206 Apartments for rent in Brookline, MA

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Last updated August 18 at 2:26AM
44 Washington St
Brookline Village
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:15PM
Studio
$2,300
21 Sewall Ave
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:17PM
1 Bedroom
$2,095
184 Freeman St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:20PM
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
16 Edwin St
Brookline Village
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:17PM
3 Bedrooms
$2,995
30 Harris St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated August 18 at 2:26AM
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
230 Middlesex Rd
Chestnut Hill
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:10PM
5 Bedrooms
$7,900
43 Dwight St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:14PM
4 Bedrooms
$8,900
1736 Beacon St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:09PM
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
70 Babcock St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:17PM
1 Bedroom
$2,400
1788 Beacon St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:11PM
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
1451 Beacon St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:21PM
Studio
$2,075
1774 Beacon St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:10PM
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
5 High St Pl
Brookline Village
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:10PM
2 Bedrooms
$2,300
179 Winthrop Rd
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:21PM
Studio
$1,650
1541 Beacon St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:17PM
1 Bedroom
$2,575
1589 Beacon St Apt 7
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 1:31AM
1 Bedroom
$2,275
1492 Beacon St Apt 6
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 10:55AM
2 Bedrooms
$2,900
47 Beaconsfield Rd
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:17PM
4 Bedrooms
$5,100
27 High St
Brookline Village
Brookline, MA
Updated August 17 at 6:15PM
4 Bedrooms
$3,500
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City Guide
Brookline
Renting a Home in Brookline

The majority of people living in Brookline actually work in Boston, but prefer the feeling of the town life to the bustling city. This has led to a unique housing situation compared to many towns of similar size. Whereas most towns have a lot of single family homes, there are a huge number of apartments in Brookline -- from high-rises to small complexes. So you'll have a lot of choices when trying to find an apartment rental in the area, and you can have as many bedrooms as your heart (and roommates) desires.

The most important thing to consider when planning to get an apartment of any size in Brookline is money. Even by Massachusetts standards, Brookline costs you a hefty heap of dollars (or, in native-speak, "dollahs"). In return, you get lots of trendy shops and restaurants, top-of-the-line services, and you're within spitting distance of Boston. Brookline residents say it's all worth it, but be prepared to shell out some serious dough.

Great apartments are hard to come by, so be sure to have all your paperwork in order before you begin your search--you may need to pounce. Referrals from your employer, last landlord, and any important individuals you may know are necessary (got any senators in your contact list?). Proof of employment, credit checks, pay stubs, and bank statements are also essential in all but the cheapest rentals. Think of it as getting an impromptu audit.

Choosing a Neighborhood

Frankly, all of Brookline is nice, but some places are nicer than others, and some areas are more affordable. Here's a brief description of the various 'hoods, with relative price ratings.

Saint Paul Street: Situated in north Brookline, this is the best of the best, filled with high-rise apartments. If you can get a place here, you know you're on top, regardless of what floor you end up on. $$$$$

Westbrook Village: A fairly stable part of town filled with single family homes. Renting a 3 bedroom home or a small studio home (1 to 2 bedrooms) is possible, but there isn't an apartment as far as the eye can see. $$$$

Hellenic College: Filled with historic houses, this old neighborhood is a fantastic snapshot of old style architecture. $$$

Boylston St.: This is the most renter-friendly place in Brookline, with low-rises full of 1 to 2 bedroom apartments. $

Brookline Village: Another affordable neighborhood, Brookline Village always has a few empty units at the small apartment complexes and high-rise apartments that make up the community. $$

Life in Brookline

Brookline residents tout the peace and quiet of their hometown. But, because of its rich community -- filled with highly educated people and lots of big-city professionals -- it is also a place to connect, learn, and have fun. There are many options for recreation and entertainment in the area, including sports clubs, fancy restaurants, stylish boutiques, and trendy nightclubs.

For people who are more into relaxing than living it up, Brookline is filled with parks, cafes, historical sites, art galleries, and other more sedate activities to fill up your time.

Brookline is often considered one of the best places to live in the entire Northeast. If you can put the price aside, it's a rich and dynamic community to join.

Rent Report
Brookline

August 2017 Brookline Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2017 Brookline Rent Report. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the Brookline rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro and nation.

Brookline rents increased moderately over the past month

Brookline rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, and are up significantly by 5.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Brookline stand at $2,130 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,640 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in March. Brookline's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 4.5%, as well as the national average of 2.9%.

Rents rising across the Boston Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Brookline, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Boston metro, 9 of them have seen prices rise. Massachusetts as a whole has logged a 4.5% year-over-year growth. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • Somerville has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 8.2%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,100, while one-bedrooms go for $1,690.
  • Over the past year, Marlborough has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with decline of 2.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,530, while one-bedrooms go for $1,220.
  • Haverhill has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,450; rents decreased 0.2% over the past month but were up 1.3% over the past year.
  • Brookline has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,640; rents increased 0.3% over the past month and 5.4% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Brookline

As rents have increased in Brookline, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, Brookline is less affordable for renters.

  • Brookline's median two-bedroom rent of $2,640 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.9% over the past year.
  • While Brookline's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Miami (-0.8%) and DC (-0.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Brookline than most large cities. Comparably, Atlanta has a median 2BR rent of $1,160, where Brookline is more than twice 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 $1,680 $2,090 -0.0% 2.7%
Lowell $1,250 $1,550 0.3% 5.3%
Cambridge $1,810 $2,240 1.3% 2.8%
Quincy $1,490 $1,850 0.4% 2.2%
Somerville $1,690 $2,100 0.1% 8.2%
Framingham $1,490 $1,850 -0.1% 1.8%
Haverhill $1,170 $1,450 -0.2% 1.3%
Waltham $1,720 $2,130 -0.7% 5.2%
Brookline $2,130 $2,640 0.3% 5.4%
Marlborough $1,220 $1,530 -0.2% -2.2%

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.