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Boston rent comparison: What $2,500 gets just north of the city

Including in Malden, Somerville, and Chelsea

Sometimes it’s just not possible to rent an apartment in Boston proper. The city has some of America’s most expensive rents and they don’t seem to be coming down in any meaningful way any time soon.

But there are plenty of more affordable options just beyond Boston’s borders, including in its northern neighbors such as Revere, Somerville, and Chelsea.

To illustrate this point, our latest Curbed Comparisons takes a look at what $2,500 rents just north of Boston.

↑ We start in Chelsea at 108 Library Street. Unit 108 there is a duplex with three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms as well as a washer-dryer.

It’s 1,200 square feet—and it’s near a new stop on the extended Silver Line.

↑ Now to Somerville, where Unit 1 at 46 Prescott Street will be a 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom with a backyard and a patio once renovations wrap this summer.

The rent will include a washer-dryer.

Unit 1 at 81 Benton Road, also in Somerville, is (also) a 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom. It’s patio and yard is shared, however.

But the rent does include a washer-dryer.

↑ In Malden, Unit 1 at 25 Webster Street is offering two parking spaces with its $2,500 rent.

The 1,200-square-foot apartment includes three bedrooms and one full bathroom. There is also a private deck and backyard and a W/D.

↑ We end in Revere, at Unit 1 at 1509 North Shore Road. It’s a 1,200-square-foot three-bedroom, two-bathroom; and is the product of a recent gut-renovation.


Which apartment would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Unit 108 at 108 Library Street in Chelsea
    (8 votes)
  • 9%
    Unit 1 at 46 Prescott Street in Somerville
    (5 votes)
  • 27%
    Unit 1 at 81 Benton Road in Somerville
    (15 votes)
  • 41%
    Unit 1 at 25 Webster Street in Malden
    (23 votes)
  • 7%
    Unit 1 at 1509 North Shore Road in Revere
    (4 votes)
55 votes total Vote Now

All photos via listing brokerages.