Finding apartments in the Back Bay of Boston is often very tough. You can find an apartment by owner to avoid a realtor fee, however it can be very difficult to find for rent by owner apartments in the area. Why you ask? It’s because many of the apartment building & condo owners send their listings to real estate brokers. If you look on your own, you might find only 3-4 apartments. If you go through a Boston real estate broker, many have a database of 100’s of apartments to choose from. Often times you have to pay the realtor a fee equal to 1 month’s rent, however the fee & rent are often negotiable — so definitely keep that in mind.
There are often no fee apartments, and many realtors have these no fee listings. Boston is one of the most expensive cities in the United States, and the Back Bay is one of the most (if not the most) expensive neighborhood. Apartments usually start around $1700 for a 1 bedroom, and $2500 for a 2 bedroom. Back Bay luxury apartments for rent can even be much higher. There have been rentals on the market for up to $25,000/mo., such as a penthouse at the all new Mandarin Oriental Residences. There are many luxury highrise condo & apartment buildings in the area, such as Exeter Towers, 755 Boylston, Church Park, The Greenhouse, Trinity Place, and the Avalon at the Prudential Center. Popular streets to live in the neighborhood are Commonwealth Ave, Beacon Street, Marlborough Street, Newbury Street, Boylston Street, and Huntington Ave.