Where to live in Boston?

Obviously I realize other places (NYC, SF) are more expensive, but Boston is really pricy (currently live in the West End). Any suggestions on where to live (preferably specific recommendations) where I can maximize value while minimizing price (yeah I get it everyone it trying to do the same)? 

1bedroom for my wife and I. Nightlife/bars are not important to me. No pets. Any help would be appreciated. 

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Aug 8, 2022 - 8:33pm
money.monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

How long of a commute do you want? If you don't care about 40-50min commutte, Brookline is awesome. Quiet, clean, better bang for your buck. There's still tons of great local restaurants/bars to go go to nearby as well. That or certain part of JP/Somerville/Cambridge. These are all safe areas, the only drawback about Brookline is that the Green Line is very slow...

If you're looking for cheaper places, try Quincy/Dorchester. Those area are developing and changing a lot. You can live close to a Red Line stop and be 30min from downtown and get 1Br in luxury new building for 2500-3000 or so. Problem is the Red Line is sketchy and may throw some people off.


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Aug 9, 2022 - 4:47pm
shoutout, what's your opinion? Comment below:

seconding brookline - but stay away from allston. 

Would also look Fenway/West Back Bay area or South End. 

Aug 9, 2022 - 2:20pm
GWT, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I work downtown. Currently spending almost 4k a month but I want to cut down and probably not go over 3.5k (ideally I would like to pay even less). I would prefer a "newer" building, but the downside is I end up spending money (subsidizing) on a ton of amenities I don't even use (dog wash for example). 

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Aug 9, 2022 - 2:21pm
GWT, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks for the comment. I feel like every time I go on Redfin/Zillow/Compass I end up just pissed off.

Aug 9, 2022 - 2:24pm
Sir Desmond Glazebrook, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Having lived here for quite a while, I think Brookline and Brighton are your best bets. A 2-3 bed for around 3k is quite findable, so I am sure you can drop a bedroom for a more modern building and stay around the same.

Would recommend giving some of the older brownstone style buildings a chance - they can add a lot of charm which is worth it if you are WFH.

Currently in a 2 bedroom in Beacon Hill, but considering moving to Brookline or Brighton as the family grows.

Aug 9, 2022 - 2:36pm
GWT, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks for the comment. Currently live in the West End and if I could pick anywhere to live in Boston, it would be Beacon Hill. Jealous of your set up. 

Aug 9, 2022 - 2:44pm
Sir Desmond Glazebrook, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I got very lucky when looking off season and found something very below market.

By the way, you can find great one bedrooms for 3.5k in Beacon hill. Have you considered them, or is the modern building more important?

Aug 9, 2022 - 2:26pm
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