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Old 12-12-2013, 03:58 PM
 
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What would be a good area to find a 2BR with allotted parking space in or around Boston for ~$3000? Required:
1. Walking distance to great nightlife (so I can walk back after getting drunk )
2. Walking distance to the T.
Central square in Cambridge seems to be one such area. What would be others?
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Old 12-12-2013, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA/London, UK
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Central Square definitely came to mind. Also in Boston the Theatre District, Chinatown, certain parts of Downtown, South End near Tremont and the North End as you will be close to Fanuiel Hall.
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Old 12-15-2013, 09:06 PM
 
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Thanks edwardsyzzurphands. South end seems like a good area, and very close to my work in the downtown.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:08 PM
 
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How about allston and brighton? They seem to have some good bars and restaurants. Any obvious downsides?
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:26 PM
 
Location: Cleveland, OH
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How about allston and brighton? They seem to have some good bars and restaurants. Any obvious downsides?
Brighton by Cleveland Circle, where I live, is incredibly boring. Looking forward to leaving. Brighton Center is a little better. Allston on Harvard Avenue has a lot of bars, but it's largely a collegey demographic, which can get obnoxious sometimes (though I have enjoyed some nights down there). But for me personally, I'd prefer Allston to Brighton.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:33 PM
 
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Thanks bjimmy24. Don't mind sometimes obnoxious, but mostly fun places. I'd hate to be stuck in a boring neighborhood.
BTW, my demographics: 30s, professional.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:34 PM
 
Location: Needham, MA
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How about allston and brighton? They seem to have some good bars and restaurants. Any obvious downsides?
Most people complain about the high student population in those areas. They complain about the noise, the drinking, the trash thrown on the sidewalks, etc. by students. If that's not a problem for you then, it's really not a bad area. If you're into the bar scene there are some good options there.

Your budget is pretty reasonable. You could check out Cambridge, Brookline, or maybe Somerville as well.
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Old 12-16-2013, 12:45 PM
 
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Thanks MikePRU. Central square still seems a terrific location, what with diverse ethnic restaurants and a glut of pubs. Someone suggested Allston to be a more vibrant place, but I guess opinions vary. Easy access to downtown would be a great plus. I hope to keep my commute time with T to around 20 mins. With Central square, commute would require taking red line, and then changing to orange for another couple of stops. Not bad at all, but if it could be simpler, it might be preferable.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Bath, ME
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Not only is Allston not full of 30s professionals (more like early 20s students) but it's on the Green B line. Which is the worst segment of the worst line.
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Old 12-16-2013, 01:51 PM
 
Location: RI, MA, VT, WI, IL, CA, IN (that one sucked), KY
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I like Allston, I'm there almost weekly to go to OBrien's or Great Scott, or any number of places, but after my late 20s/early 30s I'm not sure I would have wanted to live there again myself. Central and/or Davis Sq are good bets. Even Union Sq (Somerville).
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