An in-depth look at the Massachusetts rental market: October edition

Where are prices falling?

Matthew J Lee/Globe staff
The average size of a Boston apartment is 1,088 square feet, according to a market report from ApartmentAdvisor. Matthew J Lee/Globe staff

The good news: The average rent price for a one-bedroom apartment in Massachusetts did not go up in September.

The bad news: At $2,500, it’s still 18.5% higher than it was in September 2021. And in three cities — Cambridge, Boston, and Brookline, in that order — that average was substantially higher, according to a report released earlier this month.

There may be good news on the horizon, however. An Oct. 4 report from CoStar Group/, cited a 0.4% decline in Boston-area rents in the third quarter, reflecting a national trend.

“After four quarters of supply additions outpacing demand, the market is shifting, with national asking rents declining over the last 90 days by 0.4%,” Jay Lybik, national director of multifamily analytics at CoStar, said in a press release.


Seventy-five percent of all major rental markets saw declining rents. “While year-over-year rent-growth data presents a highly positive snapshot, pulling back the curtains reveals a market where the majority of rents are retreating quickly,” Lybik said. “All signs point to rent growth slowing even faster than initially projected by the end of the year.”

Back in Greater Boston, some communities saw big month-over-month increases, according to Norwood (15.9%), Malden (10.4%), and Brookline (10.3%). The most significant decreases? They would be in Newton (-13.1%), Chelsea (-11.5%), Natick (-9.7%), and Worcester (-9.7%).

But what is the market doing in each Boston neighborhood? The site breaks it down (Note: Numbers are from Friday, Oct. 21):


One bedroom

Two bedrooms

Three bedrooms

This story has been updated with figures from the South End.


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