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Here is a link to everything on the market in Boston for >$900,000 (use the zoom buttons on the left to get you in closer to each neighborhood. It will help give you a good perspective on location of everything):
Based on your information here are my top 5 picks for you >$900,000:
# 1 South End: Awesome area close to Back Bay/Copley/Newbury St (all the traditional Boston downtown landmarks) but with more of a modern up-and-coming flare (great restaurants, coffee shops, etc ... equivalent to West village/SoHo in NYC)
#2 Back Bay: Classic downtown Boston location. Has all the bells and whistles (walking distance to Newbury St shops and restaurants and the common (park) ) Beautiful brownstone architecture.
#3 North End/Waterfront: Great commuter locations if working in the downtown financial district. Fantastic restaurants because partially located in the "Italian District" and also catering to the local financial businesses in the area.
#4 Beacon Hill: Quintessential New England charm in this neighborhood. Set on a hill this area has lots of restaurants and shopping and short walk to the common.
#5 Leather District/Financial District: Another area close to the financial district "downtown" Very dense city-like and great financial district commuter location.
Here are some hand picked properties from each location:
(minus paint colors): http://www.territory.com/mlspin/71445375/141-worcester-st-bo
I hope this helps get you started!
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I would recommend that you plan a visit to Boston to see what neighborhoods fit with your personality. Many of the key neighborhoods have been listed below like Back Bay, North End, South End and Beacon Hill but each has their own feel. In some neighborhoods you will get a bit more space for your money but in others youâ€™re paying for the best locations in the city. One thing to be aware of is that you are in a very common price point for our market so you will have competition and it is best to pick a Realtor to work with to help you in the process.
I lived in Back Bay and loved the fact I could walk just about anywhere in the entire city in 15 min. I could hoof up to Fenway, see a show in the theater district or eat in any neighborhood in the city.
Please let me know if you have any other questions I am happy to help.
I'm happy to help if you decide to make the move.
There are many areas that have all that you mentioned, but they may vary as to age-orientation, meaning South End is a young couple/family atmosphere with tons of great restaurants, artistic events and so on but a little separate feel from the rest of the city. The North End is on the cusp of everything from great restaurants underneath you, history around you, the Boston Garden to your right and Faneuil Hall, Haymarket, downtown clubs to your left.. It's a good stepping off place. Back Bay gives you a nice residential peace-of-mind while everything you want is within a 2 block walk... perfect for the up and coming professional.
As Sandy previously mentioned, what type of home you're looking for will help determine that... altho' there is the occasional high rise, Brownstones permeate Back Bay and the South End - definitely more of a "house" feel, where downtown, Seaport, West End/Government Center lean on Hi-rises. The North End is a mix of historic brick and updated...
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Some other questions remain as to whether you would like a high rise, low rise, townhouse, single family detached, row house, etc. Also, whether you would like waterfront, near the various college towns where those "fun things" and more densely populated areas are at. There are also the financial district, historical areas, shopping areas, wharf, ethnic towns, etc.
If you email me, I can send you some listings for you to peruse at your leisure. Then, when you are here in Boston, I can set some appts for you to see the areas and the type of properties you may wish to consider.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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I am a native of Manhattan, and was looking for the same things that you mentioned when I moved to Boston. I settled in Back Bay., which is also now one of the areas I specialize in. I love it here because it's very residential, yet brimming with vitality and conveniences, one short block away! Back Bay is steps away from Newbury Street, which offers every shop at every price point imaginable. Wonderful restaurants of every ethnicity, and the Prudential and Copley Malls which are home to every store you can name from Saks, Neiman Marcus, Abercrombie, and Banana Republic to Gap and Pinkberry!
I walk my dogs at 1:00 in the morning and feel safe. Probably not a great idea in any city, but I do:)
I am steps from the Boston Public Garden, and the Boston Common. They are large beautiful patches of green, beautiful flowered walking paths with ponds, bridges, playgrounds, tennis and basketball courts, and an even an ice skating rink! You can spend an entire day there, people watching, jogging or just sitting on a blanket reading. Its great oasis in the middle of the city. Also within a ten minute walk from Back Bay, are many of Boston's cultural venues.
The theater district, the Boston Ballet, Museums, movie theaters, and the famous "Boston Pops" and Symphony Hall.
You really can't go wrong, anywhere in Boston, although I am a bit partial to Back Bay.
There's easy access to highways and the public transportation all seems to be a 5 minute walk from here. Your budget will definitely afford you an edge in our competitive market. There are luxury high rises to consider, or you may prefer the charm of a townhouse apartment with hi ceilings and lots of history! Either way, you will love it here. I cant think of a better city for both singles or families.
I tell people that it's like New York, just smaller, cleaner, and a lot more manageable.
I would be delighted to help you explore the city and determine which area would best suit your needs. I may be reached at 617-535-7906 or at email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you and Welcome to Boston!
All the best,
I'd suggest the back bay. My real estate office is on Newbury St. (The rodeo of Boston) I know all about Boston restaurants and nightlife and would be happy to share my experience. Please contact me if you'd like my help.
To answer your question more precisely some of the top/best neighborhoods in Boston to live are:
1. Back Bay
2. South End
3. Beacon Hill
4. North End
Just outside of Boston:
1. Cambridge (just a few steps north of boston)
2. Brookline (just a few steps west of boston)
3. Newton (about 7 miles from west of boston)
4. Winchester (about 10 miles north of boston)
I've lived in and outside of Boston my entire life.. its great to see a little bit of everything before deciding exactly were to live. You have consider a lot factors before just jumping on one place to live. Feel free to call me for a free real estate consultation.
Here are just a few suggestions as to great properties to consider:
-- In Boston's Midtown, there's 45 Province. Beautiful design, tremendous rooftop deck and located near great restaurants and theaters
-- There's also the perennial favorite: The Ritz, also with superb location and nice interiors (although views are blocked in some lower level units)
-- 2 Battery Street at Battery Wharf is located near the North End and close to the waterfront and also offers nice amenities including gym, valet parking, sophisticated interiors and proximity to fine dining and cool bars
I specialize in assisting relocation clients (being a transplant to Boston myself) and would be glad to chat with you about the wheres, whats and hows of finding a great place to live in the city. Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I also invite you to check out what my clients have to say about my customer service at http://www.trulia.com/profile/michaelapallares/
And remember: hire a Realtor who won't be happy until you are!
Good luck with the move.
In that price range you have some great choices. You can get into one of the high rise buildings downtown but the HOA fees can be high. You can get into some nice duplex condo units in the South End with it's awesome choices of restaurants - The Beehive has great live music. There are some great opportunities on the waterfront with walking distance to the North End and their great food and busy excitement. I am right now working with several clients looking for similar properties and would love to help you find yours. FurChin at Re/Max Metro is "your real estate solution" and you can reach us at 617-620-0669 or email@example.com. I hope this information helps.