Moving to Boston from the South. Single parent. So many questions.
I asked this question
, which turned out to be completely irrelevant, because I just got an offer from Eye Bee Emm in Waltham, which I'm taking. I'll be moving in January. I'm stoked, but after doing some preliminary research, I have a lot
Where should I live?
I'm most excited about the big city aspect of this, but as I peruse Craigslist, holy shit is living in the city going to be expensive
. Waltham or Watertown seem like they might be okay, but are they very suburban? Should I try to find a reasonably-priced place in Somerville or Cambridge in order to feel more in the city?
Related to this is the fact that said company will be covering broker's fees, if I use a broker from their approved list. I should use a broker, right?
But won't they steer me toward more expensive apartments, as that will up their fees?
What should my apartment budget be?
I need two bedrooms, or one bedroom with an office space that I can use as a kid bedroom. I need on-site laundry, a bathtub for the kid, and would really prefer a dishwasher. Other than that, it can pretty much be a closet. I would like to say $1100 if heat is not included, or $1300 if it is, in a less expensive area (like Watertown or JP?). Is that even possible? (Craigslist says no.) If not, what is a "good" price for what I need?
I would rather not keep my car, but it looks like the only bus that goes by work is the 70A, and it isn't particularly efficient. Am I right in thinking I'll need my car to commute to North Waltham?
Especially since I'm also going to be dropping the little vine off at daycare and picking him up again after work.
Money is going to be tight for me, because though the offer is a good one, I am a single parent and will need full-time childcare. Childcare centers appear to charge approximately four (4!) times what I'm paying now, in Memphis, to a home daycare. Mercy. What's a good/reasonable price for a home daycare in the city? How about outside of the city?
I saw this question
, which was very helpful, but doesn't quite answer the good deal price point question.
How about way outside of the city? What if I go live in... Sudbury or Natick or something?
I assume these outer towns will be too irritatingly/boringly suburban for me, but also an order of magnitude less expensive from a housing and childcare perspective. Am I correct? Should I just suck it up and move further out for the kid's/my wallet's sake?
Do you know of any Facebook groups for Boston-area parents?
The "Alternamamas" group I belong to here in Memphis has been instrumental to my survival as a single parent and it would be nice to find something similar.
What am I not considering here?