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Vacation rentals in Boston - which neighborhood?

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Vacation rentals in Boston - which neighborhood?

I'm planning a trip to Boston for my family of 4 in the 2nd or 3rd week of June. Our dates are pretty flexible. I have middle school age kids. We'd like to stay 3-4 days and go to Boston Common, the aquarium and Freedom Trail. We typically stay in vacation rentals through VRBO because we like to have a little more space, but I'm having some trouble narrowing down the listings. I don't know what neighborhoods to focus on. I admit I'm also having some sticker shock with prices! I'm actually not opposed to staying a bit further out if it was easier on our budget. I just want to be near the T to get around and in a neighborhood that is safe and family friendly. I would greatly appreciate any tips about what areas to look in. I did try the Back Bay based on reading these forums, but had a hard time finding rentals in our price range. I was hoping to be at $300 or under - since VRBO now has more fees. If anyone has specific rentals they'd recommend I'd appreciate that too! Thanks for any help.

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1. Re: Vacation rentals in Boston - which neighborhood?

Read the Top Questions on the right with a non-phone device.

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2. Re: Vacation rentals in Boston - which neighborhood?

Looking at the VBRO 'neighborhood categories', I'd suggest these:

Cambridge -- some areas, but not all. Best is near a subway station ... bus to subway eats up time.

Back Bay

Boston Common

Downtown (not sure exactly what this means and did not have time to look at apartments)

Beacon Hill

North End

Fenway Park

Brookline (if near subway or trolley -- green line -- stop)

Somerville (if near Davis Square stop of the subway)

Some of the 'neighborhoods' that show up for Boston are pretty far from the city ... like Lynn and Salem. Be careful. Salem has a commuter rail stop but it would not be covered by a 7-day unlimited pass and one round trip ticket is $15 for each person over age 11. 11 and under ride free with paying adult. So any savings in lodging could be quickly consumed by commuting costs.

Iowa
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Thanks for the response. I am continuing to look. Really nothing near Boston Common, Back Bay or North End in my price range - except for this:

https://www.vrbo.com/988340…

I do find much more in the South End - thoughts on that?

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4. Re: Vacation rentals in Boston - which neighborhood?

I have no idea where that listing is. It's titled in Back Bay, the write-up says Downtown and the detail says South End. Your guess is as good as mine.

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South End is fine, I either missed it or it was not 'called out' separately when I looked at VBRO.

But the listing Alan commented on is confusing.

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Following. We are wondering the same. This property or found one in Cambridge.

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From the reviews of the VRBO unit, it seems as though it is roughly across the street from Back Bay Station. If so, it is a convenient location on the border of Back Bay and the South End.

Iowa
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Thanks again for the responses. I ended up finding a rental in the North End for a great price! Super excited. It was almost sold out but because we have flexible dates it worked great. Just we are looking for. Thanks again for the help.

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9. Re: Vacation rentals in Boston - which neighborhood?

The listed from vrbo you provided is in a good location, walking distance to Back Bay Station, Copley Sq., and a restaurant row on Tremont St. I can't say for sure but based on the outdoor photos in the listing, the unit is most likely on Chandler or Appleton Sts, or Warren Ave.

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10. Re: Vacation rentals in Boston - which neighborhood?

The North End is great and you and your family will enjoy it - walkable, close to many sites, waterfront, restuarants, Freedom Trail, Aquarium, I could go on. Get a good guide book.

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