Suburban living for the single guy?
May 25, 2014 9:59 AM Subscribe
Please help me decide whether I should ditch the suburbs and move to the city.
posted by rippersid to Work & Money (32 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
I moved from downtown Seattle to MA in January of this year and currently live in one of the many suburbs to the west of Boston (Marlborough to be precise). I work out further west (Worcester) from where I live and it's a decent ride that currently takes me 30 minutes to work.
I am deciding to move to the Somerville/Cambridge area in July and I've already put down a deposit for an apartment, but I am conflicted.
Moving to Somerville would mean the following:
1) Much higher rents - I currently pay $1600 for a 1 bedroom in Marlborough. The place I will be renting there will be $2600
2) Much longer commute - almost an hour each way, ~50 miles door to door
3) I'll end up saving a lot less of my take home pay - I am looking at ~20% but that could fluctuate depending on my expenses, but that is my target
4) A lot more things to do and hopefully a lot more people to meet - I don't know if the benefits outweigh the costs in points 1, 2 and 3 above and I can't seem to put a price on that experience. I've always been a city guy and I love being able to walk everywhere.
The primary reason for me wanting to move to Cambridge/Somerville was the fact that I think I'll meet a lot more people and will be getting out of the apartment that much more, given that there are things going on, in and around Boston/Cambridge. Also, I'm currently single and have not really met people in the suburbs.
Currently, I don't do much - the only things that keep me occupied on the weekdays are my 5 days a week crossfit class that I go to after work. Given that there is nothing to do on the weekends, I usually take the train into Boston/Cambridge.
Given the insane rents in Boston, how much is a reasonable amount people spend on living expenses?
What would you do if you were in my situation?
Any thoughts or suggestions on how to objectively think about this would be much appreciated.