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How Far Downtown Boston's Median Rent Goes Beyond the Hub

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As part of our first-ever Renters Week, we dropped on Tuesday the 10 cheapest and the 10 priciest areas to rent an apartment in the Hub. Tops on the priciest list was downtown Boston, where the median monthly rent in September was $3,136. We decided to hop the commuter rail and see what a tenant could get for less than that at a dozen locations beyond Boston and its immediate environs. We went to the shores of Plymouth and the hills of Andover, to Sudbury and Salem. What we found will either shock or pleasantly surprise you.
· The Cheapest, Priciest Areas in the Hub to Rent an Apartment [Curbed Boston]
· Our Renters Week 2012 archive [Curbed Boston]

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1. Salem

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161 Derby Street
Salem, MA

You could rent two of these 2-BR, 1-BA apartments in downtown Salem for what it costs to rent one in downtown Boston. Spooky.

2. Ipswich

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9 Hilltop Road
Ipswich, MA

A 3-BR, 2-BA cottage for $1,700, not only do you get the brick fireplace, you get water views and a big deck off the kitchen (with gas grill).

3. Gloucester

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42 Rocky Neck Avenue
Gloucester, MA

This 2-BR, 2-BA house on Rocky Neck is charming enough, but the backyard is really something: brick oven AND chiminea, plus water views. All for just $1,400.

4. Andover

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103 Brookside Drive
Andover, MA 01810

This 3-BR, 2.5-BA townhouse, renting for $2,100 in Andover, comes with two deeded parking spaces plus access to frills like tennis courts and a pool.

5. North Reading

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249 Haverhill Street
North Reading, MA

An entire 4-BR, 3-BA house, plus fenced-in yard, for $2,850! And what’s that? Half-month’s free rent? Wouldn’t get that in downtown Boston.

6. Billerica

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10 Riverbank Terrace
Billerica, MA

This 3-BR, 1-BA ranch-style house rents for $1,750. It touts its nearness to commuter rail, though the station seems to be a good 6 miles away.

7. Concord

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65 Crescent Road
Concord, MA

This 2-BR, 2-BA house in Concord is renting for $2,900. More importantly, it’s in walking distance to downtown and the commuter rail station. There’s parking, too, if you need it.

8. Sudbury

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74 Shadow Oak Drive
Sudbury, MA

At a capacious 2,676 square feet and renting for $2,900, this Colonial seems like a deal. Two caveats: absolutely no pets per the listing and lease would only be for six months. Otherwise, cathedral ceilings, two renovated bathrooms and 1 acre of land.

9. Norwood

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64 Yarmouth Road
Norwood, MA

The listing for this 2,976-square-foot house assures us that it “has too many wonderful features to mention them all.” Suffice it to say, it’s got modern everything, plus plenty of shelves and really high ceilings. Yours for $2,750.

10. Brockton

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94 Ford Street
Brockton, MA

This 3-BR, 1-BA wants only $1,600 for a year lease. That is all.

11. Rockland

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9 Boxberry Lane
Rockland, MA 02370

This 2-BR, 1.5-BA apartment doesn’t allow pets, and then tortures us with photos of a shared common area in the back! The 950-square-foot space yours for $1,400.

12. Plymouth

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1 Bayberry Road
Plymouth, MA

Goddamn. This 2-BR, 1-BA wants a relatively modest $2,000 for its waterfront location—and the wrap-around deck from which to enjoy it.

1. Salem

161 Derby Street, Salem, MA

You could rent two of these 2-BR, 1-BA apartments in downtown Salem for what it costs to rent one in downtown Boston. Spooky.

161 Derby Street
Salem, MA

2. Ipswich

9 Hilltop Road, Ipswich, MA

A 3-BR, 2-BA cottage for $1,700, not only do you get the brick fireplace, you get water views and a big deck off the kitchen (with gas grill).

9 Hilltop Road
Ipswich, MA

3. Gloucester

42 Rocky Neck Avenue, Gloucester, MA

This 2-BR, 2-BA house on Rocky Neck is charming enough, but the backyard is really something: brick oven AND chiminea, plus water views. All for just $1,400.

42 Rocky Neck Avenue
Gloucester, MA

4. Andover

103 Brookside Drive, Andover, MA 01810

This 3-BR, 2.5-BA townhouse, renting for $2,100 in Andover, comes with two deeded parking spaces plus access to frills like tennis courts and a pool.

103 Brookside Drive
Andover, MA 01810

5. North Reading

249 Haverhill Street, North Reading, MA

An entire 4-BR, 3-BA house, plus fenced-in yard, for $2,850! And what’s that? Half-month’s free rent? Wouldn’t get that in downtown Boston.

249 Haverhill Street
North Reading, MA

6. Billerica

10 Riverbank Terrace, Billerica, MA

This 3-BR, 1-BA ranch-style house rents for $1,750. It touts its nearness to commuter rail, though the station seems to be a good 6 miles away.

10 Riverbank Terrace
Billerica, MA

7. Concord

65 Crescent Road, Concord, MA

This 2-BR, 2-BA house in Concord is renting for $2,900. More importantly, it’s in walking distance to downtown and the commuter rail station. There’s parking, too, if you need it.

65 Crescent Road
Concord, MA

8. Sudbury

74 Shadow Oak Drive, Sudbury, MA

At a capacious 2,676 square feet and renting for $2,900, this Colonial seems like a deal. Two caveats: absolutely no pets per the listing and lease would only be for six months. Otherwise, cathedral ceilings, two renovated bathrooms and 1 acre of land.

74 Shadow Oak Drive
Sudbury, MA

9. Norwood

64 Yarmouth Road, Norwood, MA

The listing for this 2,976-square-foot house assures us that it “has too many wonderful features to mention them all.” Suffice it to say, it’s got modern everything, plus plenty of shelves and really high ceilings. Yours for $2,750.

64 Yarmouth Road
Norwood, MA

10. Brockton

94 Ford Street, Brockton, MA

This 3-BR, 1-BA wants only $1,600 for a year lease. That is all.

94 Ford Street
Brockton, MA

11. Rockland

9 Boxberry Lane, Rockland, MA 02370

This 2-BR, 1.5-BA apartment doesn’t allow pets, and then tortures us with photos of a shared common area in the back! The 950-square-foot space yours for $1,400.

9 Boxberry Lane
Rockland, MA 02370

12. Plymouth

1 Bayberry Road, Plymouth, MA

Goddamn. This 2-BR, 1-BA wants a relatively modest $2,000 for its waterfront location—and the wrap-around deck from which to enjoy it.

1 Bayberry Road
Plymouth, MA