Apartment Hunting in Boston

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    Apr 29, 2012 5:40 PM GMT
    Hi everyone. I'm moving to Boston with my boyfriend in July, and I wanted to ask anyone who's lived in Boston if they have any recommendations. Since I will be in California until July, I need to find an apartment and secure it before I arrive in Boston. Are there any websites you recommend? Also, which areas (near the Longwood Medical area) would you recommend?

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  • ohioguy12

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    Apr 29, 2012 6:55 PM GMT
    I live a couple of blocks from the Longwood Medical Center in Brookline, overall I'm happy with the area. South end is considered the gay area, Jamaica Plain is also very gay and close to Longwood Medical
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:04 PM GMT
    HVRNEURO saidHi everyone. I'm moving to Boston with my boyfriend in July, and I wanted to ask anyone who's lived in Boston if they have any recommendations. Since I will be in California until July, I need to find an apartment and secure it before I arrive in Boston. Are there any websites you recommend? Also, which areas (near the Longwood Medical area) would you recommend?

    Thanks in advance for the help icon_biggrin.gif


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    Apr 29, 2012 7:16 PM GMT
    First off... I'll say Good Luck. Over the last few years the city has not had a very high turnover for apartments (at least not compared to what it was before the housing crisis).

    If it's you and your bf, that does help - apt hunting for something by yourself is really difficult. Depending on the areas you can expect to spend between 2300/2600 a month on rent. Utilities may or may not be included with that also depending on the landlord/mgt company.

    Are you going to be working in the Longwood Area? I'd agree with Ohioguy that Brookline is really nice. The Fenway may also be an option, but you can expect either really old buildings (which are cheaper) or really new buildings (which are outrageously expensive). Not usually anything in between. Plus red sox games can make the area pretty impossible.

    Do you have a car? Not many places come with parking, so be on the lookout for residential or nearby parking garages if you do.

    I used to live in the Fenway, then in the south end after that. Just recently moved to Chestnut Hill which is next to Newton (about 10 mins down rte 9 from the city). Might be a little farther than what you're looking for though. At the very least if you find a place next to the T you can get pretty much anywhere in the city easily.

    Some people use Craigslist to find places.. that can be pretty hit or miss. Gibson Sotheby is a pretty popular realtor. RealtyDirect is another one.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:23 PM GMT
    Honestly, craigslist has a lot to offer, just avoid the scams and visit the place before you pay the deposit.

    I would not recommend you searching for an apartment in the South End, because if you're unfamiliar with the area, you could end up in the wrong neighborhood. There are the good areas and "bad" areas in the South End and by bad I mean the ghetto/hood.

    Whatever apartment you find, try to map it out on a MBTA map and see what routes you would need to take to get to the Longwood Medical area, assuming that you'll make use of the mbta.

    Have you considered Allston/Brighton? I'm actually not sure how accessible it is to the Longwood area, but its fairly cheap and since BU is there, theres tons of things to do and places to go out. -- that's where I'm currently looking for my apartment, along commonwealth ave.
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    Apr 29, 2012 7:35 PM GMT
    You would be crazy to rent an apartment in this city without seeing it in person.

    Watch out for the horrific brokers fees and deposits that are often required here.

    I think Bostonvball's estimates are a little high---but not by much.
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    Apr 29, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    TigerTim saidYou would be crazy to rent an apartment in this city without seeing it in person.

    Watch out for the horrific brokers fees and deposits that are often required here.

    I think Bostonvball's estimates are a little high---but not by much.



    I had it in my head you'd be looking for a 2bd - then realized... bf... one bed. RIGHT!

    So if it's a 1bd you're looking for you can probably expect around 1800 depending on the area. And yes I definitely agree with TigerTim - you MUST check things out first.

    I looked for an apartment for quite some time, always had pictures sent to me. Then got to the place and found that either the pictures were old, or the pictures were of a DIFFERENT unit in the building - and not of the one they were renting.

    There are some really great realtors and landlords... and there are some incredibly shady ones.
  • dyslogistic

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    Apr 29, 2012 8:53 PM GMT
    FENWAY!

    Great apartments, 24hr supermarket, cinema, gym, nice collection of restaurants and a 10 minute walk from LMA.

    I work in the LMA and love living in Fenway. Found my apartments on Craigslist.
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    Apr 29, 2012 9:05 PM GMT
    back pay if ur loaded
  • neosyllogy

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    Apr 29, 2012 9:11 PM GMT
    Single or with roommates?
    I've always lived with roommates (and it's been a pretty consistently amazing experience ever since I decided to make sure I was with people I thought were awesome).
    I've always used craigslist, that's what pretty much everyone around here does.

    If you're going to be riding the T make sure you're going to be near a stop that's useful to you. (Alas Longwood is on the greenline, which is the spiteful demented crone of the T lines..., but such is life. [Green is fine before it branches into 4 different lines, but after that spotty, and slow. The B line in particular stops constantly, though I believe you can shoot for D or E...?])
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    Apr 29, 2012 11:55 PM GMT
    frankhfunk saidFENWAY!

    Great apartments, 24hr supermarket, cinema, gym, nice collection of restaurants and a 10 minute walk from LMA.

    I work in the LMA and love living in Fenway. Found my apartments on Craigslist.




    I've heard this part of town is sorta loud during baseball season. What's been your impression so far?



    Thanks everyone for the advice!
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    Apr 30, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
    neosyllogy saidSingle or with roommates?
    I've always lived with roommates (and it's been a pretty consistently amazing experience ever since I decided to make sure I was with people I thought were awesome).
    I've always used craigslist, that's what pretty much everyone around here does.

    If you're going to be riding the T make sure you're going to be near a stop that's useful to you. (Alas Longwood is on the greenline, which is the spiteful demented crone of the T lines..., but such is life. [Green is fine before it branches into 4 different lines, but after that spotty, and slow. The B line in particular stops constantly, though I believe you can shoot for D or E...?])


    I'm used to biking around, so I was thinking of taking the T whenever the weather is shitty. As far as sharing an apartment goes, I think that's a great idea, especially if it's with someone who's already living in the Boston area. I'll check craigslist out and see if there's anything interesting.
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    May 01, 2012 12:20 PM GMT

    I've got a great 2+ bedroom condo in North Dorchester that I'm renting for June 1. About a 10 minute walk to the Red Line T stop. It's being actively listed so might go very fast. No broker fees. Monitored security system included, as well as condo fee for building maintenance (only three units), water/sewer, a private gym with equipment, front and back decks, nice outdoor space, tons and tons of storage. Neighbors on second and third floors are owners.

    http://www.inrealtyinc.com/renters/our-listings/72-bakersfield-st-1-dorchester-ma-02125-condo/

    I'm renting it because I'm relocating for a new job.

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    May 01, 2012 12:27 PM GMT
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    DJBoston said
    I've got a great 2+ bedroom condo in North Dorchester that I'm renting for June 1. About a 10 minute walk to the Red Line T stop. It's being actively listed so might go very fast. No broker fees. Monitored security system included, as well as condo fee for building maintenance (only three units), water/sewer, a private gym with equipment, front and back decks, nice outdoor space, tons and tons of storage. Neighbors on second and third floors are owners.

    http://www.inrealtyinc.com/renters/our-listings/72-bakersfield-st-1-dorchester-ma-02125-condo/

    I'm renting it because I'm relocating for a new job.


    It looks really great, DJ, but $2000?? Criminy.



    I'm afraid that's the rental market in Boston these days. It's never been higher. Believe it or not, it's a great deal considering the low stock and high demand.

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    May 01, 2012 12:30 PM GMT
    The first thought in my mind was how much it is going to cost. Compared to Kansas, I'd probably flip with the cost. There are bargains everywhere, of course and depends on what you value. I think you need a good agent on the ground who's attuned enough and have talked to you to the extent they know what you really want, what price range you have to have and what to eliminate.

    Good luck with it!
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    May 01, 2012 12:58 PM GMT
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    frankhfunk saidFENWAY!

    Great apartments, 24hr supermarket, cinema, gym, nice collection of restaurants and a 10 minute walk from LMA.

    I work in the LMA and love living in Fenway. Found my apartments on Craigslist.


    I've heard this part of town is sorta loud during baseball season. What's been your impression so far?

    I lived in the Fenway back in law school. Yes in baseball season it is loud and crowded with traffic. Also it is not directly on a T line so you will need to do some walking which is pleasant except in winter. Bear in mind that in Boston winter is 9 months long.
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    May 01, 2012 1:20 PM GMT
    I really like Brookline, especially around Brookline Village, which could be walking distance to Longwood. Around Pill Hill (where the doctors used to live) it can be a bit pricy, but on the other side (Whiskey Point, where my husband grew up and where my in-laws still live), the apartments are a bit more affordable. Brookline does not allow on-street overnight parking, so if you have a ca, you would need to find a place where you can park it. In the village, there is a Green Line stop.

    Coolidge Corner in Brookline is another great place, and not too far from Longwood. You really need to spend a weekend or more looking around the area before deciding where to settle.