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What $2,800 rents around Boston now

The monthly sum commands quite a bit in neighborhoods such as South Boston, Dorchester, and Mission Hill

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 $2,800 a month in different Boston neighborhoods.


A bedroom with a bed, two windows, and a nightstand.
A bathroom with a shower with a sliding glass door.
A long, narrow deck with a table and two chairs, and a door to the deck. Listed by: Coldwell Banker
The view to a living room from the end of a kitchen counter, and there’s furniture in the living room.

Unit 3 at 20 Raven Street near the Red Line’s JFK/UMass stop is a two-bedroom, one-bathroom condo for rent. It’s 931 square feet, and includes central air as well as in-unit laundry and a private deck. The rent covers a parking spot too.

South Boston

A living room with a sectional couch taking up much of it, and there’s a door leading out.
Another shot of the same living room with the couch.
A frontal shot of a kitchen counter and cabinetry. Listed by: Coldwell Banker
A bedroom with a bed, a TV facing it, and a dresser.

The 663-square-foot Unit 2 ta 603 East Fifth Street comes with shared laundry in the building’s basement. The one-bedroom, one-bathroom also has a private deck.


The view of a kitchen with hardwood floors out into a living room, and over the kitchen’s long table.
A view back into the kitchen over the same table and toward some counters and windows.
An empty room with a prominent loft reachable via ladder. Listed by: Nicole Wiggins/Cameron Real Estate Group
A small bathroom with a small sink and a single window.

This single-family at 5 Whiting Street comes with the kitchen table that’s pictured. The 1,467-square-footer has three bedrooms and two and a half bathrooms, and features a finished lower level with a separate heating zone.


The 700-square-foot Unit 3 at 49 Chestnut Street includes a private deck, and there’s laundry in the building. The apartment has two bedrooms and one bathroom.

Mission Hill

Unit 102 at 251 Heath Street is in a building that was once a brewery—hence its many lofts. This condo for rent runs to 814 square feet and includes one bedroom as well as one and a half bathrooms. The rent also covers a parking spot.


Which $2,800 Boston apartment would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 40%
    Unit 3 at 20 Raven in Dot
    (21 votes)
  • 9%
    Unit 2 at 603 East Fifth in Southie
    (5 votes)
  • 5%
    5 Whiting in Roxbury
    (3 votes)
  • 32%
    Unit 3 at 49 Chestnut in Charlestown
    (17 votes)
  • 11%
    Unit 102 at 251 Heath in Mission Hill
    (6 votes)
52 votes total Vote Now