The Boston apartment market remains one of the most expensive in the nation as 2019 gets underway. But some neighborhoods are markedly less expensive than others.
What’s more, they tend to offer comparatively hefty inventory for wary and weary prospective tenants to search. Using data from search site RentCafe, here are four neighborhoods to check out if you’re looking for a deal on Boston rent this winter.
Roslindale might be the best deal for market-rate apartments in Boston right now. The average rent is $2,265 as of January—25 percent lower than the Boston average overall—and available studios can be had for as little as $1,824 on average. One-bedrooms average $2,182.
In Roxbury, the average rent is $2,283, 24 percent lower than the Boston average of $3,020. Studios average $2,127 and available one-bedrooms $2,195. Roxbury is also more centrally located re: downtown than Roslindale.
The average rent in Jamaica Plain is $2,610, which is 14 percent lower than the Boston average. Studios average $2,359 and one-bedrooms $2,491. Plus, if you’re looking for parks and proximity to the Orange Line, JP is your best bet.
Boston's largest neighborhood by area has an average apartment rent identical to East Boston’s. The real deal in Dorchester might come in its two-bedrooms: There the average is $2,750, less expensive than in any other neighborhood save for Roslindale, Roxbury, and JP.
Source: Curbed Boston