Commonwealth Avenue in Boston is one of the most sought after streets to purchase a condo or rent an apartment. Its divided one-way lanes travel more than 10 miles from central Boston through the suburbs of Brookline and Allston all the way to Newton and the affluent Auburndale village. This main artery encompasses Boston's historic, urban and suburban neighborhood styles. In the city, Commonwealth Avenue is lined by stately 19th century mansions, distinguished brownstones and regal brick buildings that contain modern apartments. There is a tremendous variety of real estate on Commonwealth Avenue, and it's available at many price points depending on your requirements.
Back Bay and the Commonwealth Avenue Mall
Apartments and condos with addresses under 300 are located along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall, which is one of the hottest neighborhoods in Boston. These properties are architecturally unique, centrally located and have beautiful views of the wooded green space that separates the avenue. The eight-block area between Arlington Street and Massachusetts Avenue is one of the most celebrated sections of Comm Ave. and the Back Bay neighborhood. Commonwealth Avenue begins at the entrance of the Boston Public Garden. Here you'll find 19th century mansions and Victorian townhomes linked by brick sidewalks. Apartments in this area start around $1,600 for historic studios and go well above $2,500 in luxury buildings, such as The Carlton House or Commonwealth at Gloucester Street. This is where you'll find multi-million dollar condos in distinctive buildings like The Bradley Mansion.
Commonwealth Avenue in Fenway
As Commonwealth Avenue crosses Massachusetts Avenue, it leaves the Back Bay behind and approaches the Fenway-Kenmore neighborhood. The avenue follows the curve of the Charles River and passes through the Emerald Necklace. Although they aren't in the Back Bay, addresses between the 400 and 900 blocks are extremely desirable. This beautiful area near Boston University and Kenmore Square is home to many historic apartment buildings, including The Meads, Windsor Place and The Somerset. These stately buildings have full-service amenities and luxury features. Commonwealth Avenue rentals near Kenmore Square average around $2,000 and start at $1,400 per month. Luxury properties are slightly more expensive. Fully equipped condos in luxury buildings like The Somerset are listed in the upper $400,000s.
Apartments in Allston and Brookline
After passing the campus of Boston University West, Commonwealth Avenue moves away from the river. At Packard's Corner, the main artery becomes Brighton Avenue, and Commonwealth Avenue takes a sharp turn south. In this neighborhood, the buildings are shorter. There are fewer high-rise apartments, and there's more space. The area is quieter, more suburban and has a real Main Street feel. Apartments in the Brookline community near Harvard Avenue are available for $1,400 to $2,700 per month depending on the size and amenities.
Many apartments are located in large buildings, such as Commonwealth Gardens, Camelot Court, The Regency Building and 1047 Commonwealth. However, rentals are also available in historic homes and multi-family dwellings on the side streets. Addresses between 1000 and 1400 Commonwealth Ave. are located on the border between Brookline and Allston. This accessible area is where members of Boston's favorite band Aerosmith lived in the early 1970s. Luxury apartments like The Atrium are also located along Commonwealth Avenue in Allston. Although typical apartments in the area are available for $1,200, rentals in these luxury properties start around $2,000 per month.
Commonwealth Avenue in Brighton
Around Brighton, the surroundings become increasingly suburban although there are still tall apartment buildings and mixed-use areas. Commonwealth Avenue travels past commercial and residential areas and shopping centers before passing through the Boston College campus. Several apartment buildings are located near the university campus and the scenic Chestnut Hill Reservoir. These include 2000 Commonwealth Avenue and Reservoir Towers. The average rent in these apartment buildings is between $1,200 and $2,600. Most buildings have a fitness center, concierge and other amenities. Plus, the walking trails around the reservoir are popular with local residents.
Commonwealth Avenue continues through Newton and past the golf courses and country clubs of Auburndale before ending near the intersection of I-90 and I-95. However, it loses its distinctive divided appearance after Boston College, which is the last stop for the MBTA Green Line. Until this point, light rail service is available at regular intervals all along Commonwealth Avenue. Excellent transit service is just one reason this corridor is so popular. Residents also enjoy the many shops, restaurants and businesses that make the avenue so vibrant and unique.
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