Gail McFaster

A Real Estate Agent at Boston Rental Group

Gail McFaster

Boston Rental Group

A Real Estate Agent based in Boston, MA

 
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Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Boston ranks among places such as New York and San Francisco on the list of U.S. cities with the highest public transit ridership. One in three Boston residents (32%) take public transit to work, and another 15% take a mode of transportation that isn’t driving, such as biking or walking. There are so many ways to get around the city. Primarily, the T (subway) is operated by the MBTA, and services four lines that stretch from downtown Boston all the way out to neighboring cities that are miles away. The MBTA also provides bus and ferry service for residents. Boston is nicknamed “The Walking City,” and has the highest percentage of pedestrian commuters by foot out of any major U.S. city. It also has a large population of bicycle commuters that was heavily boosted recently with the launch of the public bike sharing service, Hubway.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Boston is known for its history, and you could spend days here touring all of the historical sites the city has to offer. The most popular historic attraction here is the Freedom Trail, which is a 2.5 mile walk from the Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument, and features 16 stops, including the State House, Faneuil Hall, and the Paul Revere House, to name a few. For recreational amenities, the city offers 2,200 acres of park land, and is home to the Boston Common, which is the oldest public park in the country. The city’s Emerald Necklace is a chain of nine parks and waterways, 1,100 acres of open space total, that sits along the Boston peninsula.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Boston has a very active nightlife on the weekends. If you’re into sports, you can’t find a better scene than here in Boston. The city is home to countless historic franchises like the Celtics, Red Sox, and Bruins. If you want to enjoy a drink with friends, Boston has a number of excellent bars. South Boston has some of the most authentic Irish pubs in the country, and you won’t be disappointed by the bars near Fenway, Faneuil Hall, or on Boylston Street. It’s also home to the original “Cheers” bar, as the famous television show by the same name was set here. The city’s theater district features a number of venues for music, such as the Royale and Orpheum, and theater, such as the Boston Opera House and The Paramount. The city is also home to great museums, such as the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Museum of Fine Arts.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Most people would agree that Boston is the academic capital of the U.S., as it is home to respected schools like Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Tufts University. Overall, there are over 100 colleges and universities in the Boston metropolitan area, and over 250,000 students in just the cities of Boston and Cambridge alone. An illustrative stat is that 129 of 780 Nobel Prize Winners have worked at a university in Cambridge at one point. The education in Boston is a large reason why it was named the world’s most innovative city by Innovative Cities in 2010, and is continually named one of the smartest cities in the U.S. Even the city’s K-12 education, which has the oldest school district in the nation, has been named the best large city school system in the U.S. by Forbes Magazine.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Boston’s restaurant scene has a great deal of variety; for example, you can either eat underground (literally) at the Takemura Japanese Restaurant, or 52 stories above the ground at the Top of the Hub restaurant in the Prudential Tower. The variety is also represented in the city’s cuisine options, as each neighborhood has its own distinctive flavor. The North End, considered by most locals to have the best restaurants in the city, is an Italian neighborhood that shows its authenticity with its incredible eateries. Chinatown, located right near downtown, has a variety of its own, as you can find restaurants that represent nearly every Asian nationality. Also, Boston may be the last place you would expect to have an excellent chain of Mexican restaurants, but local favorite Boloco (short for Boston Local Company) is just that. No matter what you want in Boston, you will find it in one of the city’s distinct neighborhoods.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Renters dominate the housing market in Boston, as 65% of all of the housing properties in the city are occupied by renters. Only 31% are occupied by owners. Also, out of all of the available properties on the market, 44% are for rent, and only 10% are for sale. The wide availability of housing can be attributed to the large student population in the city, but to rent here you don’t have to be a student. There are a variety of apartment styles, from studios to three bedrooms, and a lot of great neighborhoods that can be cheap or expensive. Because Boston’s public transportation is so great, you can rent further away from the city center for a cheaper cost, yet still have the same access to downtown as those who live closer. It’s no exaggeration to say that Boston is one of the most renter friendly cities in the U.S.

 
Pet Friendly

Pet Friendly

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Animal lovers will be glad to know that Cambridge is very pet friendly. There are many apartment properties that allow pets, such as Walden Park, Archstone CambridgePark, and Archstone Kendall Square. There are nine dog friendly parks in the city, and seven of them off-leash, so you’ll never have to worry about where to take your pup to exercise or play. Also in area are a number of pet stores, groomers, sitters, trainers, and veterinarians. Cambridge provides equal amenities for all of its residents, regardless of whether they have two legs of four.

 
Renter Friendly

Renter Friendly

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Cambridge is definitely a renter-dominated city: in 2010, 65% of the properties here were renter occupied units. This doubles the national average (30%), and comparatively, only 31% of the properties were owner occupied. Not only is the renting market great here, but the city is a great place to live. High-tech companies are moving into the area every year, creating jobs. Boston is just a short walk or T ride away. Because of the balance of students and academics here, there are both hip spots to hang out on the weekend, and great schools. Cambridge is a city that is growing rapidly, and has a very bright future.

 
Schools & Education

Schools & Education

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

It’s common knowledge that Boston is one of the smartest cities in the country, and has received the top spot in “Smartest Cities in the U.S.” lists many times, including recently in rankings done by The Huffington Post (2012) and the Daily Beast (2010). Boston’s best schools, however, are located in Cambridge, such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, Lesley University, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Also, at least 129 of 780 Nobel Prize Winners have worked with a university in Cambridge at one point. It’s undeniable that some of the nation’s finest and most prestigious schools are located here.

 
Recreation

Recreation

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Cambridge’s nightlife thrives because of the city’s proximity to downtown Boston, and because the neighborhoods in Cambridge are flourishing right now. Spending your night in Boston is so easy here -- just take the T a few stops, or if it’s a warm night, you can walk over the Harvard or Longfellow Bridge. Once you’re there, enjoy one of Boston’s many sporting events, concert venues, or bars. If you want to stay in Cambridge, there are plenty of hip bars, restaurants, and clubs split between the Kenmore, Central, and Inman Squares. One of the best clubs is the Middle East, which is a top-notch music venue (with an upstairs and downstairs) and restaurant.

 
Traffic & Commuting

Traffic & Commuting

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

One out of every four residents in Chelsea take public transportation to work every day because Boston has a great mass transit system. Chelsea is connected to Boston by both commuter rail (Newbury/Rockport Line) and the T (Blue Line). It’s easier to take one of these services and not drive, but if you want to, you can take the four mile (to downtown Boston) drive over the North Washington Street (or the Charlestown) Bridge. This drive sounds short, but can be a pain in rush hour traffic.

 
Apartment Costs

Apartment Costs

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

The cost of renting in Chelsea is cheap compared with rates in other parts of Boston. The price of an average two bedroom apartment here is $1590, which is much less than the same space in Boston ($2461 for two bedrooms), Somerville ($2119), Malden ($1800), and especially Cambridge ($2805). However, there are also less expensive places nearby -- Everett ($1400), Revere ($1446), and Melrose ($1480).

 
Public Transportation

Public Transportation

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

Boston’s extensive public transportation system is one of the best in the country. Somerville is connected by the red line, with two stops (Davis and Porter). Porter is just five stops from Park St., where residents can access the green, red, orange, and silver lines. Only two stops after that is South Station, where residents can get off for the commuter rail, train, or bus service. Nearly 29% of Somerville residents take public transportation, which is more than 3x the state average and 6x the national average.

 
Restaurants

Restaurants

Gail McFaster - Real Estate Agent

When it comes to quality food, some of the best restaurants in Boston can be found in Somerville’s Davis Square and Inman Square, which is located on the border of Somerville and Cambridge. In Davis, enjoy a jazz brunch at Johnny D’s, or dinner at the Diva India Bistro. You can’t go wrong with the sushi at Snappy Sushi, or the barbecue at Redbones. In Inman Square, visiting the East Coast Grill is a must, as it’s famous in the area and has been featured on Man V. Food. Oleana has delicious Mediterranean dishes, and the Druid is the best Irish bar in the area with great pub food. It doesn’t matter if you live closer to Davis or Inman, you’re in luck either way with the restaurants here.

 

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