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We all know how much fun it is to post and share pictures of our many travels for all our friends and family to see, and drool over. Followed by comments like, “It’s so beautiful there…” and, “How long are you there for?” and “When do you come back?” It’s all just so innocent and fun, isn’t it?


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(more…)After careful analysis of the rental listings provided by, it was found that the Beacon Hill Vacancy Rate stands at 1.09%. Of the 1373 total listings in Beacon Hill, 15 are currently available for rent. Beacon Hill also has several Luxury buildings, but the vacancy rate for these buildings fluctuates at a greater rate than Beacon Hill as a whole. For this reason, they were purposefully omitted from this study in order to provide a higher degree of real time accuracy. (more…)After an intensive study conducted using data from the real-time database, it was found that the vacancy South Boston vacancy rate sits at 2.9%. The vacancy rate includes apartments that are either vacant and/or currently available for rent.  Of the 2168 apartments listed in South Boston, 62 are currently available in the BostonPads database. South Boston luxury buildings with an internal leasing staff were purposely omitted to provide the highest degree of accuracy. South Boston is mentally divided into east and west sides by investors and renters alike. East side apartments have long been sought after by renters, but recent years have seen this same group of renters increasingly drawn to the west side where they are finding amazing deals on similar apartments. South Boston as a whole has an orderly street layout, a welcome respite from the generally crazy streets found throughout the rest of the city. Numbered streets run east/west, while lettered streets run north/south. 5 MBTA Bus lines run throughout South Boston; these buses and the Andrew and Broadway Red Line Subway stops allow quick and easy transport around Southie and Boston as a whole.south boston The real time apartment rental database provided by allows the data to be broken down to give an accurate picture of the current rental market at the precise day of the study. There is currently one Studio apartment available, priced at $2100. The market holds 11 One-Bedroom apartments currently available. East side of South Boston averages $2000 while theWest side averages $2155. There are currently 23 Two-bedroom apartments available, East Side average rent is $2077 while West Side is a bit higher at $2592. 3-Bedrooms represent the highest number of current availabilities in South Boston with 32 total available. East side averages $3205 while West side averages $3607. There are four 4-Bedroom apartments East and West side average rents are $4000 and $3700 respectively. South Boston, or Southie as it is colloquially known, sits to the southwest of the Boston Downtown area and directly west of the South End. Southie’s location makes commute to and from downtown areas a breeze; something that most of today’s renters and investors value very highly. Similar to Back Bay, Fenway, and the South End, South Boston owes much of its land to landfilling projects undertook throughout Boston’s history. In years past, South Boston was connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land and was considered a separate settlement. With the narrow strip of land widened by the filling project, South Boston was considered a more integral part of the city, and was eventually annexed piece by piece from 1804-1870. South Boston has a long and storied history. George Washington placed cannon on the hills of South Boston and drove the British out of Fort William and Mary during the American Revolutionary War. The fort was renamed as Fort Independence and can still be seen today standing on present day Castle Island. Southie is also home to the first Vietnam Veterans Memorial. Dedicated on September 13, 1981 the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is located at Medal of Honor Park on M street on the East Side. In addition to ease of transport to and from downtown areas, renters are drawn to the hip and upcoming Southie neighborhood because of its abundance of nightlife and proximity to the beach. Many South Boston units come with a roof deck, something they will spend top dollar to obtain. The rental and sales market in South Boston has been extremely fast paced and competitive for the past few years now. Many renters looking to find a place on their own have found that the place that came on market 24 hours ago is no longer available for rent. Owners and investors are seeing properly priced properties sell within two weeks of being listed, often above asking price. Renters looking for a place currently or in the near future should work with a professional agent found on The real estate professionals can let you know as soon as an apartment comes on market and can often arrange a showing for the same day. Agents can also ensure that your deal is presented as promptly and professionally as possible. If you are an owner with a currently vacant apartment, it is imperative to stay informed on current market trends. The experts on the website itself have over 2,168 south boston listings to compare in order to help price your income property to stay competitive in this tight market. is part of the network, the largest real time apartment database in MA with over 119,950 apartment listings and more than 14,500 landlords in the Greater Boston Area To learn more about the Southie real estate market, check available listings, explore investment opportunities, or get in touch with a qualified agent, visit  The vacancy rate for Back Bay is 0.7%. This number was obtained using the massive database with over 2,593 listings. Luxury listings were omitted from this study. Prior to a filling project in the 19th Century, Back Bay was a literal bay filled with water. In 1857 a project was undertaken to fill the Back Bay with gravel shipped in by railcar from Needham. Between 1857 and 1900 areas in and around Back Bay along present-day Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street were slowly filled in and urbanized. Some of the filled in areas include present-day Kenmore Square, Newbury Street, and the Back Bay Fens. This city planning is still readily visible today. Whereas most Boston streets are laid out in a seemingly random and chaotic manner, the streets of Back Bay were paved in an orderly grid with five main roads (Beacon, Marlborough, Commonwealth, Newbury, and Boylston) running east-west intersected at regular intervals by various north-south streets. The avenues of Paris at the time were used as inspiration for the style and feel of Back Bay. Wide, tree-lined avenues are one of the unique fixtures of Back Bay area that are difficult to find elsewhere in the city. Back Bay is home to numerous places of both modern and historical significance. The Trinity Church and the Boston Public Library are among the historic buildings found in Back Bay. Modern structures include the Prudential Tower, the Hancock Tower, and Hynes Convention Center. One of the biggest destinations in Back Bay is Copley Square. It is home to the Public Library, Trinity Church, the Hancock Tower, and the Copley Plaza Hotel as well as many other places of interest for shopping and eating. Newbury Street is another large draw for the Back Bay area. Known for its street-level high-end retail shops and eateries, Newbury Street is a popular destination for all. Visitors to Newbury Street will notice that the beautiful Brownstone buildings along the street are set back a good distance from the street itself. This design gives the feel of historic 19th Century American architecture. The Esplanade, a park located on the southern bank of the Charles River, showcases some of the most serene and breathtaking views found throughout all of Boston. Various walking and biking trails allow easy access to the many areas of this park. If you prefer to see Boston from the water, various companies provide water transport at affordable prices. Jacob-PromoThe low vacancy rate should encourage renters and landlords alike to enlist the services of the real estate experts found on Owners can receive up-to-the-minute market analysis to competitively price their vacant apartments. Renters will find it easier to work with the company that holds the most listings in one place. Agents can also help renters find unlisted luxury apartments year round.