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626 Apartments for rent in Chelsea, MA

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Last updated April 22 at 9:34pm UTC
16 Tudor St
Chelsea, MA
Updated April 22 at 8:30pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
128 Congress Ave
Belingham Square
Chelsea, MA
Updated April 22 at 11:00am UTC
3 Bedrooms
62 Washington Ave
Chelsea, MA
Updated April 20 at 1:42am UTC
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31 franklin ave 1
Soldiers Home
Chelsea, MA
Updated April 17 at 6:55pm UTC
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156 Porter St
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Revere, MA
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74 Campbell Ave
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Revere, MA
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Central Maverick Square - Paris Street
Boston, MA
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285 Princeton Street
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Boston, MA
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Revere, MA
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64 Lubec St
Jeffries Point
Boston, MA
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72 Campbell Ave
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Revere, MA
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255 Paris St
Central Maverick Square - Paris Street
Boston, MA
Updated April 21 at 1:25am UTC
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Boston, MA
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Boston, MA
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City Guide
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!

Rent Report

April 2018 Chelsea Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2018 Chelsea Rent Report. Chelsea rents declined 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.

Chelsea rents declined significantly over the past month

Chelsea rents have declined 0.5% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 2.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in Chelsea stand at $1,510 for a one-bedroom apartment and $1,870 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in January. Chelsea's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.6%, but exceeds the national average of 2.0%.

Rents rising across the Boston Metro

Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of Chelsea, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the Boston metro, all 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 6.0%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,060, while one-bedrooms go for $1,660.
  • Haverhill has the least expensive rents in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $1,500; rents increased 1.6% over the past month and 5.0% over the past year.
  • Newton has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the Boston metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,260; rents grew 1.1% over the past month and 2.9% over the past year.

Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to Chelsea

As rents have increased moderately in Chelsea, 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, Chelsea is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately in other cities across the state, with Massachusetts as a whole logging rent growth of 2.6% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.5% in Worcester.
  • Chelsea's median two-bedroom rent of $1,870 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 2.0% over the past year compared to the 2.2% increase in Chelsea.
  • While Chelsea's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Baltimore saw a decrease of 0.9%.
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in Chelsea than most large cities. For example, Philadelphia has a median 2BR rent of $1,160, where Chelsea is more than one-and-a-half times 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 $2,070 0.3% 2.1%
Lowell $1,220 $1,520 0.6% 3.0%
Cambridge $1,770 $2,200 0.4% 2.9%
Brockton $1,330 $1,640 0.3% 2.4%
Quincy $1,480 $1,830 0.8% 1.7%
Newton $1,820 $2,260 1.1% 2.9%
Lawrence $1,350 $1,670 0.4% 4.8%
Somerville $1,660 $2,060 1.1% 6.0%
Framingham $1,510 $1,870 1.8% 3.6%
Haverhill $1,210 $1,500 1.6% 5.0%
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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.


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.