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Boston Rent Comparison: What $6,000 a Month Gets You

Including in Bay Village, Charlestown, and downtown

Boston is one of only a handful of U.S. cities—North-American ones, really—where $6,000 does not seem all that absurd for a monthly rent. Yes, it's a lot, but, in the grand scheme of the city, it's not that far out of the question for a lot of residents (which is a big part of the reason rents in general are so high here).

Though we would hasten to add that $6K, however pricey, does not appear to guarantee accoutrements such as parking or outdoor space.

We start on the 12th floor of 1 Avery Street, one of the Ritz Carlton towers. Unit 12F is a corner spread with two bedrooms and two bathrooms and some 1,085 square feet. The rent covers one valeted parking space, too.

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Also in downtown Boston is Unit 305 at 44 Winter Street (a.k.a. the Winter Street Apartments). It's a 4-BR, 2-BA. No parking, though, and the square-footage isn't listed.

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Now to tiny Bay Village, where Unit 4 at 38A Melrose Street offers two bedrooms and two bathrooms over its 1,768 square feet.

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Let's go much farther out, to the northern reaches of Charlestown and the newish Rutherford Landing complex at 463 Rutherford Avenue. There, Unit 401's $6,000 rent includes two garaged parking spaces. The apartment has three bedrooms and three bathrooms over its 1,840 square feet.

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We return to the Ritz Carlton to wrap things—this time to 3 Avery Street and Unit 308, a 2-BR, 3-BA spread over 1,343 square feet. The $6K monthly includes a parking space.