Boston Bees…Apartment Advice?

posted 3 years ago in Boston
Post # 2
1274 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

hate to break it to you but your chances of finding an apartment within that budget is slim to none. Add in the fact that you need parking and I would say you have no shot. just a parking spot in the city cost more than that.

even if you found a place with roommates it would be slim pickings.

i would suggest expanding your search. Oak Square in Brighton is very apealing to young professionals because of its proximity to the mass pike. It’s not off the train but there is an express bus that goes straight downtown via the pike so ita great for commuters. there is also on street parking without a permit. if 1800 is your budget you are looking at a studio or very small one bedroom or try looking for a household that needs a roommate. 

Most every place in the city and surrounding requires a permit to park so you will need to register your car here and have an established address to obtain one or you are looking at paying up the wazoo for a spot if an apartment doesn’t come with one, which in the heart of the city is not realistic. 

You can look into Somerville though it’s not as convienant to the pike or a straight shoot to downtown for work. Jamaica Plain is very close to downtown but hard to get in and out of if you need to travel to different places in the state.



Post # 3
2661 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

Dizbee:  you might find something in the Fenway/Kenmore area roughly in your budget. There’s free street parking with a (free) neighborhood parking permit. Feel free to PM me if you want more details.

Post # 4
13256 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

My husband and I lived in the North End (Italian district) for 2 years when we were dating and LOVED it.  There was always an event liek every other week, Sunday parades, and the most amazing bakeries and restaurants. We got really lucky and got a 2 bedroom apartment for $1600.  You can probably find a 1bed there for $1800 pretty easily.  Heat and hot water is typically included, so you’ll just be paying electricity and cable.  Parking is a BITCH though.  It’s all street parking with resident permit, but that’s how most of Boston is too.  You can pay for a spot for 300-400 a month, or there’s reverse commute parking for overnight that is like 100.  I think that’s about as close as can be, just a short walk from Fanueil Hall and Financial district. 

Post # 6
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Yeah, please don’t get overwhelmed! 1800 is very doable. I’ve always lived in the Brookline area (part of Boston), and it’s a hop, skip, and a jump downtown. It’s a gorgeous, safe area with tons of restaurants and shops, and 1800 would get you a nice one bedroom (I always spent less). Most of my friends live around there. And I agree with the above poster, the North End is fun too. My coworker is looking there now and just went to view a bunch of one bedrooms around 1400-1600. Feel free to list more potential areas either here, or message me. And welcome to Boston 🙂

Post # 8
41 posts
  • Wedding: January 2015

It all depends on where and what you are looking for. Rent is pretty high here (that’s why my fiance and I decided to buy a condo), but $1800 is doable, if your expectations aren’t too high. You won’t get parking and in-unit laundry included in that price in any of the nicer neighborhoods of Boston, Cambridge or Brookline. My fiance and I paid $3200/mo for our last 1 bedroom apt with parking and laundry in a newly constructed, locked building with conceirge close to the T. Before moving in with my fiance, I had an adorable studio apartment in the nice suburb of Newton with parking and shared free laundry for only $800 a month (although I’m pretty sure that was a total steal). You can definitely get a lot more for your money, the further away from downtown you go. Boston is a great city. I recommend taking the opportunity to move here if you can.

Post # 9
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I recommend looking on Craigslist obsessively. My last apartment in Brighton bordering Brookline was 1025 including heat and hot water for a one bedroom with a living room and galley kitchen. I parked on the street for free. I also lived in Newton in a 3 bedroom with 2 private decks with an eat in kitchen for 1050 with parking and no utilities. Newton is on the green line but it takes about 45 mins to get downtown on the T as opposed to Brookline which is super quick. My brother and his wife lived around Coolidge Corner in Brookline which is such a cute area for around 1800 with parking. In other words, it definitely can be done.

Post # 10
911 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I live in Oak Sqaure in Brighton (which is part of Boston) and I pay $1300 for a two bedroom, with parking, and laundry in the building.  People who are saying that you won’t get anything for $1800 are crazy. Obviously, if you’re looking to live right downtown in beacon hill, the south end, or backbay, you may have a much harder time finding something decent. Parking will be even worse, but if you’re open to other areas, you will have a much easier time finding something. I love Oak Sqaure because it’s so convenient to the pike and public transportation is readily available. Parking is pretty easy too. Newton and Watertown are both on the outskirts of Boston but have public transportation and parking is easier. Charlestown is also really nice and closer to downtown, but parking could be an issue. East Boston is up and coming. Parts of East Boston are nice, but you still have to be careful in other areas. Stay away from Dorchester and Roxbury unless you know the area well. South Boston is also an option although the prices are on the rise. Just do your research and you will find something.

Post # 11
419 posts
Helper bee

Dizbee:  My husband and I are in Brighton Center (I can and have walked to the Common and back. Have been for 10 years. We have a 1100-1200 sq foot 2 bedroom first floor apt with off street parking (2 tandam spots actually) and we put in a washing machine. It’s the first floor of a house. With fence yard. We haven’t had a rent increase in 10 years so it’s $1200 a month. Which is low for the area. Our landlord likes that we aren’t college kids and take care of the place and all that. – BUT we are near the Pike, and you def could get a similar place for less then 1800. My whole neighborhood is mix of young families, some college kids and some older people. 

We moved up here without me ever being in the city and my husband coming up here once to get the job offer. We called about one place and it was to a realtor and we told her where my husband was working and all that and we had dogs and needed a yard- she hooked us up. Actually we are buying a new place end of April. We’ve lived here 10 years and looked EVERYWHERE to buy a place so I’m pretty familiar with all the areas. BTW- I would have bought around here in a second but we can’t afford it. Brighton Center I will miss a lot. By Comm Ave (Bline) and Harvard Ave area is more ‘student ghetto’ (ie, it’s a bunch of college kids) but the older neighborhood off the 57 bus route is all def doable IMO for you. It was for us. If you want to PM me about neighborhoods I can tell you about them. Also – Look at Brookline and Cambridge – they are not technically part of the city but they are on the trains – they are experiencially part of the city. Parts of the south of Boston are further then Brookline to downtown. So when searching keep that in mind. I could go on but have to make dinner. PM me if you want more low down. I’ve literally figured out all the places I wouldn’t feel safe with my baby on the way. But if I was in your shoes, well I was, and I never regreted Brighton Center. Also look into Brookline with your budget. We moved up here with one income of 40k. So. You’ll be ok. Don’t let people stress you out. 

Post # 13
11 posts
  • Wedding: July 2015

Dizbee:  East Boston can be great, or can be bad. If you’re street smart you’ll be fine. I lived there as a college student and paid $800/month, with no utilities included and no laundry in the building, for a two-bedroom apartment that was on the second floor of a three-floor building.

Cons: I got cat-called nearly every day, did hear gunshots at least once in the night, and my apartment was pretty crappy with a crazy landlord. I had bars on my windows. Hardly anyone delivers food to east boston and you can’t find a cab from the city because of the $$ and time to get there. If you want nightlife (bars, restaurants, clubs) this is not the area to be in. It is often lower-income families and students looking to live pretty quiet and peaceful lives.

Pros: The blue line had new train cars, there were nice parks around, and you’re pretty close to Revere beach. Some of the houses and apartments are beautiful! I just happened to live in a crappy one.

My suggestions: Look at Cambridge, Brookline, Brighton, Watertown, and even South Boston if you can afford it. The restaurants there are amazing. Don’t do Charlestown, Dorchester, or the Theater District even if you can afford it. 

Post # 14
307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Dizbee:  medford is right outside the city more affordable since tufts is in town, lots of rental properties and on street parking available usually id look there.

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