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4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 1/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 2/5
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"Welcome to Boston's student-land"

Comm Ave is the possibly the longest thoroughfare and the hardest to "categorize". If you're really close to downtown Boston (like in the Back Bay part of Comm Ave), it's a nice, upscale address. But once you pass Kenmore Square (aka BU-zone) and are following the B train to the preppy, bro hell that is Boston College, you have passed into student-land. Most of Boston's students live on this road, especially in Allston and Brighton, because of the low rent+high quality & affordable dining+affordable parking, etc. Comm Ave's character changes depending on the neighborhood it's passing through (gritty hipsterville in Allston, then fratty college town + semi-suburbia in Brighton and Newton for example), but it has always been a crowded, lively long road full of students and young professionals. The girls behind the Game of Thrones cookbook, Inn at the Crossroads, live here. Aerosmith wrote their first song while living at 1325 Commonwealth Ave. There are kids from Harvard, MIT, Boston College,Boston University, the Berklee School of Music, The Art Institute, Emerson College, Suffolk University, Northeastern, New England Conservatory, and many others here.

For all of its problems - really shitty old buildings, nasty sidewalks, and occasionally terrible traffic - Comm Ave is an extremely fun place to live if you're young and single. It's not a place to raise the kids.
  • great nightlife
  • some of the best dining in Boston
  • decent shopping (boutiques, thrift stores)
  • lots of hipsters
  • can be grotty
  • loud students
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • LGBT+
  • Hipsters
  • Students

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