Brian Carberry
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Ask five Boston residents which city neighborhood is most popular with renters and you’ll probably get five different answers.

The city is a hodgepodge of diverse areas, each with their own unique charms and characteristics which appeal to people of all different tastes. For instance, college students may name one of the neighborhoods close to Boston’s many universities while young professionals might select an urban neighborhood close to downtown.

So, how do you determine which areas are most popular?

We combed through Google data using generic keyword searches and combined those results with the most searched Boston neighborhoods on ApartmentGuide.com to determine which areas are most popular with renters.

The Top Neighborhoods for Renters in Boston

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Our data found the most searched neighborhoods in Boston included a mix of traditional areas and locales that have become more trendy in recent years. These neighborhoods also represent a good mix between family-friendly locations and areas more popular with a younger crowd.

Here is a quick overview of each neighborhood and what you’d expect to pay for rent in each area.

 

1. Back Bay

back bay

When you think of Boston apartments, you’re probably visualizing the immaculate brownstone buildings of Back Bay. This upscale area is located mostly between the Charles River and the Mass Pike, centered around Copley Square. Visitors and residents flock to Newbury Street for its walkable shopping, boutique stores and bistro restaurants. However, parking in this neighborhood comes at a premium – someone famously paid $560,000 for two tandem parking spots a few years ago.

Property Size Back Bay Average Boston Average
Studio $2,375 $2,329
1 BR $3,194 $2,887
2 BR $5,993 $3,865
3 BR $5,578 $5,008

 

2. North End

boston north end

Boston’s de facto Little Italy, the North End was a haven for immigrants that came to the city in the 19th century. Today, the area is popular among young professionals looking to live close to downtown. The North End is well known for its incredible Italian food, seafood and the many street festivals held during weekends over the summer. The neighborhood is also home to Paul Revere’s house and the Old North Church – which history buffs will recognize for its “one if by land, two if by sea” signal during the Revolutionary War.

Property Size North End Average Boston Average
Studio $1,804 $2,329
1 BR $2,765 $2,887
2 BR $3,700 $3,865
3 BR $3,973 $5,008

 

3. South End

boston south end

The South End is one of the top cultured neighborhoods in Boston. The neighborhood is quickly becoming a top destination for fine dining and nightlife, all mixed in with warehouse art and gallery spaces and trendy mom-and-pop shops. Young families and professionals are attracted to the neighborhood for its beautiful Victorian-style streets, residential parks and family-friendly vibe. The South End is also a popular neighborhood for Boston’s LGBT community.

Property Size South End Average Boston Average
Studio $2,565 $2,329
1 BR $3,013 $2,887
2 BR $3,931 $3,865
3 BR $5,965 $5,008

 

4. Fenway

Fenway Boston Neighborhood

Probably overshadowed by the nearby iconic baseball stadium with the same name, Boston’s Fenway neighborhood is a popular choice for cultured young professionals and college students. Northeastern University is located in the southern end of the neighborhood, and Fenway is also home to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts, Symphony Hall and a portion of the Back Bay Fens – an urban wildlife, garden and park space.

Property Size Fenway Average Boston Average
Studio $1,919 $2,329
1 BR $2,794 $2,887
2 BR $4,375 $3,865
3 BR $6,318 $5,008

 

5. Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill Boston Neighborhood

Just steps from the iconic gold-domed Massachusetts state house sits Beacon Hill. This historically wealthy and quaint neighborhood features cobbled-stone streets and red brick homes. Beacon Hill is a popular choice for families because of its quiet and safe reputation and close proximity to the Boston Common and Boston Public Garden. Portions of Beacon Hill are known as some of the most expensive residential areas in the country, so it’s no wonder people looking at this sought-after neighborhood are considering renting – our data finds average rents for studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments are actually less than the citywide average.

Property Size Beacon Hill Average Boston Average
Studio $1,834 $2,329
1 BR $2,432 $2,887
2 BR $2,913 $3,865
3 BR $5,100 $5,008

 

The rent information included in this article is based on current rental property inventory on ApartmentGuide.com and is used for illustrative purposes only. The data contained herein do not constitute financial advice or a pricing guarantee for any apartment.

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The managing editor of Apartment Guide and rent.com, Brian Carberry has more than 10 years' experience as a content creator and award-winning journalist. Brian's work has been featured on CNN, Search Engine Land, Randstad and a number of other organizations around the world. In his free time, Brian enjoys sports, cooking and debating the correct pronunciation of "gif."

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