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Hi all Bostonians! <img alt="hello2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/hello2.gif"><br>
I have a friend getting transfered to Boston in a couple of months and he is looking for a good part of town to be in. He would like to be within easy (short drive or easy transit) access to "427 Commercial Street in downtown Boston in the heart of the North End." (taken from his orders). He is looking for a one bedroom/studio apartment since his family is staying here in Ohio. He wants a decent area at a decent price. Any ideas?
 

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Hi Alyson. Long time no see. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
Define "short drive or easy transit" and "decent area"...<br><br>
For a studio, he's likely looking at something around $1000/mo...give or take a hundred or so. If he gets a roommate, he can likely find a room for $600-$800.<br><br>
Have him look at craigslist for places. Depending on how far he'd want to drive, places like Somerville, Charlestown, Everett, or Medford might be close enough for him and more affordable than anything in or around the North End. If he's willing to drive or transit a bit farther... <i>maybe</i> Brighton, Allston, Jamaica Plain, or Arlington would have things in that price range. Maybe.<br><br>
Good luck to him, and let me know if you have any other questions <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Everything is pretty easy transit to Commercial St in Boston...green and orange and blue lines are near there. Really only the red line isn't too close.<br><br>
He does NOT want to drive there though...so if he intends to keep a car he probably doesn't want to live in the No End or Beacon Hill. Hard to park and not even worth dealing with a car there anyway.<br><br>
Affordable is relative...so is decent. It's a great city and I've lived here for 20 years and I own a home here (in Jamaica Plain), but it is the city.<br><br>
The South End is fun and parts are affordable; same with Jamaica Plain and Cambridge. Charlestown, Somerville, Medford, Allston, Brighton, all have their good and bad parts...well that's true of any neighborhood. Back Bay would be great, but it can be expensive.<br><br>
Feel free to PM me; like I said, I've lived here for a long time and I might be able to help him out.<br><br>
Maureen
 

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Hi HH, It has been a long time! I've been slowly getting back into shape! <img alt="uhoh2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/uhoh2.gif"> It's been a long struggle though.<br><br>
But as for the friend.....he is taking his truck. But he wants to commute to/from work through public transportation. He doesn't want to ending up living in the ghetto. For now he doesn't want a roommate unless the schedules work out with being on a ship that they aren't ever home at the same time. His family will come out to Boston to visit him frequently and that would be weird if everyone was home at the same time. So he is looking for just a one bedroom. We looked at Craigslist yesterday. What does it mean to have a nopay broker? <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif">
 

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I hear you!<br><br>
Are you still enlisted?<br><br>
You can use public transit in any of the towns listed above by either of us. So that shouldn't limit his search.<br><br>
Nopay broker means the listing is through a broker, but you don't have to pay the broker a fee when they find you an apartment. Usually that fee is equal to something between a half and a full month's rent when they find you a place.
 
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