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Old 06-28-2009, 04:01 PM
 
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Hello. I'm starting a postdoctoral fellowship at MGH in the fall and I am looking for a one bedroom apartment. Ideally I would like to live along the redline to allow for an easy, short commute and pay no more than 1200 / month for rent. I will like to live in a safe, diverse neighborhood. I've been going back and forth between areas in Somerville, Cambridge, or Quincy. I wanted to get more feedback on Quincy in particular, to see if that is a neighborhood I should consider, or just focus on Cambridge and Somerville. Thanks in advance
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:41 PM
 
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Cambridge and Somerville are more densely populated and urban than Quincy. If you didn't know the area well enough to know where the city limits ended, in Somerville and Cambridge you could easily think you were still in outlying sections of the city of Boston itself. In fact, in parts of Cambridge you might believe you were on the fringe of Boston's central city and downtown area. Quincy is more of a mix of urban and suburban. There is a substantial population of young professionals in Cambridge and Somerville, as well as many students in Cambridge. Quincy will have some young professionals, but is skewed more than the other two cities toward having a family atmosphere. The ride to MGH on the red line would probably be a bit longer from Quincy than from Cambridge or Somerville, though there won't be a lot of difference between the closest stop in Quincy and either Somerville or the most distant stop in Cambridge.
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Old 06-28-2009, 05:46 PM
 
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Thank you ogre. Do you think for the same type/quality of apartment, quincy is more affordable than cambridge or somerville? I am coming to Boston in mid July to look at apts, and will like to narrow down my list as much as possible.
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Old 06-28-2009, 06:06 PM
 
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I'm jumping in here, I wanted to tell you that I randomly checked Cambridge & Somerville rents on the Boston.com site and didn't see anything that jumped out at me for your price range. Yet I DID see a really perfect one for you in Quincy with heat included. I think if I were you I would go with Quincy. This one was on this particular site mentioned here for 1295 a month and like I said it was heat included, you usually don't see that too often. It's on that site under homes, then rentals & you plug in rents from 1000 to 1500 since it won't let you put in what you are asking. Scroll thru and you'll see the one I'm talking about here. I tried the same thing for Cambridge and Somerville and forget about it, way way too high in my mind. That's because every one wants to live there and they don't want to live in Quincy. It's your call on where you prefer. I'd be jumping on that Quincy one, let me tell you! BUT like I said, it's your call in the end!

Good luck!
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Old 06-29-2009, 03:19 PM
 
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You will probably get more for your money in Quincy. Just make sure that you live within walking of the Redline. This is something that you have to watch in Cambridge and Somerville as well, but because Quincy isn't as densely populated, some of the apartments you find may be farther away. All the Quincy T stations have parking, but the cost to park is between $5-$7 a day.

Also, you will probably want a car in Quincy since it is more of a suburban/urban mix. If you were planning on bringing a car anyway, this may be a plus for Quincy since street parking in Cambridge and Somerville in areas near the T is generally tougher.

In Quincy, I would stick with areas near the first 3 train stops of North Quincy, Wollaston, and Quincy Center. Quincy Adams is the next farthest and 1) you're getting a longer ride; 2) you can't really walk to the train station since it's pretty much off of a highway and major road.

However, if you want more of the Boston city living experience, you'll probably prefer Cambridge/Somerville.
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Old 08-09-2009, 10:32 AM
 
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I was talking to a friend today who just suggested living in Back Bay. Do you think it will be easy finding a nice studio in Back Bay or Beacon Hill within walking distance to MGH? If I moved closer to work and stayed in a studio, I would prefer one with a sleeping enclave, so it's a little more private and will be willing to pay a little more, 1300/month. I also had to get my start date pushed back to November. Hopefully there will still be plenty of units to choose from. Any thoughts?
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Old 08-09-2009, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Newton, Mass.
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I was talking to a friend today who just suggested living in Back Bay. Do you think it will be easy finding a nice studio in Back Bay or Beacon Hill within walking distance to MGH? If I moved closer to work and stayed in a studio, I would prefer one with a sleeping enclave, so it's a little more private and will be willing to pay a little more, 1300/month. I also had to get my start date pushed back to November. Hopefully there will still be plenty of units to choose from. Any thoughts?
Might be doable but it will be much, much smaller than what you'd find in Quincy (or even Cambridge/Somerville). For as close as it is, a commute from much of the Back Bay to MGH can be not that much better than coming from Quincy. You'd have to take the Green Line to Park and switch. On a pleasant day it's certainly walkable but in the rain or the winter you'd not want to do it.

It all comes down to what you want. If you're OK with a smaller space to be in the midst of urban activity, go for Beacon Hill or the Back Bay. If you want more space and suburban quiet, go for Quincy. If you want something in between, Cambridge or Somerville.

Be careful of RE ads that say "Back Bay" but really mean down Hemenway St or something. As you get toward Kenmore or the area between Mass Av. and the Fenway south of the Mass Pike, there are a lot of undergrads, noise, and some pretty poorly maintained apartment buildings.
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:01 PM
 
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I was talking to a friend today who just suggested living in Back Bay. Do you think it will be easy finding a nice studio in Back Bay or Beacon Hill within walking distance to MGH? If I moved closer to work and stayed in a studio, I would prefer one with a sleeping enclave, so it's a little more private and will be willing to pay a little more, 1300/month. I also had to get my start date pushed back to November. Hopefully there will still be plenty of units to choose from. Any thoughts?
I kinda agree. If you can deal with a downsize, I'd live in Beacon Hill. Then you can just walk down the hill to work. It's a great place to live. You won't even need to take a train. And then when you're done with work, you have all the amenities of Boston right at your doorstep! That way you can go to the pub with your colleagues every day after work and never get a DUI!
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Old 08-09-2009, 01:59 PM
 
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Cool Arlington

Have you considered Arlington?

its a nice smaller town with convenient bus service to Davis Sq. or Porter Sq or Alewife

You can park for free on the side streets all day (save money on gas and commute time) (hassle/stress) and get to Davis Square on the 87 bus in about 10-15 min. then get the Red line into work

or you can go the back way to Alewife, and park and pay the money to park - and get the Red line

or get a bus along Mass Ave to Alewife or Porter Square either way its about 15-20 min on the bus and then about 20 more min on the subway (maybe 10 minutes of waiting for a train) . but its worth the hassle of driving in, paying to park etc.

That said if you do have free parking at MGH
you could easily go back routes from Arlington to MGH in minutes
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Old 08-09-2009, 02:00 PM
 
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Cool Arlington

Arlington has some nice ameneties, and activities/events year round, including the July 4th fireworks at Robbins Farm Park - and a re-enactment of Paul Revere's Ride comes through town every year---
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