We're sure we can all agree that Harvard is the most important thing ever to happen to the Hub. Further proof comes from the RentJuice report on Hub apartment rents in the first quarter of 2012, which shows the averaging asking rent in the Harvard Square area dwarfing not only others in Cambridge but Boston's overall average asking as well.
The average asking rent for the Harvard Square area was $3,277 in the first quarter, while in Boston, just three T stops away, it was $2,228 (and $2,218 for the entire Hub). That's a difference of more than $1,000 a month. If we wanted to spin this out further—and we do—we can conclude that Cambridge's Kendall and Harvard squares are the priciest areas to rent an apartment right now, based on the RentJuice report. You would have to stay on the Red Line a bit longer, into Downtown Crossing maybe, to catch Boston rents as high (but why would you do that?).
· The Cheapest, Priciest Areas to Rent an Apartment in the Hub [Curbed Boston]