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Jul 24th, 2010, 06:50 PM
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Need short term apt. rental in Boston

DH may be having treatment at Mass General for 2 1/2 months. I have been looking for a short term furnished monthly rental. MG does list a few but I'd like to explore others as well.

It would be nice to be near the hospital but we will have our car so could stay anywhere within a reasonable distance...20-30 mins away.

Hope to keep the cost under $2500/mo. A studio or 1 bedroom would do. PArking must be considered as well.

I've checked Homeaway, vrbo, back bay suites, bnbboston. Any other sites I can check? Or any ideas for something basic,reasonably priced? Boston is an expensive city!
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Jul 24th, 2010, 07:44 PM
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Hi,

Here is a list of short-term apts provided by BU Medical Center:
http://www.bumc.bu.edu/ohr/shortterm/rentals/

One of those listed is CAJ:
http://www.cajhouse.com/

I have no personal experience with any of these. Be sure to check for reviews. Good luck!
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Jul 24th, 2010, 07:48 PM
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P.S.
Another thought - which may not appeal to you at all though - is that have you considered a home-exchange? I know some Fodorites do it on a fairly regular basis. That's much more affordable than renting an apt!
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Jul 24th, 2010, 08:38 PM
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I did a quick google of corporate housing boston. This was the first thing that came up but I think the term may get you more hits then short term housing. Good Luck

http://www.corporatehousing.com/resu...%2CMA%2CBoston
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Jul 24th, 2010, 10:25 PM
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Here is a web page that lists many short-term furnished options in the Boston area:

http://www.bostonapartments.com/furnish.htm

I am not familiar with any of the agencies or properties listed and I would advise being very careful about any property that you have not been referred to by a legitimate source (such as the hospital).

There is an apartment complex near to the MGH - Longfellow Apartments, which may have been part of the info provided by the hospital. It's a good choice for convenience and I have known a few people over the years that have lived here because of the convenient location:

http://www.furnishedhousing.com/furn...ent-13682.html

And some other options from the same management company:

http://www.furnishedhousing.com/city-Boston-MA.html

And here's some unsolicited advice - off street parking is very expensive in Boston and environs; it can be hundreds of dollars per month. If you are planning to stay within 20-30 minutes of the hospital it's not clear you will need your car since that amount of travel time doesn't take you far from the MGH in typical traffic conditions. It may be more economical, between the cost of overnight parking, hospital and other misc parking, to rely on taxis and/or public transportation depending, of course, on your husband's health and his ability to ride public transportation. A rental car would work for a day trip or two. But, without knowing what your husband's condition might be during your stay this may be totally inappropriate advice . . . .

There are a few garages that have overnight parking (4pm to 8am) for a reasonable amount, approx $100 per month, but you do need to move your car by 8am, no exceptions.

Wishing you all the best.
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Jul 24th, 2010, 10:42 PM
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Last I was there, the fee at Mass General for patient parking is $8 a day, (likely a couple of dollars more now) so if going for treatments, it might be a fine idea to stay outside the city limits in corporate housing and commute to MGH. Wishing you and them the best.
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Jul 24th, 2010, 11:24 PM
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katybird,

Did you receive a copy of MGH affordable accommodations list?

It's online here:

http://www.mghsocialwork.org/accommodations-list.pdf

Of course, "affordable" is subjective.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 05:47 AM
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There are a number of Extended Stay hotels (it is a chain with website of same name) in suburban areas of Boston - all for about $75/night with monthly discount. They all have free parking. But then, you have to get into Boston - you did not indicate if your husband will be in-patient at MGH or commuting in every day and if so, the hours of his commute. But if you factor in likely higher cost of in-Boston accomodations, the cost of parking in Boston at both MGH if necessary and overnight at the rental, staying in the suburbs might make financial sense. If you choose one of these type hotels I know of 2 people who have been able to negotiate the price down even further. These hotels also come with linens, towels, have laundry facilities and continental breakfasts - plus fully equipped kitchens, etc.

But it would depend on logistics, transportation needs, his health and ability to commute.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 06:11 AM
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Thank you one and all for the sites. I am anxious to check them out. I had not thought about looking under corporate housing. Great idea!

Yes,the parking is a concern. We live only 4 1/2 hours from Boston so driving seemed reasonable and thought we could come home on some weekends but the parking might be too much hassle and expense. DH would be having proton therapy and by all accounts should be feeling pretty good so public transportation might just work.... we need to sort that out and rethink the car.

I did see the MGH site but I will revisit it as well.

Thanks so much for all the help. Boston is a great city so we are turning lemons into lemonade...hope to find a decent place to stay and do some fun things.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 06:34 AM
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Thank you Gail. Did not see your post before I posted.

Do you have any recommondations for a specific Extended Stay hotel? We have stayed in Candlewood Suites several times when traveling for one night at a time. I don't know if 2 1/2 months would be a little much for such a place. When I do the math it might be worth it to spend a little more for a more homey atmosphere. I will do some pricing to see what I can find. It may end up being a good option. We would really like to be able to have our car.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 07:19 AM
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katybird, you can look into the suite hotels in Waltham. I briefly looked at Hyatt Summerfield Suites in Waltham, and the rooms have fully-equipped kitchen. They also offer a shuttle service, so you can take that to the Waltham Commuter Rail Station. The Fitchburg line serves Waltham, and you'll be at North Station in around 25 minutes.

http://waltham.summerfieldsuites.hya...servations.jsp

There are a number of other hotels in that area too, including Hilton Garden Inn, DoubleTree, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, Courtyard Marriott, Best Western etc. But you'll have to check to see if those have kitchen in the rooms.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 07:21 AM
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P.S., The Fitchburg line also stops at Porter Sq, which connects directly to the Red Line. So you have a choice of commuter rail directly to North Station, then walk to MGH. Or, commuter rail to Porter Sq, change for Red Line to Charles/MGH stop.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 07:36 AM
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I live north of Boston so am familiar with that area - and have not stayed at any of these hotels. But the Extended Stay in Woburn is on a busline to Orange Line of MBTA (Oak Grove) and then you could take that to within easy walking distance to MGH. It is also very close to intersection of Rte 128 and Rte 93 - making it an easy driving option to either get home, into Boston, or to do something interesting during non-treatment times. MBTA.com can map route from any hotel - and they say this trip on public transit would take 45-55 minutes.

There are other longer-stay type hotels - I have no preference for this one over another, just know someone staying in another location of same chain. I would check them all out.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 08:17 AM
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I don't have any ideas regarding housing but I really think it would be best to stay in Boston (or Cambridge or Somerville). Commuting daily into the city is inconvenient and would be a real grind. Especially for someone undergoing medical treatments (although hopefully, as you said, he will feel pretty good). It may be more expensive but once you factor in the commuting costs, both financial and physical, I think the costs will even out. You might also want to check craigslist.org, I'm sure they have listings for short term rentals.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 08:20 AM
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I just quickly scanned craigslist and found this. Could be promising.

http://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/sub/1861926074.html
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Jul 25th, 2010, 09:42 AM
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YK and Gail thank you for the additional information. It helps alot to check out these options to see the costs, etc and how convenient it would be....which brings me to
Wyatt92's point about the commuting.

It seems we could probably find something in Boston and it would be much nicer to stay in the city but having to park the car would be the problem.

So next question...Is there any preferred areas to stay as far as using the public transportation to Mass General or is any part of the city quite doable...just end up being a longer
commute?
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Jul 25th, 2010, 10:34 AM
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I would revisit the housing recommendations from the hospital - after all, there is a reason they have made the recommend list: convenience, support, cost, cleanliness, etc.

And, personally, I would stay close, to the hospital and bear the greater expense for the peace of mind of not having to deal with traffic in and out of the area on a daily basis. Driving in the MGH area, as you may already have noted, is not pleasant. I do it twice each week and believe I would find the traffic extremely frustrating on a daily basis (it's roughly an hour from my home, 18 miles from Boston).

If you can avoid commuting by car, save yourself the trouble. But if you do wish to have your car, it seems there are several extended stay hotels within an hour of the hospital.

But, do keep in mind, there are definitely advantages to staying in Boston - parks, restaurants, museums, historical sites, etc. on or near your doorstep. Depending on your circumstances this may be very welcome during your stay. Staying outside the city makes it unlikely you will avail yourself of any of Boston's offerings.

Just my opinion . . .
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Jul 25th, 2010, 10:47 AM
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I think that the corporate rentals would probably be over your budget - they are $3000 to $4400 per month for the smallest apartments. Fine if a company is paying but more than the OP is looking to spend.

I agree that in Boston staying near the hospital ids important - since commuting can be very wearing. Agree to relook at what is offered by the hospitals in the vicinity. Also- if staying downtown a car would only be a detriment - I would look for a place in the suburbs where you might garage it long-term at a low price.
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Jul 25th, 2010, 10:57 AM
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Katybird,

www.mbta.com has a route planner--Charles St./MGH stop in on the Red Line which goes from Cambridge down to Braintree in the South. You can also easily transfer to the Red Line from both the Green Line and the Orange Line. The Green Line would be the most likely line to find a nearby apartment unless you stayed in Cambridge.

I, too, agree that staying in the city is optimal. The commute in and out everyday can be wearing especially if you have other things on your mind. And then when you returned at night you wouldn't necessarily be close to any place you wanted to go. You could check craigslist for long-term parking rental offers. Many are near public transportation.

If your husband won't be able to easily take public transportation, with a statement from his doctor you would be eligible for the RIDE. It's a door-to-door shared shuttle service for people with disabilities. It can be a short-term disability as well. You can check for this on the mbta website and consult with his doctor, of course. The RIDE is $2.00 a trip and I believe the person's companion can ride free.

Here's a link to the mbta map: http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/subway/
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Jul 25th, 2010, 11:47 AM
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cw - The RIDE is supposed to be for MA residents - not sure if there is some way around that or if that would be appropriate - not sure state of residence of OP, but 4 1/2 hours from Boston does not leave too many places in MA they could live. (As part of my job I fill out THE RIDE applications - and they can now be filled out by a variety of health and allied health providers, not just MDs)

At this point I think you are weighing price versus convenience - not really any shortcuts that I or anyone above came up with. No disagreement among anyone that staying in Boston near MGH would be first choice - I was responding based on budget.

In your original post you indicated you would have a car so 20-30 minutes away would be fine. That amount of time by car puts you housed in Boston - with traffic - and you would not want to drive that. While I live 25 miles from Boston, it can take me anywhere from 30 - 90 minutes to get into Boston - the first low number being during very off-peak times with no traffic and nothing going wrong.
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