Cheap housing around Boston (Downtown / FiDi)

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Cheap housing around Boston (Downtown / FiDi)

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:55 pm

I'd like to be able to walk to work at my firm in Boston. Think FiDi, Downtown areas (and maybe North End or Chinatown). I'd love to be able to spend under $2000 on rent alone for a studio or 1BR. Anyone have any recommendations? (i.e. apartment complexes, etc.)


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Re: Cheap housing around Boston (Downtown / FiDi)

Postby jayohtee » Thu Mar 23, 2017 10:12 pm

I think your best bet is probably the North End, most of which are privately owned units, not apartment buildings Main problem with the North End is that the units are usually in old buildings and pretty small. There are some apartment buildings in the West End that might be worth looking at, though that walk would be a little further. The Financial District doesn't have a ton of apartment buildings/housing options, but you may be able to find something. Downtown Crossing/Chinatown area (which is basically the residential area closest to the Financial District) may have some stuff in your budget, but a lot of it is being redeveloped into luxury, hi-rise buildings that will be way more than $2K a month. You could try to find something in Beacon Hill by the State House, which wouldn't be a terrible walk to downtown. Beacon Hill has a rep for being pricey, but there are also usually a fair number of deals that you can find. But, like the North End, the buildings are old and units tend to be small. Unfortunately, the nicer residential areas (Back Bay and South End) aren't walking distance to downtown.

Just as an aside, a lot of Boston real estate comes on the market either 6/1 or 9/1, and you'll usually have to go through a broker, so when you put down a deposit for an apartment, you'll end up paying first month, last month, security deposit and realtor fee (equal to 4 months rent) up front. It sucks, but it's how the market works.

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Re: Cheap housing around Boston (Downtown / FiDi)

Postby Dr. Nefario » Fri Mar 24, 2017 9:51 am

What do you consider walking distance? Is this only for summer? If so, you can walk from Fenway to the financial district in 35ish min, and from back bay in about 25 min. There will be a lot more options in your price range as you get further out. North end is possible, but I doubt you can find a sublet in the north end if this is for the summer.

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Re: Cheap housing around Boston (Downtown / FiDi)

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Mar 24, 2017 4:19 pm

OP here. This is long term, not for summer only.

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