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Starting at $1,874
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Parkside Commons
100 Stockton St
Chelsea, MA
Studio
$1,874
1 Bedroom
$1,976
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
Pet-friendly apartments have oversized floor plans. Fully-equipped kitchens feature efficient appliances. The complex has a pool and a recently renovated fitness center. Located by Paul A. Dever Park.
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Starting at $1,824
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One Webster Apartments
1 Webster Ave
Chelsea, MA
Studio
$1,824
1 Bedroom
$1,859
2 Bedrooms
$2,259
Provides easy access to commuting routes, such as I-93 and Route 1. One- and two-bedroom apartments with oversized windows, gourmet-style kitchens and carpeted bedrooms. Laundry, resort-style swimming pool and 24-hour fitness center located on-site.
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Starting at $2,075
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One North of Boston
100 Heard St
Chelsea, MA
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1 Bedroom
$2,075
2 Bedrooms
$2,805
New apartments convenient to Route 1 and Logan. Ultra pet-friendly living offers on-site doggie daycare and more. Pool, gym, yoga and basketball. Interiors are modern with granite counters and loads of storage.
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Starting at $2,171
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Axis Admiral's Hill
325 Commandants Way
Chelsea, MA
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1 Bedroom
$2,171
2 Bedrooms
$2,623
Luxurious apartment homes with designer amenities. Stainless steel appliances, granite counters, gas fireplaces, and oversized bathrooms with soaking tubs. Easy access to public transit. Covered parking available.
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Starting at $1,800
Updated 3 hrs ago
770 Broadway
770 Broadway
Chelsea, MA
2 Bedrooms
$1,800
Starting at $2,400
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55 Maverick St
55 Maverick St
Chelsea, MA
4 Bedrooms
$2,400
Starting at $2,100
Updated 14 days ago
128 Congress Ave
128 Congress Ave
Chelsea, MA
3 Bedrooms
$2,100
Starting at $1,850
Updated 15 days ago
238 Clark Ave
238 Clark Ave
Chelsea, MA
2 Bedrooms
$1,850
Starting at $2,500
Updated 26 days ago
757 Broadway
757 Broadway
Chelsea, MA
3 Bedrooms
$2,500
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Starting at $2,078
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The Batch Yard
25 Charlton St
Everett, MA
Studio
$2,078
1 Bedroom
$2,247
2 Bedrooms
$2,872
Upscale studios and 1-3 bedroom apartments just five minutes to downtown Boston and ten minutes to North Station. Modern kitchens, granite counters, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, Nest thermostats, patio/balcony. Pool, rooftop deck with grilling.
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Starting at $2,256
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Harborview at the Navy Yard
250 1st Ave
Boston, MA
Studio
$2,256
1 Bedroom
$2,997
2 Bedrooms
$3,807
Waterfront apartments, studio to three-bedroom, close to Tobin Memorial Bridge. Great options for commuters, as residents have access to a discounted water taxi, shuttle to Government Center, and MBTA just steps away.
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Starting at $2,427
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Boston East
126 Border Street
Boston, MA
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1 Bedroom
$2,427
2 Bedrooms
$3,518
Wireless entry using smartphones, free Wi-Fi in common areas and storage including refrigeration. Walk to the Blue Line Maverick T stop and the water Taxi. Air-conditioned units with contemporary kitchens.
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Starting at $2,850
Updated 3 hrs ago
286 Bunker Hill St
286 Bunker Hill St
Boston, MA
2 Bedrooms
$2,850
Starting at $3,100
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756 Saratoga St
756 Saratoga St
Boston, MA
4 Bedrooms
$3,100
Starting at $4,500
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26 Princeton St
26 Princeton St
Boston, MA
6 Bedrooms
$4,500
Starting at $2,525
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21 Monmouth St
21 Monmouth St
Boston, MA
3 Bedrooms
$2,525
Starting at $2,550
Updated 3 hrs ago
112 White St
112 White St
Boston, MA
3 Bedrooms
$2,550
Starting at $3,600
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155 Chelsea St
155 Chelsea St
Boston, MA
4 Bedrooms
$3,600
Starting at $2,450
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12 Breed St
12 Breed St
Boston, MA
3 Bedrooms
$2,450
Starting at $1,750
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74 Campbell Ave
74 Campbell Ave
Revere, MA
2 Bedrooms
$1,750
Starting at $2,750
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202 Falcon St
202 Falcon St
Boston, MA
3 Bedrooms
$2,750
Starting at $1,550
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74 Campbell Ave
74 Campbell Ave
Revere, MA
1 Bedroom
$1,550
Starting at $1,700
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2 Appian Pl
2 Appian Pl
Boston, MA
1 Bedroom
$1,700

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City GuideChelsea

Don't let the dark Sean Penn movie scare you away--Mystic River is a beautiful waterway. And with the Boston skyline standing tall just on the other side of it, Chelsea, MA gets a two-for-one dose of beauty.

With 35,177 people packed into a land area of 2.2 square miles, Chelsea is the smallest city in Massachusetts and the 26th densest in the country. The Massachusett tribe that inhabited the area apparently chose the locale for a good reason. They called this land "Winnisimmet," meaning "good spring nearby." This, and the warming influence of the ocean that moderates the climate relative to the hinterland, prompt people to make a beeline to Chelsea. In a nutshell, Chelsea offers the best of both worlds--affordable housing in a quaint, vibrant location minutes away from the big city.

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Finding an Apartment

If you are lured to Chelsea for its amenities and charm, you are not alone. Hundreds of others are also answering the call of Chelsea, increasing the pressure on housing and making renting an apartment a high-stakes affair. The vacancy rate hovers around 8 to 9 percent, but netting the apartment of your choice depends on three things: timing, timing, and timing. A whopping 68 percent of the city apartments are renter-occupied, not owned.

How much will it cost?
Kiplingers rates Boston as the seventh most expensive city in the USA in terms of cost of living, and this has a spillover effect in Chelsea. Chelsea has a cost of living index of 124, which ranks unfavorably with the national average of 100, but is practically a steal compared with next-door Boston’s rank of 138.

Rentals have been steadily increasing over the years. However, it's nowhere near rents in San Francisco or New York, and still compares favorably to the rental costs of Boston.

What do you need?
As elsewhere, it's good idea to approach apartment hunting the same way as you hunt for a job, complete with credentials, recent pay stubs, credit reports, and references. Treat appointments with landlords seriously, and sport a professional demeanor. Have a checkbook ready to pay the security deposit on the spot to close the deal. It doesn't pay to delay.

Neighborhoods in Chelsea

With an area of just about two square miles, Chelsea is, in fact, a neighborhood in itself, so you won't see much variety among the different areas. Overall, the cost of living is on the high end, but not exorbitant, as compared with other suburbs of major cities.

Admiral Hill: The best neighborhood in Chelsea is arguably Admiral Hill, carved out of the old Chelsea Naval Hospital site, and noted for its row of brick buildings and tree-lined streets. The icing on the cake is the magnificent waterfront vista of the Boston skyline.

Up Market Streets: Many high-end apartment complexes dot streets south of the Adamski Memorial Highway, including Pembroke, Tudor, Beacon, Stockon, and Bellingham. These streets resonate with the character of Chelsea: quiet, working-class neighborhoods.

Revere Beach Parkway: Revere Beach Parkway is a historic parkway, noted for its splendid waterfront views.

Downtown: There are no slummy, rundown neighborhoods in Chelsea. Broadway, the downtown, has scores of affordable housing options, as does Chestnut Street, Prescot Avenue, Washington Avenue, Louis Street, and other areas near the downtown.

Life in Chelsea

Chelsea today is a paradise for the urban set who are attracted not just by its well-kept homes, but also its tree-lined streets, ballparks, and playgrounds, and a bustling, friendly downtown. The mellow vibes radiating from multicultural eating joints, cafes, boutiques, and thrift shops add to the vibrancy of the place. The still-thriving seaport and merchant industry offer the city a gritty character.

The stretch between the district courthouse on lower Broadway to City Hall at Bellingham Square constitutes the downtown. Some businesses here have storefronts and signs that date back to the 1920s and ‘30s.

Chelsea has post-secondary campuses of Bunker Hill Community College and Everest Institute.

Chelsea's ultimate selling point is commuter convenience. Trains, buses, and the expressway bridge allow commuters to zoom into downtown Boston in a matter of minutes. The Tobin Memorial Bridge links Chelsea to the Boston Central Artery system, and residents enjoy a discounted rate of 30 cents as opposed to $3. In addition, there's the MTBA commuter rail service to Boston North Station. City living without city inconveniences and costs--Chelsea is wicked awesome!

June 2018 Chelsea Rent Report

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

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