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Added Dec 17 2012

Hello there :)

Can anyone please tell me what neighborhoods are the safest & nicest to live in?
Also, the closest to transportation, grocery stores, shops, food, bars, etc?

I'm looking to move here in a couple of months.

Thank you.

  • If you want specifically Boston, I'd try Back Bay, South End or Beacon Hill. If you're open to Brookline, then I'd go with Coolidge Corner or Washington Square! Technically suburbs, but it doesn't feel like it. I live right across the street from the T, and have tons of shops/restaurants right near my house.

  • Beacon Hill meets your criteria, especially if you're in your mid 20s or 30s. Though lacking on bars, the neighborhood is universally loved. It's convenient for public transit to Cambridge, the South End, Back Bay, and Fenway. Just don't think about moving there with a car unless you can afford dedicated street parking or a place with a spot.

    Check out Dan Tillberg's site for transit times from anywhere to anywhere around Boston: http://www.tillberg.us/mbta

  • Dale Bertrand Neighbor

    The answer really depends on your budget and how much space you are looking for. Coolidge corner in Brookline, Back Bay, South End and Beacon Hill are great (and pricey) neighborhoods. But, there are so many trade-offs to make if you want to save money or get an apartment with more space. Also, the housing in Boston is pretty old (my building is more than 100 years old). If you aren't used to that you may choose to live farther out just to get newer construction. You may want to check out walkscore dot com. It's a great resource for finding livable neighborhoods.

  • Jocelynd99 Loving Charlestown

    Ditto to all of the above and .......Charlestown is fabulous. Young and hip people, families, dogs... Brookline, Brighton, Arlington and Cambridge are all good choices too, oh, and Somerville-Davis Square is a fun spot. Good Luck!

  • EveryBlock Sarah EveryBlock Community Manager

    Thanks for the neighborhood tips!

    Sky, have you decided on where you'll be moving to yet? Or are you still looking into different neighborhood options?

  • Hello everyone,

    While I appreciate the feedback, Boston gets an F for cost of living.

    Therefore, I've decided on Austin. ^__^

    I'd like to add that all your comments were vital in decision making process. :D

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