MIGHT be moving to Boston...need some pointers

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    Oct 26, 2012 4:41 PM GMT
    Hey guys i might be relocating from California to Boston if a potential job that i have been interviewing goes as planned. Anyway the job will be in dt in chinatown right by the common. I am looking for somewhere close to dt if possible but in a reasonable price range since moving across country will be expensive in its self. Also i will be only bringing my clothes and what can fit on the plane...no snakes...so if i make the move i wont be bringing my POS car with me haha...prob a good thing, thus i want to be able to be next to public transportation.

    Let me know guys, all help would make this potential move a LOT easier! Just trying to be proactive incase this does happen cuz the move will be pretty fast if they swoop me up.

    THX GUYS!!
  • ohioguy12

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    Oct 26, 2012 5:43 PM GMT
    You won't find reasonably priced place close to downtown. My advice would to live in Malden or Jamaica Plain or somewhere else near the orange line, and you'll have easy access to work.
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    Oct 26, 2012 10:07 PM GMT
    Pointers are so 1990. You should use lasers instead.
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    Oct 26, 2012 10:10 PM GMT
    Godspeed, I hope you have some previous experience with the Northern states. icon_eek.gif
  • PTNoge

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    Oct 26, 2012 10:27 PM GMT
    What's your price range? you can message me directly. Chinatown is near red, green, and orange T (subway) lines, so you can live downtown or somewhere farther away, but still get to Chinatown by T.

    Having lived in both places, it'll be a culture shock, but it's still a cool city! :-)
  • LJay

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    Oct 26, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    Get together two weeks worth of clothes, etc. in suitcases and fly with those. PAck the rest and have a friend send by UPS when you get a place.

    Arrange some temp housing if you can. Shopping for a place is important because housing is EXPENSIVE there.

    Email Rad to get some help, but he is busy getting conferenced and drunk right now, so be patient. He has fairly recent experience living in Boston and loves it. That means he is smart.

    Get online and look up the T, as in transportation system in Boston. You can actually live without a car and it is smart to do so. Years ago, I lived 20 miles south of Boston in Brockton and a mile below the nearest terminal for the T and still got around. It's amazing. Traffic in Boston is also God's tryout for hell, so avoid driving if you possibly can.

    Am convinced that Boston is one of the world's great cities. Hope you get the job!

    www.bostonusa.com
  • TheBizMan

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    Oct 26, 2012 11:38 PM GMT
    Studios are 1400-2000+ in the city.
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    Oct 26, 2012 11:39 PM GMT
    Learn to deal with shit head drivers
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    Oct 26, 2012 11:43 PM GMT
    My office is one block from Chinatown. As others have said, apartments in downtown Boston are pricey. I'm not sure what you consider a 'reasonable price' A decent one bedroom place in Chinatown or the Leather District will run upwards of $2k per month. In terms of downtown Boston rents that's reasonable. Costly, but reasonable.

    Anyhow, good luck with the interview and let us know how it goes.
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    Oct 27, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    Wow guys thanks for all the feedback! Yeah we'll I live on the coast in cal so i already know what high priced rent is. I just need to familiarize myself with the area, don't want to end up in a shitty end of town.
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    Oct 27, 2012 5:03 AM GMT
    7Famark saidLearn to deal with shit head drivers

    Haha what do you think Californians deal with in la?!
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    Oct 27, 2012 7:31 AM GMT
    also i am prob looking more at looking to rent a room rather than a studio by myself...would be easier on renting for the first time in a new city and would also help ease the transition over to a different side of the country.

    I would also not mind living outside the city about 15-30 if that means rent would be cheaper, as with living outside any large city in california is, or anywhere.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Oct 27, 2012 2:27 PM GMT
    Shell saidGodspeed, I hope you have some previous experience with the Northern states. icon_eek.gif
    What does that meanicon_question.gif The northern states are among the best region of the US.
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    Oct 27, 2012 2:46 PM GMT
    As a rule of thumb living near the subways, commuter rails, and buses to save on the costs into Boston from the somewhat cheaper metro areas. You won't regret it! icon_wink.gif
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    Oct 27, 2012 2:56 PM GMT
    If you are going to be working beside Chinatown, you'll want to be close to the orange line (subway). The great thing about Chinatown is that you'll have access to cheap grocery stores, movie theater (AMC), park (Boston Commons), medical/dental clinics (Tufts medical center/school & dental school) and gym (YMCA). Boston is a beautiful city, but really expensive (I pay $2100 for a crappy studio apartment near BU medical & Northeastern campuses). It was a shock when I moved from Toronto how expensive things are. But, I have a feeling, that you'll do just fine. Good luck!
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    Nov 03, 2012 4:31 PM GMT
    Look in Cambridge and Somerville, too. It's urban here, but has more of a neighborhood feel and you can take the T right into Boston. The Redline is the best of the T lines.
  • billbos

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    Nov 03, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    Hey there - if you don't need to live right in the city - it IS expensive - Medford is a great alternative. Check out the apartments at Station Landing. A friend of mine lives there and loves it - I go to the Boston Sports Club there - it's a great gym. There is a T station right at the complex that can take you directly to Chinatown.
    Boston takes some getting used to, but I love it here. Feel free to email me if you have any questions ....good luck.




    http://stationlanding.com/index.html
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    Nov 03, 2012 10:35 PM GMT
    Great city, dress warm icon_lol.gif
    Like others have said try to get near a T station.
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    Nov 03, 2012 10:36 PM GMT
    I milk shake is called a Frappe, dont ask for a milkshake or that is exactly what you will get
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 04, 2012 6:22 AM GMT
    make sure you have a place to paak your caaar. U won't have problems finding caak there.icon_idea.gif
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    Nov 09, 2012 1:02 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    calguy14 said
    7Famark saidLearn to deal with shit head drivers

    Haha what do you think Californians deal with in la?!

    He's right----Boston drivers are considered the worst in the country, and for good reason. Even New Yorkers are better drivers.
    LOL have you seen Quebec drivers? Yikes!
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    Nov 13, 2012 8:13 PM GMT
    Don't live in the Common/Chinatown area.

    The South End is the 'traditional' Gay area. However if you are going to be right by the common for work, you can live anywhere on the Red or the Green Line. I personally love Cambridge. Lots of easy transportation options there.
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    Nov 14, 2012 1:01 AM GMT
    Sorry to disappoint but like everybody else said there is no reasonable rent in Boston! I wouldn't live in Jamaica Planes, a lot of crime in that area. I think the best place to live is in Mission Hill. It is located near the Longwood Medical Area of Boston (near Fenway). Its on the Green line which is about a 15-20 minute T ride to where you need to work. (All you would need to do is get off at the Bolston T Stop and walk 5 minutes to Chinatown).

    The biggest problem with Mission Hill is that its where all the college kids live, but I lived there after college and its awesome! Near a lot of great bars that are open late and walking distance.

    Now I lived in a pretty good 2 bedroom apartment and I paid $2400 (I had 2 roommates and paid $733) And that was pretty expensive with roommates so you should fine something at a pretty decent rate if you have roommates. Try craigslist for some roommates in that area..a lot of the students try to lease out their rooms in the summer or who drop out of college.

    GOOD LUCK! YOU'LL LOVE BOSTON! I miss it everyday!
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    Nov 14, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    Aristoshark said
    calguy14 said
    7Famark saidLearn to deal with shit head drivers

    Haha what do you think Californians deal with in la?!

    He's right----Boston drivers are considered the worst in the country, and for good reason. Even New Yorkers are better drivers.
    The reason why Boston drivers suck is because there are so many one way streets in Boston, the drives get annoyed. Also J-walking is a must if you are a pedestrian!