Help me find a place to live in Cambridge MA (2012 edition)
August 10, 2012 3:46 PM Subscribe
As seems to be yearly tradition, I'm asking the hivemind for help moving to the Cambridge area. I've just been offered a job at MIT that starts Oct 1, and will be moving from the west coast but leaving most everything behind.
Specifically, I'm looking for tips on how to find an affordable (1500/mo) 1 br apartment in Cambridge, Somerville, or wherever else is a good place to live within a 30 min public transportation commute to MIT. Previous askmefi's have given some ideas, but given that it's been a year since the last one, I'm sure much has changed.
I like more of the city feel (lived in Berkeley, CA for 10 years now); what neighborhoods should I be looking in? I'd really like to avoid undergrad-heavy areas if possible as well.
Is a broker absolutely necessary to find a decent apartment? If so, have you had good experiences with one you'd like to recommend?
I'll be staying in NYC early September while I look for a place (and doing 4-hour buses to see apts), will 1-2 weeks be sufficient?
Any and all advice you can give me is much much appreciated, especially from people who've done a cross-country move like this before!