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What $1,850 rents around Boston now

Find out what the monthly sum can command in Back Bay, Roslindale, 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 $1,850 a month in different Boston neighborhoods.

Back Bay

Unit 3 at 116 Marlborough Street is a 511-square-foot studio with a bed loft.

Jamaica Plain

A room with a closed closet door that’s largely empty except for a nightstand with a lamp. Listed by: Francis Duffy/Regents New England (no link)
A kitchen with two separate counters across from a fridge.

The electricity is included in the rent for Unit 3 at 384 Arborway (though that’s only if there’s no more than two people renting the place). The 900-square-foot apartment at the top of a Victorian includes two bedrooms and one bathroom.


A living room with a couch and two chairs arranged sort of opposite long shelves with a TV mounted above them. Listed by: First Choice Realty
A long kitchen with a run of counters and cabinets.

A window AC comes with Unit 209 at 1277 Commonwealth Avenue, a 600-square-foot apartment with one bedroom, one bathroom, and one decorative fireplace. The rent also covers a parking space.


An empty room with two windows and a radiator.
A small kitchen with a counter facing a stove. Listed by: Jack O’Leary/Keller Williams (no link)

The 302-square-foot Unit 5 at 131 Park Drive is a studio with two closets and a separate kitchen.


We end in Roslindale, toward Boston’s southern end. Unit 2 at 35 Grew Hill Road is an 882-square-foot two-bedroom, one-bathroom that comes with two parking spots.


Which $1,850 Boston spread would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Unit 3 at 116 Marlborough in Back Bay
    (1 vote)
  • 42%
    Unit 3 at 384 Arborway in JP
    (3 votes)
  • 14%
    Unit 209 at 1277 Comm. Ave. in Allston
    (1 vote)
  • 14%
    Unit 5 at 131 Park in Fenway
    (1 vote)
  • 14%
    Unit 2 at 35 Grew Hill in Roslindale
    (1 vote)
7 votes total Vote Now