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197 Apartments for rent in Brookline, MA

"I’m rich and smart, my home is charming, sense of irony well-honed. I buy used books and Britas, I snack on nuts and wine." (Jonathan Coulton, "Brookline") Read Guide >
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Avalon at Chestnut Hill
160 Boylston St
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 12:55pm
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1 Bedroom
$3,130
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
Handsome apartments with elegant interiors, hardwood floors and in-unit laundry. Less than 10 miles outside Boston. 24-hour fitness center, playground and pool. Furnished units available!
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Green Street
15 Green Street
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 09:47am
1 Bedroom
$2,475
2 Bedrooms
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Residents of this pet-friendly community have on-site parking, 24-hour maintenance and easy access to public transportation. Apartments include hardwood flooring, free heating and patios/balconies. Property is also convenient to Coolidge Corner Theater and Knyvet Square.
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Hampton Court
1223 Beacon St
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 09:45am
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2 Bedrooms
$2,585
Just a short drive to Longwood Mall and Landmark Center, this community features controlled access, on-site parking and access to Zip Car. Apartments have heat included along with tile flooring and full range of appliances.
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1443 Beacon Street
1443 Beacon St
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 09:45am
1 Bedroom
$3,125
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This luxury apartment community provides residents with a fitness center, pool, sundeck and underground parking. Apartment features include hardwood flooring granite countertops and fireplaces. Just a short drive to Coolidge Corner Theater and Griggs Park.
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Harvard Terrace
40 Harvard Avenue
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 08:54am
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1 Bedroom
$2,395
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This property provides residents with an on-site courtyard, laundry facilities and access to Zip Car. Apartments have hardwood flooring, free heat and dishwashers. Community is convenient to Linden Park and the Stop & Shop.
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Beacon Fairbanks Manor
1539 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 08:53am
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1 Bedroom
$1,965
2 Bedrooms
$2,630
Just seconds from Washington Square and Griggs Park, this community offers residents on-site laundry, 24-hour maintenance and online payment options. Apartments include free heat and hot water, internet access and hardwood flooring.
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Hamilton Road Apartments
26 Hamilton Road
Brookline, MA
Updated January 18 at 07:06pm
4 Bedrooms
$4,250
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Longwood Towers
20 Chapel St
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 04:13pm
1 Bedroom
$3,225
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Units feature Energy Star Appliances, fresh renovations, and more. Community includes 24-hour maintenance, easy access to walkable amenities, and rolling green landscaping. Located close to the Green Line T stop and Longwood Medical.
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110 Babcock Street
110 Babcock Street
Brookline, MA
Updated June 29 at 01:50am
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$2,075
1 Bedroom
$2,250
2 Bedrooms
$2,850
630 Hammond St Apt 209
630 Hammond Street
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
3 Greenway Ct
3 Greenway Court
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
6 Bedrooms
$7,000
91 Stedman St # 2
91 Stedman Street
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
96 Naples Rd Apt 5
96 Naples Rd
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
1774 Beacon St Apt 6
1774 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
216 Saint Paul St Apt 403
216 Saint Paul Street
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
139 Winthrop Rd Apt 1
139 Winthrop Rd
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$3,050
139 Winthrop Rd Apt 2
139 Winthrop Road
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
3 Bedrooms
$3,500
39 Sheafe St # 1
39 Sheafe St
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$2,500
36 Addington Rd
36 Addington Road
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$2,600
1616 Beacon St Apt 2
1616 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
3 Bedrooms
$4,100
23 Heath St # 2
23 Heath St
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
4 Bedrooms
$3,350
471 Washington St Apt 5
471 Washington St
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
4 Bedrooms
$3,500
14 Leverett St # 2
14 Leverett Street
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$2,400
39 Harvard Ave
39 Harvard Ave
Brookline, MA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
3 Bedrooms
$3,700
City GuideBrookline
"I’m rich and smart, my home is charming, sense of irony well-honed. I buy used books and Britas, I snack on nuts and wine." (Jonathan Coulton, "Brookline")

Overlooking Boston, Brookline, Massachusetts has spent much of its history fighting tooth and nail against attempts to merge with its much larger (and much less refined!) neighbor, a stubbornness that has allowed it to keep its own unique history and develop its own identity. Brookline founded the first private golf club in America in 1882, which helped form the United States Golf Association. JFK was also born and baptized in Brookline. Brookline is also known for its beautiful parks, where residents like to sit back and relax after a hectic day -- when Massachusetts thaws out from winter, that is.

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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.

January 2019 Brookline Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 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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January 2019 Brookline Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 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 increased significantly over the past month

Brookline rents have increased 0.4% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.9% 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 third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in September. Brookline'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 Brookline, 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 seen rents fall by 5.5% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,520.
    • 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.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Brookline

    As rents have increased slightly in Brookline, a few large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. 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 $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the 1.9% increase in Brookline.
    • While Brookline'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 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
    -0.1%
    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.