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Old 04-22-2013, 09:17 AM
 
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How about Dedham? Dedham is right over the border from Boston, has quite a few apartments and rentals, good shopping at Legacy Place and is fairly down-to-earth and friendly. You would be a 20 minute drive from Boston and the action and the next town over from work.
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:08 PM
 
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I actually did think of the room-mate option.. but have had such horrible experiences in the past.. so kinda hesitant..
Also, do I just look for apartments at Craigslist ( are they any reliable) or do I need a realtor? What do you suggest?
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Old 04-22-2013, 12:16 PM
 
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How about Dedham? Dedham is right over the border from Boston, has quite a few apartments and rentals, good shopping at Legacy Place and is fairly down-to-earth and friendly. You would be a 20 minute drive from Boston and the action and the next town over from work.
Dedham was one more option that my hiring manager gave me.. but is it singles friendly? I will definitely look into the apartments there to see if they can fit my budget.. thanks so much
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Old 04-22-2013, 01:14 PM
 
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I actually did think of the room-mate option.. but have had such horrible experiences in the past.. so kinda hesitant..
Also, do I just look for apartments at Craigslist ( are they any reliable) or do I need a realtor? What do you suggest?
A realtor will do a lot of the footwork for you....for money of course. Craigslist might save you from paying a fee, but you wil be on your own. With a tight rental market I think the realtor might make you pay the whole fee for the apartmen which I think is one months rent.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:40 PM
 
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I would add West Roxbury and Newton Center as an option as well, lots of apartments there and even closer to Boston and Needham. Brookline is safe and fun, but expensive.
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Old 04-22-2013, 03:43 PM
 
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Sorry Jen. I spent my whole 15 Years in Downtown. Once I got, I never left. I've been thru Waltham a few time and know its pretty nice, but as far as spending time I rarely went west of Brighton. There's just no need. West of Brighton is essentially bedroom communities while downtown is like the biggest resort in the USA except for Manhattan. Generally getting outta the city. I would go the the ocean on the north shore.

I'm sure you can find a studio in downtown for your price but really just barely. I think in Waltham you'll actually do quite a bit better. But to me, having every restaurant, park etc at your doorstep is pretty cool.

Waltham is VERY small. It's pretty all the same neighborhood AFAIK. Some other posters will probably give you better insight.

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I think Waltham is better for 30's and older professionals. The singles in their 20s are mostly Bentley and Brandeis undergrads not working people. The neighborhood south of main where most of the apartments are is pretty gritty and has some crime in spots.
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Old 04-22-2013, 05:50 PM
 
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How about Dedham? Dedham is right over the border from Boston, has quite a few apartments and rentals, good shopping at Legacy Place and is fairly down-to-earth and friendly. You would be a 20 minute drive from Boston and the action and the next town over from work.
I don't think Dedham fits the single mingle criteria. And 20 minutes from is really optimistic. I thinks it's too bedroom ish and has limited public transit options. If you have to park in downtown, you need to bring 40$. You can get for less, but you might not.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:01 PM
 
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You might want to look into having room-mates....then again, you might not want to Something to think about, at least for your first year up here until you get set.
Thats actually a good idea.. but my past experiences with room-mates have been horrible.. so kinda hesitant

Hows Framingham or West Roxbury? Are they any affordable as compared to Brookline or Downtown Boston?
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Old 04-22-2013, 07:19 PM
 
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I don't think Dedham fits the single mingle criteria. And 20 minutes from is really optimistic. I thinks it's too bedroom ish and has limited public transit options. If you have to park in downtown, you need to bring 40$. You can get for less, but you might not.
Couldn't she drive to Forest Hills or Quincy Center T stops to get in and out of Boston? I think about $7 for parking and $2.50 for ride (or less with a monthly pass). Also, if she drives into Brookline after 6pm, there are always many parking spaces along Beacon Street with only $1 or so to feed the meters until 8pm. There's also bus routes and a few commuter rail stops.
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Old 04-22-2013, 10:38 PM
 
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Given the price range, I'd say West Newton, Auburndale and Natick are also worth a look.
I'd say Natick is not going to have the 'single's scene' that OP is looking for. Don't get me wrong, Natick is nice, but after 9:30 pm I'm typically the only one still walking around on the street.

Waltham, Brighton, Newton, Brookline would have more hang-out spots, less sleepy kind of feel. However, the rental situation is more expensive and more crappy compared to the suburbie towns. Waltham is probably less pricey compared to the other 3. However, the Moody St scene isn't the most exciting. Even though I found a few favorite restaurants there, there isn't much else that is easily walkable or accessible by T.

I think $1400 is definitely do-able for a small 1 bed or studio in all of these towns. I think living 'downtown' such as in Backbay, North end, South end, etc. would be more exciting but you get much less for your money and parking is either impossible or very expensive.
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