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Continuum Apartments in Allston/Brighton

Continuum Apartments in Allston/Brighton

The capital of Massachusetts and one of the nation’s oldest cities, Boston is an iconic destination with a rich history. Home to many large corporations and major universities, the city draws people of all ages for careers and education — and to get a taste of what makes Boston so special.

Here, inspiring, ornate buildings dating back centuries stand next to ultramodern high-rises and developments of the 21st century. In Boston, there is a wide variety of places to call home, all surrounded by neighborhoods with their own distinct atmospheres. To make your search easier, or to give you an in-depth look at Boston and its housing, we’ve created a guide of the core neighborhoods in Boston and the best places to live within them.

We spent more than 30 hours conducting extensive research on Boston’s apartments, neighborhoods and residential options. We looked at more than 100 apartment complexes in the Boston area, categorizing them by location and comparing them with a set list of criteria. Besides basic information such as year constructed, number of units and average rent prices, we factored in community amenities such as outdoor spaces and fitness facilities.

We delved into the interior design, looking for features such as hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances, balconies and other modern features. We also placed strong consideration on Walk Scores and accessibility to their respective neighborhoods, all to make confident decisions to determine the best of the best.

From the sports-fanatical Fenway/Kenmore to the lavish lifestyles of Back Bay, we explored 12 of the most popular Boston neighborhoods. Whether you’re moving to Boston in the near future or simply want a glimpse into the many communities and lifestyles this New England city has to offer, we hope you will enjoy this Boston apartment guide and the many urban neighborhoods we feature.

Neighborhoods Covered in This Guide to Boston Apartments:

Allston/Brighton

On the west edge of Boston Proper, Allston/Brighton is bordered by Harvard Square, Fenway/Kenmore, Cambridge and Brookline. Being home to both Boston University and Boston College, residents are predominantly college students, which is reflected in the both artistic and fratty neighborhood vibes.

In Allston, you’ll see plenty of empty kegs and graffiti art lining the streets. Some young working professionals also live here, and housing options range from nicer brownstones and Victorian apartment homes to run-down student abodes. Like the motto says, “It’s all in Allston.”

With two major universities and an improving housing market, Allston only looks to grow in the future. The area is generally safe, though general caution should be used at night, when things can get a bit rowdy.

Things To Do

Harvard Avenue, specifically the stretch between Cambridge Street and Comm Avenue, is the place to discover the best of the neighborhood’s dining and retail. With a large ethnic population, food options here are many. Try Garlic and Lemons for Mediterranean, Pikaichi for ramen, Le’s for Vietnamese and FoMu for creative, vegan ice cream.

The nightlife in Allston is second to none. Sunset Grill & Tap has hundreds of beers on draft, and Deep Ellum is known for both microbrews and cocktails. For local music, Great Scott, O’Brien’s Pub and Wonder Bar all showcase this neighborhood’s love for music — in fact, Aerosmith got their start playing in Allston.

Transportation

Like most of Boston, Allston/Brighton is completely walkable and a mess for driving. When it’s time to get out of the neighborhood, the Green Line B Train goes through the neighborhood. Major stops from east to west are Packard’s Corner, Harvard Avenue, Washington Street and Chestnut Hill Avenue. For buses, Allston/Brighton is served by routes 57, 64, 65, 66, 70, 70A, 86, 501 and 503.

Allston/Brighton Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,212

Continuum

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 325
  • Rent: $2,360-$5,220
  • Highlights: This brand-new, two-tower development near Harvard has extensive fitness space and a 24-hour concierge. The bright-white interior finishes are ultramodern, and the expansive roof garden is a lush spot to kick back and relax.   

Element

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 100
  • Number of Layouts: 18
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Close to the Green Line T (subway) stop in Allston, Element is an environmentally friendly apartment building with luxury features. Residents here enjoy designer kitchens with granite countertops, 9-foot ceilings and floor-to-ceiling windows. The best view, however, is from the 2,000-square-foot recycled grass rooftop.

The Edge

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 79
  • Number of Layouts: 32
  • Rent: $2,425
  • Highlights: The Edge features an impressive selection of layout options. All units come with modern kitchens, stainless steel appliances and in-unit washer and dryer. This platinum LEED-certified building also offers an indoor/outdoor fitness center, lush rooftop and a putting green.

The Runners Up

Back Bay

Undeniably ritzy and highly sought-after, Boston’s Back Bay is known for its pinky-out, brunch-loving atmosphere and a beautiful mix of modern and historic architecture. Architecturally significant areas, such as Copley Square (containing both Trinity Church and Boston Public Library), as well as perfectly preserved 19th-century Victorian brownstone rowhouses are present among glassy high-rise commercial and residential towers.

As high-rise developments continue, the popularity of Back Bay shows no signs of slowing down; the population (and prices) will only rise in this East Egg neighborhood.

Things To Do

People from all over Boston come to enjoy the shopping, dining, history and nightlife of Back Bay. The eight-block shopping stretch of Newbury Street has things at every price point, with the indoor Shops at the Prudential Center (aka the Pru) another major destination for more than 70 well-known retailers.

Newbury also offers plenty of dining options, such as well-loved sidewalk bistro Stephanie’s on Newbury, or The Upper Crust Pizzeria for award-winning Neapolitan-style pies. L’Espalier and Atlantic Fish Co. are classics for upscale fare, complete with Back Bay’s revered sidewalk seating.

Nightlife in Back Bay kicks up on Newbury and Boylston streets; choices include the pricey, star-studded Sonsie, casual local favorite The Pourhouse and classic dive bar The Tam. Back Bay also prides itself in its green space, namely The Boston Public Garden and the city’s favorite riverside promenade, The Esplanade.

Transportation

Several stations on the Green Line are located within Back Bay. The Green Line splits into multiple branches here, and Amtrak is also in this neighborhood. For the Orange Line, the Back Bay station is near the border of the South End, near the Copley Place Mall and the Prudential Center. Back Bay is also served by the 10, 39 and 55 buses. Once you’re in Back Bay, it’s easy to walk everywhere but nearly impossible to drive or park.

Back Bay Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,600

Avalon at Prudential Center

  • Year Built: 1967 (renovated in 2004)
  • Number of Units: 781
  • Rent: Starting at $3,005
  • Highlights: In a desirable Back Bay location, the Avalon has been renovated into units from studios to three bedrooms. All have high-end kitchen finishes and private terraces. This large community also offers a 24-hour fitness center and concierge services, and is pet-friendly.

Garrison Square

  • Year Built: 1887
  • Number of Units: 160
  • Number of Layouts: 105
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Undeniably charming, apartments at Garrison Square are bright and spacious, with unique features like wood-burning fireplaces, California Closets and private terraces. Live here and also have access to a landscaped courtyard and rooftop terrace.

Clarendon Residences

  • Year Built: 1929
  • Number of Units: 184
  • Rent: $2,100-$3,000
  • Highlights: These historic units are spacious and filled with light from the oversized window walls. On-site retail includes Italian dining, theater entertainment and dry-cleaning services. Clarendon is across the street from Back Bay Station for easy transportation.

The Runners Up

Chinatown/Leather District

Between the Financial District and Theater District, the Chinatown/Leather District is situated close to downtown Boston, attracting many students, professionals and young families. Many historic leather factories have been transformed into lavish lofts, and high-rise apartments are also taking off in this area.

Because of the superb location and dynamic neighborhood, the population density here is very high. This area continues to grow and is experiencing gentrification as high-rise condominiums replace smaller, low-income housing options.

Things To Do

Boston’s Chinatown is one of the largest in the country, centered around Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese culture and cuisine. The August Moon Festival draws massive crowds for celebrations with colored lanterns and sweet mooncakes. Year round, some of the best places to sample authentic cuisine include New Jumbo Seafood Restaurant, O Ya or Shabu-Zen for Japanese food and Ho Yuen Bakery for mooncakes.

Kam Man Foods Market, the first Chinese grocery store on the East Coast, is located here. Later in the evenings, locals love The Corner Pub, a neighborhood dive bar with Asian fusion bar food. The Chinatown/Leather District is also connected to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway, 1.5 miles of urban park space where freeway once stood.

Transportation

With its centralized location, the Chinatown/Leather District is easily accessible via public transportation. There are several subway stations located in or near Chinatown, and many more buses that run through the neighborhood. Driving and parking are both doable, but not recommended. This area is foot-traffic friendly.

Chinatown/Leather District Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,575

AVA Theater District

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 398
  • Number of Layouts: 28
  • Rent: Starting at $2,899
  • Highlights: The brand-new AVA apartments are the place to be for central location and stunning views. All units come with a washer and dryer, stainless steel appliances and open kitchens. Residents can also enjoy the large rooftop patio with grilling and entertainment space, a 24-fitness center and a calendar full of community events.

The Kensington

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 381
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: The contemporary finishes and layouts in The Kensington will have residents feeling like they live in an upscale hotel, and the amenities are five-star as well. The building’s offerings include a resort-style rooftop pool, a 3,350-square-foot fitness center and an indoor pet park.

One Greenway

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 217
  • Rent: Starting at $2,620
  • Highlights: Centrally located between the Leather District and Chinatown, One Greenway is a new luxury development with high-end finishes, unique layouts and several amenities. Community features here include fitness facilities, a coffee bar and an impressive number of lounge areas.

The Runners Up

Downtown

Professionals, families, tourists and students all roam the streets of Boston’s Downtown area, but residents mostly include professionals and families who can afford the high prices. Bordered by the Chinatown/Leather District, Theater District, North End, West End, Back Bay and South End, Downtown is in the middle of everything.

With a mixture of modern skyscrapers and historical brick buildings set along winding, cobblestone streets, Downtown maintains a quaint, European-village atmosphere. As development continues, expect it to grow in population and price.

Things To Do

The core of Boston’s history exists Downtown, and the best way to observe this is walking the 2.5-mile, red-brick Freedom Trail, which highlights 16 historic sites important to the birth of our nation. Another can’t-miss is Boston Common, which is the nation’s oldest city park.

Downtown Crossing is the premier shopping destination, with pedestrian-only streets full of shops, restaurants and street vendors (also popular at Faneuil Hall Marketplace). For legendary sandwiches, Sam LaGrassa’s is always packed, or for upscale dining try French-Italian hot spot Marliave.

Transportation

Nearly all subway lines in Boston meet here, so this is the best option for reaching Downtown quickly and easily. Stations serving the area are Park Street, Downtown Crossing, Government Center and State; all are within a five-minute walk of one another. Street parking is non-existent, and parking ramps are expensive. Stick to public transportation to get Downtown, then cover it on foot.

Downtown Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $3,000

The Victor

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 286
  • Number of Layouts: 24
  • Rent: Starting at $2,550
  • Highlights: The sleek espresso-finish cabinetry and hardwood flooring give interiors at The Victor a modern-European look. Large windows to private balconies offer great light and city views, and you can see even more of the city from the resident lounge and terrace. There’s also a business center, a gym and a full sports court to shoot hoops or take group fitness classes.

Avenir Apartments

  • Year Built: 2009
  • Number of Units: 241
  • Number of Layouts: 82
  • Rent: Starting at $2,930
  • Highlights: With finishes such as cherry-plank flooring and spa-style bathrooms, the residences at Avenir are nothing short of luxurious. We particularly love the loft-style apartments with expansive windows for their views of the historic Bulfinch Triangle District. On the property, you’ll also find a rooftop lounge, a fitness center and quick access to the area’s shops and restaurants.

Devonshire

  • Year Built: 1983
  • Number of Units: 477
  • Number of Layouts: 34
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: This high-rise is situated in the heart of Downtown. Residents here enjoy clean, contemporary interiors with light-wood cabinets and abundant light from the large windows. One of the best features of living here? The massive fitness club/spa on the top two floors of the building.

The Runners Up

    • The Lofts at Atlantic Wharf
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Fenway/Kenmore

Known for its iconic Red Sox ballpark and its proximity to many academic institutions, Fenway/Kenmore is home to students and sports fans alike. West of Back Bay, Fenway/Kenmore is bordered by Mission Hill, South End, Roxbury, Allston-Brighton, Cambridge and Brookline.

Composed of two distinct sections, East Fenway consists of the famous ballpark, nightlife and the Kenmore Square retail district of nearby Boston University. West Fenway is made up of museums (including The Museum of Fine Arts), a medical campus, and several colleges and universities.

Fenway/Kenmore will continue to grow as high-rise housing options, including the 1.3-million-square-foot Fenway Center nearing completion, are developed.

Things To Do

Of course, so much is located around Fenway Park. If you can’t get a seat inside on game day, one of the many bars on Landsdowne Street is the place to be. Bleacher Bar actually looks out onto the field; Game On! and Cask ‘n Flagon are nationally renowned sports bars very close to Fenway; and McGreevy’s Irish Pub and Sports Bar is dubbed the “Unofficial Red Sox Bar.”

For eats, try oysters and steak frites at Eastern Standard, or hit Restaurant Row for fish tacos at El Pelon Taqueria or Japanese hot pots at Swish Shabu. The “other park” of Fenway/Kenmore, Back Bay Fens, is a jewel of the Boston Parks as well. And don’t miss the famous Citgo sign that is a symbol of the neighborhood.

Transportation

Walking is a yes and parking is a no. On game day — or any other day — having a bus or the T drop you at Kenmore’s ultramodern transit station (the closest stop to the ballpark) is the way to go. The B, C and D branches of the Green Line terminate here. The E branch stops at Symphony, Northeastern, Museum of Fine Arts and Longwood Medical Area stations. MBTA bus routes 8, 19, 55, 57, 60 and 65 all stop in the area.

Fenway/Kenmore Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,350

1330 Boylston

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 200
  • Rent: Starting at $3,143
  • Highlights: With floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of Fenway Park and Boston, residents enjoy luxury perks in a supreme location. Other interior features include granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. The community offers amenities such as a 24-hour fitness zone and a tranquil rooftop saltwater pool.

The Viridian

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 342
  • Number of Layouts: 9
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Baseball fans may be flocking to the brand-new Viridian, which offers views straight into the park and a rooftop perfect for catching the atmosphere of game day. The building also provides plenty of other spaces to relax, socialize and exercise, while the units are spacious and well-designed with frameless European-style cabinetry and spa-inspired bathrooms.

Van Ness

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 172
  • Rent: Starting at $3,024
  • Highlights: Ultramodern interiors and high-end finishes define this new tower in the Fenway neighborhood. On-site amenities such as a rooftop deck for grilling and entertaining, a full-scale fitness center and pet services are key, but the location is what sets Van Ness apart. The building is set between the popular Emerald Necklace Park and Fenway Park, and there’s a City Target on the ground floor.

The Runners Up

Mission Hill

Southwest of Boston Proper, Mission Hill is bordered by the Fenway/Kenmore, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain and Brookline neighborhoods. One of the most diverse neighborhoods in Boston, it is made up of African American and Hispanic residents, Longwood Medical Area professionals and a large population of college students living in historic Victorians and brownstones interspersed with collegiate apartments.

As more students and young professionals continue to discover Mission Hill’s proximity to Boston Proper and reasonable living prices, this area will continue to grow in popularity.

Things To Do

Although this area is predominantly college students, its proximity to the Museum of Fine Arts and other cultural institutions make it a bit more refined. The historic Mission Church is a statement of the neighborhood, and Fitzgerald Park frames a breathtaking view of the Back Bay and Fenway.

For the college feel, however, Tremont Street and Huntington Avenue host some of the best dive bars and thrift shopping in the neighborhood. Locals love The Squealing Pig, a gastropub with flowing beer, greasy-but-delicious food and live music.

Transportation

This smaller neighborhood is walkable, and parking, while still difficult, is possible. Mass transportation is easy, as the Green Line E Train runs through the middle of the neighborhood to Downtown in 13 minutes. The Orange Line connects to Roxbury Crossing, and the 39 and 66 bus lines connect Mission Hill to several adjoining neighborhoods.

Mission Hill Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,900

The Longwood

  • Year Built: 1964
  • Number of Units: 147
  • Number of Layouts: 2
  • Rent: $2,480-$3,450
  • Highlights: With a fitness center and a community clubhouse, The Longwood has a lot to offer to those looking to live in the Longwood Medical Area. Updated to include espresso-finish cabinetry in modern kitchens, interiors are clean and classic, featuring wood-parquet flooring and ceramic-tile bathrooms.

CityView at Longwood

  • Year Built: 1970 (renovated in 1997)
  • Number of Units: 295
  • Number of Layouts: 9
  • Rent: $2,350-$4,380
  • Highlights: Residents at CityView have easy access to the Medical Area while enjoying homes with private balconies, tall ceilings and fabulous skyline views. They also have a swimming pool and rooftop lounge for community use.

Parker Hill Apartments

  • Year Built: 1965
  • Number of Units: 90
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: $1,400-$2,200
  • Highlights: Offering spacious layouts and pet-friendly units, Parker Hill is a great choice for those with modest budgets looking for a convenient location. Residents here also have free off-street parking.

South End

This chic neighborhood houses fabulous boutiques, bakeries, cafes and pet shops. Living in red-brick row houses or sleek apartments, residents here are mainly young professionals and families; like their homes, they are impeccably groomed without being pretentious. Culturally diverse and highly artistic, South End is bordered by the Theater District, Chinatown, Back Bay, Downtown, Fenway/Kenmore, Roxbury and South Boston.

The location, beautiful homes and growth in food and art culture is key to South End’s continued success. This neighborhood should continue to grow in the coming years.

Things To Do

Stroll along Tremont Street and visit unique boutiques such as Uniform for menswear or Sooki for women’s apparel and handmade gifts. Here you’ll also find trendy cuisine including The Beehive’s “fall off the bone” ribs, Chinese at Myers + Chang and B&G Oysters. Brunch at Union Bar and Grill or Aquitaine is a must.

After dark, check out some jazz music at Wally’s Cafe, drink beer at The Gallows or spring for tequila at Lolita. Experiencing an art revival, Tremont Street houses many art galleries; the best time to check them out is First Fridays, when they stay open late.

Transportation

Cars are incredibly difficult in South End, 12 minutes south of Downtown on the T. While no trains run directly through the neighborhood, it’s close to subway stops, including the Green Line‘s Copley and Prudential, the Silver Line’s Washington Street, and the Orange Line’s Mass Ave and Back Bay stations. Amtrak also runs through Back Bay Station. Bus service is more widespread, with MBTA bus line 43 stopping at Tremont Street.

South End Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,600

TROY Boston

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 378
  • Rent: $2,675-$4,613
  • Highlights: Built to promote sustainable living, TROY is making a big impact in the neighborhood and a little one on the environment. Interiors here are decked out with hardwood flooring, stone countertops and Nest thermostats. The community offerings include fitness and studio classes, pet care, nutrition courses and retreats, an in-house fashion stylist and a rooftop pool deck.

Piano Craft Guild

  • Year Built: 1899 (renovated in 1972)
  • Number of Units: 177
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: One of the oldest apartments on our list, the Piano Craft Guild is a loft-style space ideal for those looking for true Boston charm. With exposed brick walls, original hardwood flooring and 10-foot ceilings, this is a cool space to call home. Some units have balconies and walk-out rooftop terraces, too.

James Court Apartments

  • Year Built: 2005
  • Number of Units: 136
  • Number of Layouts: 9
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: At James Court, all apartments come with a spacious kitchen and built-in breakfast bar, as well as high ceilings and windows that offer plenty of light. There’s a fitness center and landscaped courtyard, as well as a selection of on-site ZipCars.

The Runners Up

Brookline

Brookline, technically its own city, is bordered by Mission Hill, Fenway/Kenmore, Jamaica Plain, Allston-Brighton and Cambridge. While it isn’t as culturally diverse as other parts of Boston, it is the hub for the Jewish community of greater Boston. White picket fences adorning brownstones, Victorians and historic estates allude to the cost of living here. This affluent neighborhood was the birthplace and childhood home of John F. Kennedy.

Brookline’s easy commute to downtown, easygoing lifestyle and well-maintained buildings will lead it to growth in the coming years.

Things To Do

There are a few main hubs in Brookline; the most prominent is Coolidge Corner, at the intersection of Harvard and Beacon streets, where you’ll find shops, restaurants and the iconic Coolidge Corner Theater. Spend time getting lost in the Brookline Booksmith or Gateway Arts Craft Store.

Local eats include KooKoo Cafe and The Village Smokehouse, and infamous bars such as Matt Murphy’s Pub and Publick House serve fantastic beers and fare. For a sweet treat, the all-natural Serenade Chocolatier is also based in Brookline.

Transportation

Nineteen minutes from Downtown Boston on the T, Brookline is served by the C and D branches of the MBTA‘s Green Line trains, as well as bus service. Using a car here is not too difficult, though navigating the streets is easier by foot.

Brookline Apartments

Average 1 Bedroom Rental Price: $2,150

Longwood Towers

  • Year Built: 1926
  • Number of Units: 242
  • Number of Layouts: 27
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: The apartments at Longwood are lavishly finished, with bay windows, recessed lighting, crown molding and hardwood throughout. The grounds offer plenty of green space as well as a fitness center, and residents are within walking distance of the entire neighborhood.

1443 Beacon Street

  • Year Built: 1979
  • Number of Units: 115
  • Number of Layouts: 3
  • Rent: Starting at $3,090
  • Highlights: Ranging from studios to three bedrooms, the residences at 1443 Beacon Street come with granite countertops and maple cabinetry, as well as walk-in master closets. This complex has a 92 WalkScore, making the best of Brookline extremely accessible by foot.

Dexter Park

  • Year Built: 1974
  • Number of Units: 409
  • Number of Layouts: 12
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: Dexter Park offers residents spacious, comfortable apartments in a good Brookline location. The community features here include a theater, children’s playroom and fitness center; it’s also pet friendly.

The Runners Up

Cambridge

North across the Charles River from Boston Proper, Cambridge is a hip and smart town. Home to artsy, funky boutiques and coffee shops as well as top-notch universities Harvard and MIT, everyone from students and artists to families and seniors live in Cambridge.

Residence types include classic Victorian homes, high-rises in Kendall Square and dated student-housing complexes. A very safe city, Cambridge is growing at a slow rate.

Things To Do

Cambridge’s squares are the city’s hubs for retail, dining and nightlife. Harvard Square and Kendall Square serve Harvard and MIT, respectively; the former is more lively and the heart of Cambridge, while the latter is business-focused and generally quiet in the evenings. The revitalized Central Square offers food destinations such as Central Kitchen bistro cuisine, Mary Chung’s Chinese and Toscanini’s must-have ice cream.

Cambridgeport Square and Inman Square are artsy and offbeat, and Porter Square is frequented mostly by locals, though the Japanese restaurants make it worth the trek to new territory. The neighborhood is a vintage shopper’s paradise; the Cambridge Antique Market, Oona’s and The Organic Furniture Cellar are popular spots.

Transportation

Most Cambridge residents walk (or bike) everywhere, but the transportation is also easy to hop on from square to square or to leave Cambridge altogether. It’s well served by the MBTA, including the Porter Square station on the regional Commuter Rail; the Lechmere station on the Green Line; and the Alewife, Porter Square, Harvard Square, Central Square and Kendall Square/MIT stations on the Red Line. Parking is achievable, but not recommended in busier parts of the city.

Cambridge Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,500

Avalon North Point

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 426
  • Number of Layouts: 36
  • Rent: $2,534-$7,180
  • Highlights: With sweeping views of the Charles River, these apartments come with high-grade finishes and features such as french balconies and fireplaces. Community amenities include a resort-style pool, 24-hour fitness facility and rooftop terrace.

Axiom Apartment Homes

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 115
  • Number of Layouts: 6
  • Rent: $2,499-$3,999
  • Highlights: This new LEED-certified complex has plenty to offer its residents. Interiors are bright from floor-to-ceiling windows, and kitchens come adorned with designer cabinets and quartz countertops. There’s ample outdoor and fitness space as well.

Chroma

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 96
  • Rent: $2,300-$4,700
  • Highlights: Chroma is a brand-new, eco-conscious housing option in Cambridge. The units feature recycled-glass countertops, ceramic tile tubs and showers, and full-wall windows. Residents here also have access to a premium fitness center, several lounge areas and an on-site bicycle repair shop.

Twenty20

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 355
  • Rent: $2,480-$7,950
  • Highlights: Residents of these ultramodern apartments can take advantage of a basketball court, dog grooming and several outdoor lounge spaces (the 21st-floor rooftop is a perfect spot to view the Boston skyline). The units are outfitted with sleek, white soft-close European cabinetry in addition to high-end appliances and material finishes.

The Runners Up

West End

Northwest of Downtown Boston, West End is bounded generally by the Charles River to the west, North Washington Street on the north, Beacon Hill at Cambridge Street to to the south and the North End at New Sudbury Street to the east. The entire neighborhood was razed in the last century to make way for 47 acres of superblocks and high-rises. A few buildings survived, but most of West End is less than 50 years old.

Today, modern high-rise apartments and renovated warehouse lofts here are popular with upper-class working professionals and avid sports fans. Government and civic buildings, and essentials such as grocery stores and drugstores, line the neighborhood. With vacant parking lots quickly being developed into modern luxury living, West End will only continue to grow in the future as more housing becomes available so close to Downtown.

Things To Do

The main attraction here is TD Garden, a large multipurpose arena where the city’s NBA team, the Celtics, and NHL team, the Bruins, play. Both teams are well loved by Bostonians, and this area is lively on game days. Stop by one of the many bustling sports bars, such as Porters Bar and Grill, The Harp, Hurricane O’Reilly’s or The Fours.

For nights that aren’t all about sports, Neptune Oyster and Ward 8 provide a fabulous dining experience in West End, especially when topped off with drinks at Boston Beer Works or Ole Scollay Square’s Red Hat, where Bostonians have been coming for more than a century. The Museum of Science also makes its home in West End, stretching out into the Charles in impressive fashion.

Transportation

Because of its smaller size, West End is easily covered by foot. Parking here is normally difficult, and impossible on game days. Commuters arrive in West End mainly via MBTA’s North Station, which is served by commuter trains from north of the city connecting to Downtown and beyond, as well as the Downeaster Amtrak service running between Boston and Portland, Maine.

West End Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,620

The West End Apartments

  • Year Built: 1960
  • Number of Units: 310
  • Number of Layouts: 38
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: With high ceilings and full walls of windows, the spacious West End Apartments are a great choice for those looking for a central location and great amenities. Shopping and dining on Charles Street are steps away, and residents don’t have to leave the building to enjoy the pool deck, grilling area, and tennis and basketball courts.

The Towers at Longfellow

  • Year Built: 1976
  • Number of Units:  710
  • Number of Layouts: 7
  • Rent: Starting at $2,320
  • Highlights: The Towers at Longfellow offer fabulous community spaces for catching some sun or working up a sweat. The units have been updated with modern, white kitchens and spacious layouts throughout, and they have ample closet space.

Amy Lowell Apartments

  • Year Built: 1976
  • Number of Units: 152
  • Number of Layouts: 1
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: In the heart of West End, Amy Lowell Apartments offer some impressive views of the city, as well as a convenient location. Some units here have private patios, and all have access to a landscaped courtyard.

Charlestown

East of Cambridge, Charlestown is directly across the Charles from Boston. It prides itself on being Boston’s oldest neighborhood, and it’s known for history and hipness alike. Charlestown was the home of employees at the now-decommissioned Navy Yard.

In the past decade, a fluctuation in its population and industry have brought many young professionals to the area, joining families who have lived in the area’s classic homes for years. With more young professionals discovering the ease and enjoyment of living in Charlestown, population and housing availability is expected to rise.

Things To Do

Major historical stops in Charlestown include the Bunker Hill Monument and USS Constitution (launched in 1797, she still floats and is dubbed “Old Ironsides”). Charlestown’s charming Main Street features shops, restaurants and bars for travelers and locals alike. Shops like The Joy of Old or the Artist Group of Charlestown are great places to find one-of-a-kind items.

The Mediterranean fare at Todd English’s Olives is award-winning. For a lighter meal, Sorelle Bakery and Cafe is a great place to grab breakfast, lunch or coffee. Charlestown, also known as The Town, is distinctly Irish, so you won’t travel too far without seeing a pub. Sullivan’s Pub is the local watering hole, and Warren Tavern is one of the oldest in the United States; it’s said to have been a hangout for George Washington.

Transportation

Charlestown is a safe community and is almost entirely walkable; however, other transportation is required to get out of town. Cars are doable here. Mass transit is available, whether by ferry from Navy Yard, a trip on the Orange Line from The Community College or Sullivan Square, or a ride on bus 92 or 93. Charlestown is 9 minutes on the T from Downtown.

Charlestown Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $2,375

HarborView at The Navy Yard

  • Year Built: 2008
  • Number of Units: 224
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: HarborView offers much more than a waterfront location, including a rooftop terrace, ground-floor retail and access to the WaterTaxi. The interiors here are finished with oak cabinetry and stainless steel appliances, and several floorplans are available.

Mezzo Design Lofts

  • Year Built: 2007
  • Number of Units: 146
  • Rent: Call for pricing
  • Highlights: These Charlestown lofts boast 10-foot ceilings and high-grade finishes such as granite countertops and glossy polished concrete flooring. On-site amenities include a 24-hour fitness center and a nice dog park (Mezzo accepts dogs of all sizes).

Gatehouse 75

  • Year Built: 2013
  • Number of Units: 99
  • Rent: Starting at $2,963
  • Highlights: Boasting a 2,000-square-foot rooftop and outdoor kitchen, residents also have access to 24-hour fitness, club rooms and a coffee bar on-site. Luxurious interiors include hardwood flooring, stainless steel appliances and deep bathtubs.

The Runner Up

Somerville

Somerville is bordered by Harvard Square, Charlestown, Cambridge and Medford, and is populated by students, professionals and families. Its atmosphere is artsy and historical, and — with the exception of the vibrant town squares — very residential. Most Somerville residents live in charming Victorian homes or brownstones.

The town’s squares serve as its entertainment hubs; Davis Square and Union Square are the most popular, followed by Teele and Powderhouse squares. University students will guarantee the livelihood and density of this neighborhood in the future, and more young professionals and families relocating to this area of Boston will lead to growth in the upcoming years.

Things To Do

Union Square houses some of Somerville’s best shops and restaurants, as well as the year-round Union Square Farmer’s Market, a perfect place to get food and homemade goods from all over New England. Union Square Donuts was just named the Best Donuts in Boston (go early!), and locally sourced cuisine at Journeyman also receives tons of praise. In funkier, younger Davis Square, shop Magpie for homemade, hipster crafts and trinkets, or stop by the area’s several comic book shops.

Close to the university bustle, Davis Square’s nightlife rocks thanks to places such as The Burren (which claims it pours the most Guinness in America) and local favorite Redbones Barbeque, which stays open late for the young crowd. Another popular hangout is the iconic Somerville Theater. Take a short trip to the top of Somerville’s Prospect Hill, where the inspiring views of Boston made a perfect place for the first American flag to fly in 1776.

Transportation

Somerville is served by two subway stations, the Davis Square Red Line stop and the Sullivan Square Orange Line stop, inside the city limits as well as several others within walking distance. Expansion of the Green Line light rail (to include several stops in Somerville) is planned, but unlikely before 2016.

Many MBTA bus lines run through Somerville, and there is on-street metered parallel parking in all of the squares. In most of the rest of the city, a resident parking permit is required to parallel park. There are a handful of parking lots, particularly near Davis and Union squares.

Somerville Apartments

Average 1-Bedroom Rental Price: $1,900

AVA Somerville

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 250
  • Number of Layouts: 17
  • Rent: Starting at $1,995
  • Highlights: AVA Somerville, two miles from Boston, offers multiple outdoor spaces for grilling and relaxing as well as an on-site workshop for bikes and kayaks. The residences within the building are just as fun, with chalkboard accent walls, sliding barn-style doors and contemporary design finishes.

Windsor at Maxwell’s Green

  • Year Built: 2012
  • Number of Units: 184
  • Number of Layouts: 26
  • Rent: Starting at $2,355
  • Highlights: The definition of an urban oasis, the Windsor features plenty of green space and quick access to the city. Residents can get outside on the rooftop terrace or in the lush garden, or spend time inside in units finished with bamboo flooring, white granite countertops and custom wall-accent colors.

Avalon at Assembly Row

  • Year Built: 2015
  • Number of Units: 195
  • Number of Layouts: 17
  • Rent: Starting at $2,270
  • Highlights: Residents here live lavishly in comfortable, contemporary spaces finished with dark wood cabinetry, granite countertops and a sophisticated color palette. On the property, there is a heated indoor pool, resident lounges and a fitness center that overlooks the Mystic River. The building is adjacent to Baxter State Park.