109 Apartments for rent in Brookline, MA

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Last updated September 22 at 6:54PM
185 Freeman St Apt 741S
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 10:36AM
3 Bedrooms
$4,250
45 Marion St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:41PM
1 Bedroom
$2,350
1736 Beacon St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:54PM
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
185 Freeman St Apt 404
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 10:40AM
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
1544 Beacon St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:48PM
2 Bedrooms
$3,135
185 Pleasant St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:48PM
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
1748 Beacon St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:48PM
Studio
$1,500
15 Green St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:46PM
1 Bedroom
$2,375
227 Winchester St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:47PM
4 Bedrooms
$3,400
1038 Beacon St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:48PM
1 Bedroom
$2,200
5 Alton Ct
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:54PM
1 Bedroom
$2,400
1542 Beacon St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:48PM
1 Bedroom
$2,850
1223 Beacon St
Coolidge Corner
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:54PM
2 Bedrooms
$2,740
24 Fairbanks St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:52PM
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
208 Winthrop Rd
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:54PM
1 Bedroom
$2,000
99 Pond Ave
Brookline Village
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 2:35AM
1 Bedroom
$2,500
47 Beaconsfield Rd
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:48PM
4 Bedrooms
$5,100
312 Tappan St
Washington Square
Brookline, MA
Updated September 22 at 6:44PM
2 Bedrooms
$2,535
22 Chestnut Place
Brookline Village
Brookline, MA
Updated September 7 at 11:06AM
1 Bedroom
$2,250
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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

September 2017 Brookline Rent Report

Welcome to the September 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 declined moderately over the past month

Brookline rents have declined 0.3% over the past month, but have increased significantly by 4.0% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Brookline stand at $2,120 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,630 for a two-bedroom. Brookline's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 3.8%, as well as the national average of 3.0%.

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. 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 8.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,110, while one-bedrooms go for $1,700.
  • Over the past year, Marlborough is the only city in the metro that has seen rents fall, with a decline of 2.9%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $1,510, while one-bedrooms go for $1,200.
  • Haverhill has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,460; rents were up 0.8% over the past month and 2.3% over the past year.
  • Brookline has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,630; rents decreased 0.3% over the past month but were up 4.0% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Brookline

As rents have increased in Brookline, 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.

  • Massachusetts as a whole has logged 3.8% year-over-year growth, while rent trends across other cities throughout the state have varied.
  • Brookline's median two-bedroom rent of $2,630 is above the national average of $1,160. Nationwide, rents have grown by 3.0% over the past year compared to the 4.0% rise in Brookline.
  • While Brookline's rents rose over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including DC (-0.5%) and Miami (-0.4%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Brookline than most large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,170, 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 $1,690 $2,090 0.2% 2.3%
Lowell $1,240 $1,530 -1.0% 4.0%
Cambridge $1,820 $2,260 1.0% 3.3%
Quincy $1,500 $1,860 0.5% 1.9%
Somerville $1,700 $2,110 0.5% 8.0%
Framingham $1,490 $1,850 -0.1% 0.8%
Haverhill $1,180 $1,460 0.8% 2.3%
Waltham $1,710 $2,110 -0.7% 3.1%
Brookline $2,120 $2,630 -0.3% 4.0%
Marlborough $1,200 $1,510 -0.9% -2.9%

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.