You've got to explore the area, period. No one can tell you what you'll like. Take a week and walk around all the neighborhoods. From Dorchester to South End to Readville. Most people couldn't even tell you all of the districts within Boston because they've never considered to go.
Best of luck, and Search Boston homes on my site, http://shaunshouses.com
I could give you some info- not as a realtor with listings, but someone pretty familiar with Boston and having worked in town for a some time.
As these others have said, depends what kind of lifestyle and neighborhood you are looking for. One I saw missing below was the North End- a great niche area.
You may also consider areas like Cambridge and some areas of Somerville which are essentially an extension of Boston and are quite a nice place to live in your 20's or 30's, etc.
Condo financing can also be tricky. I could try to help you with that if you'd like. Thanks, and good luck,
Back Bay: http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search-homes-for-sale?LinkID=19563
South End: http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search-homes-for-sale?LinkID=19841
Leather District area:http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search-homes-for-sale?LinkID=19635
Beacon HIll: http://www.sanfordmullen.com/search-homes-for-sale?LinkID=20155
To answer that question really would require more information as to your wants and needs. Where will you be working and how close to work would you like to be. Would you drive to work or take public transportation. Do you want city or suburban life, or something with a flavor of both. There are many wonderful communities in the metro Boston area, should you not want to be directly in the city. And then there is the price point factor. Not only what you qualify for, but what monthly mortgage payment fits your comfort zone.
My suggestion, in advance to arriving into the area, contact a few agents and have a discussion with them. Perhaps upon you arrival, meet with two or three to see who you would be most comfortable working with and to have represent you in your home purchase.
I welcome you to visit my website, http://www.bobbittelari.com. You will find valuable information about the home buying process, buyer representaion, financial information, and most importantly at this time for you, the section on Commonwealth Communities.
Best of luck in your search.
It is diverse and any way one defines diversity, it is here in JP. Not to mention all the hips restaurants and pubs. Finally it is less expensive then other areas of the city and affordable for first time buyers. I have lived in the area for many years and would be happy to answer any or all questions and show you around.