Not to play into stereotypes but Burlington, MA has a sizable Indian population if that helps. It's also far cheaper than Boston itself but also a notable distance.
Boston is very, very expensive and $1300 might get you a tiny studio. Naturally, the further you get out, the cheaper it might be. As for transportation, generally Boston is very good at getting access everywhere. Even if you were in the suburbs, you won't have much trouble finding a subway train that leads to Boston. Parking in Boston is an impossibility and it's expensive.
But places I'd recommend for a young couple:
Waltham - Has plenty to offer and it's one of the last refuges of Massachusetts property that isn't overpriced. A lot of young professionals have started moving to the area. Waltham has a lot of families that live there and it's very much a suburban city with roughly four supermarkets around the area. The chances of an unsafe area are very small and you'll know what areas when you see it. But I put Waltham at the top of my list.
Quincy - Quincy is directly adjacent to Boston and I think it has plenty to offer in terms of shopping an accessibility.
Somerville - Located between Cambridge and Boston is this small city, and I think you might find what you're looking for in terms of $1300.
Brighton - A Boston neighborhood that's host to blue collar families, young professionals and many college students. Brighton's a pretty decent area. It's not a place where you want to go roaming out at night, but it's a pretty decent area. Cleveland Circle is nice but it's a young neighborhood so there are a few bars. St. Patrick's Day itself is pretty nutty.
Brookline - I love Brookline but I think the real estate is disgusting (as most of Massachusetts real estate is). My cousin pays $2,000 a month in rent for a 2 bedroom apartment on the third floor, sans an elevator. It's a nice place but not worth the money. Brookline is extremely safe, extremely small and out of all the places mentioned, offers direct access to Boston, just as Brighton would.
Newton - Newton is very good and it's considered one of the safest cities in the country. But it's very, very expensive since it's a wealthy community. But if you're looking for peace and serenity, Newton is a very good choice and it's just outside the city. But prepare to have an empty wallet.
Cambridge - I tend to think Cambridge is where the spillover came from those trying to move to Boston. Cambridge is very expensive but nice. It's not the safest city ever but it does have some really attractive neighborhoods. Avoid Davis Square though since that is a fairly shady area.
Revere - Revere is pretty close to Boston and there shouldn't be much of an issue getting to and from the city. It's a working class city like many others but it offers all the necessary amenities one would need.
Places to avoid: Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan. Generally, these are some of the worst areas in the New England area and those unflattering write-ups in the newspaper usually involve a busy daily police log. Jamaica Plain is decent but it's a long way from rehabilitating itself. South Boston is very good but like I said, it's still improving itself and that will take a long time.
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