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Old 08-02-2011, 07:08 AM
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Hi - my fiance and I are both in our early-to-mid 20's and moving to Boston in about a week. We have a place we're looking at around Brookline/Brighton, on Commonwealth Ave and Summit Ave. near the Kindred Hospital of Boston. Right next to the Whole Foods.

I've done a little research, but would this area have heavy student traffic? It looks to be far enough away from BC to avoid most of that.

I also saw the redeveloped project housing on Fidelis, now called Jette Court. Anyone have any opinions on that? It doesn't look terribly unsafe.

And finally, should I be concerned about noise or crime from the above ground T on that street (Washington St. Outbound, on the Green Line)? Or noise from the Hospitals?

Thanks everyone
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Old 08-02-2011, 07:34 AM
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Cant speak for that particular block, but that whole area is full of college kids. The students are not really relegated to the campus There are so many students from not just BS, but schools BU, NE, and the dozens of other smaller schools that there is a general saturation along Comm Ave.

In Brighton, Oak Square, and Washington Square and some of the off the beaten path neighborhoods might be a little more professional. I think everything on Comm Ave though is fairly young and rowdy.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:25 AM
Location: Newton, MA
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Well, where BC ends, BU begins, so you'll still be in student-ville there.

IME, that area is perfectly safe (can't speak to Jette Court though). The green line will be noisy, but it doesn't run all night long. I'd say it just depends on whether living in the college area would be ok with you or not. I second the rec for Oak Square area as being a bit more young professional. Brookline would be as well, but you'll pay a lot more to live over the town line.
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Old 08-02-2011, 08:28 AM
Location: Boston, MA
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Agreed with NOTAPrincess. That area in fine but Comm Ave is definitely a bit student-y. If you can get over to Beacon St. (Washington SquareCoolidge Corner) there'll be tons more young professionals. The C line (MBTA) is also better than the B line as far as students/number of stops, etc. It's really fine though if you like the price you have there.
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Old 08-03-2011, 04:51 PM
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That area is perfectly safe. You can expect to hear the T but it isn't excessively loud and as mentioned, it doesn't run all night. You're in the city so expect some noise, but nothing atypical of your average city. What block you are on can make a big difference in Brighton. There are a lot of students in Brighton, but there a lot of young professionals too. You said you and your fiancee are in your early to mid 20s so I don't think you will feel out of place. I think a lot of the 22-25 year olds who live in the area get labeled as students, though some still have the mentality and deserve it.

If the apartment is on comm at the corner of Summit, I would be a bit nervous, but from what I remember of the area directly next to whole foods, it is a bit older. If you closer to Corey road then Comm that area is less student-y.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:41 PM
Location: Quincy, Mass. (near Boston)
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Pretty stable area. As mentioned, the closer to Corey Rd. and even Washington Sq. (Brookline), the better....some nice streets on the town line between Brookline and Boston's Brighton section..

1600-1800 of Comm. ave. (and beyond, up to BC) is nicer than 1100-1500ish Comm. Ave., aesthetics, less rowdiness, etc. (for those who don't know the area but are considering).

A nice addition to 1500 block Comm. Ave. is Jackey's Table, a small French bistro from the people of Petit Robert. That shows confidence in the area.

Fidelis Way had a renovation years ago and seems better?
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Old 08-07-2011, 08:25 PM
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It is. I lived at 1625 Commonwealth Avenue from September 2004 to January 2006, while I was a grad student at Suffolk University. I never had a problem with students being rowdy or violent. Had it not been for the job I was offered with the New York Court System, I might have still been living there (or somewhere in the area). I loved that it was quiet and had direct access to the T, even if was the B line.
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