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Five Centrally-Located Studios for Rent around Boston

With well-located options in Somerville, Back Bay, and Brookline—from a brownstone by the Public Gardens to a building in Coolidge Corner.


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Apartment hunting in Boston is overwhelming for a whole slew of reasons—heavy competition, pricing, and spiraling out of control on Craigslist are just a few of them. So, for your convenience, we’re highlighting a few Zumper listings with one unique characteristic. Last time, we looked at wonderful apartments in Watertown; this round, it’s places that are centrally-located in different parts of the city—because shorter commutes mean more time for the things you like to do.

Below, peruse five central apartments for rent in and around Boston.

1284 Beacon St. #405, Brookline
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $1,750 per month

Between the Coolidge Corner and Saint Paul Street T stops, this pint-sized pad is a few minutes from Trader Joe’s, Brookline Booksmith, and Coolidge Corner Theatre. Inside the 1920s-era Pelham Hall, this cat-friendly studio features hardwood floors and all-white walls and appliances. A large closet is a nice bonus, as are the in-building laundry and gym. It’s available midway through November, so plan your move now.

111 Park Drive #55, Fenway
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $1,700 per month

Removed from the buzz of Boylston Street by a few blocks, these digs enjoy a peaceful Fenway location next to the Back Bay Fens, while still being less than 10 minutes from Target and several Fenway bars and fast casual joints. The apartment serves up a narrow galley kitchen and a bathroom with a clawfoot tub, making it the perfect size for one—plus room for a feline pet to laze around.

Highland Ave. #29, Somerville
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $1,830 per month

It may be a studio, but this unit feels more spacious than many others. A long kitchen takes up an entire wall (hello, cabinets and counter space), and a pass-through window doubles as a breakfast bar, while also creating some division in the open home. On top of the interior space, the location is ideal, too: Union Square (and its beloved donut shop) is seven minutes away and Davis Square is at the end of Highland Ave two miles away.

205 Beacon St. #BF, Back Bay
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $1,995 per month

Want to live right outside the Public Gardens for less than $2,000 per month? This Beacon Street studio is a rare find. Hardwood in the living area and tiling in the bathroom keep things tidy, and a decorative fireplace adds a measure of charm to the garden-level den. The Green Line at Arlington is half a mile away, as are the many shops of Newbury Street.

388 Marlborough St. #1, Back Bay
Bedrooms: Studio
Bathrooms: 1
Rent: $2,100 per month

Available now, this apartment grants the chance to reside on a quintessential Back Bay street, riddled with brownstones (including this unit’s building) and sandwiched between Comm. Ave. and Beacon Street. Though rent eclipses $2,000, it includes heat, hot water, gas, and electricity. High ceilings, directional lights, and large bow windows with covetable Back Bay views are the cherry on the top.

Note: Although Zumper’s apartment inventory is updated in real time, these listings are not guaranteed to be available. Check in with a listing’s leasing office to confirm availability and to schedule tours.

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