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Greater Boston's Best Areas for Renting Right This Second

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The single biggest challenge when apartment-hunting in our fair region is finding one—literally finding a vacant unit to lease given Greater Boston's chronic housing shortage. (Paying the rent is a whole other story and one an increasing number of you don't have to worry about so much anymore.) To that end, we have demarcated four areas in Greater Boston where new construction is literally opening up fresh opportunities for tenants benighted enough to have to hunt right now. Good luck.

Several major developments are spilling more than 1,100 apartments pretty much all at once on the neighborhood. These include the 322-unit Viridian (shown above topping out in July 2014) and the 172-unit Van Ness.


The South End
The Ink Block complex and Troy Boston are adding 693 apartments to the South End's northeast corner. And more development is on the way!

Downtown Waltham
The 369-unit, three-building Merc at Moody & Main is downtown Waltham's first new apartment complex in ages. It started leasing in April and its rents are a few hundred dollars off what you'd find farther east.

East Cambridge
Twenty | 20, the, um, 20-story addition to Cambridge's burgeoning NorthPoint topped off in April 2014, and should bring 355 apartments by this summer (it's rendered above). The 392-unit Zinc topped out in July of last year, and should also open by the summer.
· Even the Good News About Boston's Rental Market Is Upsetting [Curbed Boston]
· Fenway Construction Boomlet Echoes On: Viridian Tops Off [Curbed Boston]
· Fenway's Van Ness Prepares for Its Opening, Target and All [Curbed Boston]
· Meet Troy Boston, Part of the South End's Building Boomlet [Curbed Boston]
· At the New Ink Block, Even the Men's Room Is Worth Seeing [Curbed Boston]
· 600 Harrison Joining South End's Constructionpalooza [Curbed Boston]
· Downtown Waltham's First Apt. Project in Ages Starts Leasing [Curbed Boston]
· NorthPoint's Twenty|20 Apartment Tower Proceeding Nicely [Curbed Boston]