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"Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people." (-John Krasinski). Read Guide >
59 Strathmore Rd
59 Strathmore Road
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
4 Bedrooms
$4,000
30 Cobden Street, Unit 3
30 Cobden St
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$1,775
5 Ayr Road
5 Ayr Road
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
5 Bedrooms
$4,800
220 Hanover St Apt 12
220 Hanover St
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
238 Hanover St
238 Hanover Street
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$3,225
220 Hanover St
220 Hanover Street
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
51 Queensberry St
51 Queensberry Street
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
1 Bedroom
$2,400
555 Columbus Ave
555 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$3,995
1246 Commonwealth Ave # 19
1246 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
1 Bedroom
$1,600
31 Parmenter Street
31 Parmenter Street
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
1242 Commonwealth Ave # 10
1242 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
Studio
$1,325
612 Columbus Ave
612 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
6 Bedrooms
$8,000
197 Commonwealth Ave
197 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$5,100
588 Columbus Ave
588 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
772 Columbus Ave
772 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
5 Bedrooms
$6,000
776 Columbus Ave
776 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
4 Bedrooms
$5,500
557 Columbus Ave
557 Columbus Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$4,150
1238 Commonwealth Ave # 20
1238 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
1 Bedroom
$1,650
465 Park Dr Apt 14
465 Park Drive
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
1 Bedroom
$2,200
150 Huntington Ave 2A
150 Huntington Ave
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
1 Bedroom
$2,950
390 Commonwealth Avenue ph2
390 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$4,950
1609 tremont Street 1
1609 Tremont Street
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
2 Bedrooms
$4,500
114 Strathmore Rd Apt 303
114 Strathmore Road
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
1 Bedroom
$1,800
136 Greenwood Street
136 Greenwood Street
Boston, MA
Updated January 16 at 10:06am
3 Bedrooms
$2,275
City GuideBoston
"Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people." (-John Krasinski).

Boston is on the A-list of American History, the site of seminal showdowns in the revolutionary and evolutionary charge for American independence. Go ahead, ask any Bostonian, they'll tell you. After they spend the first 45 minutes talking about the Red Sox. Beantown, as it is called by so many (not one of them a local) is small by world-class standards, but titanic in offerings. Of course one could get by on clam chowder (cream based - mention the other kind and you'll start a fight) and lobster rolls seven days a week, but the restaurant scene is kaleidoscopically magical. The Boston Symphony, The Pops, the Theatre District, the beach, the sports, and the sites are all in remarkably manageable, compact reach. You’ve made a good choice with Boston, let’s get you into an apartment.

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Zakim Bridge crosses the Charles River in Boston

Harvard Yard

What to Expect:

Big complexes with sprawling courtyards, dog parks, and pools? Nope; Bostonians, and even those in neighboring suburbs would scoff at that vision. It’s high rises, duplexes, triplexes, and multi-unit buildings comprising dozens of architectural styles that illuminate the Boston renter's scene. Like many historic cities, these buildings often possess some features that would be considered outdated by many of today's construction standards, but are grandfathered under historic commission rules and/or practical limitations. With such an array of rental choices, policies vary widely. Terms, deposits, pets, and inclusions are anybody's guess and can diverge even within an individual building. Ask, ask again, and then make sure you get it in writing. Bostonians are a colorful folk with a deserved reputation for…let’s just say, “business playfulness”.

Parking: One word of wisdom - fugeddaboutit. If your building includes parking, it's probably going to be for a vehicle that sees the valet more than its owner, so bully for you. The rest of Boston must jostle, cajole, sneak, and strategize for their rare parking pearls. Thus, Boston is one of the nation's premier cities in which to ditch the ride. Between the costs of renting a space, the meters and tickets if you don't, the snow removal, the traffic, and the higher than average automobile user fees (inspection, registration, and that festering little disease called excise tax - a recurring annual charge based on you car's estimated value), and an exceptional and far reaching public transportation system, get rid of it - more money for Sam Adams and steamers.

Boston's Wicked Cool Neighborhoods

Boston is not a large city geographically, but like any major metropolis, it houses a lot of hoods. Home to a (measly) forty-three colleges and universities, you can plan on your neighbors being students, really smart, or both. Using the diminutive downtown as the "hub" (that's the single word real Bostonians call their city) and in basic descending order of price (with as many exceptions as there are politicians with cocktails), here’s a renter’s look at Boston’s historic nabes:

Back Bay: Nestled between the public garden (Boston Common), The Charles, and Kenmore Square, the Back Bay is home to Newbury Street, Boston's most fashionable district. Take a leisurely two-mile stroll from the western outskirts of the Back Bay and you'll reach Brookline, the very tony, upscale "village" where you can expect to pay around $1,750 - $2,500 for a 1 BR apartment. The Fenway and The South End are subsets of the Back Bay and are exciting urban areas with just as much in the way of public transit. Expect to pay around $200 - $700 less for comparably sized apartments.

Charlestown: Possibly Boston's most insular neighborhood. Charlestown steadfastly holds on to its roots in history and is the home to Bunker Hill and The U.S.S. Constitution - the U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned ship. Charlestown wasn't always the most welcoming place but has seen fierce upscale redevelopment in the past two decades. Now Charlestown is a sort of bedroom community to Downtown Boston - which happens to be just about a mile away. $1,700 - $2,400 for a 1 BR.

Beacon Hill: Home to some of Boston's most exclusive addresses. Private parks, gas lamps, wrought iron gates, tree lined streets, and meticulously maintained homes really do exude the "George Washington Slept Here" feel of America's earliest days. Think Epcot meets The American Revolution. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR.

Cambridge: Harvard, MIT and Squares galore (of both the library lounger and geometric variety – we’re referring mostly to the latter). That's how Cambridge is divided - Harvard Square, Kendall Square, Inman Square, and Central Square. The Cambridge neighborhoods are the most ethnically diverse in all of Boston, with throngs of the world’s brightest students and teachers mingling with one another in America's intellectual Hippodrome. As such, expect the widest variety of food, markets, cultural activities, and languages spoken. $1,600 - $2,200 for a 1 BR. Inman and Central squares are nominally less as they are slightly farther from their respective mega-institutes of higher learning.

South Boston: The home of the best Bawstuhn accents and many legendary and/or infamous members of Boston's political, religious and business realms, South Boston is a tough yet forgiving place. Its roots are mostly Irish, and Southie is supremely proud of that heritage. Churches, corner shops, kids playing in small parks and the iconic working class life you know from the movies – these are the pictures of Southie. These images are quickly changing though as gentrification is having it’s way with Southie at a rate more rapid than in any other Boston ‘hood. $1,500 - $2,100 for a 1 BR. 2 BR apartments here are comparatively more reasonable than most other sections of Boston.

North End: Boston's predominantly Italian neighborhood, where the language can still be heard on street corners and in the dozens upon dozens of Italian specialty shops, cafés, and restaurants. The North End is quaint and is within easy walking distance to Boston's financial district, Faneuil Hall, and City Hall. $900 - $1,100 for a studio (common in the North End), $1,400 - $1,900 for a 1 BR.

East Boston: Located close to the airport with easy access to Massachusetts' North Shore, Eastie has long been the spot where Boston's newest immigrants first settle. This part of the city has less entertainment and dining than the other ‘hoods, but boasts wonderful views of the harbor and skyline as well as some of the most affordable rents in the city. $1,000 - $1,400 for a 1 BR.

Last bits of advice

Until you learn the neighborhoods, don't talk politics, sports, or religion. Once you do, talk away, you're expected to have an opinion - as long as it's the right one.

January 2019 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 Boston Rent Report. Boston rents declined 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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January 2019 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 Boston Rent Report. Boston rents declined 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 declined over the past month

Boston rents have declined 0.1% over the past month, but are up moderately by 2.0% 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. Boston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.4%, but exceeds the national average of 0.9%.

    Rents rising across the Boston Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Boston, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Boston metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Brockton 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 5.5% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro.
    • Somerville has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,100, while one-bedrooms go for $1,690.
    • Cambridge has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,240; rents decreased 0.2% over the past month but were up 2.8% over the past year.

    Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

    As rents have increased slightly in Boston, a few other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most similar 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 0.9% over the past year compared to the 2.0% rise in Boston.
    • While Boston's rents rose slightly over the past year, the city of Baltimore saw a decrease of 0.8%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boston than most other large 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
    -0.1%
    2%
    Lowell
    $1,230
    $1,520
    -0.3%
    1.5%
    Cambridge
    $1,810
    $2,240
    -0.2%
    2.8%
    Brockton
    $1,220
    $1,520
    -7.4%
    -5.5%
    Quincy
    $1,500
    $1,860
    -0.1%
    2.6%
    Newton
    $1,750
    $2,170
    -11.7%
    -1.6%
    Lawrence
    $1,410
    $1,750
    4%
    5.4%
    Somerville
    $1,690
    $2,100
    0.1%
    5.5%
    Framingham
    $1,510
    $1,870
    -0.2%
    3.8%
    Haverhill
    $1,240
    $1,530
    0.1%
    4.7%
    Waltham
    $1,710
    $2,120
    0.1%
    6.2%
    Malden
    $1,460
    $1,800
    -1.2%
    2.6%
    Brookline
    $2,130
    $2,640
    0.4%
    1.9%
    Medford
    $1,720
    $2,130
    -0.9%
    4.3%
    Revere
    $1,370
    $1,690
    -5.3%
    -5.9%
    Peabody
    $1,520
    $1,890
    -0.4%
    6.7%
    Marlborough
    $1,260
    $1,590
    0
    8.9%
    Woburn
    $1,590
    $1,970
    -2.3%
    4.1%
    Chelsea
    $1,590
    $1,970
    3.4%
    5.2%
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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.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released Boston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

    "Boston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "Howe...

    View full Boston Renter Survey

    Here’s how Boston ranks on:

    A
    Overall satisfaction
    A
    Safety and crime rate
    A
    Jobs and career opportunities
    A+
    Recreational activities
    D
    Affordability
    C+
    Quality of schools
    A+
    Social Life
    D
    Weather
    A-
    Commute time
    C+
    State and local taxes
    A+
    Public transit
    B-
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released Boston’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of 111 million American renters nationwide.

    "Boston renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love Boston, some aspects can be better."

    Key findings in Boston include the following:

    • Boston renters gave their city an A overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for Boston were public transit, social life and recreational activities, which all received A+ grades.
    • The areas of concern to Boston renters are affordability and weather, which both received D grades.
    • Millennial renters are very satisfied with their city, giving it an overall grade of A-.
    • Boston did relatively well compared to other cities in New England, including New York, NY (C+), Philadelphia, PA (C+) and New Haven, CT (D).

    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    Renters say:

    • "Boston is a city with a sense of community I haven’t seen anywhere else. It takes a while to make friends with the locals because they’re such a tight group, but it’s a great place." – Jonathan M.
    • "It’s clean, safe, has great restaurants, and is accessible to all of New England." – Nicole C.
    • "Love the culture of the city. It’s very walkable and there’s lots to do. My one dislike is that the city’s too cold!" – Kieran
    • "I love the convenience to everything like bars and transportation. But the cost of rent keeps going up without apartments getting upgraded, and there’s a disappointing lack of dog-friendly places." – Shaun K.

    For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

    View our national survey results here