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Old 10-24-2016, 09:35 AM
 
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My husband and I will be moving to Boston with our 1 year old son within the next three months. My husband will be working in the Seaport District while I stay home with our son. Do you have any recommendations on where to live that is family friendly and a short commute for my husband? We are looking to rent for at least the first year and have a max budget of $4500. We could make a 2 bedroom work but a 3 bedroom would be ideal as we're hoping to expand our family. We currently live in the heart of downtown Chicago and have many shops, restaurants, and grocery stores within walking distance. We'd like to live somewhere in the downtown area to explore and experience the city before we'd consider a move to the suburbs for a house with more space. Thank you in advance!
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Old 10-24-2016, 10:18 AM
 
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Go to Zillow.com and search for rentals in the Back Bay or Beacon Hill. You should be able to find something you'll like.
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Old 10-24-2016, 11:52 AM
 
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With that budget you will have very little problem finding something you like. Coolidge Corner is very family friendly with lots of parks and walkable destinations but a little far for your husband (though you should look into Bridj if you like Coolidge Corner--it's a decent commuter option). The part of Back Bay closer to the Public Garden would be better than the other side of BB. Your husband can walk to Park and get the red line. Beacon Hill is on the red line.
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Old 10-24-2016, 03:28 PM
 
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Since you're staying at home, do you want to easily meet other families and have playdates? If you head toward the Roslindale/Jamaica Plain area of Boston, there are strollers and babies galore. It's incredibly easy to meet other parents and their kids. Those two neighborhoods are semi-suburban but still part of the City of Boston. It's a bit greener on that side of Boston with the Emerald Necklace and a lot of fun playgrounds. There are a ton of family activities like Lantern Parade, Midnight Zoo, PorchFests, and Farmer's Markets. They both have safe sidewalks and lots of indie shops and restaurants. You could easily find a 3-bedroom under your budget (and save a bit of money and not pay for parking if you want to maintain a car). My husband works in the Financial District, which is next door to the Seaport District. It takes him 20 minutes by commuter rail to get from Roslindale Village to South Station, which has a connection to the Silver Line or is walkable to the Seaport District. We really wanted to move to Jamaica Plain, but couldn't afford it. So we bought a home in Roslindale two years ago. We love, love, love the neighborhood! It's freakin' adorable.

We used to live in South Boston, which is next door to the Seaport District. I grew up in Southie and my husband lived there for almost a decade. As soon as a baby came into the picture, we fled the area. We only stuck around so long because the rent used to be very cheap and I had family nearby. If anyone wants to hear why we left, feel free to PM me.

As for Beacon Hill, it's going to feel a bit cramped up there. I wouldn't want to be alone in the Boston Common at night, especially near Downtown Crossing. If you're going to look at Back Bay, you might as well add South End to your list. The latter is a little bit more popular with families.

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Old 10-24-2016, 03:56 PM
 
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Sharencare what is the midnight zoo, is that at Franklin park? Also the lantern thing?
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Old 10-24-2016, 04:34 PM
 
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You've received some good answers. You'd probably like Back Bay, Jamaica Plain and Brookline/Coolidge Corner.
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Old 10-24-2016, 05:12 PM
 
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Sharencare what is the midnight zoo, is that at Franklin park? Also the lantern thing?
Yes, it's the Midnight Zoo at the Franklin Zoo with the big puppets! All the families have been raving about it. The Lantern Parade is held around Jamaica Pond in October and there are lantern making activities throughout the two neighborhoods of Roslindale and Jamaica Plain.

Honestly, if you are looking for urban amenities, family friendly vibe, and a reasonable commute, I would concentrate on the South End. The only downside is that most of the housing stock are historic brownstones which can make moving strollers up and down stairs a bit challenging.

I also throw in Cambridge as another possible option.

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Old 10-24-2016, 07:04 PM
 
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Nice thank you!
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:43 AM
 
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If you're going to look at Back Bay, you might as well add South End to your list. The latter is a little bit more popular with families.
After reading the first post, I right away thought "South End." I have friends that live on Waltham Street with kids and there is a park right across the street from their building. They absolutely love it. Commuting to the Seaport is a bit of a PITA (I've done it), but it would be easy to get there from the South End.

I'd also throw Brookline into the mix as it can be very walkable and has a more urban feel without being right in the middle of the city. South Boston (Southie as it's know to the locals) might be a good spot too.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:49 AM
 
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I'd lean towards either coolidge corner or the south end. CC is definitely more family friendly but is a further commute. It also has it's own feel that is distinct from the "city". I don't know how to label it...maybe something like an urban suburb. The south end is more happening I think with more trendy stuff like restaurants with crazy crap on the walls and retro lighting and junk. I'd drive/walk around both places and see what feels better. We're in CC, been here for 6 years. We love it.

Quick Edit: In the South End, you're closer to what Boston Proper has to offer so if you plan on taking a lot of advantage of that (don't know if you will with a 1 yr old) then that is a consideration. IMO, the Back Bay is boring.
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