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Boston Rent Comparison: What $2,500 a Month Gets You Right Now

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Boston is not easy for a tenant whatever the recent softening in the city's rental market. Our latest Curbed Comparisons map proves the point. In just about any other larger American city, the sum of $2,500 a month would get you more than what it gets you here.

Here? It's a 3-BR perhaps, maybe a 2-BR, and definitely at least a 1-BR. But there are no frills. In many cases, there is not even laundry in-unit and forget about parking—that's often extra, if it's offered at all at $2,500/month. Forget about a new place, too. Spreads in the city's more recent developments tend to start for just above $2,500—and that's usually for a studio.

There is one silver lining in the map below. Every apartment herein is cat-friendly.

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1. 62 Clarendon Street, #8

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62 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

The 1-BR, 1-BA takes up an entire floor, and the $2,500 a month gets a tenant on-street parking as well as access to shared laundry and a shared garden. (There are no interior shots of the listing.)

2. 43 Bay State Road, #E2

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43 Bay State Rd
Boston, MA 02215

This 1-BR, 1-BA has shared laundry as well, and parking costs an undisclosed sum extra.

3. 254 Market Street, #1

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254 Market St
Brighton, MA 02135

This 3-BR, 1-BA comes with access to a porch and a yard.

4. 18 Harbor View Street, #1

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18 Harbor View St
Boston, MA 02125

Recently renovated, this 3-BR, 1-BA includes shared laundry in the building.

5. 35 Cooper Street, #3

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35 Cooper St
Boston, MA 02113

The kitchen has been recently updated in this 2-BR, 1-BA asking $2,500.

6. 243 North Harvard Street, #13R

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243 N Harvard St
Boston, MA 02134

Parking is extra (for an undisclosed sum) for this 3-BR, 1-BA. A big plus, though: Laundry included in-unit. And the listing is supremely honest: "an okay-sized living room."

7. 11 Aberdeen Street, #1A

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11 Aberdeen St
Boston, MA 02215

This 2-BR, 1-BA is 625 square feet.

8. 35 Northbourne Road

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35 Northbourne Rd
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This 1,087-square-foot bungalow comes fully furnished. The rent on the 2-BR, 2-BA includes all utilities. But! The lease is for 10 months only.

1. 62 Clarendon Street, #8

62 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116

The 1-BR, 1-BA takes up an entire floor, and the $2,500 a month gets a tenant on-street parking as well as access to shared laundry and a shared garden. (There are no interior shots of the listing.)

62 Clarendon St
Boston, MA 02116

2. 43 Bay State Road, #E2

43 Bay State Rd, Boston, MA 02215

This 1-BR, 1-BA has shared laundry as well, and parking costs an undisclosed sum extra.

43 Bay State Rd
Boston, MA 02215

3. 254 Market Street, #1

254 Market St, Brighton, MA 02135

This 3-BR, 1-BA comes with access to a porch and a yard.

254 Market St
Brighton, MA 02135

4. 18 Harbor View Street, #1

18 Harbor View St, Boston, MA 02125

Recently renovated, this 3-BR, 1-BA includes shared laundry in the building.

18 Harbor View St
Boston, MA 02125

5. 35 Cooper Street, #3

35 Cooper St, Boston, MA 02113

The kitchen has been recently updated in this 2-BR, 1-BA asking $2,500.

35 Cooper St
Boston, MA 02113

6. 243 North Harvard Street, #13R

243 N Harvard St, Boston, MA 02134

Parking is extra (for an undisclosed sum) for this 3-BR, 1-BA. A big plus, though: Laundry included in-unit. And the listing is supremely honest: "an okay-sized living room."

243 N Harvard St
Boston, MA 02134

7. 11 Aberdeen Street, #1A

11 Aberdeen St, Boston, MA 02215

This 2-BR, 1-BA is 625 square feet.

11 Aberdeen St
Boston, MA 02215

8. 35 Northbourne Road

35 Northbourne Rd, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

This 1,087-square-foot bungalow comes fully furnished. The rent on the 2-BR, 2-BA includes all utilities. But! The lease is for 10 months only.

35 Northbourne Rd
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130