Finding an apartment in Boston while in San Francisco
August 1, 2014 4:37 PM Subscribe
I just got a new job in Boston (hurrah!) and need to be relocated there by the first week of September (boo!). How should I approach apartment hunting?
posted by smirkette to Travel & Transportation around Boston, MA (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Right now, my plan is line up showings the day after I fly, get a room at a reasonably-priced (hahahahaha) hotel/b&b for a couple of days and pound the pavement. Seeing as I'll probably be stuck paying a damn broker fee, is there any way I can make apartments represented by brokers work in my favor by asking brokers to find listings that match my requirements? I know this time of year is pretty much the worst time to move to Boston, but it can't be helped.
I'd really rather not do roommates--most of the listings I've found require at least a 6 month commitment, which is too long. I could do maybe a month at most. I will be traveling a ton for work, coming and going at odd hours and working from home when not traveling, so not ideal for someone else to have to deal with.
I lived in Cambridge for a year a couple of years ago, so I'm somewhat familiar with Boston and the surrounding neighborhoods and towns. I'll be looking for a place downtown with easy access to Logan and South Station via the T as I'll be traveling for work via plane and train a lot.
Hope me, Boston MeFites!