhood, etc.) would help people here get a better picture of the neighborhoods that would work for you.
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Old 07-11-2011, 12:41 AM
 
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For sure you guys will need to get more specific. Coming without a job means you have relatives or just going to wing it? Where you want to live has a lot to do with what you can afford and your job/school location. If you want to rent something, you're probably going to have show steady income or have parents paying (co-sign).

What places constantly hire... Hmm... Escort services (hookers), McD, Dunkin D,,,, seriously you can't expect to get useful advice without giving specifics. Also, Boston is a touristy town with lots of hotels. If you want to work for another hotel, just Google them up and start the grunt work of making calls.
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Old 07-11-2011, 08:02 AM
 
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One thing we found that was different than other places in terms of renting: many apartments require first & last months rent up front, as well as a broker's fee, which can be one half to one full month's rent. You may pay all of those fees at the time that you sign the lease. Depending on your rent, it may cost several thousand dollars just to get into an apartment!
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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Why on Earth if you live in Florida would you want to move to Boston? Most people in Boston dream about moving to Florida lol

Anyway, I'd say Brookline would be a good fit, but bring your pocketbook because it's going to get really expensive really fast, especially if you have a car because of the parking issues in that town.

Alternatively, I'd recommend the Fenway. Two young girls with jobs shouldn't have much trouble carving out a living there and it's pretty close to all the nightlife and fun.

As far as job hunting goes...I have no idea...I'd recommend you try to transfer within your current company. If you come to Boston right now with anything less than a Master's Degree and 10 years experience your job hunt is going to be pretty bad...Employers have their choice from the graduate pools Boston University, Harvard, Boston College, Northeastern, etc...so it can be pretty tough and highly competitive. I actually would even recommend New York over Boston right now for job hunting.

But to be more specific in my advice, what are you looking for in a neighborhood? What is your budget? Car or no?
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Old 07-11-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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There's a lot of neighborhoods/areas to consider: it really depends what you want and your budget. How much are you prepared to spend on an apartment? The North End, South End, Beacon Hill, Bay Village, the Fenway, (all these are neighborhoods of Boston) as well as adjacent cities like Brookline, Somerville, and Cambridge.

I wouldn't suggest moving here without a job unless you have a lot of money saved up.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:13 AM
 
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I wouldn't suggest moving here without a job unless you have a lot of money saved up.
I didn't want to burst her bubble, but since you mention it, it's probably worth mentioning that most companies in Boston won't consider a candidate who's relocating, mostly due to what I said about their ability to just hand pick whoever they want from some really really good schools that are right in the backyard.

So OP, yea, definitely make sure you've got a pretty good nest egg warmed up before you move, 10-15k worth at least.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:21 AM
 
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I didn't want to burst her bubble, but since you mention it, it's probably worth mentioning that most companies in Boston won't consider a candidate who's relocating, mostly due to what I said about their ability to just hand pick whoever they want from some really really good schools that are right in the backyard.

So OP, yea, definitely make sure you've got a pretty good nest egg warmed up before you move, 10-15k worth at least.
This is what I would think too but I have been getting solicitations from the New England area since 2006 (actually got an offer and accepted and my company countered so I stayed in 2007) and I am from little ole Arkansas. Still getting them today and hope to get an offer. I am in the technology field so I don't know if that makes much of a difference. I guess it does depend on the field.
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Old 07-11-2011, 10:26 AM
 
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This is what I would think too but I have been getting solicitations from the New England area since 2006 (actually got an offer and accepted and my company countered so I stayed in 2007) and I am from little ole Arkansas. Still getting them today and hope to get an offer. I am in the technology field so I don't know if that makes much of a difference. I guess it does depend on the field.
Ah well those must be companies in the little technology belt down there around 128. Maybe it does depend on the field, but I'm pretty sure that if they just look for a transfer in their current company (they said they work for Marriot Hotels), they'd probably have a much better run of things than just moving and starting from scratch. The hotel industry (from what I understand, and it's very little, mind you) is pretty good for relocating because there's hotels everywhere. I'm just afraid of them getting stuck in one of those ruts in the Boston job market where they want a Bachelor's degree and 5 years experience for an entry level paid internship.
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Old 07-11-2011, 02:46 PM
 
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Thanks for all the advice! Our housing budget will be around $2500-3000 a month. We will have one car we think. Not sure yet if we are going to bring it. Still have time to decide on that. As far as what we are looking for in a neighborhood is fun, young professionals, some nightlife but not college kids!

As far as jobs, Marriott has offered to relocate us to the Renaissance Waterfront. It looks like a nice one. We are both in management with Marriott right now. So we are thankful for the relocation! They just advised us today, so that was good news!
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