Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly column that explores what one can rent or buy for a set dollar amount (or thereabouts) in the Boston area. Is one woman’s studio another woman’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Today, the magic number is $5,000 a month in Boston’s notoriously pricey rental market.
Let’s start in Back Bay, where Unit 6 at 252 Commonwealth Avenue runs to 1,320 square feet and includes two bedrooms and two bathrooms. A private roof deck caps the walkup, which also comes with a tandem parking space.
In Fenway, the 1,655-square-foot, three-bedroom Unit 9 at 114 The Fenway includes 18 windows. The apartment also has one and a half bathrooms. Parking is not included in the rent, though the unit can be had furnished at no additional cost.
Out on the North End waterfront, Unit 3 at 386 Commercial Street is for rent—fully furnished, right down to the linens—for $5,000 a month. Bills are included, too, and tenants can also choose from leases of varying lengths. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom runs to 970 square feet.
Unit 4K at 100 Lovejoy Wharf where the West End meets the North End runs to 1,350 square feet and has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Everything is pretty new as the complex itself is a year old. The rent covers one parking space and access to amenities such as a gym.
We end with Unit 12D at 1 Avery Street—the Ritz Carlton Residences in downtown Boston—which also has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. It runs to 1,124 square feet, and the rent covers access to amenities such as concierge services and a garaged parking space with valet service.
Which one would you rent?
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Unit 6 at 252 Commonwealth in Back Bay
Unit 9 at 114 The Fenway in Fenway
Unit 3 at 386 Commercial in the North End
Unit 4K at 100 Lovejoy in the West End
Unit 12D at 1 Avery in downtown