Davis to Kendall on the red line is 15 minutes, max, seat time on the T. Davis is nice because there is a good mix of music (Johnny D's), bars (waaay to many to list), a gym (Boston Sports Club), decent restaurants (Orleans)...plus it's not as homogenous as other areas (Brookline/Back Bay/Beacon Hill). And you might even be able to find off street parking with your apartment rental. Plus, it's pretty close to Route 2 when you want to get the heck out of dodge. (NH, VT, etc).
If you live near Kendall you could walk to work..but nightlife is a lot less. Until 10 years ago, this neighborhood very quiet after work, save Kendall Square movie theatre complex.
Otherwise, your other options on the Boston side are Beacon Hill (on Red Line @ Charles) and Back Bay (10-20 minute walk to Charles)...but if you think Cambridge and Somerville are expensive, you will be shocked that $2000 minimum for a decent, tiny 1 bedroom is not uncommon..and that does NOT include parking.
I live between Cambridge and Rt128, but wanted a house and a wee bit of yard...so in a different boat.
But good luck and welcome!
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Last edited by TechieTechie; 09-09-2012 at 12:36 PM.