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What $2,600 rents around Boston now

Uncover what the sum commands in East Boston, the South End, Jamaica Plain, 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’s townhouse? Let’s find out! Next up is $2,600 a month in different Boston neighborhoods.

South End

An open dining room-kitchen area with a counter separating the two sections.
That dining room area, which also includes a bench seat against a bay window.
A closeup of the kitchen and its counter. Listed by: Coldwell Banker
A bedroom with a bed.

We start in the upper reaches of the busy, busy South End, where Unit 4 at 81 East Brookline Street totals 640 square feet, with two bedrooms and one bathroom. The rent will also cover a sofa.

South Boston

A part of an empty bedroom with the doors to a closet closed.
A long kitchen with the counter and the cabinetry boarded up.
An empty living room with two empty alcove shelves, two windows, and a built-in fireplace. Listed by: Coldwell Banker

The new Unit 3 at 618 East Second Street comes with a garage parking spot and a washer-dryer. The 904-square-footer includes one bedroom and one and a half bathrooms.


An empty living room leading to a small kitchen.
An empty bedroom with a window.
A small bathroom with a sliding glass door on the shower. Listed by: Lawrence Fisch/Boston’s Preferred Properties

Unit 204 at 103 Gainsborough Street near Northeastern University includes a washer-dryer and central AC. The 614-square-foot apartment has one bedroom and one bathroom.

East Boston

The recently renovated Unit 3B at 139 Border Street includes central air and a washer-dryer. The spread runs to 600 square feet, and includes one bedroom and one bathroom.

Jamaica Plain

We end with the most spacious of the lot: Unit 1 at 298 Chestnut Avenue, which unfolds over 1,600 square feet and includes two bedrooms and one bathroom as well as a private back deck. The $2,600 a month also covers two off-street parking spots.


Which $2,600 Boston spread would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 11%
    Unit 4 at 81 East Brookline in the South End
    (9 votes)
  • 31%
    Unit 3 at 618 East Second in South Boston
    (25 votes)
  • 5%
    Unit 204 at 103 Gainsborough in Fenway/Kenmore
    (4 votes)
  • 20%
    Unit 3B at 139 Border in East Boston
    (16 votes)
  • 31%
    Unit 1 at 298 Chestnut in Jamaica Plain
    (25 votes)
79 votes total Vote Now