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Old 05-06-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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I may be taking a position at Turner Construction in Boston and wanted to gather opinions on places to look for apartments. Not looking to live in Boston itself, but somewhere outside the city. Looking for reasonable access to the city (since I'll be working there), but also access to the outdoors. Also, anyone know of a good Jiu Jitsu gym? I'll be flying out this Thursday for an interview and apartment hunting. Any help would be greatly appreciated..

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Old 05-06-2013, 10:21 PM   #2
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Hi Adam. I'll leave it to those in the city to advise you.
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Old 05-06-2013, 10:44 PM   #3
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Winthrop is great...close to the city yet still has that small town feel. Plus, you are right on the water. Only 10 minutes from the airport or 15 to downtown. They have a nice park down the point that is great for exercising or just relaxing.

Turner does a lot of work over at the airport (where I work), really convenient if that's where you will be working
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Old 05-07-2013, 06:19 AM   #4
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Gentlemen? Scholars ?

...you must have us confused with another internet forum... :-P


Welcome to Boston. Please leave all "R"s at the state line...


As far as bjj goes, my daughters and some other members go here: http://teamtriumphbjj.com
Though its a bit north. NH is better than MA anyways...
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Old 05-07-2013, 07:41 AM   #5
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Live in the foxboro area and is about a 30 min drive in and decently priced.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:11 AM   #6
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if you hate traffic, don't commute by 93 into the city. You'll hate MA for it with a vengeance.

Some friends of mine have gone to http://www.waikru.com/ but they're more MMA.

I have a friend that teaches BJJ now but I'm not sure where he learned it from in MA. He also moved to TX so I can't recommend him to you as an instructor.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:12 AM   #7
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Easton (where I live) Mansfield foxboro are all nice towns about 30 mins put without traffic, all are near commuter rail if the train is an option and there's plenty of outdoors around there
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:59 AM   #8
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If you choose foxboro, shoot me a PM. I'll let you know where not to live.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:51 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the input guys. Currently Googling all mentioned areas. I'm not really expecting to drive into Boston every day. I think (correct me if I'm wrong) that I'll pursue a public transportation route. Whats the likelihood of finding a place with a garage? I'll be in the Boston area Friday - Sunday. So if there's any meets going on I'd love to swing by a show off my Chevy Aveo rental.
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:58 AM   #10
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Thanks for all the input guys. Currently Googling all mentioned areas. I'm not really expecting to drive into Boston every day. I think (correct me if I'm wrong) that I'll pursue a public transportation route. Whats the likelihood of finding a place with a garage? I'll be in the Boston area Friday - Sunday. So if there's any meets going on I'd love to swing by a show off my Chevy Aveo rental.
Im about 30min North of Boston and that's still too close to the city for me. I grew up in Charlestown/Chelsea and If you offered me a free place to live in Boston, Chelsea, Revere, Winthrop, Malden or anything south shore I'd turn it down. Too many people, too many traffic lights. Going a few miles down the road can take 30+min. I'd rather have a longer commute to and from work than have to deal with congestion every time I left my house. But that's just me, I despise being in crowded areas.
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Old 05-07-2013, 11:00 AM   #11
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Winthrop is a nice area Revere, I live in Lynn most would not recommend it. Nahant is nice Wakefield is nice also.
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Old 05-07-2013, 08:42 PM   #12
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+1 on public transit. I recommend you look up a map of the T, its the local commuter rail. I'd stay as far away from Boston as you are willing to tolerate. I live in mendon and its nice and quiet there with access to a line into south station.
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Old 05-08-2013, 08:40 AM   #13
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Boston is a very clean city, very young, and very innovative. you will love the car scene and the food.

I was just at this car meet hosted by MassTuning (they are on Facebook)

as for places to live?
Worcester/Shrewsbury is about 40 mins away, beautiful area
Cambridge is like 10 mins away, a little more concrete in this area

You must visit Quincy Market in Faneuil Hall, while you are in the city
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Old 05-08-2013, 09:03 AM   #14
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Melrose might be a good place to start looking.
Not to expensive
Low crime
easy access to city by highway/subway/bus
housing is decently priced
and as I recall there is a jiu-jitsu gym the next town over in Wakefield.

OH and its not far from parks like spot pond or if you don't mind driving 20 minutes, Herald Parker.

https://maps.google.com/maps?safe=of...en&sa=N&tab=wl

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Old 05-08-2013, 04:51 PM   #15
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Are you going to be working in an office or on-site (which I assume would be constantly changing?) This will make a big difference as all commuter rails get you to south station, but from there you'd have to take the T to wherever else.
I personally do not like the commuter rails as they run infrequently and are often late. If you can live on the somewhere on one of the T lines, that would be ideal, Maybe Malden, Melrose or Quincy, something like that?

Anyway, I train BJJ at Wai Kru in Allston (previously mentioned.) We're not just MMA, we do have a good BJJ Program, we got a bunch of good purple/brown belts (Obviously our coach is a black belt.) Gi on MWF and no-gi/wrestling on tu/th.

It'd probably be best to pick your gym after you decide where you live and see what your schedule is going to be like, but there are a decent amount of gyms around and they all offer free trials so you can see which one you like. Hit me up if you have any more BJJ questions, hopefully this helps.
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Old 05-08-2013, 05:56 PM   #16
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depends on what you want... you're too vague.

you say you don't want to be "in boston", but do you want to live in the metro area? If so, stay within the 128 belt. If you want suburban, stay within the 495 belt. If you want to be out in the sticks, avoid worcester, but stay outside of 495.

commuting sucks in this city. I'd advise staying in the "metro area" if you don't want 1-2 hour commutes, each way. There are plenty of nice neighborhoods within the 128/95 belt that you'd probably enjoy, all depending on your age.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:14 AM   #17
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as for places to live?
Worcester/Shrewsbury is about 40 mins away, beautiful area
Cambridge is like 10 mins away, a little more concrete in this area
Worcester/Shrewsbury is not 40 minutes away unless you are going in to Boston well before 5am. I commuted 8 years from Hopkinton (12 miles closer than Worcester) to Waltham (6 miles before Boston) and that was a solid hour at 6am. Hour and a half at 7am. Everyone knows the back roads and diverts so there is no easier way to get in.

Getting on a train line is your best chance to get a garage and still be able to get in. The farther out, the cheaper it gets. Not just 10 or 20% cheaper, but 1/2, maybe even 1/4 as much as being in town for the same apt with a garage. The commuter rail goes out to places like Acton, Franklin etc and there's much more garage friendly places to live.
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Old 05-10-2013, 07:35 PM   #18
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I lived in MA most of my life and all around for that matter best move i made was to nh I will never move back to ma
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Old 05-11-2013, 09:48 PM   #19
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Grew up in Winthrop, it is a nice town, gotta drive into Revere or Eastie to get on the T, which is easy cause Winthrop is pretty small. But your gonna have to drive north into Essex county to find some more outdoorsy **** and less suburbia, think Danvers /Beverly
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Old 05-12-2013, 02:16 PM   #20
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Thanks for all the help fellas! I was in Boston Friday - Sunday for an interview and all went well. I was able to check out a few towns (Quincy, Malden, Winthrop) with the limited time I had. All nice towns. I hope to see an offer sometime this coming week. I'll be scoping out BJJ Gyms online and hopefully come to a decision. Worst case I end up living in a place for one year. Again, thanks for all your help.

Cheers.

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Old 05-12-2013, 02:32 PM   #21
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I recommend living in Quincy, at the Neponset Landing apartments. I lived there for a year and loved it. It's pricey though, so maybe other areas in Quincy would be better. The red line is easily accessible to and from Boston.
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Old 05-13-2013, 01:31 PM   #22
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Winthrop is great...
if you want to hear airplanes flying low overhead and landing at Logan, which is right next door.
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