This is an expensive city!
October 4, 2012 9:24 AM Subscribe
I'm moving to Boston for a new job in a month, and wondering what's the best way to go about finding a place to live.
posted by mammary16 to travel & transportation around Boston, MA (16 answers total)
I've already looked at a few of the askmefi questions that relate to Boston neighborhoods, but this is the sort of thing that changes quickly with time so I'm writing a new question.
I've been living in Istanbul for the past couple years but I just got a new job in Boston. The office is located in Fort Point (right on the southern edge of Fort Point Channel). The job starts November 5th.
I've never been to Boston so I have very little idea (outside of web research) about neighborhoods; so far I'm considering South Boston, Somerville, Dorchester.
A few details:
- I plan to live without a car (So I'll be using public transit and biking)
- I'm allergic to hipsters but I like being (relatively) close to art and music.
- I'd like to live alone (1 bedroom) and would like a place with enough room to have a separate area for an office.
- I like running along waterbodies, the bigger the better.
- As mentioned the office is in Fort Point, so it'd be good to be close to that (or close to the red line) -- I like a short commute!
I don't think I could pay more than $1,300/month. From what I understand, heat can be a big surprise so I'll try and find a place where it's covered.
Can anyone recommend some neighborhoods to include in my search?
The second issue is a matter of timing; I'd really like to live in Boston for a month or so before committing to an apartment. Extended stay hotels seem very expensive, so I'm wondering if y'all could recommend some other options for short-term accommodation.