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July 10, 2013

William asks…

Moving to South Boston?

Hi. I plan (in the near future) on moving to South Boston. I was just wondering if anyone could give me good estimates on cheap apartments there? I searched the web a bit but most of the listings I found are for the nicer apartments and thats not really what im shooting for. lol Simply put I don’t need alot of room (Studio would do) and don’t care about the areas reputation. Not holding anyone to their answers just some guesses/estimates are what i’m looking for. :) Thanks.
Thanks. :) A buddy of mine was actually most likley be moving with me so knowing thats a definate plus to the situation. Thanks again! :)

Administrator answers:

As you may know, anywhere in Boston isn’t cheap. A studio in South Boston should be around 800-1100, which is some-what on the plus side. And it sounds like you are trying to save money. Being from boston, I recommend that u live with roommates. You can share an apartment with someone in JP, Allston, Cambridge and Brookline and maybe even south boston for about 400-600 bucks. Which is pretty SWEET. GOOD LUCK MAN! AND I HOPE I helped in some wayyy

Joseph asks…

what kind o job can a 20 year old do to earn income to get an apartment?

I’m a 20 year old female in college living in Boston with my mom i am looking for a job that pays me a decent amount of money so i can rent a room or a studio for my own..
what kind of job would i be able to do that can earn me the amount i need.. maybe something that pays 10-12 an hour part time. i go to school full time.

Administrator answers:

I would try for a job at a coffee shop, bookstore or other retail store — preferably something close to campus.

EDIT: Actually, coffee shops, bookstores and retail stores might pay less than that. I don’t know much about the Boston area job market, but around here those jobs would pay more like $8/hr. Maybe a job as a bartender (you’d have to get licensed) or waiter would be better. You can do pretty well in tips. A friend of mine used to regularly bring home $200/night in tips from an upscale restaurant.

John asks…

i really need to figure out how much this will cost?

i have a small apartment in a 12 unit building about 10 minutes from boston. it initially was a studio with kitchen and bathroom and 2 small porches. 1 prch has been enclosed and made into a very small bedroom (barely big enough for queensize bed and dresser). 2 of the walls of the bedroom ( converted porch) are now exterior walls and one wall faces into the living room. the other wall is the FORMER exterior wall and is brick with the bathroom on the other side. this wall has a door to the bath and closet on it with brick in between them. id like to now if its possible to remove that brick wall to open the bedroom up moving the bathroom to another area. and how much that might cost.

Administrator answers:

You definitely need to talk with a licensed contractor or maybe even an architect! When you start getting into moving or removing exterior walls, you really could compromise the buildings structure. Get several opinions on the project before you commit. Bids and consultations are free and you won’t really know what the true cost is unless you have a professional really investigate whether it is even possible. But keep in mind that no matter how well you plan a project, the final cost will always be a least 10% more that you or your contractor thought.

Lisa asks…

Can an apartment building turn off your power? Is this legal?

My apartment building is new and apparently they havent installed any meters for the building, so the management company gets one huge bill every month. Theyve decided to divide the bill by the number of units, and tell people that they must pay or they will shut off their electricty. Meanwhile the management company operates on the first floor, with many flatscreens and a/c’s running all day (obviously part of the bill).

The lease states that each person is only responsible for electricty uniquely metered to him/her.

Is what they’re doing legal?

Im a pretty poor college student living in a studio, and so charging me 77 per month for electricty is rediculous.

BTW, i live in Boston, MA.

THANKS

Administrator answers:

The lease is a contract so they can’t go against it. They must install the meters that is their responsibility. They can’t turn off your electricity.
The law sates that each party must stick to the contract signed.
If there is no meter they can charge you for the electricity. Call your local business bureau and report them if they try to cut your power; is their responsibility to install the meters not yours.

Sharon asks…

Can an apartment turn off your electricity? Is this legal?

My apartment building is new and apparently they havent installed any meters for the building, so the management company gets one huge bill every month. Theyve decided to divide the bill by the number of units, and tell people that they must pay or they will shut off their electricty. Meanwhile the management company operates on the first floor, with many flatscreens and a/c’s running all day (obviously part of the bill).

The lease states that each person is only responsible for electricty uniquely metered to him/her.

The exact wording is:

“The Lessee shall pay, as they become due, all bills for electricity and other utilities, whether they are used
for furnishing heat or other purposes that are furnished to the demised premises and presently separately
metered.”

Is what they’re doing legal?

Im a pretty poor college student living in a studio, and so charging me 77 per month for electricty is rediculous.

BTW, i live in Boston, MA.

THANKS

Administrator answers:

You are being ripped off BIG TIME. First off, your contract says it all. 3 Words; Small Claims Court
Secondly, I live in a 2000 sq foot home, and my monthly electric bill is never more than $50.00. Do you have electric heating? If so then your bill may be higher. I have Gas heating.

Steven asks…

Where to live in Massachusetts?

Hello, Now it’s not like I’m moving to Massachusetts in the next few months, it’s in my future to move to a New England state, (a few years) so now I am just looking into Massachusetts, not really worrying on making a decision yet, but trying to get a rough idea, any way, however I’m just curious what to you think would be a good area of Massachusetts to get a pretty good job (generally speaking), live in a studio or 1 bed apartment.

Generally, from what I’ve experienced and prefer, I’d like to live in a town with less than 50,000 people (this doesn’t mean if it has 59,994 people I’m not going to live in it, I just like smaller areas to live in) or so that’s under an hour or so away from Boston or so, and a town that doesn’t have high crime and is peaceful, I’m just looking for areas of the state. I certainly want to live in Eastern Massachusetts, any suggestions? I’m not looking for anything extremely specific.

I’d also prefer this suggestion from a current or previous Bay Stater, NOT a GOOGLER.

Thanks, and remember, feel free to suggest something out of my preferences, and please get detailed, it really helps.

Also, remember I’m not just hooked on Massachusetts, It’s just currently the state I’m trying to look at and see if I want to live there in my future.

Thanks
Colee – Thanks a lot!
Melisssa E, you made it extremely confusing for me to find a place to even start looking, I’m a native to New York, not Massachusetts, so looking between highways like that gives me too many towns to look at. Suggestions like East Cost, South Shore make it easy enough for me to actually start looking around.

Administrator answers:

I live in the Easter part of MASS. I live on the south shore. The town is called Rockland. Its a tiny town. The surrounding towns are pretty good. Theres a mall in Hanover (next town over) and a PLAZA mall in Braintree (20 minute drive) and deff. Not that far from Boston. Hop on the highway, youll be there in about 30-40 minutes.

Its a really good place to live :)

Laura asks…

Where could I live in Massachusetts?

Hello, Now it’s not like I’m moving to Massachusetts in the next few months, it’s in my future to move to a New England state, (a few years) so now I am just looking into Massachusetts, not really worrying on making a decision yet, but trying to get a rough idea, any way, however I’m just curious what to you think would be a good area of Massachusetts to get a pretty good job (generally speaking), live in a studio or 1 bed apartment.

Generally, from what I’ve experienced and prefer, I’d like to live in a town with less than 50,000 people (this doesn’t mean if it has 59,994 people I’m not going to live in it, I just like smaller areas to live in) or so that’s under an hour or so away from Boston or so, and a town that doesn’t have high crime and is peaceful, I’m just looking for areas of the state. I certainly want to live in Eastern Massachusetts, any suggestions? I’m not looking for anything extremely specific.

I’d also prefer this suggestion from a current or previous Bay Stater, NOT a GOOGLER.

Thanks, and remember, feel free to suggest something out of my preferences, and please get detailed, it really helps.

Also, remember I’m not just hooked on Massachusetts, It’s just currently the state I’m trying to look at and see if I want to live there in my future.

Thanks

Policy because the last time I asked this it got poor answers
-I don’t care if it’s Taxachusetts, so is it here in New York.
-I don’t care about the f$&%@&* weather, I could live in Canada perfectly fine!
-I don’t care about sports.

-I don’t care if you hate it! So many people hate New York including myself and I live here, and people MOVE HERE and MOVE OUT, IT’S THE WAY IT IS WITH EVERY SINGLE US STATE!
-I really like Massachusetts from my experience, so because I am considering moving there please respect it. You might want to move to New York, and I don’t like it here, so you’d like me to respect that because you might like New York, and you might want to move here

Thanks again and in advance. Details, respect, details, native bay staters ONLY please, no “I have family”, no “I visited”, and NO “I GOOGLED”.
Where I live, it’s only 5-6 degrees warmer at max than Boston, Massachusetts, and we’ve had some really rough winters, so I’m not worried about living in Massachusetts in terms of weather.

Thanks for all your suggestions, guys.
Hello Susan, Thanks for your post.
I’m Italian, and have grown up with both parents being Italian, my mother purebred, my father partial, so I know what you mean by Italian, because it’s not just a region of Massachusetts, it’s pretty much all (95%) of American-Italians ;-) . I’m finishing up with High School, so I’m have extremely low experience with any other State than New York, really, and of course life. I have some interests in Apple, generally technology, and the advancing technology in PCs and OSes and software, and more geeky things :) I have an above average IQ, which doesn’t classify me as a super-human, but I’ve had the opportunity in my life to see the world in a different way than others. I’m looking to go to Massachusetts, because New York I do love, and it is in my heart, but it’s a bit too much for me, I know Mass won’t be any miracle or superstate, but I’ve really had good experiences and like what I’ve been with Massachusetts. To be continued…
… Continuing. I like the pace in New York, I do work better bit slower, but I don’t want to move down south. It’s truly beautiful down there, and it’s great to vacation, but to live there is NOT in my future, I just simply couldn’t do that. I prefer New England, because I’ve been there quite and bit, and I like it. The people are generally friendlier then New Yorkers (of course it’s still America and Planet Earth), + I’d picking Massachusetts to want to live in, because I love New York, + want to live in a New state, + have a new experience. I could certainly live in another region of New York, but how nice it could be, it’s still New York. I’d also like to move to a more peaceful region of Massachusetts because it’s a smaller state, and things aren’t that many hours apart, and there’s lots of awesome places in Massachusetts + I like the pace :)
Bottom line: Technology <3er, just someone looking to start their life after collage in NE and or MA, love NY, but I’d like to move out + on
P.S. I’m a guy :)

Administrator answers:

Basicly, just about anyplace between 128 and 395 fits the bill.

Here are some towns you might want to consider: Marlboro, Medway, Bellingham, Southboro, Natick, Medford, Wakefield, Sudbury, Sharon, Westboro, Burlington, Boxboro, Hudson
I should point out that some of these towns are kinda pricey

There are are few towns to avoid: Brockton, Lynn, Framingham, a few others.

If you are willing to have a longer commute, much of Worcester county is very nice.
If you don’t like traffic, there are commuter rails that to from many suburbs to Boston

Another thing, if you are from a warm climate, that Massachusetts gets extremely cold in the winter. And it can get to the point where it is physically painful

EDIT: I should point out that Fitchburg is a hole in the ground, and it has an infestation of skinheads. Nicer towns in The Worcester area include Grafton, Shrewsbury, Barre, Boylston, West Boylston, Uxbridge, Northboro, and Charlton. The city of Worcester (pop 180,000) also has many nice neighborhoods

Lifelong MA resident

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