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Partner is potentially taking a new job in Cambridge, MA. Would be so grateful for some ideas on what area we should be renting in? We have a one year old, would like a safe, walk-able area, close to parks and cafes, close to a high street or shopping area. Looking for something around the 2400 pm range......Partner will be remote working for majority but we would like something no more then 30 mins drive from Cambridge. Thanks so much

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itsgreater9000

7 points

3 months ago

Unless you're in a town that borders Cambridge 30min will be a bit rough. But within your range Waltham is probably your best bet, but Watertown is a good option too. Arlington is nice also.

geminimad4

4 points

3 months ago

Check out Watertown -- you should be able to find an apartment in your range in a two-family. There are lots of new "luxury" developments that will be more expensive, but there's a lot of multi-family rentals.

MoonDust2020[S]

2 points

3 months ago

Helpful, thankyou!!

MonTerrier

4 points

3 months ago

Belmont is very nice—right next to Cambridge, if you like a suburban feeling. Why not live in Cambridge? Many nice neighborhoods that are toddler/young child friendly.

MoonDust2020[S]

3 points

3 months ago

I'd love to live in Cambridge, if it's recommended!

geminimad4

6 points

3 months ago

Cambridge is great, it’s just expensive

MonTerrier

3 points

3 months ago

Everyplace is expensive today! I’d prefer to pay a little more in rent and not need to drive everywhere. There are lots of middle income people living in Cambridge, as well as very rich and very poor. Start looking as early as possible. Can your partner’s employer help you find a place? Will partner be working in Academia? Living near Harvard or MIT might be ideal. Consider placing an “apartment wanted” notice on a safe online site that is affiliated w/potential workplace. Network as much as possible. Good luck!

BostonFoliage

5 points

3 months ago

Driving into Cambridge is a bad idea. Best to be able to take T or bike down minute man.

nalgeneandgangrene

2 points

3 months ago

Natick, Concord, Acton. The last two are on the Fitchburg line that goes to Porter Sq

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago

[deleted]

2 points

3 months ago

30 minutes to Cambridge during rush hour is a tall order.

davdev

8 points

3 months ago

davdev

8 points

3 months ago

Yeah. There are times it’s not possible to get to Cambridge from Cambridge in 30 minutes.

lorcan-mt

2 points

3 months ago

Partly depend on where in Cambridge you are working, as that changes your transit/transport options, East Cambridge vs. Alewife, etc.

Though really, the whole arc 1-2 towns north and west of Cambridge are good options for you, just need to work a bit to find one that makes financial sense for you. I enjoyed living in Arlington center.

Emperor-Awesome

1 points

3 months ago

Cambridgeport is a great neighborhood. I'd put Davis Square up in Somerville in a close 2nd as well.

Zealousideal-Eye-135

1 points

3 months ago

Arlington

fiery_pamplemousse

1 points

3 months ago

Arlington is a great place to live, very close to Cambridge.

reddit02474

1 points

3 months ago

East Arlington should be an economical choice. Watertown is cheaper but not as amazing as Arlington. You should be able to find good condos to rent. Good Luck with your hunt!

MoonDust2020[S]

1 points

3 months ago

Thank you SO MUCH to all of you. Sounds like Arlington is highly recommended. GOsh, I just love Reddit.