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4094 Washington St.
4094 Washington Street
Boston, MA | Lower Washington - Mount Hope
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
900 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
WASHINGTON STREET - GORGEOUS gut renovation with everything you could ask for! Beautifully updated kitchen with granite counters, custom built cabinetry and top-notch new appliances, refinished hardwood floors thru-out, all-new light recessed
1 Unit Available
157 East Cottage St.
157 East Cottage Street
Boston, MA | Uphams Corner - Jones Hill
4 Bedrooms
$2,695
900 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Classic triple decker building professionally managed Spacious 4 bed 2 baths apartment building Hardwood floors and carpet Gas heat Laundry in building Cat ok Located on East Cottage St, JKF/UMASS Red Line is about .
1 Unit Available
165 Kelton St.
165 Kelton Street
Boston, MA | Commonwealth
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$1,750
400 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Charming Brighton Apartment Building Studios and 1 bedrooms Heat and hot water included Easy access to the B-Line Laundry is on the corner Cat Ok Student Ok No Fee Terms: One year lease LID: 40227702.
1 Unit Available
137 Foster St.
137 Foster Street
Boston, MA | St. Elizabeth's
2 Bedrooms
$2,000
1200 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Fantastic location for this sunny and spacious 2 bedroom unit. Located on Foster St, Ringers Park is literally, next door.
1 Unit Available
64 Woodstock Ave.
64 Woodstock Avenue
Boston, MA | Commonwealth
1 Bedroom
$1,750
600 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Charming Brighton Apartment Building Studios and 1 bedrooms Laundry in building Heat and hot water included Easy access to the B-Line Student Ok Cat Ok No Fee Terms: One year lease LID: 40227713.
1 Unit Available
501 Congress St.
501 Congress St
Boston, MA | D Street - West Broadway
Studio
$2,748
467 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Terms: One year lease LID: 40124173.
1 Unit Available
87 Parkton Rd.
87 Parkton Road
Boston, MA | Jamaica Hills - Pond
3 Bedrooms
$2,600
1100 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
AVAILABLE SEPTEMBER - This spacious 3 bedroom gets showered with natural light! Features original hardwood floors, living room with bay windows in front, dining room with original built-in hutch, large eat-in kitchen with washer/dryer hookups in
1 Unit Available
294 Hanover Street
294 Hanover Street
Boston, MA | North End
Studio
$1,300
400 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
HEAT & HOT WATER INCLUDED - Giant North End studio apartment with a huge bathroom and separate eat-in kitchen. There's coin-op laundry on each floor of the building as well. Amazing price - will be higher in the Spring. LID: 40130099.
1 Unit Available
768 Morton St.
768 Morton Street
Boston, MA | Franklin Field South
3 Bedrooms
$2,200
1200 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Huge 3 Bed, 1 Bath. Large bedroom has extra space from the enclosed porch which could make a great home office. This apartment features a dedicated living room and dining area, plus and eat in kitchen.
1 Unit Available
3 Glen Rd.
3 Glen Road
Boston, MA | Jamaica Central - South Sumner
5 Bedrooms
$3,000
1600 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Available now, there is no better bang for your buck in town than this MASSIVE 5 bedroom apartment! Roughly 1600 sq ft of living space with 5 huge bedrooms, massive living room, eat in kitchen with new granite counter tops and dishwasher.
1 Unit Available
135 Chelsea
135 Chelsea Street
Boston, MA | Central Maverick Square - Paris Street
1 Bedroom
$2,000
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Newly renovated Beautiful one bedroom one bathroom located in the heart of east Boston on Chelsea street. Marvelous Kitchen, brand new hardwood floors , central AC, washer/dryer in unit! Outlets on every wall in each room for a flexible layout.
1 Unit Available
31 Chester St.
31 Chester Street
Boston, MA | Commonwealth
2 Bedrooms
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4 Bedrooms
$4,100
1200 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
**PRIME LOCATION FOR BOSTON UNIVERSITY** --- LOCATION - LOCATION - LOCATION --- DO NOT WAIT UNTIL ALL THE GOOD PLACES ARE GONE!!!! TEXT OR CALL RIGHT NOW! - Amazing views from the porch! *Recently redone!* - Renovated kitchen and baths - Laundry in
1 Unit Available
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75 Gardner Street
Boston, MA | Allston
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$2,700
850 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Spacious apartment featuring hardwood floors, ac(living room), modern kitchen and bathroom. Building features clean common areas, laundry room. Walking distance to BU, restaurants, supermarkets and the MBTA green B line branch.
1 Unit Available
101 Atlantic Avenue
101 Atlantic Avenue
Boston, MA | North End
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
1200 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
*No Broker Fee + Free Month* All Utilities Included - 2beds/1.5 Baths - 1250sq/ft - Exposed Brick & Beam - Hardwood Floors - Skylights - Elevator - Pets Considered on a Case-by-Case Basis - Laundry     LID: 20957336.
1 Unit Available
327 Hanover Street
327 Hanover Street
Boston, MA | North End
Studio
$1,300
400 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
GIANT 2 Room Studio in the North End - An incredibly sunny unit, it has a separate eat-in kitchen, hardwood floors, great closet space, and there's laundry in the building. Great price! LID: 40130098.
1 Unit Available
161 Kelton St.
161 Kelton Street
Boston, MA | Commonwealth
Studio
$1,495
10 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Gorgeous studio with plenty of sun, separate kitchen with gas stove, your very own bathroom and plenty of hardwood for the cat to run over (if you have one). Heat and hot water are included of course.
1 Unit Available
41 Gordon St.
41 Gordon Street
Boston, MA | St. Elizabeth's
1 Bedroom
$1,795
760 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
NO BROKER FEE! Massive one bedroom apartment available for October 1 on Gordon Street in Allston! This unit has much to be desired! Features include: Gleaming hardwood floors, Fully applianced large kitchen, Massive pantry, huge living room, huge
1 Unit Available
98 Queensberry St.
98 Queensberry Street
Boston, MA | Fenway - Kenmore - Audubon Circle - Longwood
Studio
$1,550
400 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Sunny studio located in desirable Fenway neighborhood Convenient to LMA, D-line and all Fenway has to offer Heat and hot water included Cat ok Please contact Alex for more info! The Fenway apartments, located in turn of the century brick buildings,
1 Unit Available
18 Worcester Sq.
18 Worcester Street
Boston, MA | South End
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
887 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
The one that has it all! 1 Direct access PARKING spot included! Beautiful, classic and updated 2 bedroom 1 bathroom home in the middle of gorgeous Worcester Square in the South End.
1 Unit Available
43 Linden St.
43 Linden Street
Boston, MA | Allston
Studio
$1,650
10 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
CONTACT: Debbie for more info! Terms: One year lease LID: 40300087.
1 Unit Available
5 Trenton
5 Trenton Street
Boston, MA | Eagle Hill
3 Bedrooms
$2,050
1185 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Terms: One year lease LID: 40294265.
1 Unit Available
399 Congress St.
399 Congress Street
Boston, MA | D Street - West Broadway
Studio
$2,570
402 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Locally inspired interiors and art, comfort-centric technology, and curated lifestyle programming combine to create an elevated residence, with a soul that is 100% "Made in Boston." Terms: One year lease LID: 40321328.
1 Unit Available
20 Sunnyside St.
20 Sunnyside Street
Boston, MA | Hyde Square
Studio
$2,325
575 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Step into Off Centre Lofts, a newly redeveloped school house. Inside are twenty-one units spread over three floors. All of our loft apartments include galley kitchens outfitted with stone countertops and tile backsplash.
1 Unit Available
123 Marlborough St.
123 Marlborough Street
Boston, MA | Back Bay
1 Bedroom
$2,425
574 sqft
Last updated January 23 at 03:15 AM
Available FEBRUARY 1st 2021 _ Perfectly located on beautiful Marlborough street, in the Back Bay ! Charming and Bright 3rd Floor Walk Up, Large Living Room, High ceilings, Huge walk in Closet, Hardwood Floors, Heat & Hot water Included, Laundry in

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Last updated Dec. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Boston is $1,571, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,674.
Studio
$1,431
1 Bed
$1,571
2 Beds
$1,674
3+ Beds
$1,779
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Median Rent in Boston

Last updated Dec. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in Boston is $1,571, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,674.
Studio
$1,431
1 Bed
$1,571
2 Beds
$1,674
3+ Beds
$1,779

City Guide

Boston
"Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people." (-John Krasinski).
"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.

Having trouble with Craigslist Boston? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

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.

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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.

Boston's Wicked Cool Neighborhoods
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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.

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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.

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City Guide

Boston
"Boston is actually the capital of the world. You didn't know that? We breed smart-ass, quippy, funny people." (-John Krasinski).
"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.

Having trouble with Craigslist Boston? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

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.

What to Expect:
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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.

Boston's Wicked Cool Neighborhoods
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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.

Last bits of advice
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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.

Rent Report
Boston

January 2021 Boston Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2021 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 similar cities nationwide.

Boston rents decline sharply over the past month

Boston rents have declined 3.1% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 20.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Boston stand at $1,571 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,674 for a two-bedroom. This is the ninth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. Boston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -11.9%, as well as the national average of -1.5%.

    Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

    As rents have fallen sharply in Boston, a few similar cities nationwide have also seen prices fall, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Boston is less affordable for renters.

    • Boston's median two-bedroom rent of $1,674 is above the national average of $1,090. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 20.4% decline in Boston.
    • While rents in Boston fell sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including San Francisco (-27.0%), New York (-21.7%), and Seattle (-19.1%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boston than most similar cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,127, where Boston is nearly 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.

    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 about the methodology on our blog.

    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.

    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.

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    January 2021 Boston Rent Report

    Welcome to the January 2021 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 similar cities nationwide.

    View full Rent Report

    January 2021 Boston Rent Report

    Welcome to the January 2021 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 similar cities nationwide.

    Boston rents decline sharply over the past month

    Boston rents have declined 3.1% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 20.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Boston stand at $1,571 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,674 for a two-bedroom. This is the ninth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. Boston's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -11.9%, as well as the national average of -1.5%.

      Other large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Boston

      As rents have fallen sharply in Boston, a few similar cities nationwide have also seen prices fall, in some cases substantially. Compared to most other large cities across the country, Boston is less affordable for renters.

      • Boston's median two-bedroom rent of $1,674 is above the national average of $1,090. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 20.4% decline in Boston.
      • While rents in Boston fell sharply over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw decreases, including San Francisco (-27.0%), New York (-21.7%), and Seattle (-19.1%).
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Boston than most similar cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,127, where Boston is nearly 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.

      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 about the methodology on our blog.

      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.

      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.

      Boston Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      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.
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      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.