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What $2,250 a month rents in Boston

The sum can nab sizable spreads in neighborhoods such as Dorchester, Allston, and Roxbury—but in other places it’s a tight fit

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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’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Next up is $2,250 a month in several Boston neighborhoods.

Beacon Hill

Part of a bathroom, with the sink visible and the curtain pulled across the shower.
A bedroom with a bed and a bench at the foot of the bed.
A small kitchen with short counters meeting at a right angle. Photos via Coldwell Banker
The end of a bed in a small bedroom with the sole window opened to its side.

Unit 6F at 21 Beacon Street, right near the Massachusetts State House, comes fully furnished. The 500-square-footer includes one bedroom and one bathroom. The $2,250 rent also covers wifi.


An empty living room with a bay window and a very shiny hardwood floor.
The doorway between that living room and another empty room.
A closeup of a kitchen counter with a sink and there’s cabinets above it. Photos via Jack Conway
A small bathroom with no curtain on the tub.

A private back porch comes with the 1,332-square-foot Unit 1 at 42 Mt. Ida Road in Dot’s Meeting House Hill area. The apartment also includes three bedrooms and one bathroom, and there’s laundry in the building.


Unit 52 at 74 Fenway is a two-room studio running to 450 square feet.


The two-bedroom, one-bathroom Unit 3 at 46 Riverdale Street includes a porch. It’s 750 square feet, and the floors are new.


A short hallway with an opened closet and other rooms off it.
An empty oval-shaped room with three windows at one end and a ceiling fan.
An empty room with two windows and a closed closet. Photos via Capital Realty
A bathroom with a cabinet and a glass-enclosed shower.

Unit 1 at 27 Lambert Street in Roxbury’s Fort Hill area runs to 1,200 square feet.


Which $2,250/month Boston spread would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Unit 6F at 21 Beacon in Beacon Hill
    (23 votes)
  • 18%
    Unit 1 at 42 Mt. Ida in Dorchester
    (17 votes)
  • 11%
    Unit 52 at 74 Fenway in Fenway
    (11 votes)
  • 23%
    Unit 3 at 46 Riverdale in Allston
    (22 votes)
  • 20%
    Unit 1 at 27 Lambert in Roxbury
    (19 votes)
92 votes total Vote Now