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Rental Guide: A Short Introduction to Boston's Neighborhoods

Image of skyline in Boston MA with pins indicating different neighborhoods

Finding apartments for rent in Boston MA, can be very difficult, especially in the current real estate market. Not only this, but there are also so many different neighborhoods in the city, each offering a unique community and different attractions for their residents. With all of these options, it may be difficult to choose where you want to live. Although each neighborhood is different, they all offer amazing an place to live for their residents. At Rentwise Boston, we have listings in every Boston neighborhood, read to learn more about the benefits that each one offers.


Allston-Brighton is a young neighborhood, with lots of college students, as it is home to both Boston University and Boston College. This young community offers a vibrant atmosphere, and is well known for its murals and music venues.​ The average rent in the neighborhood is $3,271.

Back Bay

Back Bay is an amazing neighborhood with beautiful brownstone buildings, and so much to do. The neighborhood is home to Newbury street, the Prudential Center, Copley Square, Boston Public Library, and tons of amazing restaurants. However, Back Bay apartments tend to be more expensive with an average rent of $4,130.

Cobblestone street in Beacon Hill, Boston MA

Beacon Hill

Beacon Hill is a beautiful and historic neighborhood that is home to Boston’s Public Garden and the Massachusetts State House. With charming cobblestone streets, this neighborhood feels like you're traveling back in time to colonial Massachusetts. The average rent in the neighborhood $3,771.


Dorchester is Boston’s largest and most diverse neighborhood. Because the neighborhood was once its one town, it offers both a suburban and urban feel for its residents. The average rent in the neighborhood is $3,189.

Downtown-Financial District

The Downtown-Financial District is in the heart of Boston with many skyscrapers and a big city atmosphere. With a more modern feel, this lively neighborhood is home to many new restaurants and shops. The average rent in the neighborhood is $3,995.

East Boston

East Boston is most well known for housing Logan International Airport. Along with the airport, the neighborhood is also home to amazing views of the Boston skyline and harbor. As one of the more inexpensive neighborhoods in the city, the average rent in the neighborhood is $2,978.

Fenway Park, Boston MA


As its name implies, the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood is home to Fenway Park. However, this is not all the neighborhood offers, it is also home to the House of Blues, fun bars, and cute restaurants. The average rent in the neighborhood is $3,806.

Jamaica Plain

Jamaica Plain is one of the more residential areas in Boston, home to many parks and a lot of green space. The neighborhood is popular among families, but is also home to a more diverse population with lots of artists and a big LGBTQ community. The average rent in the neighborhood is $3,233.

Street in North End, Boston MA

North End

The North End is usually equated with its historically Italian community, known as “Boston’s Little Italy”. With the heritage, the neighborhood is home to some of the city’s best Italian restaurants. On the more expensive side, the average rent in the neighborhood is $4,284.

South Boston

South Boston is infamous for its historical Irish population. However in recent years, the neighborhood has been completely transformed and is now largely populated lots by young, post-graduate students. The average rent in the neighborhood is $3,959.

Find Your Apartment

No matter what you are looking for in a neighborhood, Rentwise Boston can help you find an apartment in the perfect location for you. There are hundreds of Boston apartments available on our website, and even if you do not want to be directly in Boston, we offer plenty of listings in the surrounding areas, including in Waltham, Quincy, Cambridge, Brookline, Nahant, Medford, and Somerville. Moreover, if you are looking to buy instead of rent, our parent company East Coast Realty, also offers plenty of listings. Begin your apartment search with us today!

*Note: Average rental prices are from July 2022


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