Boston condos: Rent or buy

To rent or to buy? This has been the question that many of our Downtown Boston Real Estate clients over the last year or so. With so much uncertainty in the market, clients don’t know whether or not they should jump into the market head first, or wait until things calm down. This blog is to help those clients that are deciding to rent for a little before buying.

Downtown Boston rentals can be found in all of Downtown Boston residential neighborhoods. When renting, there are a few things to consider as you get started:

Which Downtown Neighborhood to Live In?

This goes for anyone moving to Downtown Boston. The residential neighborhoods of Downtown Boston are diverse in both architecture, lifestyle, and residents. Younger clients will prefer Midtown or Leather District areas for the excitement that comes with the nightlife that is prevalent in both neighborhoods. While professionals and clients looking for peace and quiet may prefer the more luxurious Beacon Hill and Back Bay

Condo or Apartment?

Another thing that any client looking into Downtown Boston rentals has to decide is whether or not they want to rent from an apartment complex, or an individual condo owner. Apartment complexes tend to have lower price points as well as lower upfront security deposits, but also lack the same appointments and feel of the condo buildings. Sometimes, because of the lower price points, apartments can attract a much younger crowd, meaning the likelihood of annoyances is something to consider.

Condo buildings are, on average, better taken care of and have nicer appointments. Since condos are individually owned, your next door neighbors tend to take care of the building and the common areas more than in apartments. Consequently, condo owners usually expect a security deposit equal to one months rent on hand before move in.


Whichever way you choose to find your Downtown Boston rental, it helps to speak with an experienced real estate professional in the area to help you find out which option is your best fit. You can check out our Downtown Boston rental page to see the current available Downtown Boston Rental inventory. Feel free to contact us as well.

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Condos around the Midtown area to rent:

Back Bay area condos for rent
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Charlestown area condos for rent
Navy Yard Charlestown area condos for rent
Dorchester area condos for rent
Fenway area condos for rent
Jamaica Plain area condos for rent
Leather District area condos for rent
Midtown area condos for rent
Seaport District area condos for rent
South Boston area condos for rent
South End area condos for rent
Waterfront area condos for rent
North End area condos for rent
West End area condos for rent
East Boston area condos for rent

Author Profile

John Ford
John Ford

Over the course of 20 years in the Boston downtown real estate market, John represented and sold numerous, condominiums, investment and development properties in Greater Boston and in the surrounding suburbs

In addition to representing Boston condo buyers and sellers, John is currently one of the most recognized Boston condo blog writers regarding Boston condominiums and residential real estate markets. John's insights and observations about the Boston condo market have been seen in a wide variety of the most established local & national media outlets including; Banker and Tradesman, Boston Magazine The Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and NewsWeek and Fortune magazine, among others.


For over 24 years, John Ford, of Ford Realty Inc., has been actively involved in the real estate industry. He started his career in commercial real estate with a national firm Spaulding & Slye and quickly realized that he had a passion for residential properties. In 1999, John entered the residential real estate market, and in 2000 John Started his own firm Ford Realty Inc. As a broker, his clients have come to love his fun, vivacious, and friendly attitude. He prides himself on bringing honesty and integrity to the entire home buying and selling process. In addition to helping buyers and sellers, he also works with rental clients. Whether you’re looking to purchase a new Boston condo or rent an apartment, you’ll quickly learn why John has a 97% closing rate.


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John Ford and his staff can be reached at 617-595-3712 or 617-720-5454. Please feel free to stop by John's Boston Beacon Hill office located at 137 Charles Street.

John Ford
Ford Realty Inc
137 Charles Street
Boston, Ma 02114



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