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Where to Rent in Greater Boston Right Now

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The Greater Boston rental market, despite what appears to be a tipping point toward tenants, remains a Thunderdome of escalating rents and dwindling vacancies. Herewith, then, a look at 10 apartment buildings either new to the scene or offering freebies like free rent and no security deposit. They include an older luxury stalwart in Back Bay, a game-changer in Southie, a complex in Chelsea that names its floorplans after presidents, and a ruthlessly green spot in Cambridge that's filling up fast. Do remember that this Curbed Boston Rental Heatmap is fluid, so we'd like to hear from you re: which apartments should be included as we'll update this in January. Now get.


· The Hub's Real-Time Apartment Vacancy Rate [Curbed Boston]
· Downtown Boston's Hottest New Complex Offering Free Rent [Curbed Boston]
· Our Curbed Maps archive [Curbed Boston]

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1. The Kensington

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665 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02135

Downtown Boston's hottest new rental just opened; and it's offering up to two months free, depending on the length of the lease.

2. 11 West Broadway

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11 West Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

The new complex, with Southie's first non-waterfront Starbucks, no less, is offering one month free on all move-ins through Feb. 1.

3. One Back Bay

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135 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116

The luxury tower is waiving security deposits if tenants enroll in the developer's automatic withdrawal program and elect to have their rent debited from their directly from their bank accounts.

4. Gatehouse 75

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75 West School Street
Boston, MA 02129

The complex is offering up to one month free on select 2-BR apartments.

5. Chelsea Place

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1016 Revere Beach Parkway
Chelsea, MA 02150

No free rent at this brand-new complex, but 1-BRs can be had for as low as $1,465 and 3-BRs for $2,155.

6. FiDi Downtown Residences

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103 Arch Street
Boston, MA 02110

This redundantly named complex just opened, so there are availabilities (though no free months). Studios are asking $1,750 to $2,550; 1-BRs $2,300 to $2,550; and 2-BRs $3,800 to $3,950.

7. Arlington 360

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Symmes Road
Arlington, MA 02474

The new complex is offering up to six weeks of free rent if you lease now.

8. Riverbend on the Charles

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270 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472

No security deposit necessary at this new complex if you've got good credit. Studios start at $1,899; 1-BRs at $1,999; and 2-BRs at $2,595.

9. West Square Apartments

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320 D Street
Boston, MA 02127

The newish complex offers 30 reasons to rent there (and some are quite compelling), though no freebies as of yet.

10. Wyeth Cambridge

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120 Rindge Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140

The ferociously green complex opened in September, and still has a few availabilities. There's a 2-BR, 2-BA asking $3,900; and a 1-BR, 1-BA asking $2,900.

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1. The Kensington

665 Washington Street, Boston, MA 02135

Downtown Boston's hottest new rental just opened; and it's offering up to two months free, depending on the length of the lease.

665 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02135

2. 11 West Broadway

11 West Broadway, Boston, MA 02127

The new complex, with Southie's first non-waterfront Starbucks, no less, is offering one month free on all move-ins through Feb. 1.

11 West Broadway
Boston, MA 02127

3. One Back Bay

135 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116

The luxury tower is waiving security deposits if tenants enroll in the developer's automatic withdrawal program and elect to have their rent debited from their directly from their bank accounts.

135 Clarendon Street
Boston, MA 02116

4. Gatehouse 75

75 West School Street, Boston, MA 02129

The complex is offering up to one month free on select 2-BR apartments.

75 West School Street
Boston, MA 02129

5. Chelsea Place

1016 Revere Beach Parkway, Chelsea, MA 02150

No free rent at this brand-new complex, but 1-BRs can be had for as low as $1,465 and 3-BRs for $2,155.

1016 Revere Beach Parkway
Chelsea, MA 02150

6. FiDi Downtown Residences

103 Arch Street, Boston, MA 02110

This redundantly named complex just opened, so there are availabilities (though no free months). Studios are asking $1,750 to $2,550; 1-BRs $2,300 to $2,550; and 2-BRs $3,800 to $3,950.

103 Arch Street
Boston, MA 02110

7. Arlington 360

Symmes Road, Arlington, MA 02474

The new complex is offering up to six weeks of free rent if you lease now.

Symmes Road
Arlington, MA 02474

8. Riverbend on the Charles

270 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472

No security deposit necessary at this new complex if you've got good credit. Studios start at $1,899; 1-BRs at $1,999; and 2-BRs at $2,595.

270 Pleasant Street
Watertown, MA 02472

9. West Square Apartments

320 D Street, Boston, MA 02127

The newish complex offers 30 reasons to rent there (and some are quite compelling), though no freebies as of yet.

320 D Street
Boston, MA 02127

10. Wyeth Cambridge

120 Rindge Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02140

The ferociously green complex opened in September, and still has a few availabilities. There's a 2-BR, 2-BA asking $3,900; and a 1-BR, 1-BA asking $2,900.

120 Rindge Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02140