It is time for one of Boston’s great blood sports. No, not the Red Sox in the playoffs. And no, this isn’t about the Pats either. This is all about the great September 1st move date.
A period of time that strikes fear in the most hardened of Bostonians. The infamous date marks that time of year when the single greatest apartment shuffle happens city wide. And it’s all because of the college students. For the past seven and a half years, as both a resident of Brookline and now Boston’s Brighton neighborhood, I’ve plotted and schemed ways to avoid having to partake in the special hell that is moving on September 1st. Until now.
It is unavoidable. The rent has continued to increase in the areas of Allston, Brighton, and Brookline such that for the first time in almost a decade of living in the city, I’m being priced out of the market. It’s a shame. That being said, I’m remaining optimistic I can find a new ‘hood and maintain the quality of apartment I enjoy at a reasonable price point.
Go East Young Man, Go East
One up and coming area of the Boston I think holds great potential is East Boston. With it’s amazing food scene and growing gayborhood, Eastie is the new place to be. Affordable and on-the-move, East Boston has fast become the new place to be. With the influx of new construction and building renovations, there is a lot of apartment to be had for the money. This is where I’ve focused my search.
Apartment hunting in Boston is a bit like the Hunger Games. May the odds be ever in your favor.