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What $2,500 a month rents in Dorchester

The sum can command quite a bit of square footage in Dot enclaves such as Lower Mills, Ashmont, and Savin Hill

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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 $2,500 a month in Boston’s Dorchester.

St. Marks

A kitchen with two counters meeting at a right angle.
The view of an empty living room with a large radiator from over a kitchen counter.
French doors opening into an empty living room. Photos via Coldwell Banker
An empty bedroom with a ceiling fan.

Unit 3 at 46 Semont Road is a three-bedroom, one-bathroom condo up for rent. It runs to 1,125 square feet, and includes features such as central air, in-unit laundry, and front and back porches.

Savin Hill

A living room with furniture and a sliding door leading to a small balcony.
A bedroom with a bed and two chairs.
A balcony with a chair. Photos via Olde Towne
The view of a distant city skyline over some trees.

The 820-square-foot Unit 23 at 400 Savin Hill Avenue comes fully furnished. There are two bedrooms and one bathroom as well as a balcony off the living room.

Dorchester Center

A parking space comes with Unit 1 at 38 Tremlett Street. The three-bedroom, one-bathroom runs to 1,200 square feet.


A narrow hallway at the top of some stairs and leading to a kitchen.
A small bathroom with a large mirror.
An empty bedroom with a window and a closed closet door. Photos via Exit Bayside Realty
A closeup of a kitchen counter and cabinetry.

There’s a parking space with this apartment too. Unit 2 at 30 Minot Street is 1,000 square feet even.

Lower Mills

An empty bedroom with two windows on either side of one corner.
Two empty rooms separated by a half-open sliding door.
An empty bedroom with a set of three windows. Photos via Advise Realty
An empty dining room with a hutch built into one corner.

The 1,500-square-foot Unit 2 at 26 Fendale Avenue includes three bedrooms and one bathroom as well as front and back porches and in-unit laundry. The $2,500 a month covers a parking space also.


Which Dorchester apartment would your rent?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    Unit 3 at 46 Semont in St. Marks
    (15 votes)
  • 25%
    Unit 23 at 400 Savin Hill in Savin Hill
    (9 votes)
  • 8%
    Unit 1 at 38 Tremont in Dorchester Center
    (3 votes)
  • 5%
    Unit 2 at 30 Minot in Ashmont
    (2 votes)
  • 17%
    Unit 2 at 26 Fendale in Lower Mills
    (6 votes)
35 votes total Vote Now