The Boston apartment search shuffle continues
Jun 2011 30

Looking for an apartment in Boston is a really tough, often discouraging process. Finding a suitable apartment (notice I didn’t say, “great”) is a real challenge.

If you’re looking for September 1 availability right now, sorry, it’s almost too late. Although you might expect that landlords would list their apartments for rent just one or two months ahead of time, things have gotten out of whack and most landlords have already secured fall tenants by the time the 4th of July rolls around.

This is almost always true out in the college neighborhoods of the Fenway, Allston, and Brighton, but it’s becoming more of the rule downtown, too.

High-end units in the new multi-hundred apartment complexes will always have a selection available, but even there you have problems; first, the prices are high, over $2,500 for a studio and as high as $8,000 for three bed (if you can find it), second, the floor-plans are often smaller than you’d prefer, often 1,000 square feet or less. Add in that you might want your own washer/dryer, on-site parking, and/or own a pet, and you’ve limited yourself dramatically in what you’ll be able to find.

Having an agent help you can be a big benefit, if only to cut down on the amount of garbage you’ll end up seeing. If you can swallow paying a full month’s broker’s fee in order to do so, it can save you time and aggravation. Otherwise, you’re in for a long, drawn-out process of searching through hundreds (thousands, actually) of listings on craigslist.

For one renter’s perspective, check out Rona Fishman’s blog entry on Boston.com’s Real Estate Now Blog.

Above, one of Warren Residential Group’s apartment listings, located at 294 Newbury Street. Available now, it’s a one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment with ~657 square feet of space, priced at $3,300.

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