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  1. whoops! I missed the whole homeownership bit, sorry about that! I think given the reasonable rents in JP, you could probably find something to buy out there as well.
  2. I used to live in JP, as did my husband, and we both loved it. I hadn't been back there in about 4 years until about 2 weeks ago. A very good friend of mine just moved there and it's as great as I remember! JP is a great place to live. As with anyplace, it's got its bad parts (Jackson Square) that need to be avoided. However, JP is also known for it's gorgeous huge Victorian homes that have been split into apartments, and of course we can't forget Jamaica Pond and the lively Center Street. Center (and even South) Street is filled with shops and eclectic restaurants. Transportation in JP consists of the #39 bus (which used to be the green line) that runs along Center Street, as well as the orange line that takes you from downtown to Forest Hills in 20mins max. My old roommate used to teach at English High in JP, and while of course there was crime there, she did enjoy it. I have a friend that teaches middle school in Hyde Park (between JP and Roslindale), she has been there for at least 6 years and has NO plans on changing schools anytime soon. In terms of housing, my friend that just moved there is renting a huge apartment (huge for Boston standards) - I think it's about 1300-1400sf, 2br, kitchen, lr, dr, 1 bath, driveway and small backyard for $1500/month - a steal! I am sure you can find something smaller/cheaper if that would better suit your needs. There is a Coldwell (I think?) right on Center Street that a bunch of people I know (including myself) has rented from. You might also want to consider living in Roslindale Center; the bus runs out there and might be cheaper than JP, however there is not as much liveliness and neighborhood-y feel as JP. Good luck!
  3. Hingham is gorgeous, would you consider staying close to your job? Or do you definitely want to live in the city? If you are set on city living, they have a great water taxi that serves as your public transportation that goes from the waterfront to Hingham (I can't remember if it goes all the way to Hingham or not, you can check www.mbta.com for more info) - you just might want to think of other options during winter months, as sometimes the water freezes and they can't run the ferries. If this is ok for you, you can live in the North End - teeny apartments (but you're used to that from NYC LOL) but great location and not too far a walk to the water ferry. Good luck!
  4. First of all, ezcheese, glad your trip was good, but sorry to hear about the nightmare issues with finding an apt. dyerview - Roslindale is a pretty cool area, right near JP (Jamaica Plain) which is a fantastic area to be in for culture. I don't know that you'll find a pretty building, certainly not as pretty as Brookline or right in Boston, but if the price is right and you are cool with the location, go for it! The commute would be a bit tough for you to get to BU from there. Will you have a car? Otherwise you'll need to take a bus to Forest Hills, which you'll probably have to transfer to a different bus to get you to the E-line, go a few stops to get to Copley station, and then switch to the B line and go out to BU. Have you checked the subway maps yet? www.mbta.com is a great site for putting yourself in the different neighborhoods. For $1300, I think you can get something around Fenway, which, yes, is highly populated with students, but there are also some young professionals (high 20s and 30s) there as well. Brookline is my immediate thought for you, but if you do have a car, that's an additional $100-180/month because you can't park anywhere overnight in Brookline unless you have your own spot. It's great that you are coming up for a week - that way, you can get your bearings and visit different areas. May is a great time to come up, June and September are the most popular months for change-overs in apartments. As for the fee from the real estate agents, they typically all charge full fee, but you can definitely work your magic and try to negotiate that! Best of luck to you.
  5. Hi there! I know I am probably repeating what many others have said, but I also suggest Waltham. I grew up in Waterbury!! I moved to the Boston area 6 years ago, and my first place was in Waltham. I have since lived or worked in every part of Boston and it's immediate suburbs. For the areas your girlfriend will be traveling to, Waltham is perfect. Near every major highway, near the commuter rail, and only about a 20-30minute ride into the city. I am happy to hear you will both be here next week. You must hit Back Bay for the Marathon Monday festivities. I used to live on Newbury Street, right where the runners turn up to head to Boylston Street to the finish line, and it was so amazing and fun! Have fun next week, explore the different areas, and let us know what you decide. Good luck
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