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Old 07-25-2008, 09:26 PM
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I expect to start working within 1-3 weeks. I'm in mid 40s, married, and w/ no kids.
I'm looking to either rent/sublet a ~$1200/mo studio/1BR for 1-6 months or to buy a ~$250K condo (1000+ sqft, 2BR, 1.5BA) right away.
I'd like the commute (public transportation or car) to max at ~45' door-to-door.
I welcome any suggestions.
Thank you
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Old 07-26-2008, 01:34 PM
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Look on craigslist for rentals in Cambridgeport, there are a lot of residential/rental properties nearby. The area is in between Red Line and "B" Green Line on BU Campus so you have many options if you want to commute although its probably going to be a walk from public transportation (5min to 20min depending on from which stop). Driving in to Cambridge in the morning is the same as any big city, all depends on the time/direction/weather and etc.
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Old 07-27-2008, 08:10 AM
Location: Cambridge, MA
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The "insane" costs of renting or buying in Cambridge have moderated some of late. There continue to be new and newly-renovated condos on the market, as well as a few single-family houses. A former Catholic church, school, convent, etc in Cambridgeport is in the midst of being converted, in a secular sense lol. A new collection of yellow townhouses has recently been unveiled at River and Putnam; from there, you'd be little more than "45'" from work, never mind 45 minutes. On constitutionals around my neighborhood (the immediately-adjacent Riverside section) I've seen quite a few for-sale signs. "Now is the time to buy." Both Cambridgeport and Riverside are perpetually "hot" areas, strategically situated between BU and Harvard and MIT and minutes away from downtown Boston, the Back Bay, and the turnpike.

Another locale which might suit you well is the Oak Square section of Brighton, that Boston neighborhood's westernmost sector. It's a hodgepodge of housing, everything from the good-old-fashioned "three decka" to brick-box apartment buildings to 1950's ranch houses and Colonials to roomier older single-family homes. Take a stroll or drive along the streets feeding into Faneuil and Brooks St's, check out the teeming commercial section along Washington St surrounding - and eastbound from - the square, tour the almost-brand-new YMCA. You might like it a lot, or then again might not be inclined toward it whatsoever. For car-free commuting, the MBTA's 64 bus route originates in Oak Square, then crisscrosses the neighborhood briefly before heading for Allston via North Beacon St, thence to River and Putnam en route to Central Square or Kendall. When traffic's favorable the trip takes 15 minutes at most.

Reliably stable and comfortable communities well within 45 minutes of the Putnam Ave/Memorial Dr intersection are also comprised of Watertown, Belmont, and Arlington. Much of Somerville - adjacent to Cambridge - is also worth a look-see.

Do some recons first, then hire a buyer's broker.
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