Boston is a wonderful city to call home. It is the capital of the state of Massachusetts and is the largest city in the six state New England region. Boston is home to Harvard University and MIT. It is known for its brownstones and picturesque parks. The city is also very pedestrian friendly, yet is full of urban amenities coupled with small town charm and hospitality.
But Boston with all of its charm is one of the most expensive cities in which to live in America. The cost of living here is 240% above national averages. Renting an apartment in this area is going to run you about 50% higher than anywhere else in America. For instance, a two bedroom two bath apartment starts at $1900 a month. One bedrooms begin at $1000 a month with few if any amenities. There are rentals available all over the city, however if money is the issue then you need to concentrate your search in the neighborhoods of Allston, Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston or Jamaica Plain. In recent years, the rents have decreased in these areas, but not by much. The rents outside the city limits are better and worth exploring in Revere, Everett, and Somerville to name a few.
Boating seems to be the favorite Bostonian pastime with watching professional sports a close second. The local pro teams include the Red Sox, the Celtics, and the Bruins hockey team. The city offers the Freedom Trail which is an historic walk around sixteen locations important to the events of the Revolutionary War. Boston Harbor has undergone a tremendous renovation going from one of the most polluted in America to the cleanest harbor in America. Boston is a true melting pot of cultures and ethnicities.
The State’s economy is in full swing coupled with a low unemployment rate, so it seems to be a good place to find a high paying job if you’re in the market. The fishing and shipping markets here is legendary, but there has been rapid growth in the high tech fields and research, along with finance, trade and telecommunications. In addition, tourism is a primary employer in the area and is growing stronger daily.
One way to speed up the rental process is to prepare ahead of time, a renter’s profile to give to landlords and rental agents. This profile includes all of your personal and professional information, as well as your financial information as well as a credit check.