With a population of around 675,000 people, Boston is nowhere near the size of New York City, Los Angeles or Chicago, but that’s part of its charm. City dwellers and suburbanites alike can find something to love about Boston and the surrounding areas, from stunning ocean views and beautiful fall foliage to the wide range of educational and career opportunities at your fingertips.
Here are just a few things to keep in mind if you’re considering a move to “The Hub.”
High Housing Prices
Boston is a hugely popular city, and this is reflected in the housing prices. According to Trulia, the median sale price in Boston is $600,000 and the median monthly rent is $3,100 as of May 2018. Zillow’s estimates are similar, with a median sale price of $614,700 and a median monthly rent of $2,676 as of February and March 2018, respectively.
Before packing your bags, know that Boston consistently ranks as one of the top 10 most expensive cities in the country, mostly because of the high housing costs. Housing tends to be more expensive and in demand in early September, due to the influx of new college students, and near the subway, called “the T.”
Housing prices go both ways – although price tags may be high, that also makes property in the city and surrounding areas a good investment as long as real estate valuations keep rising.
Methods of Transportation
Boston can mostly be conquered on foot. Consider living close to work and walking or biking or taking the T, bus or ferry to get around. Be forewarned, the T shuts down between 12:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. depending on which line you ride.
If you do bring a car, know that Boston’s streets are notoriously difficult to navigate, especially for newcomers. There are narrow lanes, small street parking spots, one-ways, roundabouts and plenty of dead ends. If you’re used to a grid system, there will be a learning curve as you adjust to driving by landmark and GPS rather than cardinal directions.
Ability to Travel
One of the perks of moving to the East Coast is your home’s proximity to lots of exciting destinations. There are plenty of places you can go to for a day or weekend trip, like:
- Cape Cod
- Martha’s Vineyard
- New York City
Perhaps you’d like to hit the ski slopes this winter? Don’t forget that you can easily drive to Vermont, New Hampshire or Maine for a change of scenery.
Alas, not everyone in Boston talks like Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg, especially since so many of the city’s residents are transplants who relocated for work or sc