Living Alone in Boston

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With 35 colleges and universities, an innovative economy that many say is the best in the nation, some of the country’s most beautiful historical and cultural attractions, proximity to breathtaking scenery at every turn and a tremendous quality of life, Boston is one of the most desirable places in America for young professionals to call home. It ranks 30th on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Places to Live list. And many of them are doing it alone.

About half the American population is currently single, and a greater number of people than ever before — 31 million — live on their own. That’s more than a quarter of American households. In Boston, that number is even higher, with 37 percent of Bostonians choosing to go it alone.

And why wouldn’t they? There’s no need to share that remote, no worrying about picking up your mess or stepping over someone else’s. You can feel free to let your freak flag fly. And it may help to know that science backs you all the way on this: living alone gives your brain the downtime it really needs, which is essential to improving productivity and creativity. In our increasingly over-connected society, living alone may be one of the only ways we can get that desperately needed alone time.

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But what’s life in Boston really like? And how do you go about living in Boston on your own? We have a few ideas.

Single Life in Boston

Boston is an incredibly diverse city, made up of people from all races, ethnicities, nationalities and lifestyles. According to the U.S. Census, in the heart of Boston in Suffolk County, the population is 48 percent white, 20 percent black, 20 percent Hispanic and eight percent Asian.

Part of what draws people to this area is its age — the city is one of the nation’s oldest, and it’s renowned the world over for its history and for being a seat for democracy in America.

It also has more institutions for higher education than any other nation in the country, 3-bostonluxe-youngwhich makes it highly attractive, particularly for young singles. A large percentage of the population is college students, and the median age in the city is a relatively young 38.7 years. This drives much of the city’s rhythm. For instance, most landlords and property owners rent Boston apartments on a full-year, school-calendar basis (Sept. 1 — Aug. 31 is the most common lease period).

The young-skewing makeup of Boston’s population makes for a high number of special events, late-night entertainment options and arts exhibitions and performances, all of which tend to target young professionals. For example, the HUBweek festival was created to address this burgeoning population growth among young professionals, bringing together more than 130 organizations to celebrate innovation in art, science and technology.

The event brings some of the world’s most brilliant and creative minds to attend and present curated conversations, summits, film festivals, open studios and art tours, a massive Demo Day and even opportunities to sample craft beer.

Working in Boston

Because Boston’s population is among the most highly educated in the world, innovation and job creation are happening here at a voracious rate. Forbes says Boston is more highly sought after for tech pros than Silicon Valley and New York, because it’s cheaper than both and captures the most highly educated population of workers than any other place in the country. Massachusetts ranks highest in the nation for its per-capita ranking in tech-related patenting, licensing and venture capital, and it also places first nationally in high-tech research and development, testing and life science industries.

Major industries driving economic growth in Boston include:

  • Financial services
  • Technology
  • Manufacturing
  • Medicine and life sciences — Harvard, MIT, the National Institutes of Health, Massachusetts General, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Dana Farber Cancer Institutes are located here, as are biopharmaceutical companies Celgene Corp. and Roche Holding and medical devices company Baxter International.
  • Fishing — More than 2.5 million pounds of fish are caught in the waters around Boston each year.

And the area is even more attractive to young single professionals now that the city is devoting considerable effort to create more affordable housing for entrepreneurs, with a startup village in the works to give companies low-cost options for housing while they get off the ground. And a higher percentage of 18-to-34-year-olds were employed in Boston (71 percent in the 2009 — 2013 period) than the average for the nation (65 percent) for that same period.

With high rates of education come high salaries, and younger adults earn comparatively high wages here, especially those who work right in the city. The median income for millennials is $44,548, while the median income is $33,883.

Affordable Things to Do in Boston

There are far too many things for Bostonians to do in their leisure time for us to name them all here. Young singles in particular will appreciate knowing that this Colonial city steeped in historical monuments, green spaces and culture also provides access to most of these things for free or at a low cost. Along with hundreds of music venues, theater and performance companies (including the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston Ballet), you’ll find free outdoor concerts, attractions and festivals throughout the year.

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For instance, take the Boston Landmarks Orchestra, which offers performances in significant historical or cultural settings throughout the Boston area. These events are always free.

Here’s a roundup of some noteworthy, favorite, affordable things for young people to do in Beantown:

  • Parks and scenic outdoor spaces — The collection of scenic outdoor spots for strolling, playing or people-watching available in Boston is truly astounding. This is a sports town, after all, and there are plenty of places to watch or play them. And simply walking the city streets is a veritable feast for the senses.

We love the Emerald Necklace park system, a 100-plus-year-old system of six parks designed by Frederick Law Olmsted that stretches from the Back Bay to Dorchester and features hiking/biking/walking trails, sailing, golf, tennis, softball, baseball, basketball, a cricket pitch, fishing, a bridle path, a wildflower meadow, playgrounds, an arboretum and a zoo. This destination draws more than a million visitors a year and could one day be right in your backyard.

Other mentionable spots nearby include Boston Common, offering 50 acres of public land for roaming and relaxing. A short drive away, there’s the White Mountains in New Hampshire, Middlesex Falls, historic Salem and Thoreau’s famed Walden Pond. Or, check out the night sky at Coit Observatory at Boston University, with public open nights. And, of course, there are numerous historic walking tours, including the 2.5-mile Freedom Trail that offers visitors glimpses of 16 nationally significant historic sites. Unlimited free outdoor adventures await you here.

  • Arts and culture — As if 57 National Historic Landmarks (including the Beacon Hill Historic District, Boston Common, Boston Naval Shipyard, Bunker Hill Monument, U.S.S. Constitution, Faneuil Hall, the Paul Revere House and Symphony Hall) weren’t enough to keep you occupied, you’ll also find no end to the artistic and cultural experiences you can have here.

There’s the Museum of Fine Arts, which is home to nearly 450,000 pieces and one of the most comprehensive exhibitions in the world; the Institute of Contemporary Art, showcasing contemporary art in all media; the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, showcasing fine and decorative art; and the Harbor Gallery, where emerging and re-emerging artists from around the world show their work.

And, of course, the Boston Public Library — the first municipal library in the U.S. — offers free tours to the public every day. Cultural activities include the SoWa Open Market, featuring a steady rotation of artisans in an open-air market; Faneuil Hall Marketplace, featuring performances and exhibitions; and numerous cultural festivals year ‘round.

  • Night life 5-bostonluxe-barsBars and pubs usually stay open in Boston until about 2 a.m. and can easily be accessed by public transportation. The bar scene thrives in Fenway, Brookline, Faneuil Hall, Brighton and Mission. One of Boston’s liveliest scenes for night life is in the West End near TD Garden, with dance clubs, Irish pubs and sports bars.

Historic taverns and the Samuel Adams Brewery call Boston home as well, and don’t forget the famed Cheers bar.

  • Professional networking — The Boston area offers more opportunities than most other cities for young professional singles to meet others and share professional development and friendship. Most of them offer events that are free or cheap to attend, anyone can join or pop into an event unannounced, and you might even come away with a new friend or job lead.

These include Boston Young Professional Association, Greater Boston Chamber Young Professionals Network, Boston Social & Professional Networking and Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (specifically for young Bostonians in the nonprofit sector). There’s also the Boston Young Professionals and Boston Newcomers, both established by the Boston Event Hub, a citywide effort to bring Bostonians together in a number of ways. It offers dozens of groups for meeting others.

Maximize your budget as you explore your new stomping grounds. Pick up the Go Boston Card, where you pay one low price and choose from more than 40 Boston attractions, and save up to 55 percent on gate admission prices. There’s also Boston CityPass, which costs only $55 for adults.

Check out CityOfBoston.gov and BostonOnBudget.com for information about stuff to do around town — much of it free or low-cost. You also can check out Meetup.com’s list of free and cheap things to do in Boston, with information about free outdoor activities, lectures, workshops and more.

Getting Around in Boston

Driving in Boston may not make sense, between paying for gas and parking, and many apartment buildings don’t have parking lots. But the good thing is, you may not need to drive at all. Beantown was ranked the 3rd Most Walkable City in the U.S. by the George Washington University School of Business, thanks to its urbanized suburbs (in which neighborhoods are totally walkable and provide all one’s daily needs) and mass transit options. In fact, the GW survey projects that Boston is just around the corner from being #1 on that list.

6-bostonluxe-commutersIn a survey by The Urban Land Institute Boston/New England, 80 percent of millennials in Boston ranked mass transit as being “very important” in choosing where they live, and 81 percent say having an easy commute is very important as well. The city has one of the highest shares of non-car commuters in the country. Only 26 percent of millennials drive alone to work or school — the rest walk, bike or use the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority, or MBTA (affectionately known as “The T”), which offers an efficient system of buses, subways, ferries and a commuter rail line.

The MBTA also offers a useful app that shows schedules and real-time arrivals for buses, subway trains, commuter lines and ferries, and keeps you informed of delays. It stops throughout Boston and runs all day and evening.

Living in Boston Alone

So let’s talk for real about your options for living alone in Boston. Is it doable? Is it really as expensive as they say?

First, some hard facts. Yes, the cost of living in Boston is about 20 percent higher than the national average. Stuff just generally costs more here than you may be used to paying. It’s the fourth most expensive city for housing, with the average rental price hitting more than $2,000 in 2015 — 2016. More than half of Boston-area renters spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, and a quarter more spend more than half of their income on housing.

What’s behind this? Mostly, the city’s age. As we’ve explained in other posts, a high percentage of real estate tied up in historical buildings — not to mention some, shall we say, interesting city planning by our forefathers? — have led to a situation where space is at a bit of a premium. While some cities can just keep sprawling outward, Boston’s waterways have bound it tightly. As jobs grow, demand is simply outstripping supply. People charge high rents because, frankly, they can — and people tend to pay them.

But remember this: salaries tend to be higher in Boston too, and the fastest-growing jobs in Boston right now are also some of its highest-paying, which may help you in selecting a place to live.

What’s nice is that the homes in and around Boston have a charming, historical appearance that you often can’t find elsewhere. What Boston lacks in sleek or contemporary homes, it makes up for in character.

Here are some tips for finding and affording a home in Boston:

  • Select the right neighborhood. On your own, you’re probably not going to be able to afford a place in downtown, South End, Back Bay, Beacon Hill, the Financial District, Fenway/Kenmore or Chinatown. Rather, look for up-and-coming neighborhoods farther out of town that cater to young professionals. These include Allston, Brighton, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Charlestown. These areas tend to be more diverse and welcoming to young adults and new families.

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  • Use a realtor. Whether you’re looking for homes for sale in Boston or checking out Boston apartments or townhomes for rent, a realtor is a worthwhile expense. Realtors can find listings in your price range and in a neighborhood you like, and they can help you sort through the application and lease processes. Plus, they may have access to listings you don’t, and in a tight rental market like Boston’s, that’s really saying something.
  • Focus on practicality over style. It’s better to have a tiny place that meets your needs and is convenient for your life, rather than a luxurious spot off the beaten path. It should be safe for walking and biking and close to mass transit options. Start with neighborhoods you know you can afford that are close to your work, grocery stores, your gym or other locations you frequent. And don’t discount proximity to grocery stores, either — if you’re too far from one, you might be tempted to default to takeout, which is a bad money move.

And consider other costs such as parking fees, whether you’ll need to pay for additional storage, laundromat costs and other non-refundables. You don’t need a dishwasher, but you do need a place that’s safe, warm and close by.

  • Rent from the right people. Boston townhomes, apartments and rental homes that are managed by big corporations may be hard to work with and less likely to cut you a deal. Instead, look for small property management companies and individual landlords, who may be willing to negotiate with you, may be cheaper to rent from and may even become friends. This kind of personal connection can be valuable if you’re new to the area.
  • Check that budget again, and again. Master your budget and really be honest with yourself about whether you can actually afford to live on your own. Remember that a budget isn’t just about living expenses. It’s also about groceries, utilities, transportation, furniture, clothing and a few other things that make up your life, some of them unexpected.

Try some budgeting websites like Mint.com, You Need a Budget, Reddit’s personal finance page or My Total Money Makeover, which offer tools for paying down debt and managing your money. And if you just aren’t sure whether you can make it work…

  • …Consider a roommate. We know — you have your heart set on living alone, and we don’t blame you. But even if it’s just for a year, consider this: with an average rent of a little more than $2,000 in Boston, not to mention utilities, getting someone to share half of that with you is a bit like getting a $1,300/month paycheck. What could you do with that? One thing you could do is save up for a down payment on a future home purchase.

Experts recommend you keep three months’ rent on hand to cover costs such as first and8-bostonluxe-credit-report last months’ rent, security deposits and broker fees, so be sure you’ve saved that up before you start shopping for a home. And maintain a high credit score, which can significantly affect your ability to get the place you want. Even one late payment can affect your score.

You’re entitled to one free credit report a year, so take advantage and stay on top of your credit before considering moving out on your own in Boston.

Saving Money in Boston

If living alone in Boston is where your heart lies, there are ways to make it happen. It may take some effort to save up, and you may have to live a fairly frugal lifestyle for a bit, but it’s likely to be worth it for the experience of living in Boston, one of the most exciting and culturally rich cities in the world.

Cut a few corners with these tips:

  • Sell your car. Really, we’ve said it before, but it bears repeating: you won’t need it. Use public transportation or walk, or even get a bike or scooter. For the occasional weekend trip, rent a car. Otherwise, skip on gas and parking fees.
  • Shop smart. Buy store brands and generics, and shop at cheaper grocery stores such as Market Basket (consistently the lowest prices of any chain in the Northeast) and Costco. Buy in bulk for big savings. Print coupons found online. Check grocery circulars for deep discounts and sales.
  • Buy used. There’s a huge used market in Boston. Think about it — more wealthy people means more quality stuff that’s given or thrown away. Shop thrift stores such as Revolve (Belmont, Lexington, Winchester), Keezer’s (Cambridge), Buffalo Clothing Exchange (Somerville, Allston), Boomerangs (Jamaica Plain), Urban Renewals (Allston) and, of course, Goodwill.
  • Buy nothing. Hit up the Buy Nothing Project, with a local chapter in Cambridge, where neighbors can give and share used things with each other. Freecycle is similar — this nonprofit grassroots website is a place where people can offer up their old belongings for free in order to keep those items out of landfills. You might just score some free treasures. And check garage sales and the sides of roads. The city’s biggest moving day is Sept. 1, and that may be a good time to do a little treasure hunting.

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  • Don’t eat out. Instead, pack your lunches. Americans spend nearly $1,000 a year on eating out for lunch. And that’s just lunch! Couldn’t you do something else with that money? Keep a tight rein on your dining out budget.
  • Review your bills. Is there a place where you can cut expenses? Shop around for insurance policies that might save you money. Can you cut the cable bill, or cut back on channels? What about your phone bill? Can you negotiate a lower interest rate on your credit card?
  • Find cheap entertainment. Don’t rent movies or buy books — the public library offers both at no charge (and the tennis court next door to the Cambridge Public Library is free for the public). Most local museums offer some time each week for free admission to adults.
  • 10-bostonluxe-alcoholSip wisely. Skipping alcohol could save you about $10,000 a year, and skipping your weekly Starbucks habit could save you about $780 a year.
  • Pick up extra money. Rent out some extra space in your Boston apartment or townhome on Airbnb — a spare room, a mattress or the whole place when you leave town. Drive for Uber or Lyft a few times a week. Run errands for Task Rabbit. There might be a few ways to earn extra cash.

Living alone in Boston is doable, if you’re smart and plan ahead. When you’re ready to look at homes for sale in Boston or to check out what’s available in the Boston apartments and townhomes scene, let us know.

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What Should You Know Before Moving to Boston?

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Moving is a big life decision. You could be relocating for work, to be with a significant other or maybe you just need a change of scenery. Whatever the reason, it’s important to familiarize yourself with your new city and prepare for the move. If you are moving to Boston or are just considering a move to the major East Coast city, we have created the ultimate guide for what you need to know.

The Basics

Founded in 1630, Boston is rich in American history. Today, the city is a thriving urban center. Approximately 667,137 people live in Boston, according to the United States Census Bureau.2-bostonluxe-gender

Of those people, 47.8 percent are men, and 52.2 are women. Additionally, Governing magazine ranked the strength of state economies based on factors like per capita GDP, personal income per capita and job growth. The top five states are:

  • Massachusetts
  • Oregon
  • Delaware
  • Colorado
  • California

As the capital city of Massachusetts, Boston plays a significant role in the state’s economic strength, and it also ranks high when it comes to equality. In terms of non-discrimination laws, fair employment, law enforcement, municipal services and relationship with the LGBTQ community, Boston earned a perfect score of 100 points from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.

Types of Homes

Of course, you’ll need a place to stay when you’re living in Boston, so you will need to determine whether you are going to rent or buy. It’s the third most expensive city to live in the United States, but there is a wide variety of options when you are on the market for a new home in this city.

If you are looking to buy, you’ll find homes for sale. If you’re looking to rent, there are also townhome and apartment rentals in Boston. As of 2013, the average prices for different home types in Boston are:

  • Mean price of a detached house: $402,463
  • Townhouse in a two-unit building: $804,212
  • Townhouse in a building with three to four units: $422,160
  • Townhouse in a building with five or more units: $608,953
  • Median gross rent: $1,263

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When it comes to buying, size has a big influence on price. Here are average home prices in Boston based on the number of bedrooms:

  • One-bedroom: $322,500
  • Two-bedroom: $357,000
  • Three-bedroom: $320,000
  • Four-bedroom: $725,000

When it comes to renting an apartment, the average price based on the number of bedrooms is:

  • Studio: $1,854
  • One-bedroom: $2,260
  • Two-bedroom: $2,828
  • Three-bedroom: $2,977

During 2016, the price of homes in Boston’s suburbs has been flat, while the price of homes in the city and its urban center continue to climb.

Neighborhoods

The next important step is selecting the Boston neighborhood you will live in. The right neighborhood depends on so many factors, including your commute to work, price, nightlife and the atmosphere. Boston is a city comprising a collection 23 neighborhoods, each with distinct characteristics. Here is a quick snapshot of each neighborhood:

  • Allston. Allston is one of the city’s most diverse neighborhoods with a mix of students, young professionals and immigrants. Harvard Avenue, Commonwealth Avenue and Brighton Avenue are a few of the main streets in Allston.
  • Back Bay. Back Bay is home to some of Boston’s most famous buildings, as well as beautiful, older homes. Back Bay is home to the Boston Public Library, Prudential Center and John Hancock Tower.
  • Bay Village. One of the most expensive Boston neighborhoods to live in, Bay Village is a smaller neighborhood made of up rows of brick buildings that house both shops and homes. Boston’s theater district is in this neighborhood.4-bostonluxe-beacon-hill
  • Beacon Hill. Beacon Hill is one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods and is home to a number of historical sites. The neighborhood reflects the city’s colonial roots with brick sidewalks and a number of antique stores.
  • Brighton. Brighton is a family-friendly neighborhood with plenty of multi-family homes. If you are looking for townhome rentals in Boston, Brighton may be a good place to start. Washington Street is the central street in this neighborhood.
  • Charlestown. Charlestown is a north-side city flanked by the Boston Harbor and Mystic River. Charlestown has a long history as an Irish neighborhood, though today it has many different people living there.
  • Chinatown-Leather District. Chinatown is central spot for Boston’s Chinese community. The neighborhood is a mix of residential, commercial and historical buildings. The Leather District is a small area — just nine-blocks long — and it has a mix of residential and commercial buildings.
  • Dorchester. Dorchester is the largest neighborhood in Boston and is home to a diverse population, but many Vietnamese live here. The Vietnamese Community Center and number of Vietnamese restaurants are part of the Dorchester community.
  • Downtown. Boston’s Downtown is the city’s busy center and is home of the historic Freedom Trail. The Downtown area has a stretch of waterfront space and a number of sites alive with activity throughout the year, including the City Hall Plaza.
  • East Boston. 5-bostonluxe-east-bostonEast Boston is a waterfront neighborhood and is also home to Logan Airport. Many buildings in this neighborhood have a view out across Boston Harbor.
  • Fenway-Kenmore. Baseball fans will immediately recognize this neighborhood as the home of Fenway Park and the Boston Red Sox. The Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is also the location of the Boston Symphony Hall and Museum of Fine Arts.
  • Hyde Park. Hyde Park is Boston’s southernmost neighborhood, which offers a blend of suburban living and city atmosphere. Fairmount Avenue, Hyde Park Avenue and River Street are some of the main streets in this neighborhood. Hyde Park also has two business districts: Cleary and Logan Square.
  • Jamaica Plain. Jamaica Plain is home to a large Latino population, young families and more. Boston’s famous Emerald Necklace park system borders this neighborhood.
  • Mattapan. The Mattapan neighborhood is known for its efforts to be environmentally friendly, as well as its strong African American and Caribbean community. The neighborhood has great resources for families, such as the Mattapan Boys and Girls Teen Center.
  • Mid-Dorchester. Mid-Dorchester is a collection of four different sections: Uphams Corner, Bowdoin/Geneva, Four Corners and Codman Square. Each section has plenty of restaurants. Additionally, the area has begun to see a surge of new development.
  • Mission Hill. Mission Hill has a mix of different home types including condos, triple-decker houses and brick row homes. This neighborhood is just a mile from the Downtown area.
  • North End. North End was the home of Paul Revere. Today, the neighborhood is home to many Italian Americans. North End also has plenty of outdoor spaces, including an outdoor pool.
  • Roslindale. You will find shopping, dining and plenty of green space in the Roslindale neighborhood. Roslindale is also home to the Arnold Arboretum.
  • Roxbury. Roxbury is in the midst of a renewal period and is rapidly becoming one of the city’s business districts. The neighborhood includes Dudley Square, Crosstown and Grove Hall.
  • South Boston. South Boston has a strong sense of tradition. The neighborhood’s beaches and recent renewal make it a popular place to live today. The neighborhood’s Fort Point area is a magnet for Boston’s community of artists.
  • South End. South End, near Downtown, is home to many young professionals, families and members of the LBGTQ community. South End has a large collection of brownstone buildings as well as a large collection of parks.
  • West End. West End is considered an up-and-coming neighborhood due to its growing residential numbers. TD Garden and Massachusetts General Hospital are in the West End neighborhood.
  • West Roxbury. West Roxbury has acres of sports fields and trails as well as many single-family homes. The neighborhood is famed for being visited by literary figures such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

The People

Boston is a diverse city, with both people who have generations of history in the city and people who have recently moved there. Either way, you will find the people who live here to be well-education and to have a lot of city pride.

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The city has more than 30 colleges and universities, in addition to being located near Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

One interesting note is the typical Boston accent so often used and talked about in popular culture is not nearly as widespread as you might think. However, Boston does have some regional slang you will notice after living there for some time.

Getting Around

Transportation is another big item to check of your list when preparing for a move. Will you be driving or taking public transportation?

Like any city, owning a car in Boston can be challenging. You have to think about parking — both paying for and finding a spot. In Boston, you’ll find street meters for parking. Additionally, depending on where you live, you could need a residential parking permit. There is also the question of traffic. Boston’s one-way streets, roundabouts and ramps are going to be busy and, at first, a little confusing.

If you’ve decided against driving as your main form of traversing the city, Boston does have public transportation. The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority operates subways, trolley cars, buses and boat service in the city. The entire system is known as the “T.” The T stops running at 12 a.m., but you can flag down a taxi if you are staying out late.

Working

The job market and income prospects in this city have a positive outlook. Boston, and 7-bostonluxe-jobsNew England in general, has shown job growth over the past year. From May 2015 to May 2016, Massachusetts had job growth rate of 1.5 percent, while unemployment is on the decline. The education and healthcare industries have had the largest job growth over the past year, while the leisure and hospitality markets are close behind in new jobs.

In 2015, the median household income for Boston residents was $55,775, up 3.83 percent over the past year and up more than five percent over the past three years. This income is more than $23,000 greater than the overall median household income for the United States.

Healthcare

Health coverage is an essential benefit and an important issue to consider when you move. Massachusetts has one of the lowest rates of uninsured individuals in the country — just four percent, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation — thanks in part to the state’s universal healthcare system. This system has been in place for a decade.

The Weather

Boston is a city of seasons. You can expect sunshine, rain, leaves to change color and snow. Here are a few quick things to know about the weather in Boston:

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  • The city gets an average of 2,615 hours of sunshine every year.
  • Boston gets an average of 44 inches of snow and 43.76 inches of rain on an annual basis.
  • January is generally the coldest month of the year, with an average low temperature of 22 degrees Fahrenheit and an average high temperature of 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • July is the hottest month with an average high of 81 degrees Fahrenheit and an average low of 65 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The spring months of March, April and May have moderately cool weather, ranging from a low of 31 degrees Fahrenheit to a high of 66 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • The fall months of September, October and November also have moderate temperatures ranging from 38 degrees Fahrenheit to 72 degrees Fahrenheit.

If you are coming from somewhere else on the East Coast or from the Midwest, this type of weather will be nothing new. Just remember to evaluate your wardrobe and stock up clothing for the colder months ahead if you are from somewhere with a more temperate climate.

Things to Do

People love to live in cities because there is so much to do, and Boston is rich in entertainment options. There’s something for everyone, such as:

  1. Sports

Boston is big on sports. The Red Sox are the first thing many people think of when they think of this city, and this American League baseball team plays at the famous Fenway Park. The Red Sox last won the World Series in 2013.

Just outside the city, Gillette Stadium hosts the National Football League’s New England Patriots and the Major League Soccer team the New England Revolution. The National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup six times. The Boston Celtics, the city’s National Basketball Association team, and the Bruins play at TD Garden in the city. The Boston Breakers, the city’s Women’s Professional Soccer team, play at Harvard Stadium. The city also hosts the Boston Marathon.

Sports fans will find plenty of teams to root for and watch in Boston.

  1. Culture

Boston is home to a number of theaters and museums. Listen to the Boston Symphony Orchestra or go the Boston Opera House. You can see a Broadway Show at Wang Theatre or catch a comedy act at Wilbur Theatre as well.

The city also has one of the first public libraries in the country. The Museum of Fine Arts, Museum of Science, Museum of African American History and New England Sports Museum are just a few of the city’s cultural institutions open to the public, too.

  1. History

In addition to Boston’s cultural sites, you can explore some of the country’s early history at places like the Paul Revere House, the U.S.S. Constitution Museum and the Freedom Trail.

  1. Music

Every year, the city holds the Boston Calling music festival over Memorial Day weekend. Some of the city’s most popular live music venues include The Sinclair, The Royale and Paradise Rock Club.

  1. Shopping

Some of the best places in the city to shop include Newbury Street, Copley Place, Prudential Center and the Boston Public Market. You will find trendy boutiques, staple stores and plenty of places to eat.

  1. The outdoors

If you enjoy walking, running or just visiting green space, Boston has plenty to offer. The city is home to the Arnold Arboretum, Boston Common, the Public Garden and more.

Food and Drink

Every city has a strong opinion on what constitutes good food, including Boston. Luckily, Boston has some truly delicious dishes that earn it a reputation for tasty food. Boston is known for baked beans, as well as for some New England staples like clam chowder and lobster.

Try homemade baked beans made from a 150-year-old recipe at Durgin Park. Fall in love with Maine lobster rolls at Neptune Oyster. Sink your teeth into one of the city’s best burgers at Craigie on Main. Last, but not least, you will have to try the city’s famous dessert — head to Omni Parker House to indulge in a piece of Boston cream pie.

9-bostonluxe-restaurantsIn addition to restaurants, Boston has nearly 30 different farmers’ markets. These markets give Boston residents easy access to fresh, locally-grown foods.

If you are interested in nightlife, Boston’s bars stay open until 2 a.m., and the city has a mix of bars and clubs for every style and mood. If you are looking for a sports bar, try The Harp near TD Garden. Wine drinkers will love BISq, while mixology enthusiasts will flock to the Baldwin Bar. Boston also has a healthy brewery presence if you are interested in craft beer.

All coffee drinkers will be eager to know what their new city has to offer when it comes to the morning caffeine fix. Boston has its fair share of Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts shops, but it also has many local cafes to offer. The family-owned Little Figs has drip coffee as well as a regularly changing menu of espresso options, and Cafenation also has widely lauded coffee selection.

Making the Move

Moving day is one of the most stressful days anyone can experience. The best way to alleviate the stress is to be prepared as possible. You already know the basics of packing up before the movers arrive, but there are some moving day issues specific to Boston you should know, too.

If movers are transporting your belongings in a moving truck, the city recommends getting a moving day parking permit. This permit guarantees you a parking space on moving day and ensures you will not have to worry about getting a ticket on an already hectic day. You can apply for a pass online or in person at the Public Works office at City Hall.

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It is also important to know that the majority of leases on Boston begin and end at the beginning of September. This makes September 1 a very busy moving day. If you are one of the many people moving on this day, be prepared for restricted parking and street closures.

The city of Boston also recommends everyone carefully select a moving company. Any company providing moving services in Massachusetts has to be licensed by the state’s Department of Public Utilities. You can review movers through that department. You can also review potential movers through the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.

Let Boston Luxe Help You Find the Home of Your Dreams

Whether you have always wanted to live in Boston or the city has drawn you for another reason, finding the right home can make the difference in your overall experience. Whether you want to rent or buy, Boston Luxe Real Estate can help you find just the right fit. From apartments and townhouses for rent to single-family homes to buy in Boston, we will find you a place that will make this glorious city feel like home in no time.

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Top 10 Reasons for Moving to Boston

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Boston is a city that is rapidly earning a reputation as one of America’s most exciting and livable cities. The economy is growing, and its rich and storied history and distinct cuisine means Boston is a city that is one of a kind.

2-bostonluxe-statFurthermore, it is a city that embraces and cares for those who live there. In fact, according to a recent survey conducted by Forbes, Boston is the 4th safest city in the United States. It is also larger than the three cities ranked ahead of it.

With so many reasons to live here, we wanted to highlight all the best things about Boston living. There is so much to do. In other words, life in Boston is urban living at its best.

So whether you are already living in Boston or you are looking to make the move, we wanted to give you our top 10 reasons why Boston is the best city in America. After reading this guide, we are sure you’ll agree!

  1. The Best Seafood in the World

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Boston has always been known for its superior sea food. In fact, the city was practically built on the seafood industry. While other colonial cities were sustained by inland farming, Boston drew much of its bounty from the sea.

It’s no wonder, then, that the Union Oyster House, located right in the heart of Boston’s historical district is also the oldest active restaurant in the country.

The New England region is of course most famous for its lobster, and Boston is no exception. However, oysters are also a particular Boston delicacy. And who doesn’t associate New England with the clam chowder that bears its name? Put it side by side with its tomato-based distant cousin from New York, and there is no comparison. When it comes to “chowdah,” New England’s tops any list.

Boston’s fish scene is equally to die for, too. Many restaurants specialize in the freshest catches. Historically, Boston is known for its cod, and you can find it on most restaurant fresh fish lists. Striped bass and Bluefin tuna also abound in the areas around Boston Harbor, so if you prefer to eat local, these are also good options.

  1. A History as Rich as Any in America

Ask any Bostonian what makes their city distinct, and they’re likely to tell you about the history. When it comes to historical American cities, none can compare to Boston.

It all began when Puritans from England sought to establish a “city on a hill” in the New World. These religious folks were committed to pure living and diligent work, and the city soon began to bear the marks of a people looking to build something special in Massachusetts.

As the colonies grew, they also began to chafe under British rule. Again, Boston took a leadership position — first through dramatic boycotts and public protests, and then as the site of the very first battles between British Redcoats and Colonial Minutemen.

When the 13 colonies transformed into the United States, the young nation’s economic prospects abroad depended on the highly developed shipping industry in Boston. Simultaneously, the textile industry began to boom throughout New England, with Boston serving as the primary location for export.

The city also became an important destination for immigration, especially during the Great Potato Famine in Ireland. Persecuted Jewish Europeans also began to arrive as they sought a better life in America. Thus, Boston grew to become a city of rich diversity.

Today, the city has worked hard to put its history front and center, especially through its very popular Freedom Trail, which highlights the city’s revolutionary past. Even as the city takes confident steps into the future, it will always keep an eye on its past, fully aware of the important role it has played in the history of the United States.

  1. The Best and Most Dedicated Fans With Championships to Show for It

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It doesn’t matter what the sport, everyone knows that Boston fans show up with incredible enthusiasm. While many outside of New England decry Boston’s sports arrogance, with such amazing teams with a history of championship success, it is hard not to celebrate them passionately — especially if its at New York’s expense.

When it comes to America’s most popular sport, football, you’d have to be living under a rock not to notice the way the New England Patriots have dominated the NFL. Since the turn of the 21st century, the Patriots have won four Super Bowls, the most of any team over that time. While the team has also had to weather some controversy, Boston fans know this is just a consequence of the rest of the league’s jealousy.

Boston has fared equally well on the diamond during this same period. The Boston Red Sox entered the 21st century with one of sport’s most famous droughts. Known as the “Curse of the Bambino,” Boston suffered through 86 years with out a World Series Championship, reportedly caused by their ill-fated trade of Babe Ruth, arguably the best player to ever play the game. However, that all changed in 2004 when they finally won a championship. Since breaking the curse, the Red Sox have added two more championships. Plus, they play in the gorgeous and historical Fenway Park, the oldest stadium in the major leagues, making any game there a treat, whether they win or lose.

The Boston Celtics, the city’s NBA team, have won more championships than any other team in the sport. In the 80s, they often battled against their cross-country rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers, which pitted the game’s two best players, Boston’s Larry Bird and L.A.’s Magic Johnson, against each other. However, they have also recently found success, last winning in 2008.

Boston’s NHL team, the Bruins, are one of hockey’s “Original Six.” They’ve won the Stanley Cup a total of six times, most recently in 2011.

Boston’s MLS team is the only major sports team without a championship. However, they have been the runners-up five times in the league’s 20-year history.

  1. Awesome Public Transportation

5-bostonluxe-the-tAnyone from out of town will tell you that Boston’s streets are confusing, and it’s because the city wasn’t originally built with car traffic in mind. The streets wind all about, and anyone unfamiliar with the confusing turns is liable to get lost quickly.

However, Boston has provided locals with an excellent solution. While driving may be a pain, the city has a wonderful public transportation system. Run by the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority, the public transport system is affectionately known as “the T.”

The T is, according to the American Public Transportation Association, the fourth busiest metro system in the country. In addition, the underground portions of the T were the first subway lines laid in the United States — three years before New York completed the first section of its famed and far less comfortable subway.

The T is perfect for the urban professional, as it connects Boston’s urban center to the suburbs. Those areas in Boston that are not served by subway lines are easily reached using the T’s equally accommodating buses. The whole system also connects to to regional commuter rails, making moving through Massachusetts easy.

Considering space constraints of urban living, the T makes living in the city without a car a snap.

  1. Unrivaled Walkability

One of the benefits of such an old city laid out before the invention of the automobile is that it was actually designed to be walked. As a result, it is easy to walk where ever you want to go. In fact, with enough time, you can walk from one end of the city to the other. Additionally, because Boston’s many suburbs are nearly as old as the city itself, they also boast excellent walkability.

Many newer cities were built with quick car commutes in mind. As a result, streets are many lanes wide, making crossing a hazard. Furthermore, because there are so many cars on the road, air quality suffers, making walking hazardous in more way than one. That’s not the case in this historic city.

Additionally, Boston has a thriving walking culture. The beautiful scenery and well-kept streets are part of the city’s social life. Friends don’t just plan to meet for dinner — they also plan to take a stroll around the city, adding a little exercise and fresh air to the night’s list of things to do.

Finally, because the downtown is so compact, doing business by foot is equally easy. The result is a happier and healthier work force. Plus, because our summers are so mild, you won’t feel the need to hide inside with the A/C blasting all summer.

  1. World-Class Educational Institutions

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Boston is home to the country’s best students, hands down. With so many leading institutes of higher education, the best and brightest come from across American to learn. When they’re done, they often stay, bringing incredible economic value to the city. It’s no wonder many of the country’s leading technology and medical firms are highly invested in Boston.

Boston’s educational landscape begins with Harvard, the nation’s oldest institution of higher learning. It was established in 1636 and has since earned a reputation as one of the finest universities in the entire world. Eight United States presidents have attended the university as either undergrads or grads, and Harvard is the alma mater of tech geniuses Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg — with the latter developing Facebook while a student there.

Boston’s educational leadership doesn’t end there, either. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is one of the leading science and technical schools in the world, and many of science’s greatest breakthroughs are developed on its campus. More than a third of all U.S. manned space flights have included an MIT grad — Buzz Aldrin is listed among the institution’s famed alumni. Boston University is also noted for its excellent academics, and it’s where Martin Luther King, Jr. earned the “Dr.” in front of his name. The same is true of the similarly named Boston College, where current Secretary of State John Kerry earned his J.D. Tufts and Northeastern round out Boston’s fine academics.

While you may not be moving to Boston for school, so many successful institutions drive much of Boston’s economy as well as its cultural life.

  1. Fabulous Art Museums

7-bostonluxe-artThere are so many world-class museums in Boston that we can’t actually list them all. Additionally, as the arts scene grows, more new small galleries will surely open, so any art lover will always have new and wonderful treasures to discover.

However, the reason art is so front and center in Boston is because it has a long established history of supporting the arts. First among these excellent art institutions is the Museum of Fine Arts, commonly referred to as the MFA. They take a global perspective, placing the European masters next to breathtaking Japanese works and the finest artistic products to come out of Native America. Anyone wandering the museum’s halls will receive a global lesson in art history — one spanning across Africa, Australia and the Americas.

The smaller Robert Klein Gallery is focused exclusively on fine photography. Boasting a collection that covers the entire history of the medium, the museum houses works from Diane Arbus, Sally Mann, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Ansel Adams and Annie Liebowitz. It is much smaller than the MFA, but that affords you more time to really explore the wonderful photography that’s on display.

Finally, the Institute of Contemporary Arts is designed to present the latest and most innovative art, with its rotating collection being its biggest draw. These exhibits are thematic, meaning art is presented in ways that are provocative and relevant. Plus, the museum’s architecture is almost as stunning as the works housed inside.

For any art lover, Boston is a place to be, with many of the world’s leading and most innovative artists scrambling to make sure their works are on display somewhere in the city.

  1. A Thriving Craft Beer Industry

While many beer lovers are familiar with two of Massachusetts’s stand-out brews, Samuel Adams and Harpoon, many don’t realize that Boston’s brewing history extends back far longer than the founding of those breweries. Even in the 1800s, Boston’s beer culture was thriving.

Despite its long history, however, Boston also knows that we are currently living in the golden age of beer — and we really do have the Boston Beer Company, which brews Sam Adams, to thank for that. Back when the only beers available were macro brews that all tasted the same, Sam Adams founder Jim Koch dared to brew a beer that was full-flavored. Noting its success, many smaller brewers followed, leading to the advent of the craft beer industry.

While Bostonians are quick to thank Koch and company for getting the ball rolling, this isn’t a city known for resting on its laurels. Many small nano-brewers have continued to experiment and perfect their craft, offering their beers exclusively in small pubs. And what can be cooler than drinking a beer that only a true Bostonian would know?

  1. Theater That Rivals New York

When anyone thinks of American theater, Broadway usually comes to mind. But did you know the American Repertory Theater at Harvard is also a Tony Award winner?

This theater has been directed by the fabulous Diane Paulus since 2009, and her revivals of Porgy and Bess and Pippin won a Tony in 2012 and 2013, respectively. However, while these famed productions have earned the theater accolades, American Repertory Theater is most famous for its willingness to be daring. Because it is a smaller theater, it can experiment, putting on cutting-edge productions by some of the world’s most innovative theatrical voices.

Whether you are in the mood for musicals or more morose and minimalist pieces, Boston is a great place to see great theatrical productions, including many that are as well received as those on Broadway — without having to put up with the commotion that surrounds New York’s theater scene.

  1. A Booming Economy

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In the end, all the culture, history and sporting success is meaningless if you can’t find a job. Luckily, Boston is experiencing an economic boom.

Boston’s economic growth has come on the heels of its technological and scientific innovation. This is in no small part due to the robust pool of talent coming out of Boston’s many educational institutions, but it’s also a result of unmatched capital investment.

In fact, according to recent statistics, Boston ranks #6 on the Global Economic Power Index. Additionally, according to Boston Magazine, Massachusetts receives more venture capital investment per capita than any other state in the country.

This means there is plenty of work, especially in some of America’s most innovative industries. In addition to tech and science, Boston also is a leader in medical innovation, with its various medical research institutions achieving medical breakthroughs in the treatment of cancer, HIV and Type 1 diabetes.

But what’s even more incredible is that these industries are investing in the city, not just the surrounding suburbs. That means you can work and live within the city, allowing you to take advantage of Boston’s walkability and thriving nightlife. This kind of work-life balance is the key to being happy in addition to being successful, and it is a huge part of what makes Boston so livable.

Relocating to Boston

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While we are sure you are now convinced that Boston is a wonderful place to make a life, doing so does require a little bit of work. Moving to any city is full of certain challenges, from finding a job and a home, to actually moving your life from one place to another.

Thankfully, here at Boston Luxe, we are focused on providing Bostonians with the living experience they deserve and desire.

We pride ourselves in making relocation as easy and stress-free as possible. Whether you are looking to rent or own, our listings put the best of Boston living on display. Modern interiors and luxurious design work to give fine living a distinctly 21st-century feel.

Because we take the future so seriously, we are also focused on sustainability. Our office was recently renovated with environmental friendliness in mind. We use sustainable energy to power our offices. The only paper we use are those documents which are legally required to be signed in ink. We are committed to being carbon neutral. We like to think this is just one way we can keep up with the technological and scientific innovation that drives Boston’s economy.

If you are looking to buy, we list the finest and most accommodating condos and loft homes available in premier locations within the city. While each property is unique, they are all unified in their superior styling and luxurious appointments.

We are equally committed to providing rental options with the same focus on luxury, style and location. Each listing is selected by our real estate professionals to meet our exact standards for superior Boston living.

We even provide you with access to the latest condo renovations, allowing you to get in on the ground floor in some of Boston’s most hip and upscale listings.

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So no matter why you are moving to Boston, we want to be the ones to hand you your keys to this fabulous city. Whether you are coming to work in Boston’s booming tech sector or you are looking to retire in a city awash with culture, cuisine and history, we are committed to finding you the perfect home. Contact us today and find your new luxurious condo or apartment here in Boston, Massachusetts!

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10 Essential Boston Experiences

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Those of us from Boston know that the Massachusetts capital can be a confusing place to get around. A city of just over 650,000 people — according to the latest census data — there is seemingly little rhyme or reason to the city’s layout. While city lore states that Boston’s architects laid the roads on top of preexisting cow paths, in truth, the metropolis’ winding streets are simply a product of a lack of city planning. Those who originally settled here never imagined that the city would grow to such importance, and thus didn’t apply the kind of forethought to the laying of streets that those in cities like New York or Chicago did.

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As a result, wandering around confused has become a regular part of Boston living. In turn, whether you are moving to Boston, already living in Boston or are just visiting, there will always be essential experiences that you likely have missed while trying to figure out where you are.

So while life in Boston is a wonderful combination of cosmopolitanism and classic New England charm, we can think of no other city more in need of a top 10 list of essential experiences.

While tourists are sure to find this guide useful as they explore Boston for the first time, this guide is as much for the resident as it is for the guest.

Therefore, without any further ado, here is our guide to the 10 most essential Boston experiences.

A Brief History of Boston

Before we get to our essential experiences, it’s worth quickly exploring Boston’s illustrious history. As one of the oldest settlements in the United States, Boston is a city that keeps its history front and center. Therefore, understanding Boston’s history is just as essential as exploring any of its locals. In fact, many of the places listed in our guide are there because of their remarkable historical importance.

English Puritans founded Boston in 1630 as a “city on a hill,” an example of Godly living for the rest of the world. However, while religious commitment continued to define the city, it quickly grew into an important seaport, becoming one the English colonies’ most crucial sites for importing and exporting goods and foodstuffs. Not only were wares such as tea and textiles exchanged in Boston’s ports, but so too were the latest political ideas. It’s no wonder that leading political thinkers in Boston began to contemplate the future of the colonies. By the 1760s, many in Boston deemed British rule to be a burden rather than a benefit and began to advocate for the radical notion of independence. Inspired by these ideas, Bostonians famously dumped a shipment of tea from the East India Company into Boston Harbor in 1773, causing the British to send troops to occupy the city. Tensions caused by this occupation soon led to the first clashes between Massachusetts “Minutemen” and British regulars at the small towns of Lexington and Concord just outside of the city. With those “shots heard round the world” the American Revolution began.

After the Revolution, the city continued to thrive. New England became the center of 3-irishAmerica’s textile industry as well as fishing and whaling industries. Ships continued to carry goods both in and out of Boston Harbor, transforming this small Puritan settlement into a cosmopolitan hub. When the potato famine struck Ireland in the 1840s, many Irish immigrants began to arrive in Boston, establishing the city’s multicultural roots. Later, waves of Chinese and Jewish migrants further diversified Boston’s citizenry.

Moving into the present, Boston has maintained a firm grasp of its history while tackling the problems of the future. Boston continues to be an American leader in culture, technology and urban living. World-renowned institutions of higher education, such as Harvard, MIT, Boston University and Boston College help keep the city on the cutting edge. This mix of contemporary economic opportunity and a sense of timelessness makes Boston an inviting place for young professionals looking to start their careers, even as lifelong residents trace their Boston heritage back generations.

Top 10 Essential Boston Experiences

Now that you have a sense of the deep and ever-present history of the city, we offer you our 10 most essential Boston experiences. Whether you have lived here for years or are just moving to Boston, these experiences are a must if you really want to know the city. Those who’ve already been to these places should consider wandering through them again, as they’re all worth years of repeat visits. So whether you are looking for culture, great food, history, or some of America’s most storied sporting traditions, Boston is a city worth exploring — even if it is an easy place to get lost.

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The Freedom Trail

This isn’t so much one place but instead a trip through many of the attractions that highlight the ways in which Boston became the starting point for the Revolution. Some of the stops along the way warrant more in-depth exploration — in fact, we’ll highlight some of them separately on this list — but the best part of the Freedom Trail is that you don’t have to do it all at once. While guided tours are available, you can walk it any time on your own and at your own pace.

The whole trail is 2 and half miles and takes you past 16 important revolutionary sites. These include the site of the Boston Massacre, Faneuil Hall, the Bunker Hill monument and the Paul Revere House. There is an easily downloaded Walk in History audio guide, which is handy for those unfamiliar with the area. However, even a longtime resident will find the historical insights provided informative.

The official tour begins at Boston Common, but you can start anywhere if you are up for exploring on your own. And while the full tour takes anywhere from 2 and half hours to half a day, residents can easily do a portion one day and return to finish the rest later. For more information, check out the Freedom Trail website.

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Museum of Fine Arts

This is without a doubt Boston’s premier fine arts institution. In fact, it is one of the most important art museums in the world.

The founding of the MFA on July 4, 1876, marked the 100th anniversary of the United States. It now is home to half a million works of art, ranging from contemporary art to ancient Egyptian artifacts. The museum continues to expand, recently adding an “Art of the Americas” wing — which connects pre-Columbian art to the contemporary American greats. They’ve also recently renovated their contemporary art wing, while also adding to the European, Asian and African art collections.

The MFA is also associated with the School of the Museum of the Fine Arts, which is a partnership with Tufts University. In this sense, the MFA is not only displaying countless artistic riches but also incubating the great art of the future by offering both undergraduate and graduate art programs.

If you are going to give the MFA its due, you need to make sure to block off most of the day. Its depths of artistic treasures cannot be taken in just a couple of hours. Additionally, the price of admission — $25 for adults — reflects the scale of its collection, so while the cost is fair, it isn’t worth it if you only plan to rush through. However, on Wednesday evenings, they offer a pay what you want admission, giving budget visitors an opportunity to explore.

Finally, if you want to get the full experience, take a complimentary tour. Guides will point out the significance and history of the works, giving you an even deeper understanding of the collection’s grandeur.

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Fenway Park

If you are a baseball fan, no matter which team you root for, you know about Fenway Park. It is the oldest ballpark still being used in Major League Baseball, and its various design quirks are renowned throughout the sport.

The most striking feature of Fenway is the “Green Monster.” While most outfield walls are somewhere around shoulder high, the left field wall at Fenway is over 37 feet tall. Because of space limitations in the the area occupied by the park, the left field wall is much closer to home plate than in any other park. To compensate, the wall is also much higher, meaning any ball that bounces off the wall is still in play rather than being a home run.

However, Fenway is also notable as a baseball time capsule. It celebrated its 100th birthday in 2012 and its age is on display every time the score changes, as the scoreboard is still hand turned.

Of course, if you enjoy baseball, taking in a game among the rabid Red Sox faithful is a must. However, it is worth touring even when a game isn’t being played, as it is a wonderful landmark to America’s favorite past time. With the exception of maybe Chicago’s Wrigley Field, no ballpark in America comes close to honoring the storied history of this wonderful game the way Fenway does.

If you do want to see a game, you’d be wise to get tickets early as Fenway is one the smallest ballparks in the MLB as well as being the oldest, and Bostonians don’t miss many games, meaning tickets sell out fast — even more so if the hated Yankees are in town.

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Boston Common

Who’d have thought a former cow pasture could grow into such an engrossing experience? Such is the case of Boston Common. After cows ate all the grass, the Common became a camp for British soldiers prior to the Revolutionary War. Today, it is the oldest public park in the country.

If relaxation is in order, you can’t do much better than Boston Common. People, birds and great scenery gently mingle here. It’s the perfect locale for a picnic lunch or a nice jog.

However, if you want to explore in-depth, there are a considerable number of interesting venues in Boston Common as well. Buried in the Commons are many of the soldiers who died at the famous Battle of Bunker Hill. Fittingly, this place is where the Commonwealth of Massachusetts chose to honor those fell during the Civil War in the form of the Soldiers Monument.

The Commons is also the site of many cultural events, including live theater and music performances. The frog pond in the middle of the park is a favorite location for waterside relaxation during warmer months and it transforms into an ice rink during the winter.

For those who work downtown, this is a great location to add to your daily rhythm and it is an integral part of the cultural life of the city.

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As Henry Wadsworth Longfellow famously penned, “one if by land, two if by sea.” This line commemorates Paul Revere’s famous ride, in which he rode his horse to the outskirt of Boston to warn Americans of the impending arrival of British soldiers. As the story goes, the sexton of the church was to hang a lantern or two in the steeple of the church in order to indicate the manner of the British’s arrival.

As the British were observed leaving the Common and boarding rowboats in the Charles River, the sexton hung two lanterns from the steeple. Since they were taking the quicker route towards Concord, Revere had to ride as fast as he could to alert the Minutemen. As he road, he cried out “The British are coming! The British are coming!”, giving the American colonists enough warning to take up arms and meet the advancing troops at Lexington Bridge.

The church itself is a wonderful relic of colonial architecture. The church features America’s longest running public clock. You can even see pew number 54, which, according to the custom of the time, was reserved for the Revere family.

Old North Church is a part of the Freedom Trail, but it’s also worth a dedicated visit in its own right. It is still an active congregation, so you can even attend a service on Sunday. It is free to visit on weekdays, though donations are encouraged, and you can hire a guide if you want a more in-depth tour.

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Faneuil Hall Marketplace

Throughout its history, Boston has been a commerce-driven city. As one of America’s most important shipping hubs, the merchant class held an important position in Boston society. No wonder then that Faneuil Hall, originally built as a marketplace in 1742, become a central part of the Boston ethos.

Although the marketplace and the wares it offers have changed over the years, Faneuil Hall continues to occupy the same role as it always has. It is a gathering place where one can shop, exchange ideas and enjoy the company of others.

According to the official website, Faneuil Hall Marketplace is home to over 70 retailers occupying 200,000 square feet of retail space.

The cobblestone walkways hearken back to the market’s storied history. As you stroll, live music and street performers, who all give the marketplace that rich noisy bustle that has filled the area for over a quarter of a millennium, will regale you.

While it is a great place to get some shopping done, it is also a wonderful destination for meeting friends for a bite to eat or cocktails. Alternatively, you could just people watch as you walk along, basking in the romantic energy of this historic commercial center.

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Samuel Adams Brewery

Although branded after one of the founding fathers, Samuel Adams Brewery is 18th-century in name only. Despite this, it’s still a revolutionary brewery. Along with a few other breweries, Sam Adams (the beer) is often cited as kickstarting the craft beer industry.

The Boston area brewery can no longer keep up with the insatiable demand of America’s beer drinkers — commercial brewing has moved elsewhere. However, this location is still the primary laboratory where new recipes and techniques are tested. It is therefore still a fully functioning brewery, even if the bottle you enjoy at a cookout didn’t originate there.

The tours, directed by charismatic chaperons, are free, though donations are encouraged. You do have to reserve a space and tickets are on a first come first served basis.

Although tour guests of all ages are welcome, the best part — the tasting at the end of the tour — is obviously for those 21 or over.

So while the history of the brewery isn’t nearly as lengthy as the rest of the city, it is nonetheless a site of the commercial innovation that is so quintessentially Boston.

Boston Symphony Orchestra 

On October 22, 1881, the Boston Symphony Orchestra gave its first historic performance. 132 seasons later, the BSO continues to be one of the most important symphony orchestras in the United States. In fact, the BSO has long held a position as a member of the “Big Five,” a collection of the 5 most important symphony orchestras in the United States.

The orchestra performs in Boston Symphony Hall, which has earned nearly as much praise as the orchestra it houses. It is widely considered one of the most perfectly acoustically designed music halls in the world.

The Boston Pops, a division of the BSO, has long been a fan favorite and are especially well suited for young attendees. In fact, the holiday classic, “Sleigh Ride,” originally composed for the Boston Pops in 1946, is a mainstay of any holiday concert.

For Boston residents interested in being a regular part of this cathedral of high culture would do well to purchase a seasonal subscription. Those interested in select performances should purchase tickets well in advance, as performances tend to sell out quickly. Tickets are available on the BSO’s website.

Boston Children’s Museum

The youngest Bostonians among us have a place designed just for them. The Children’s Museum exists to evoke a childlike wonder among its guests while piquing their interest through exciting educational exhibits.

Any trip to the Children’s Museum begins at the iconic giant bottle of milk that rests outside the building. Inside, kids and their adults will find countless displays of science, culture, wellness and art, all designed to be hands on and child-friendly.

This is an especially good rainy day option for parents who need to get their kids out of the house. It also undergoes enough constant transformation that warrants repeat visits. Located in the heart of downtown, the museum isn’t far from other places worth exploring for the inquisitive young mind.

Boston Public Garden

Founded in 1837, the Boston Public Garden is located right next to Boston Common. It is America’s first public botanical garden, and the many grounds keepers work tirelessly to maintain the tree and flower specimens. A four-acre pond sits in the middle of the park, which you can explore by swan boat.

There is also statuary worth viewing, including a famed statue of our first president, George Washington. Those familiar with the famous children’s book, “Make Way for Ducklings,” will also recognize the statues of the same name.

More Information on Boston Living

Now that you have a sense of the cultural and historical wonders of Boston, there’s no better time to discover just how easy it is to call this city your home. Here at Boston Luxe, we are committed to finding you the best home in this our favorite town. So whether you are looking to rent or buy, we want to make your Boston real estate experience as stress-free as possible. Contact us today and take the first step toward your new Boston home.

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Comparing Boston’s Rent to Other Leading Cities

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Boston is a city with a unique mixture of history and contemporary character. Perhaps only Philadelphia can offer the history buff a comparable big-city experience, and Boston can hold its own with New York and San Francisco in terms of remaining on the cutting edge.

Living in a big city is expensive, though, and living in Boston is certainly no exception. Small town U.S.A. can’t compete with the teeming metropolises for the American imagination, but all of those possibilities add up to one pricey lifestyle.

02It’s easy to think in nice round numbers and say the cost of living in the biggest cities in the United States is roughly the same, but when you are crunching the numbers in your own budget and trying to figure out what you can afford, “roughly” isn’t quite good enough. Perhaps you are moving from one big city to another, and you want to plan your finances accordingly. Or perhaps you have the flexibility to choose where you are going, and you want to figure out which city is right for you and your bank account.

We can’t help you plan every last penny of your monthly budget, but we can give you an idea of how Boston stacks up against other big cities in the United States in cost of living. Hopefully you’ll find this information helpful so you can learn what to expect if you are moving to Boston or deciding whether Boston is the best choice for your next move.

Rent Prices

Renting an apartment in Boston isn’t cheap. Boston is one of the most expensive cities in 03the United States for the renter. With a median monthly rent of $1,263, Boston ranks as the third most expensive city in the country, according to a 2013 study by the Furman Center. Shockingly enough, this places Boston ahead of New York City, which has long been taken for granted as the most expensive rental market in the United States. While San Francisco and Washington D.C. have famously surpassed New York City, unfortunately, Boston has as well.

We’re going to spend a lot of time in this article discussing numbers and statistics, so we would like to start out by offering the standard disclaimer: All of our consumer pricing numbers are taken from Numbeo.com. Our rental data comes from the Furman Center report mentioned above.

Cold Hard Truth – Why It’s Not Likely to Change Any Time Soon

With some other cities, we can point to some obvious factors that contribute to high rental prices. In New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles, massive amounts of wealth are generated from the financial, governmental and entertainment sectors, and rent prices have been largely set by what people can afford. Once that cycle is set in motion, it can be impossible to halt, though New York City’s rent control program helps a tiny bit.

In San Francisco and Silicon Valley, the exponential increase in rental and property prices is directly attributed to the technology boom and the influx of wealth that it created. Home and rental prices merely hung on for the ride when income levels in the tech sector skyrocketed.

This isn’t to say these trends are going to reverse themselves any time soon. But in Boston’s case, the trends aren’t so obvious. Boston isn’t a historical center for finance or entertainment, nor did it experience the explosive growth of a single industry.

04Rather, Boston’s expensive rental market is tied to its age. As one of America’s oldest cities, its historical buildings and antiquated city planning have limited options for creating more rentable residential space. New York chose to literally grow up, and other major cities like Chicago and Los Angeles grew out and consumed their closest suburbs. Boston is hemmed in somewhat by its waterways and the older, less flexible nature of its suburbs.

We can look at a few key figures to explain why Boston’s rental market isn’t likely to change any time soon:

Rental Vacancy Rate

Boston’s rental prices can be explained in part by the state of the rental market itself. Boston sports the third lowest vacancy rate among the 11 cities studied, at a miniscule 3.5%. If it feels like you can’t seem to find an available apartment in Boston at any price, this could explain why.

Percent Change in Rental Population Versus Rental Properties

According to the laws of supply and demand, prices in the Boston rental market will continue their upward trend. The almost 23-percent change in the rental population is far outpacing the 15-percent change in rental properties, so demand will continue to outstrip supply in the foreseeable future. As competition for available rental properties increases, prices will go along for the ride.

Affordable Rental Units by Income Level

Of course, finding an apartment you can afford isn’t such a big deal if your budget is as big as Boston Harbor. For the rest of us, our budget is going to be the first criteria limiting our search.

In Boston, individuals with income near or below the median income level are priced out of roughly 70% of the rental market right from the get-go. While this number may seem high, you’ll be in better shape in Boston than you would be in New York, L.A., or San Francisco. According to the figures in the Furman Center report, in all three cities, the percentage of rental units considered to be affordable to middle income rentals is less than Boston’s 29%.

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Living Expenses: Rent Isn’t Everything

While it can be easy to fixate on the cost of your monthly rent, other living costs vary wildly among the major cities in the United States. When comparing Boston and New York, for example, your apartment might be slightly more expensive in Boston, but practically everything else is going to be more expensive in New York City. At the end of the day — or rather, month — it is likely that living in Boston will take less out of your bank account.

Cost of Living: The Complete Picture

To calculate cost of living, the most popular metric is called the Consumer Price Index (CPI). The U.S. Government maintains a CPI, which has proven to be quite effective in monitoring the health of the nation’s economy and informing fiscal policy decisions. But there’s nothing mystical about the CPI, so other organizations have created their own models. To get an idea of how the total cost of living in Boston compares to other major cities, we’ll take a look at Numbeo.com’s CPI and compare a few specific items:

  • Median monthly rent
  • Utilities
  • Internet access
  • A dozen eggs
  • Gym membership
  • Transportation
    • A one-way ticket on the subway
    • A one-mile taxi ride
    • Monthly pass

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If you had $5,800 a month to cover all of your living expenses in Boston, an equivalent lifestyle would cost:

  • $7,206 in New York
  • $5,155 in Los Angeles
  • $5,054 in Chicago
  • $8,099 in San Francisco

Clearly, we can’t present a truthful case for Boston being the cheapest big city to live in. It is certainly expensive to live in Boston. But if you are reading this, you clearly have some life circumstance that is bringing you to live in Boston. So let’s talk about why it is worth every penny.

Why Boston Is Worth the Money

It’s tempting to take time to discuss the various aspects of everyday life in Boston, such as:

  • Arts
  • Food
  • Beer
  • Nightlife
  • Schools
  • Events
  • Sports

However, the truth is that every major city in the United States offers a lifetime worth of options in these categories, so it would be disingenuous to imply that Boston can claim superiority here. But this doesn’t mean Boston doesn’t have any way to stand out from the crowd.

“Downtown” Boston – a City of Neighborhoods

07The standard for discussing any city is to evaluate desirable locations in terms of their proximity to “downtown.” The closer you are to downtown, the more expensive the real estate becomes. Being close to downtown theoretically puts you closer to job opportunities, as well as social outlets and leisure options.

Boston certainly has a traditional downtown, but you don’t have to live anywhere near it to enjoy employment and leisure opportunities. Boston is a city comprised of dozens of neighborhoods that all possess their own unique character. Each neighborhood offers a mix of stores, restaurants, outdoor living and entertainment that others can’t match.

If 08you do work downtown, the “T” can get you to and from work quickly and easily. Of course, you always have other options as well.

Walkability

Getting around Boston is easy, with several options at various levels of expense. To get where you need to go, you can keep a car in Boston a lot more easily than in most of New York City. If you don’t want to maintain a car, Boston’s mass transit system is useful and efficient.

These options add to your monthly living costs, but you can easily get around town on bike or by foot, and neither of those options cost a dime — after the cost of the bike and nominal maintenance, of course. This isn’t just some generic advice, either.

09In a study conducted by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University, Boston was ranked as the third most walkable city in the country. Furthermore, Boston claimed the top spot in the study’s projection of future walkability growth.

Across the country, urban redevelopment has focused on higher density and mixed real estate development. This trend has transformed not only urban city centers, but also suburban neighborhoods that had previously been car-centric.

What does this mean? As cities are being revitalized, city planners and developers are prioritizing a “neighborhood” feel. In these “walkable” neighborhoods, we can take care of all of our needs without getting in a car and driving to a suburban shopping complex.

If you live in one of these neighborhoods, you can do your grocery shopping, drop your kids off at day care and have a nice dinner or a couple of drinks all within an easily walkable distance from your residence. The Boston area already boasts a large number of these neighborhoods, and the data suggests that this number will grow much faster than in most other big cities.

Population Density

The “big city that feels like a small town” is entirely an urban legend. When you pack a million or more people into one urban area, it is impossible to make it feel like anything other than what it is — a really crowded place.

However, some cities definitely feel more crowded than others, because those cities definitely are more crowded than others. As of 2010, Los Angeles was the most densely populated urban area in the country. San Francisco ranks second, with New York falling to fourth. Chicago checks in at number 14.

Where does Boston rank? 35th place — right behind Cleveland and Kansas City. So when you consider that Boston ranks right up there with New York, L.A. and Chicago in any discussion of the “best” cities in the United States, no matter the metric, remember that it’s less crowded than Milwaukee (30) or Buffalo (31).

What’s Next?

Boston is a fantastic city to live in, offering a wonderful quality of life for all of its residents. While there is certainly a price to be paid for being right in the middle of the action, it is certainly money well spent.

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After you do your research and gather all of the relevant information, you should be narrowing down the areas of Boston you are considering for your apartment search. When it comes time to initiate that search, the wing-and-a-prayer approach probably isn’t going to work in Boston. Let us help you. Browse our listings and let the friendly agents at Boston Luxe find a great place at a reasonable price.

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Top 5 Cities for Recent College Graduates

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You’ve done it — after four years of working hard, studying late, and balancing more than one part-time job, you’re graduating from college. Congratulations!

Now what?

Before the ink is dry on your diploma, you’re going to be thinking about getting a job. Those student loans won’t pay for themselves and you’re probably excited about the possibility of landing a “real” position and starting adult life. If you’re like most recent college graduates, you may be moving to find work. Your ideal job might not be in the college town where you’ve spent the last few years, or you might want a fresh start in a new city.

What to Think About When Choosing a City for Post-College Life

You don’t want to move just anywhere for a job. Where you choose to work will have a big impact on how you live, your chances of snagging career-boosting work, and even how happy you are. The four big factors you’ll want to consider before you call in the moving trucks are:

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1) The Economy

Look for a city with a strong economy and lots of businesses to give you the best chance of finding work. A strong economy means more open positions and can mean better pay, too, since companies need to attract workers. While your chances of getting a job are better with a degree than without one, unemployment for college graduates in the 20-24 age range is still 7.2%. That’s better than the 14.7% high school graduates in the same age range face, but there’s still plenty of competition and no guarantee you’ll find a job, so going where the work is makes sense if you like to eat.

2) The Amenities and Nightlife

You won’t just be working in a new city — you’ll be living there, too, and that means you’ll want a city where you can enjoy your time off. Look for a place with fun things to do and a place where you’ll enjoy hanging out with the new friends you meet. A community with nightlife, good health care, and everything else you need makes a big difference.

3) The Culture and Demographics

Sure, you may be offered a great job in the middle of nowhere, but if you’re one of only three people under the age of 30 and there’s no diversity in the silver-haired population, you’re not going to be very happy (no matter how sweet the gig is). You’ll be out of luck when it comes to a support system, dating pool, or just like-minded people who understand your witty comments.

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4) The Affordability

This country owes about $1.2 trillion in college loans. If you’re one of the 2014 graduates carrying the average $33,000 in student loans at graduation (or more), those loan payments are going to be cutting into your paychecks. You might love the idea of living in places like New York City or Los Angeles, but those cities are also incredibly expensive. Unless you’re willing to live with five roommates, or manage to get an amazing career straight out of school, payday won’t take you very far.

Best Places to Move if You’re A Recent College Grad

So where can you move where employers are looking to hire, the economy is strong, and the culture ensures you’ll enjoy your time off? Five cities make the grade:

1) Boston, MA4-Boston-Millenials

Let’s start right at the top. Boston is a big city ranking high for lifestyle, affordability, diversity, and economy. Living in Boston is easy. About 33% of the population was made up of millennials in 2014, so there’s a sizeable pool of people who’ll understand your references and will be fun to hang around on a random Friday night. And you’ll probably have decent conversations, too, since about 44.5% of the Boston population has a college degree.

If you’re straight out of college and looking to snag a great job, you’ll adore the job market in Boston. Checking out jobs in Boston is a snap, since there are plenty of companies hiring. For every 1000 residents, there were 837 jobs in 2014, and the unemployment rate that year was 4.9%. The average earnings for people in the 22-35 age range might really get your attention, though — in 2015, this age group had an average salary of $58,040. That’s great for your first few jobs.

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Boston jobs are plentiful and diverse. If you’re looking for the best jobs in Boston, you have plenty of industries to choose from. There are 12 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Boston and the rest of Massachusetts and these include major financial conglomerates, insurance giants, and brokerage firms. Boston also has about 65 accredited colleges, universities, and other schools of higher learning, as well as many high schools, so if you’re interested in teaching or academia, you’ll have plenty of choices.

Top industries in Boston include the healthcare, social services, professional, education and tech fields. Social assistance and health care fields accounted for 18.7% of the city’s jobs in 2014. Major employers in Boston and the surrounding areas include Massachusetts General Hospital, Liberty Mutual, and Deloitte Development LLC.

And if you want to live in Boston but look beyond the city for jobs, you’ll also enjoy plenty of communities with strong work markets. Business Insider has ranked Massachusetts as the #1 state for college grads looking to increase their chances of landing a job. In 2015, there were 94,600 online job ads seeking diploma holders, so there’s a strong job market. About 63% of all employers looking for workers online in Massachusetts wanted someone with a college education, so your new degree is something in demand.

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Once you’ve found a job, you’ll have to get down to the serious business of living, and this is another area where Boston excels. Compared to most other large cities, Boston is also affordable. A 2-bedroom in Boston in 2014 came with a median rent of $4,498. For millennials, the average rent was $1,680. Considering how much the starting salary is in the city, that means you can keep more dollars in your pocket for other expenses.

Since Boston is a larger city, there’s also a ton to see and do. There are lots of walking trails and greens spaces, so you can stay in shape and even ditch the car (saving even more money). In fact, only 19.8% of the city is dependent on a car to get around. With about 2.33 bars and restaurants per 1000 residents, you’ll always be able to find a great new place for dinner or drinks.

When you work and live in Boston, you’ll never be bored. You can head to Fenway Park to watch a Red Sox game, shop at Quincy market, walk through Copley Square, see a show in the Theater District, attend the famous St. Patrick’s Day parade, or just take in the sights. With a concentrated downtown area, you can easily walk or bike through the downtown core. Outside the downtown core, a comprehensive and affordable mass transit system — including a subway — is operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority, making it easy to access all parts of the city.

2) Austin, TX

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Known as a city of artists and college students, Austin has a sizeable population of millennials. About 29% of the city is made up of residents between the age of 20 and 34. With a young and creative population, it’s no surprise how many people love living in Austin.

Maybe one of the biggest draws of Austin is its culture and lifestyle. The city has long had a campaign to “keep Austin weird” to encourage small and offbeat businesses. While the city has grown quickly in the last few years, it continues to keep its arts and its independent stores. South by Southwest has grown to be one of the biggest arts and music festivals in the country, and Austin is also home to many art galleries, conferences, film events, and more.

Finding a job in Austin is relatively easy, although the market is competitive. While the unemployment rate is low at 3.7%, the job market is pretty well saturated, with about 66 jobs, on average, posted for every 1000 residents in 2014. That can mean some pretty stiff competition when it’s time to spiff up your resume.

Austin’s major employers are Apple, IBM, Dell, Microsoft, Google, Samsung, Xerox, and Advanced Micro Devices, with many jobs in the tech, software, engineering, computing, and research and development fields. Austin is sometimes called “Silicon Hills” because of the many tech and computing jobs in the region. Biotech, pharmaceutical, and educational jobs are also plentiful in the community.

However, with a strong arts scene there are also many creatives in the area and many jobs in the arts available. There are many small businesses hiring in the area as well, since there are so many independent companies here. Many residents in Austin have a “day job” to pay the bills and pursue creative work on the side.

The cost of living in Austin is reasonable, with a 2-bedroom rental carrying a median price of $1,656 in 2014. With a mild climate, you might also save on winter heating costs, leaving you more cash to take in the live music scene. Capital Metro mass transit is also very reasonable, allowing you to get around for just a few dollars a day.

Many of the activities in Austin are affordable and fun. Unwind by swimming at Barton Springs or by checking out Lake Travis or Lake Austin. Check out Zilker Park, one of the city’s many barbecue spots, or the live music playing pretty much everywhere (including at diners and your local grocery store). Take in a University of Texas Longhorns game or one of the local theater productions.

3) Washington, DC

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About 29% of the population in 2014 was between the ages of 20 and 43 in 2014, so this is a youthful city. For every 1000 residents, there were about 78 open jobs, making it a decent job market, and the unemployment rate was below the national average at 4.9%. Renting a two-bedroom apartment carried a median price tag of $3,287.

Not surprisingly, one of the major employers of the nation’s capital is the government. If you’re looking for a job in government, law, civil service, politics, or law enforcement, Washington DC is a great place to be.

In the past, Washington DC has had a reputation for crime. Efforts to reduce violent crime have been underway for years, but the problem still persists. The city sees about 8,406 violent crimes and 31,083 property crimes each year. By September 2015, Washington DC had already recorded its 100th homicide of the year. While Chicago had had 284 murders by the same period, the incidents sparked a renewed interest in safety.

Washington, DC still offers a great lifestyle and many amenities. The city has more free museums than just about any region in the country, and the nation’s most impressive monuments can be found in the area. Walking around and taking it all in is something both tourists and residents enjoy. In fact, Washington is very much a walking and biking city. If you live and work here, be sure to check out all 2,000 acres of Rock Creek Park. When your feet need a rest, visit one of the many restaurants, take in a show at the Kennedy Center, or check out one of the many live music venues across the city.

4) Iowa City, IA

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Iowa City is affordable and diverse for a city of 139,000. The economy in Iowa City is also strong, especially if you’re in the tech fields. With an unemployment rate of only 3% in 2015, the average grad that year earned $42,511 per year — not bad for the start of your career.

The cornerstone of the city is the University of Iowa, which is a major employer in the area. Whether you’re interested in teaching, administrative work, research, or academia, the University of Iowa offers many jobs across various fields. In addition to the university, major employers in the city include Oral B Laboratories and Procter & Gamble.

One point of interest is the Writer’s Workshop at the university, considered by some to be among the best in the country. It has attracted many writers and creatives from all over the world, meaning there are some arts and educational writing jobs in the area, especially for Pearson and ACT, both major employers in the city. Writing is so important in the city that Iowa City has been declared one of UNESCO’s Cities of Literature. It is one of only 20 cities in the world to have this distinction and it’s the only US city (as of 2015) to make the list.

Iowa City is small and much of the culture is focused around the university, which might not be ideal for all young professionals. Nevertheless, there are many things to see and do in the area, including annual jazz and music festivals, live theater, and the natural sights of Lake MacBride and Coralville Lake.

When you live and work in Iowa City you can also access a very educated population — more than 45% of adults in the city have a college education. With Kirkwood Community College and the university right in town, it’ll be easy to brush up your resume and continue your education, and the university and college offer plenty of services and amenities you can enjoy.

5) Ann Arbor, MI

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Close to both Ohio and Detroit, Ann Arbor is known for being a pedestrian-friendly college town. It is known for being friendly and for having a strong arts scene, making it an attractive place to live and work. In fact, Ann Arbor consistently ranks among the best places to live, work, or study in the country. With a population of over 110,000, it is a smaller city but still offers many amenities.

The economy in Ann Arbor is promising. In 2014, more than 93% of millennials living in Ann Arbor had a job. With strong life sciences, software, and automotive research industries, it is especially a hot spot for tech jobs. Top employers include Toyota Technical Center, Google, Thomson Reuters, the University of Michigan, and Trinity Health, and there are also many small businesses in the city.

Ann Arbor’s cost of living is about 3% under the national rate. As a college town, there are also plenty of affordable things to see and do in the city. Take in a Michigan Wolverines game, walk through the Matthei Botanical Gardens (or one of the other 146 parks in the region), or just walk along the downtown area. Take in the crowds outside Michigan Stadium on game day or view a new film at the Ann Arbor Film Festival. Ann Arbor also has many independent eateries, galleries, and theaters to experience and is known for having many bookstores, so you’ll always have something to read for your morning commute.

Ann Arbor also has a fun side. It’s been ranked the best city for singles and has plenty of restaurants, art galleries, and festivals to attend. With about 21,145 millennials in 2014, there’ll also be plenty of people you can spend time with. The median age of Ann Arbor is 27, so when you move here you’ll be able to easily meet people your age.

Are You Ready to Move?

If you’re a recent graduate and are wondering where to move for a job, check out a range of cities. From larger cities to smaller towns, the country has many employers looking for people with your degree and your unique skills. Don’t be afraid to expand your search past your college town.

When trying to decide whether to move for a position, consider the following:

  • The costs of moving (including the cost of movers, security deposits on an apartment, and utilities set up)
  • The challenges of developing a new support system and friend network
  • The excitement of a new place and new opportunities
  • The job you’re considering moving for (Is it long-term? Will it lead to new things? Is it a position you’re excited about?)
  • Your long-term goals
  • Housing options

Ultimately, you’re the one who gets to decide whether moving is worth it for you. Carefully consider the job market, affordability, and the lifestyle you can enjoy in your new job and new town.

If you do decide to come to Boston for work, make sure you land a great apartment. If you’d like some help finding a great property where you can live and entertain as you get started on your career, contact Boston Luxe, or take a look at places to rent or buy in Boston. We can help you find a comfortable apartment or property to get you started on your exciting new post-college life. Whether you want a trendy loft to express your style or a luxury condo to help you entertain your new work colleagues, Boston Luxe is the professional team who will listen to your needs and work with you to find the ideal place for you to unwind after a long day.

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UPDATE: The luxury Boston Millennium tower, located at 1 Franklin Street is officially Boston’s tallest structure ever!

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The Millennium Tower, 1 Franklin Street, Boston MA

The luxury Boston Millennium tower in Boston’s Downtown has been underway for a while and topped off just yesterday! The view from a crane at the top of the tower gives you an idea of how tall this structure truly is compared to the other Boston buildings you may recognize. Sitting at 60 stories, 885 feet officially makes the Millennium the tallest structure in Boston history!

The Millennium tower is still working on completing the tower but that doesn’t mean there wasting any time filling up the building. The Millennium tower isn’t going to officially open till next year and has already pre-sold more than 90 percent of the condos!

Interested in previewing the most anticipated luxury tower to ever be built in Boston? Contact Boston Luxe today and schedule a preview with one of our talented real estate agents before they sell out! Call us at (617)-267-4600 or email us at info@bostonluxe.com!

Check out a video of the topping off ceremony they had last night at the Millennium Tower! https://youtu.be/t3UJr_ZTByM

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NEW Boston Luxury Fall leasing specials are now available in Boston’s financial district at the luxury apartment building, The Devonshire!

The Devonshire is a modernized apartment building that redefines the definition of luxury. Located in the heart of the Financial District at 1 Devonshire Place this apartment building is a convenient walk to work and a central gateway to all of Downtown Boston’s hottest attractions.

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Devonshire, 1 Devonshire Place, Boston MA

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Extravagant views of Boston’s Harbor and the city skyline are what set this luxury apartment building apart from the rest. These apartments come with great features and amenities as well that include, Pre-wired cable and internet, laundry on every floor, furnished rooms available, a 24-hour doorman, concierge service, housekeeping and a high-end, luxury sky club that has an indoor pool and fitness studio!

The Devonshire is currently offering a limited time only special for all available move in dates! They are now paying the full broker fee on a one year lease, offering one month free of rent and every client receives a $500 AMEX gift card when the lease is signed the same day the apartment was viewed!

The Devonshire has one bedroom apartments available that range from 720 to 790 square feet, starting at $3,045 to $3,810. The two bedroom apartments available range from 900 to 1,300 square feet, starting at $3,960 to $4,140.

Interested in previewing these Boston luxury apartments? Call one of our Boston Luxe agents today and schedule an appointment! Sign the lease after your preview with one of our Boston Luxe agents and get a limited time only special on these apartments! Call us at (6170-267-4600 or email us at info@bostonluxe.com. We always look forward to hearing from you!

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This luxury Boston Hotel Commonwealth has been working on an extensive expansion by adding a new wing to the building that will even exceed their own high standards.

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Hotel Commonwealth Extension

The Hotel Commonwealth extension will include almost 100 additional guest rooms, a designated Fenway Park Suite, double the existing amount of meeting space and include a multi-functional outdoor terrace!

All 149 guest rooms have been redesigned by New York design company, Dash Design. These rooms have been redesigned from head to toe to add more of a luxury feel and a modern twist. They’ve started completely fresh by adding new bedding, custom-designed bedside tables and even a Google Nexus tablet that features a virtual concierge app that provides instant access to hotel amenities and services such as room service or dog walking appointments!

The luxury Boston Hotel Commonwealth will include 3 new suites that are all themed to pay tribute to its home, Kenmore Square. The first themed suite is called The Rathskeller Suite, which is designed after “The Rat” a legendary Kenmore Square music club that use to be in place of the Hotel Commonwealth. “A band on tour” is the inspiration behind this suite’s theme. The second suite will be called The Terrier Suite. This theme was inspired by the rich athletic, academic and cultural legacy of Boston University, a neighbor to Hotel Commonwealth. The last themed suite will be called The Loft. This suite will be inspired by the Boston arts neighborhoods like Fort Point Channel, Reimagining the concept of a “Presidential Suite”.

The expansion of the luxury Hotel Commonwealth will extend the existing building over the parking lot in back of the hotel that’s facing Fenway Park. There will be a footbridge built to connect the current Hotel and the new building that will include:

  •      96 newly built 425 square foot guest rooms
  •      6,000 square feet of meeting space
  •      2,000 square foot outdoor terrace
  •      Fenway Park Suite overlooking the Green Monster
  •      2 additional suites with walk-out balconies facing Fenway Park

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Boston Luxe agent’s sit down for a presentation on closing sales with Old Republic Insurance Group!

Today Boston Luxe agent’s sat down with Old Republic Insurance Group to learn about the new protection policies when closing a sale. Boston Luxe gives agent’s the tools necessary to grow in the Real Estate business by learning new things everyday. This is how Boston Luxe gives our clients an unforgettable experience.Take a look at the meeting while it was still in progress earlier today!

A special thanks to Old Republic Title for doing an outstanding presentation for our agents today!

*Side note: Business meetings on a Friday pair perfectly with sandwiches and cookies ( Mike’s Pastry Inc , WICHIT) !

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