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What $3,500 a month rents around Boston now

These newer offerings come from Dorchester, South Boston, Charlestown, and elsewhere

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular 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! Next up is $3,500 a month in Boston.

South Boston

Photos via Keller Williams

This pet-friendly duplex in South Boston’s Dorchester Heights area runs to 1,014 square feet, and includes two bathrooms and two bedrooms. Unit 1 at 9 Mercer Street also has private outdoor space—including a patio and a deck—and in-unit laundry.

Bay Village

Photos via Coldwell Banker

Unit 7 at 15 Fayette Street is a 1,100-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom with three private decks, including on the roof.


A roof deck also caps Unit 4 at 35 High Street in Charlestown’s Monument Square area. The top-floor unit includes two bedrooms and one bathroom over 983 square feet.

West Roxbury

Photos via HMW Real Estate

An in-law/au-pair suite is included in 3 Constance Road, a 2,500-square-foot house in Boston’s outer reaches with four bedrooms total and three and a half bathrooms. The rent covers two parking spaces too.


Unit 2 at 15 Centervale Park in Dorchester’s Melville Park area can come furnished or unfurnished. It runs to 2,100 square feet, has four bedrooms, one and a half bathrooms, and laundry in-unit. There’s a private deck too.


Which one would your rent?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Unit 2 at 15 Centervale in Dot
    (12 votes)
  • 16%
    3 Constance in West Roxbury
    (12 votes)
  • 19%
    Unit 4 at 35 High in Charlestown
    (14 votes)
  • 12%
    Unit 7 at 15 Fayette in Bay Village
    (9 votes)
  • 35%
    Unit 1 at 9 Mercer in Southie
    (26 votes)
73 votes total Vote Now