Sexy Boston? Trying to relocate!

  • k777

    Posts: 62

    Feb 01, 2016 4:42 AM GMT
    Hello Realjock,

    You guys have been great when I was coming out a few years ago; I need help again!

    So I have been offered a job in Boston and I live *near* NYC in the outer suburbs. I am super nervous about moving (especially since this job will be on a non-for-profit, not exactly lucrative job) but I know that this will be a good next step for me career wise.

    Does anyone have any tips or suggestions for me? No detail is too small lol. How should I find a place to live (I dont even have a car fml)? Are there any places I should avoid living because I am openly gay? Can I find a space to stay while I apartment hunt-I'd rather stay with another gay guy hahaha.

    Thanks!
  • vintovka

    Posts: 588

    Feb 01, 2016 3:09 PM GMT
    Boston is pretty gay friendly in my experience. As with other places the "gayborhoods" are more expensive than just about anywhere else. Depending on where you are working, the better bet is to pick a less fabulous part of the city. The key is to get something near the public transportation line you will be using. Boston has one of the oldest public transport systems in the country and it shows. Traveling across the city can be a nightmare and very time consuming, so I'd scope out neighborhoods based on where you will be working.

    There are a lot of attractive men in Boston, but there are plenty of bad attitudes also.

    Good luck!
  • Farmboy8

    Posts: 88

    Feb 01, 2016 4:44 PM GMT
    Depending upon your budget, you might consider living outside the city and commuting in. The real estate market has stayed strong in Boston, so as a result the rental properties are not cheap. Communities like Somerville, Arlington and Cambridge are very close to Boston and have great "personalities" of their own. Cambridge and Somerville are very progressive in their collective mindset and very gay friendly. Best of luck and let me know if you need help.
  • widestance

    Posts: 40

    Feb 01, 2016 11:08 PM GMT
    Boston's real estate market it tough. With so many students coming and going within about a month of each other, September and June have huge changes in population. (Alston is a young hip scene with a ton of students and there's something called "Alston Christmas." When the students move out and leave behind a ton of their stuff on the sidewalk - either because they can't fit it, or they're just discarding it. Ikea furniture everywhere! )

    Agree with other posters who said to base your choice on where you'll be working. You don't need a car in Boston, and it can be quite a pain when there's snow, but the "T" is not always reliable - some lines are better than others and it doesn't run 24/7.

    There are few places I'd say to avoid. It's a pretty progressive place. Dorchester is up and coming, but it's in pockets and you won't know what pockets to avoid. I lived there for a bit and there were three killings on my street in 9 months. I rented the top floor of a beautiful "triple decker"and had great views, but you could hear the gun shots. East Boston is near the airport and has some less reputable neighborhoods so that might be cheaper and convenient but the public transportation and traffic is tough there.

    Years ago, I had luck finding roommates through craigslist.

    Somerville, Cambridge, Arlington are on one side of the Charles River and Boston and it's neighborhoods (Alston, Jamaica Plain, Back Bay, Brighton...) are on the other side.

    Good Luck!
  • k777

    Posts: 62

    Feb 04, 2016 4:19 AM GMT
    Farmboy8 saidDepending upon your budget, you might consider living outside the city and commuting in. The real estate market has stayed strong in Boston, so as a result the rental properties are not cheap. Communities like Somerville, Arlington and Cambridge are very close to Boston and have great "personalities" of their own. Cambridge and Somerville are very progressive in their collective mindset and very gay friendly. Best of luck and let me know if you need help.


    Apparently my connections are so weak up there that my "friends" are avoiding me (cuz they know I am asking to stay with them as I apartment hunt). So seeing you three message me honestly is a breath of fresh air. Thanks guys!!!!

    Just as a point of reference I'll be working at the Fenway (Baseball) Park near the Yawkey Stop on the commuter rail.

    I found a few places near my budget but boy are they going like hotcakes! Currently Planning a day trip to go there just to look at a place :-)
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    Feb 05, 2016 8:21 AM GMT
    apartment hunting is best done in person.
    Typically a tenant leaves on the first of the month. While the unit is being cleaned the management posts the unit 4rent and expects the unit rented end of the month. So the last week in the month is the best time to haggle price. This might influence your timing.

    is your new employ a sure thing? Can you talk to your new manager about housing?
  • k777

    Posts: 62

    Feb 07, 2016 8:19 PM GMT
    pellaz:

    Yes. my job is a sure thing.

    Thanks for your advice on timing! Its helping me to find some prices in my range. It looks like I will be living a (little) far (i.e. Dorchester, Roslindale, west Allston) but it will be worth it..

    Right guys???