83 Houses for rent in Boston, MA

Last updated July 20 at 2:33am UTC
73 Barnes Ave
Harbor View - Orient Heights
Boston, MA
Updated July 20 at 2:33am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
39 Parkton Rd. Unit 2
Jamaica Hills - Pond
Boston, MA
Updated July 19 at 9:48am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
14 Higgins St
St. Elizabeth's
Boston, MA
Updated July 19 at 9:47am UTC
5 Bedrooms
$3,600
40 Newcastle Rd
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated July 18 at 10:20am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,400
14 Montfern Ave
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated July 18 at 10:19am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,700
65 Strathmore Road
Commonwealth
Boston, MA
Updated July 18 at 10:15am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,200
180 Newton Street #1
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated July 17 at 9:27am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,250
31 Mt. Vernon Street
Thompson Square - Bunker Hill
Boston, MA
Updated July 17 at 9:22am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,900
8 Wendeller Street, Unit 2
Columbus Park - Andrew Square
Boston, MA
Updated July 15 at 10:35am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
944 Dorchester Avenue, Unit 21
Columbia Point
Boston, MA
Updated July 14 at 9:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,050
43 Courtney Road
Brook Farm
Boston, MA
Updated July 10 at 11:00pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,500
292 Eustis St
Lower Roxbury
Boston, MA
Updated July 4 at 10:40pm UTC
6 Bedrooms
$3,500
153 Bigelow St
Oak Square
Boston, MA
Updated July 4 at 2:23am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
192 Chestnut Ave
Jamaica Central - South Sumner
Boston, MA
Updated June 15 at 10:22am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
32 Ocean Ave
Telegraph Hill
Hull, MA
Updated July 18 at 3:13am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,000
65 Jefferson Street
Nonantum
Newton, MA
Updated July 16 at 10:52pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,600
12 Gerrys Landing
West Cambridge
Cambridge, MA
Updated July 16 at 10:52pm UTC
5 Bedrooms
$6,000
5 Welton Rd
Brook Farm
Boston, MA
Updated July 14 at 3:05am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,400
42 Leamington Rd
St. Elizabeth's
Boston, MA
Updated July 11 at 3:08am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,400
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8 Lovis St
D Street - West Broadway
Boston, MA
Updated July 6 at 7:31am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,600
1501 Commonwealth Ave #305
St. Elizabeth's
Boston, MA
Updated June 20 at 10:41am UTC
Studio
$2,800
411 Washington St #3
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated July 15 at 10:34am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
8 Channing Place
West Cambridge
Cambridge, MA
Updated July 13 at 2:55pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$5,500

July 2018 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2018 Boston Rent Report. Boston rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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July 2018 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2018 Boston Rent Report. Boston rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Boston rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

Boston rents increased moderately over the past month

Boston rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, but have been relatively flat in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Boston stand at $1,690 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,090 for a two-bedroom. This is the sixth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in December of last year. Boston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state and national averages, which both stand at 1.4%.

Rents rising across the Boston Metro

While rents have remained steady in the city of Boston throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 7 of of the largest 10 cities in the Boston metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Lowell has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,520; the city has also seen rents fall by 1.8% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.
  • Newton has the most expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,330; the city has also seen rent growth of 2.4% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.

Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

Rent growth in Boston has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases; in contrast, rents in a few cities have actually declined. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Boston is less affordable for renters.

  • Boston's median two-bedroom rent of $2,090 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.4% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in Boston.
  • While rents in Boston remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Atlanta (+1.9%), Miami (+1.8%), New York (+1.7%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,180, $1,370, and $2,520 respectively.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boston than most similar cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,170, where Boston is more than one-and-a-half times that price.

For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.
City Median 1BR price Median 2BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
Boston $1,690 $2,090 0.3% 0.0%
Lowell $1,230 $1,520 0.0% -1.8%
Cambridge $1,820 $2,250 0.6% 2.0%
Brockton $1,320 $1,630 -0.5% -1.2%
Quincy $1,500 $1,860 0.6% 0.8%
Newton $1,880 $2,330 2.4% 3.8%
Lawrence $1,360 $1,690 0.4% 2.8%
Somerville $1,690 $2,090 0.3% -0.1%
Framingham $1,490 $1,850 -0.4% 0.1%
Haverhill $1,230 $1,520 -1.0% 4.7%
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Methodology - Recent Updates:

Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

Methodology:

Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

Read more about our methodology here.

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