The above map from real estate search engine Trulia tracks which Boston neighborhoods have the highest percentage of 1-BR apartments renting for more than $2,000 a month.
To absolutely no one's surprise (we hope), the largest percentage of 1-BRs exceeding $2K can be found in downtown neighborhoods such as the West End (96.6 percent), Chinatown-Leather District (93.9 percent) and Back Bay (85.3 percent). Those are the areas in shades of red. In fact, things don't start to tip toward 50 percent under $2K until you get to the city's western, southern and eastern edges. Not surprisingly, Trulia recommends that "budget-conscious renters should avoid the heart of the city." The median 1-BR rent for all of Boston now is $2,300. In those heart-of-the-city neighborhoods, it's well in excess of $2,400.
· Where Rents Are Too Damn High [Trulia]
· Where to Rent Right Now in the Hub: Cheapest, Priciest Areas [Curbed Boston]
· Our Rent Check archive [Curbed Boston]