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Old 02-06-2008, 05:44 PM
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hi all,

We are moving to boston. i , my hubby and a kid. he has his office in DOWNTOWN. tell us the places we can look for an apartment that is affordable.if we stay in any suburbs what abt the transportation to downtown.. any season tickets for the bus, T service or rail available.how much the apartment may cost..for only studio, 1 or 2 bedroom for rent..please suggest
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Old 02-06-2008, 08:19 PM
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Well, Boston and affordable don't really go together. If your husband is going to be working downtown, I would suggest looking at some of the towns along the commuter trains that connect to South Station. That way he could just walk to work from South Station and back. I don't know much about the South Shore housing though. If you really must live in the city, there is always East Boston or Revere both of which are along the Blue Line which can get you into downtown.
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Old 02-06-2008, 10:39 PM
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thanks for the suggestion. can we get a apartment with studio or 1 bed room for about $1000.
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Old 02-07-2008, 02:22 AM
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$1000 may be pushing it for a i bedroom in Boston (unless you're looking in some parts of East Boston, Dorchester, Roxbury, or any other typically sketchy areas like these where it will be easier to find cheap apartments) but not impossible if you look around (preferably when you're in the city; these apartments are popular and will go fast and many landlords will prefer to work w/ someone in person rather than out of state). at that price, I wouldn't really expect modern renovations, off street parking, utilities included. if your child is under 5 years old, you'll need a deleaded apartment, which tend to be more expensive. I've seen studios for around $1k in places like Brighton and Somerville.

where downtown does hubby work ("downtown" is a broad term, even here in little Boston). if he works in the Downtown Crossing area, then you could like off of any subway and trolley line and possibly be w/in walking distance of South Station, which has commuter trains that serve towns/suburbs south of Boston (you maybe able to find an studio, or even a 1 bedroom apartment in a complex that's likely to be deleaded if you live further south of Boston and take the CR up. someplace like Dedham or Attleboro may work for you. Quincy, which is off of the red line, is also relatively inexpensive). if hubby works more in the Back Bay area (which some people consider downtown), the above still applies, but it's recommended not living off of the blue line. if hubby works closer to Government Center, than any train line would do (red line could be a little bit of a walk depending on where the office is) and he would be close to North Station, which has commuter trains that serve towns/suburbs north of Boston (check out Salem or Swampscott, it's likely to be w/in your budget)

for pass prices, it would be best to check out the MBTA website (I don't even know how much CR passes cost since i goes by zone). if you find an apartment you like, plug in the address in the trip planner to see commute times and routes and the costs of that commute
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Old 02-07-2008, 05:51 AM
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thank you EEVEE, that was very useful. i am looking around for them.also your suggestions would help me find a suitable one.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:32 PM
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If you would like to live in the suburbs and still have easy 'T' access to downtown live on the 'D' line. Towns like Auburndale are only a quick train ride from Downtown Boston. Otherwise Cambridge or Sommerville are on the Red line and that goes right downtown.
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Old 02-12-2008, 11:57 PM
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Smile Try Arlington or Wakefield

Arlington is a nice suburb, especially Arlington heights area. Plenty of transportation into town (Even a bikeway in nice weather that connects with Alewife..(RED LINE) and Davis Square (RED Line).

there are several bus routes that run late into the evening/night that connect with Davis Square and also Alewife.

the best ones are the 77 bus that goes to Alewife along Mass ave from Arlington heights, and another one that goes along Broadway (87 bus) you can park for free down by Clarendon Hill towers on Broadway and take the 87 bus for free to Davis Square on the Red Line (15 min )or Lechemere on the green line.(appx.40min). To save parking money downtown. There are plenty of busses, even on weekends to Arlington. Also you have route 2 with easy access West of town, like to the Burlington mall, etc. etc. - and points west /North of Boston to get to route 3 to get up to NH and such. -

You could also drive and park at Alewife...- which there is an exit for off of route 2 in Arlington, or cut through back roads along the Mystic River to 93.

Arlington has a nice downtown area with lots of restaurants, pizza shops, sub shops, bakeries, and services. - Arlington has a great school system, and a lot of recreation for the children in the area. other neighboring towns like Medford, Winchester, Belmont, Watertown, etc. have various opportunities for activities as well. Sports is big in Arlington high school and youth. and there are cool events like Arlington Town Day and - a Fireworks show with the boston pops broadcast on big screen at a park overlooking the boston skyline on july 4th. - in arlington height.s There is also a cool playground at this park with a cool slide! The bike path is wickid fun and runs 10 miles each way through Lexington and Bedford as well connecting with other paths and trails.
The end of the trail in bedford is a short bike ride from Concord and Walden Pond too. Drumlin Farm ( a cool Farm for Kids to check out is in Lincoln a short ride up route 2) . Walden Pond also has a swimming beach in Summer time. in Concord. There are lots of conservation areas nearby and town parks, etc. And Arlington has a lot of walking friendly neighborhoods. It is a pretty safe town for the most part, with a high profile police force. There is a neat movie theater in an old show theater the Capitol theater on mass ave. that shows movies later than the time they come out in the other theaters and is cheaper. its a fun place to see a movie! Arlington is dog and pet friendly and lots of pet services nearby in Cambridge, Woburn, Winchester Belmont , Watertown and Arlington itself. The town of Arlington mascot name is the Spy Ponders. named for Spy Pond. in the center of town. Also paul revere's ride is reenacted through town every year as part of the patriots day festivities.
Menotomy Rocks park is a cool place for dog walking or recreation as well. Kids like to stroll through this park too.
It is a cool town and you'll experience a lot of culture in the area as well.
Each neighborhood is different.


Wakefield is similar to Arlington.
It has plenty of transportation as well . A couple commuter rail stops in town. an bus routes to Oak Grove subway in Melrose/medford (Orange Line)
it has access to both 128 and 93 close by and has a beautiful playground and park overlooking Lake Quannapowitt, a great recreational lake and has a 4 mile walk route around it, popular with kids, rollerbladers, dog walkers, joggers, etc. There are a couple hotels in Wakefield for your relatives to stay in as well =) There is Jordan's Furniture nearby with the IMAX Theater, and you're a short drive from the Cape Ann and North Shore mall, as well as Salem/. etc. You're about a 20 min drive from the Burlington Mall and 15 min from Woburn Mall/Woburn shopping areas and hotels/restaurants. There are some nice cafes, eateries, pizza places, and good services in the quaint new england style downtown. Its classic new england layout! There is a farmers market type store (The Farmland as well) which is popular with locals.
Wakefield has a couple nice recreation areas aside from Lake Q nearby. -
there's the Lynn Woods....and also - the breakheart Reservation, The breakheart reservation has a swimming hole beach and playground area. It has miles of different difficulty level trails and a 2 and 4 mile long paved path as well. there are a couple high points, (hills) that offer views of the skyline of Boston. Wakefield has a lot to offer and is in a great location to get in and out of Boston. The School system is great and there are lots of recreation activities for kids.!!!! and youth programs.


Hope this helps.

Jeff Dearman
Winchester, MA
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