Having spent the past few days looking at different apartments in Boston, neighborhood envy is the name of the game these days.
Before coming to Boston, I was determined to be a glamorous urbanite and stay in posh areas of Beacon Hill, Back Bay or South End. These three neighborhoods retained many of the English architecture that makes Boston so un-American and gives the city its genteel feel. The streets are narrow and in Beacon Hill, antique gas lamps light the street at night. Okie okie the lamps use electricity now but still….
But nothing like reality to get you down. Rents in these areas are at least 2000 USD for a small small one bedroom and even then it’s hard to get a good small small one bedroom. Add in the utilities, cable, internet, parking fees, I’m looking at 2.5K for a space that is the size of my bathroom in Chicago.
So with a heavy heart, I’m checking out …ahem… more residential areas such as Watertown and Arlington. Rents are lower, spaces are bigger and the commute to my office is shorter. Sounds perfect I guess.
Afterall, I’m more than my possessions right?