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weensicka
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Icon 1 posted April 12, 2004 22:47      Profile for weensicka   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
So, I've officially decided that I'm movin' on and going to Emerson for my MFA. Whee... Anyway, I have a few queries for any Boston-area geeks:

I've lived in the city before and I've decided that I think I'd like to do the suburb thing, so I don't have to get rid of my car, sell my soul for parking, etc. Can anyone recommend a good area for a one bedroom apartment outside the city? I need to be near the train, to commute downtown. Currently, I live in an apartment complex in the greater Hartford area, and it's very nice. Does anyone here live in a complex near Boston they could recommend? Cat-friendly is also a must!

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-ct-
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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2004 07:34      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
same thing, only looking at a job downtown

like to be within a 5min walk of the T and allow a dog, no car to worry about just yet

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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2004 08:56      Profile for illuminatus   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
same thing except for the cat friendly thing and looking for a job in the networking field. getting my ccna in a couple of months

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weensicka
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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2004 09:16      Profile for weensicka   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
-ct- and illuminatus, since you seem interested in the same things, might I suggest rooming together? Boston proper is *ridiculously* expensive and it's nearly impossible to find a place that allows pets in the lease. Most places have a sort of don't ask, don't tell rule. The building I lived in was supposed to be pet free and there were animals everywhere.

I lived on the flat of Beacon Hill, which might be an option for you -ct-. You can look into availablities at Old Forge Realty; they helped me out. Places on Joy St., West Cedar, Phillips and Charles are right on the Red Line and are walkable to Government Center, Downtown Crossing, etc. But again--expensive!! Even for the shanty I lived in. It was on West Cedar, 1.5 bedrooms, next to the train (and I mean *next to*), and it was $1150 for the two years I was there in the late nineties. When I moved out, the rent went up to $1400 under new management, so who knows what it's at now.

Anyway, that's my $.02 on living in the city. Now, if only someone could help me out...

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-ct-
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Icon 1 posted April 13, 2004 16:22      Profile for -ct-   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by illuminatus:
same thing except for the cat friendly thing and looking for a job in the networking field. getting my ccna in a couple of months

good freekin luck...

i haven't had a REAL paying job in 4 years (i.e., filled out tax forms, weekly decent paycheck, etc.) and if this falls out, then i'm DONE with the i.t. field
i've been shot down far too many times to get back up again, i'm burned out looking for the work i want to do and can do very well

your best bet? go to jcpenny or sears of burger king and just work there until someone calls YOU for work, that's what i'll be doing if i don't get a definite job offer by friday.
don't bother going out yourself and look - there's nothing out there that anyone without a dozen certs and as many years of experience can get
apparently, the market is flooded with techs, all for a dime a dozen these days

so, if i don't get this one i've been called about, well, that's all there is

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Icon 1 posted April 14, 2004 10:34      Profile for schnurren     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
i used to live in good old boston, a bit outside the city due to lack of $.
The place most young people lived was Jamaica Plains. It is relatively affordable, and, according to legend, hip.

i lived in west roxbury, which was houses with floors you can rent. we had a three bedroom for 1350. it was a bit far from the train, but it was on the commuter rail. parking available for free.
The best part about west roxbury is the proximity to irish kareoke bars with genuine irish, and to very good breakfast/lunch restaurants.

roxbury, although labeled the ghetto, is fine and affordable. also on the train. good bars if you get close enough to northeastern.

the area around BU (or is it BC?)has many apartment blocks, not for students but just regular ones. i think it was off the d branch but perhaps it was really the b branch or the green line. not the one that goes to riverside, anyway.

well, feel free to contact me per email if you want. i have friends who still live in and around boston. it's a good place. i miss it dearly and consider moving back there when my job is over in two monthes.

good luck!

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I'ld look in Sommerville or out near Boston College.
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