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417 Apartments for rent in Brookline, MA

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Last updated May 20 at 12:37pm UTC
20 Chapel St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated May 20 at 11:20am UTC
1 Bedroom
$3,200
11 Leverett St # 208
Brookline Village
Brookline, MA
Updated May 20 at 9:40am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
101 Monmouth St Apt 220S
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated May 20 at 9:40am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,600
101 Monmouth St # 40
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated May 20 at 9:39am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,500
1443 Beacon St Apt 216S
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated May 20 at 9:39am UTC
1 Bedroom
$3,195
526 Harvard St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated May 20 at 9:29am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
9 Strathmore Rd
Cleveland Circle
Brookline, MA
Updated May 20 at 9:28am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$6,000
322 St Paul St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated May 20 at 9:28am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$4,500
90 Cypress St
Brookline Village
Brookline, MA
Updated May 20 at 9:28am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,975
152 Winchester St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated May 19 at 5:35pm UTC
6 Bedrooms
$6,600
33 Lancaster Terrace
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated May 19 at 5:35pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,350
110 Harvard St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated May 19 at 5:35pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,200
185 Freeman St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated May 19 at 5:35pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
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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.

May 2018 Brookline Rent Report

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

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Rent Report
Brookline

May 2018 Brookline Rent Report

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

Brookline rents increase sharply over the past month

Brookline rents have increased 1.1% over the past month, but have decreased moderately by 0.7% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Brookline stand at $2,070 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,570 for a two-bedroom. Brookline's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.2%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

Rents rising across the Boston Metro

While rent prices have decreased in Brookline over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in all 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.

  • Newton has the most expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,320; the city has also seen rent growth of 2.4% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past month, Brockton has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 0.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,640, while one-bedrooms go for $1,320.
  • Lowell has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,520; rents were up 0.7% over the past year but remained flat month-over-month.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Brookline

As rents have fallen moderately in Brookline, many large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, Brookline is less affordable for renters.

  • Brookline's median two-bedroom rent of $2,570 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 0.7% decline in Brookline.
  • While rents in Brookline fell moderately over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Los Angeles (+2.1%), Atlanta (+1.9%), and San Francisco (+1.3%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Brookline than most large cities. For example, Philadelphia 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 $1,670 $2,080 0.3% 1.0%
Lowell $1,220 $1,520 -0.0% 0.7%
Cambridge $1,790 $2,220 1.0% 3.3%
Brockton $1,320 $1,640 -0.5% 1.5%
Quincy $1,480 $1,840 0.3% 0.2%
Newton $1,870 $2,320 2.4% 5.2%
Lawrence $1,360 $1,680 0.7% 4.6%
Somerville $1,670 $2,070 0.5% 1.8%
Framingham $1,510 $1,870 -0.1% 2.4%
Haverhill $1,230 $1,530 1.6% 7.1%
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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.