Post # 1
I really want to move to Boston. If my husband is able to miraculously get a job there (we’re both young, so hopefully it shouldn’t be too hard), we’re moving there for sure.
What do 1-2 bedroom apartments run around there? Is there a suburb that is considered “better” or lower cost of living than any other city in the area? Any recommendations?
Are there many options to live in a lower level of a home as opposed to an apartment?
Any tips, ideas, helpful info looking for jobs or somewhere to live?/
Post # 3
How exciting! Best of luck to you guys. While I am not the best with prices I do know that one of my good friends is renting a studio apartment right in the Back Bay in one of the Brownstones for $1200 a month. You can also rent in Dorchester, Quincy, Cambridge, Brookline, or Allston/Brighton for much less. In college I knew a lot of people that lived in the Allston/Brighton area and didn’t pay more than 1k per month for rent but it was also college living so if you are looking for something better I may look in the Quincy area. Quincy is also right on the red line which heads right into Boston. Have fun!!
Post # 4
I don’t live there but I want to as well! My fiance is going to apply for jobs there in about a year when he’s out of school so I’m interested to see how this thread goes too.
Post # 5
@Saeliz, thanks for the information.. that’s kinda what I want. we live in the midwest now, which is probably one of the cheapest places to live in the states. We pay $650 a month for our 2 bedroom apartment, and that includes ALL utilities plus cable and internet, garage, no fee for our cat, and laundry.
So I guess I just see $1000/month for a place to be really expensive. I suppose it’s a little higher pay as opposed to here, so maybe it all evens out??
@Mand, how exciting 🙂
Mu fiance is just finishing his masters for teaching and already has done all his testing and has his license in our state already. So we’re looking for a teaching job, but there’s really nothing where we are and I’m the one supporting us right now and we’re desperate to get out of this rut!
Post # 6
- Wedding: September 2010 - Heinz Chapel Ceremony, Museum Reception
For reference, Mr. Octo and I live in a dog-friendly 1-bedroom right near Harvard Square that has heat and hot water included, but no AC or dishwasher. It is very small and not very modern, but it’s in good shape and we’ve had virtually no issues in the year we’ve lived here. It’s a 5-minute walk from the red line. We pay $1600, and I am confident that for our location, we’re paying a pretty standard rent.
PS. Definitely move to Boston if you can! I looooooooove living here!!!!!!!
Post # 7
My dream would be to live in one of those million dollar 1 bedroom condos in the Back Bay. But, I mean, there’s always Southie until then! There are some cute/nice places in Southie for way less $$$ than other neighborhoods.
I go out in Allston sometimes (Harper’s Ferry, Grasshopper) but I would get really annoyed living there. It’s an obnoxious, disgruntled, cigarette smoking, skinny-jeans wearin’ hipster haven from what I can tell. But if you want to live amongst a really young 20-something crowd, it might work out for you.
Post # 8
The more affordable areas of Boston that are still accessible on the subway are Somerville and some parts of Cambridge. We rent a one bedroom in Brookline (fabulous area right adjacent to Boston) for $1500, that is standard. Two bedrooms start at around $2,000 for an “OK” place. We pay $150 a month to park on top of that, as there is no on street parking overnight in Brookline. That rent does not give us a dishwasher or washer/dryer, but there are laundry facilities in our building. It also includes HEAT, which is KEY – the place I lived before this apartment did not have heat included in the rent, and it was an old building (as almost all of them are) with leaky windows. Heat was about $800 a month in the winter (oil heat, tied to oil prices).
I honestly don’t care for the real suburbs outside of Boston. They are difficult to get to by car (all the raods are narrow and winding, due to the old city layout, and thus a nightmare to commute to). It’s also really hard to get into the city if you have to come to work during the winter months when the weather can be absolutely terrible. If I had to live somewhere not on the subway, it’d be Jamaica Plain. It’s a cool, up and coming place. Quincy is cheaper and quieter and on the red line of the subway, but is way the hell out there (and not that interesting).
I’d take more expensive with fabulous restaurants and interesting places to go any day over the boring burbs!
WHere are you moving from? Are these prices shocking to you at all? I moved to Boston from Texas for grad school and was absolutely floored by how expensive everything is!
Post # 9
@octopus: I would love to be right outside Harvard Square! Lucky girl 🙂
Post # 10
@miss-spunkin: Ah, from the midwest! Yes, $1,000 won’t get you much. Maybe a studio or teeny tiny 1-bedroom in the bad area of Somerville or Allston. I also find these more affordable areas are often overrun with hipster college kids that are way, way too loud (i’m 27 and still think so!!). I’d ask about who else lives in the building if you live there. Also, someone mentioned Dorchester. Be careful there – it is one of the most crime-ridden parts of Boston. It is gentrifying in some areas, but you really have to know where you are going. And it is really freaking hard to get places from there on public transit – hence why it has been so isolated and kind of slummy for so long.
Post # 11
Yeah I’m from South Carolina so we’re looking at $1000 and it seems like a lot but we figure we’ll save before we go too. My fiance is in school for electrical engineering so he’s hoping to do something with energy up there. We’d looked at apartments before and saw $1000 and up but it helps to hear it from people with experience. I love Boston though! And I agree, I would love to have a condo in the Back Bay! My fiance also has a fascination with Charlestown but it seems to be just as expensive.
Post # 12
We have lived in both Cambridge and Brookline and paid between $1800 and $2400 for two bedrooms – but many couples compromise with a one bedroom in order to live in a more desirable neighborhood with less room. You won’t find anything under $1000, but $1100 or $1200 for a reasonable one bedroom is possible in places like Watertown or Arlington, which are less convenient to the T but not far by car from Boston. I would avoid Allston, to be honest – can be fun to go out there, but it is really dominated by college students and can be a little dangerous at night. Brookline, Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown, Jamaica Plain, Charlestown, some areas of Newton like Newton Center are cute and convenient to fun things – and you might find a deal if you come off season like late in the fall (most leases start in June or September). If you want to go a little further out like Framingham or Natick or Medford, you’ll get more for your money and a two bedroom with a yard or something might be more possible in the $11-1200 range. MAKE SURE HEAT IS INCLUDED because in these drafty old places, in the cold, it will cost you a fortune….like hundreds of dollars a month in the winter months.
Post # 13
My man just interviewed with a company in Boston. Good luck with the move.
Post # 14
Like @crayfish said, make sure you factor HEAT into your budget if you don’t have a place that includes heat. There is no “cheap” heating cost (oil, gas and electric are all expensive), and you’ll want the heat on higher from Oct-April, maybe longer. We have always paid at least $150 a month for heat through winter, and that’s with keeping the house below 68 and turning the heat down to 60 at night outside of the bedroom. Generally though, we pay more like $200-$250/month for heat from late Oct-April.
My brother lived in Cambridge in a real slum (but it was 5 20 year old guys, so they didn’t care), and it was over $1500 a month for a 2 bedroom. Unfortunately I don’t know any other apt. prices in Boston, sorry!
Post # 15
I live in a suburb of Boston called Watertown and I commute daily into the city by car. It takes me about 20 minutes in the morning to get into the South End. My fiance and I live on the second floor of a two family house. We have a large 2 bedroom, 1 bath apartment with a kitchen, living room, dining room, back yard, and garage. We currently pay $1425 per month not including utilities. I have friends in back bay that pay almost $2000 for a studio apartment.
$650 per month including heat and utilities? Unheard of even in the suburbs. Unfortunately, you probably won’t find much for $1000 either.
Post # 16
Glad I’m not the only one who cringes all the way through Allston. Here I thought I was just old (26) and out of touch. Damn kids!