Whether you have dreams of breaking into the Tech biz or you’re drawn by the gorgeous architecture of Beacon Hill or unmatched  culture of Back Bay, Boston is calling your name. Before you pack your bags, get ready for your new home, review our complete moving guide to Boston.

Know the Neighborhoods

Maybe you have always wanted to a Beacon Hill apartment for rent, but chances are if you’re new to the city, you aren’t sure which of  the neighborhoods you should call home. Back Bay, Midtown or the Seaport. Start by narrowing your search to a target region: Back Bay, Midtown or the Seaport. From there, spend some time browsing each neighborhood to decide which you feel comfortable with.

Save Your Money

Because the job market here is competitive, it can be challenging to find a position if you’re not already in the city. Research the cost of living in downtown Boston and make sure you have the savings to cover a few months of expenses before signing a lease.

Set a Budget

If you’re planning to rent, the median cost of a one-bedroom apartment at $2,360 a month, or $3,500 for a two-bedroom place in many Boston downtown areas . If you’re looking at Boston condos for sale, prepare to go north of $500,000 for downtown Boston real estate according to Zillow, though of course you’ll find  properties on both sides of that average.

Have a Transit Game Plan

If you already have a job, you’ll want to live near where you work. This is especially important if you plan to get by without a car, which can be done in Boston. However, choosing the right neighborhood is key to minimizing the walking distance to public transportation

When you’re ready to browse for the perfect Boston real estate, contact our experienced realtors. We have expert knowledge of the many downtown Boston neighborhoods and can recommend the ideal location for your situation.

Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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Beacon Hill

Charles River Park


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Seaport District

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Surrounding Communities of Boston
John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



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