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Boston apartment rents: Jumps this winter in West Roxbury, South End; dips in Mattapan, Hyde Park

Seaport District and downtown Boston are the priciest areas in the city to rent a one-bedroom now


Median one-bedroom rents in West Roxbury and the South End each increased about 10 percent from the winter to the spring, more than in any other neighborhoods, according to a new analysis of market-rate listings in 25 neighborhoods from real estate listings site Zumper.

The analysis covered vacant and available apartments, so it’s a pretty good snapshot of the cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment in Boston as of spring 2018.

The biggest dips quarter-to-quarter were seen in Mattapan and Hyde Park. And the most expensive area for renting a one-bedroom was the South Boston Waterfront (a.k.a. the Seaport District), where the median rent was $3,060 as spring started.

Second most expensive was downtown Boston at $3,000 a month, and third was Chinatown/the Leather District at $2,800, just ahead of the South End, where the median one-bedroom rent was $2,750.

Bottom line: Even in Boston’s less expensive areas—including Mattapan, Hyde Park, Roxbury, Roslindale, and East Boston—at least half of the one-bedrooms available still ran to at least $1,500 a month or (a lot) more.

Here’s an explainer about why apartments in the city just don’t ever seem to come cheap.