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Anne R., Renter in San Francisco, CA

What are the best neighborhoods in Boston for someone in their early 30s who wants a good nightlife scene and a short commute to Government Center?

Asked by Anne R., San Francisco, CA Fri May 25, 2012

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If you are looking for nightlife and being close to Govt center then its the South End. Full of the best restaurants and bars and walking distance to Govt Center. A neighbor hood like the South End is the difference between being in amongst everything and being in one of the outlying neighborhoods that are "close enough to enjoy everything" Parts of South Boston would be decent as well and some swear by the North end. For my money however, its the South End.
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1 vote Thank Flag Link Fri May 25, 2012
There are many areas to choose from. Depends on your needs and lifestyle.
16 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 11, 2012
I love the theatre in boston and all the great jazz clubs.
Flag Fri Aug 31, 2012
Thanks for your reply!
Flag Mon Aug 27, 2012
Boston is fun.
Flag Fri Aug 24, 2012
As most said, I would definitely go for the South End or Seaport area. I would avoid the Beacon Hill area as the nighlife there is quite limited, although in the daytime it is a great place.

Government Center is easily accessed by train, so I wouldn't worry much about the commute there.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 7, 2012
Hi Anne,

The South End, Back Bay, and Bay Village are all great options, but I also think the Waterfront, Seaport District, and Leather District should be mentioned here as well. The Waterfront and Seaport areas are truly amazing spaces to live and play, and Government Center is walkable as well as accessible by public transit. I consider this area to be where the South End was 5 or 6 years ago, as many restaurants and bars have been popping up. You'll find newer buildings here as opposed to the brownstones the Back Bay/South End areas offer, so it is ultimately what style you might like better!

Hope this helps,

0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Jul 19, 2012
There are so many to choose from . It is a hard one
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 24, 2012
You might want to define night life a little more.
Is that bars?
Or restaurants and bars?
Or restaurants and bars and entertainment?
Or restaurants and bars and entertainment and sports and parks?
And museums?
That cater to a particular croud or clientelle or status?
Graduate college croud vs professional?
Blue collar vs not blue collar?

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 3, 2012
Easiest commutes:
Beacon Hill, amazing restaurants and shops, easy commute. Stable real estate economy:

North End, access to the waterfront, parks, restaurants, shopping and faneuil hall:

Also consider The South End. It is an amazing place to live and invest. Incredible restaurants and shops, and easy access to Copley, Newbury St, etc. Property values still climbing and area still gentrifying which makes it a great place to invest your money. Everything on the market equipped with a map:

Hope that helps!
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Jun 2, 2012
Government Center is centrally located so you will have plenty of options depending on your price range. Back Bay is the best for your needs and you do not need a car with Zipcar, Beacon Hill is charming & convenient, West End is next to Government center, North End is close as well. Right now in Back Bay I have a great selection of rentals that I personally manage that are off market deals. Call me to discuss on Cell # 617-365-1151. Best, Frank Knotts,
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 1, 2012
South Boston or the Seaport District would also be very good options.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Jun 1, 2012
I agree South End is great! but I also think the back bay is also a great option. Especially with Newbury and Boylston Street and all the new restaurants opening in the area. Also great for running, walking on the Charles River and shopping or walking on Newbury Street.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed May 30, 2012
The South End is super. South Boston is great. North End is busy but good.Beacon Hill is small but central.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 25, 2012
Brookline, great area, great transportation and close enough to the city to enjoy everything.
Alot of condo's (vary prices) and limited homes which make prices on the higher end
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri May 25, 2012
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