On Monday came news that a fabulous spread at the Ritz-Carlton was renting for $30,000 a month, $10,000 less than what appears to be the priciest Boston rental right now: the 8,450-square-foot Benjamin Mansion at 74 Beacon Street. That got us to thinking: Where are the other Boston mega-rentals, those currently asking above $10,000 a month? And that led us to the Most Expensive Rentals Heatmap as well as to a few surprises: Only one in prime Back Bay. None really on the waterfront. One that promises a 400-disc sound system circa 2005. A 200-year-old townhouse with a backyard bigger than most apartments. Oh, and no fewer than five listings in the Ritz, including the most recent entrant.Read More
All the Boston Homes Renting for More Than $10,000
This 5-BR, 3.5-BA spreading quadplex spreads over 3,800 square feet, and includes a 600-square-foot deck as well as a 400-disc surround-sound system with remotes in several rooms (hey, not everyone's digital!).
Another one in the Ritz-Carlton: 2-BR, 2-BA, 1,504 square feet with private deck and one valeted parking space.
This townhouse has five bedrooms and five bathrooms (10 rooms total) and was "tastefully renovated" to include either an au pair suite or a playroom in the basement.
Right off the Public Garden, this 2-BR, 2-BA, 2,350-square-foot apartment has a private patio and what the listing calls an "interior library" (as opposed to those libraries outside, we suppose) that can be converted into a third bedroom. A parking space and storage come with the rent.
This townhouse is 200 years old, though, don't fret, it's been renovated. It's got four bedrooms, five bathrooms, a 2,000-square-foot backyard and a parking space on-site.
A 3-BR, 3-BA penthouse overlooking the Esplanade, this 2,530-square-foot spread comes with two parking spaces and three——count 'em, three—outdoor spaces.
A 3-BR, 4-BA, 2,242-square-foot spread on the 33rd floor of the Ritz-Carlton, it comes with two valeted parking spaces.
Dig the floor-to-ceiling windows in this 3-BR, 3.5-BA spread in the Ritz-Carlton's south tower. The apartment comes with two valeted parking spaces.
This is an immense spread in the Ritz-Carlton: four bedrooms; five bathrooms; 3,246 square feet; a master suite with three closets; an eat-in chef's kitchen; and it comes with three flat-screen TVs and two valeted parking spaces.
At $5.2 million, this 4-BR, 4.5-BA triplex was once one of the priciest sales listings in Back Bay. The 4,586-square-foot spread, with two deeded parking spaces and 14-foot ceilings, re-emerged in the fall as one of the priciest rentals in Boston proper.
As noted, this 2,971-square-foot Ritz-Carlton penthouse hit the rental market at the very end of November, after being listed for sale since June for $4,500,000.
The Benjamin Mansion seems to hover between the sales and rental markets, disappearing and reappearing from and on both, sometimes in the same day. The 8,450-square-foot townhouse with rooftop pool first asked $40,000 a month in September. We'll see what happens.