Moving to Boston

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    Jan 31, 2012 3:05 AM GMT
    I'm going to be moving to Boston in June of this year (yeah... can't wait). I'll be working in 3 places (Boston Medical Center, Franciscan Hospital for Children, and East Boston Neighborhood Health Center). Most likely, I'll not be bringing my car. Can someone please recommend a good/safe neighborhood which would be close to all 3 locations & the subway, with a good gym. Thanks in advance for your help.
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    Jan 31, 2012 12:07 PM GMT
    The South End is basically the gay social neighborhood of Boston, and it seems like a lot of guys there get gym memberships to Boston Sports Club (BSC). If you live in South End, you will be relatively close to BMC, since it's just down Mass Ave, and you can take the 1 bus if you need to (or ride a bike).

    To get to Franciscan Hospital, you would take the Green Line (ugh), and get off at the Warren St stop. There seems to be several East Boston Neighrborhood Health Centers, but they're all relatively close to the Blue Line, and the one on Sumner St is right next to a T stop.

    You could also check out bus routes that might be more direct.

    South End is very central, has a lot of restaurants and galleries, and is a nice neighborhood - also kind of expensive though. Personally, I liked living in Central Sq up in Cambridge, but if I had to commute to three different locations like that, it might be a bit of a headache. Boston is small enough to get almost everywhere by bicycle, but drivers are idiots (you will get hit by a car if you ride enough), and the winter makes biking unpleasant at times.
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    Jan 31, 2012 4:14 PM GMT
    Get in touch with DJBoston on here. I am more than sure that he will help you find a great neighborhood with everything you need and want within short walking distance or within easy transit access. I wish that I could be of some help but I haven't been to Boston in almost 30 years.
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    Feb 01, 2012 4:17 PM GMT
    Thanks citpolo; you were of particular help. And, thanks roadbikeRob!
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    Feb 01, 2012 9:50 PM GMT
    Sheesh, you'll be working in East Boston, the South End AND Brighton. Find someplace on the Green Line. Probably the South End. Roslindale is really nice as is Hype Park and Jamaica Plain, but you'll have a harder time commuting from those places if you're taking public transit.
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    Feb 01, 2012 10:04 PM GMT
    I lived for a month in Boston South End last August just for fun and didn't drive the entire time. I took the T and Silver Line bus quite a bit. You might enjoy living in the South End area which, depending on whom you ask, covers the BMC area.
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    Feb 02, 2012 12:32 AM GMT
    South Boston is good. I live in Dorchester, but can be shady and off the path of where you work. Avoid Ashmont and Roxbury! Good luck, boston is beautiful!
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    Feb 02, 2012 12:49 AM GMT
    South End / South Boston is cool, but expensive. I would be wary of Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plains. My favorite place is Cambridge of David Square. Dude you're so lucky to be going to one of my favorite cities. Have a great time, handsome!
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    Feb 02, 2012 1:40 AM GMT
    Fenway is another possibility. That would be near the Longwood Medical Area and has the Green Line going through. The area has changed quite a bit in recent years and there are several new large apartment buildings there.
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    Feb 03, 2012 8:57 PM GMT
    medfordguy saidFenway is another possibility. That would be near the Longwood Medical Area and has the Green Line going through. The area has changed quite a bit in recent years and there are several new large apartment buildings there.


    Fenway is nice, but I'd be concerned about some of those rowdy red sox fans all the time. I used to live by the Dallas stadium and it was always commotion near game time.

    But oooo, I like me some Boston. Isn't there an area by the airport that's across the bridge or something that faces downtown? I had some guy there take me up to his condo and show me the view. It was spectacular.

    I think about Boston all the time. How I just went there all by myself for the 1st time, stayed for a week and did it. Like I actually DID it. 4th of July on the Bay and all (then again I've done that in a lot of places, but Boston seemed so scary on the map LOL)

    sweetyork saidMost likely, I'll not be bringing my car.


    why not?
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    Feb 03, 2012 9:12 PM GMT
    The SE is a good option, but if you're looking for T access, most areas of the SE arent all that accessible w/o a 1/2-1mi walk. (sucks in the winter)... and be prepared for some potentially shockingly high Rent Prices.

    I'd suggest NOT living too close to BMC, as the neighborhood down that far isnt the greatest. In the South End, the closer you can get to Tremont/Clarendon the better.

    That said, I'd strongly consider bringing your car or perhaps doing something in Brookline on Beacon or Comm Ave if you're working in those 3 areas.
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    Feb 03, 2012 9:19 PM GMT
    TallJock said
    medfordguy saidFenway is another possibility. That would be near the Longwood Medical Area and has the Green Line going through. The area has changed quite a bit in recent years and there are several new large apartment buildings there.


    Fenway is nice, but I'd be concerned about some of those rowdy red sox fans all the time. I used to live by the Dallas stadium and it was always commotion near game time.

    But oooo, I like me some Boston. Isn't there an area by the airport that's across the bridge or something that faces downtown? I had some guy there take me up to his condo and show me the view. It was spectacular.

    I think about Boston all the time. How I just went there all by myself for the 1st time, stayed for a week and did it. Like I actually DID it. 4th of July on the Bay and all (then again I've done that in a lot of places, but Boston seemed so scary on the map LOL)

    sweetyork saidMost likely, I'll not be bringing my car.


    why not?



    Think you mean Charlestown. Great spot, but difficult commute in my opinion, without a car. Orange Line subway hits a corner of it, but not as convenient as some of the other neighborhoods people mentioned above.
  • feuras

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    Feb 12, 2012 8:37 AM GMT
    Hi im going there for 3 days at beginning of march. Do you know a good and cheap place to sleep? Thx