12/14/17

Hello all,

I know this topic has been asked before but I couldn't find any that really matched my description so bear with me as I ask again.

I am moving to Boston in January for a consulting gig and am needing suggestions on where to live. I am willing to spend a little more $1500-2700 month for an apartment, have a nicer new car so parking is a concern, and like to go out to nightclubs/bars on the weekends. I like hanging out with boujier women so that is a concern as well lol. Based on this description, can any Boston people give me suggestions on where to live?

I have heard from future coworkers that the South End is a nightlife/fun area as well as Back Bay/Beacon Hill. What would you all suggest?

Thanks guys.

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12/12/17

South End and Back Bay are both solid, would also look into Seaport and Downtown/Fidi as well. Parking costs are killer, upwards of 300/mo if you want to live near the nicer places.

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12/13/17

Thanks for the response. I will start to look into Seaport/Downtown as well. I have heard about the unfortunate parking costs.

12/12/17

If you don't mind me asking, what kind of position? Comp? I'm curious because I turned down an offer in Boston this summer. Large company in Quincy with comp well into the 6-figures. I couldn't make the numbers pencil out in the way yours does because (1) the selection of places at $1500 is not high and/or undesirable and (2) the comp in Boston doesn't really allow for a high rent. My numbers took into account MA taxes and net pay, using 25% as a max spend for housing. That put me at a max of like $1600 for rent when I needed to be closer to $2200 for something decent.

12/13/17

Hey Jack,

It is a consulting position, primarily focused on the big tech companies. Comp is low six figures the first year but has a steep earnings ramp into second/third year. As I have been looking so far, I do agree with you that there are very few places for $1500. It looks like you have to spend at least $2000-2500 or more to get anything even decent. I am curious, what other cities were you debating when you made the choice?

12/13/17

I agree with that. I have a modest townhome in Las Vegas, small garage, not a big place at all, but great neighbors and completely safe neighborhood. To replace that in Boston, I estimated that I needed to be at around $2400 and that would be (most likely) with no garage. So I think you're looking in the right range for something basic/decent. And to be clear, $2400 would be (about) 3x what I'm paying in Vegas, so quite a step up.

At that time, I didn't exactly have a set of cities that I was looking at. I was just looking for the best opportunity possible and a large company in Quincy came calling; recent IPO, strong growth, B2C play that I liked. I aced the first three rounds of interviews and they invited me to come meet in person. The weekend before that I did some housing research and was just plain floored by the prices. Had a long talk with HR about comp and the position and mutually decided to end the process there. They were offering a completely reasonable comp for the position, based on nationwide salary surveys, but it just wouldn't pencil out for me due to COL.

12/13/17

For a 1 bedroom in south end, back bay or seaport you are looking at $2500 minimum for something that isn't a complete piece of trash. A parking spot will run you another $300/mo. Back Bay is quieter, South End has more restaurants and bars. Seaport is essentially all new buildings and finally has all the amenities you need to live there. If you are working downtown, it is an easy walk but you're probably going to have to pay above your range to get a 1 bedroom. If you are young and concerned about nightlife, Seaport is a solid place to be.

12/13/17

South End or back bay, most likely. You definitely want to be near the red or green line, preferably both. Beacon Hill is a nice place, and in my experience it's more for 27-32 year olds than 22-27 year olds.

If I had the choice, it'd be South End.

12/13/17

I'd look in Cambridge and commute on the red line.

12/14/17

Grew up in Boston for a while. If you're living in the city, give up your car. It's a pain to drive and park. Just live closeish to work; it's a small city and ubers are cheap and walking is easy.

Seaport is the most fun place to live as a young professional, but it's not cheap at all. I'd say probably 2500-3k for a good spot. South End sucks unless you work in the half of back bay right by it. It has sketchy parts, there are lots of weird and deviant people, and it isn't that fun either. If you're working downtown, there are a couple of big buildings in the waterfront north end area, as well as the downtown leather district/chinatown area that are nice and have good nightlife around them (most of the decent clubs are downtown area). Those spots are closer to financial district offices, and are a little chepaer than the seaport for comprable space just because the buildings are older and there isn't as much hype as the seaport right now.

TLDR; Waterfront/North -End OR Leather District/Chinatown are closer/cheaper than seaport. Seaport is trendier but not as convenient, and you're going to overpay jsut because it's hot right now. Fuck the South End.

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12/14/17

If you want something new construction (concierge building) with garage parking and possibly some city views for under 3k a month you will need to look in East Cambridge.
It is on the green line so easy access to back bay, kendall square, beacon hill, north end, fenway.

Also consider North Brookline, it is the most affluent part city/suburb of Boston (North is the city part and has green line access and more parking because there is no on-street overnight parking there). You are close to back bay which is nice.

Washington Square (Brookline) has lots of restaurants and there are young people and older people living in the area. No clubs in Brookline though.

Parking in Back Bay/FiDi will run you 300-500 a month. I paid 375 at a new construction building with 3200 in rent for a 660sqft place near Chinatown/FiDi.

Back Bay, South End and Beacon hill will have rich ladies since they love the character of the old buildings. Not all of the south end is equal. Northern part is much better than the southern part especially near Mass Ave and Boston Medical(stay away from here.)

If you want to walk home after a night out - back bay, south end and beacon hill are for you just don't expect a nice place.

I would suggest you determine how much you like your car, apartment size and location near clubs. If you have any questions feel free to ask. My wife is a realtor and I have lived all over Boston.

12/14/17

Echoing the south end, back bay, beacon hill comments if you want to live in a "bougier" place.

I'm assuming you're working at AV; I have a buddy there who likes it a lot. Seems like a good gig.

12/14/17

Sounds like either you need to get rid of your car, or find parking in a cheaper area further from where you might live in a nicer area. If you don't use your car every day, it should not be a problem.

12/14/17

Born and raised in Boston so you must know Tom Brady is who I worship to. In order for me to provide thoughtful suggestions, would you mind providing more information on the following:

  1. Where is your work located? FiDi? Cambridge? South Boston? Copley? Brighton? Quincy?
  2. Will you be be driving your nice car to work or commuting? This of course makes a huge difference in regards to how important it is for you to live close to public transportation.
  3. Do you want to live with roommates? Are you single? You can get a nice luxury apartment with 1-2 roommates for $2000-2300/month each in nice areas (Back Bay, Seaport, etc.). If you want your own luxury place, you can get that for ~$2500-3000/month.

Based on OP, Back Bay / Newbury Street area is probably the best area for you. You are <10 minute walk to Boston Common (Boston's version of Central Park but 5x smaller). Newbury street has high end stores, festive during the holidays and good restaurants/bars so if you want to "close the deal" (obviously meant a consulting engagement), this is a prime spot. You are a 15 minute uber ride to get to Seaport / FiDi area and a 10 minute uber ride to the popular night clubs in downtown Boston.

12/14/17

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