Posted Nov 21, 2014

4 Most Pet-Friendly Neighborhoods in Boston

Beantown or bust! Known for its spontaneous tea parties, Boston is a fantastic city with tons of character, and it offers a wealth of opportunities for young professionals, especially the animal-loving kind. So now that you’ve fallen in love with one of the oldest cities in ‘Murica, it’s time to drum up the perfect accommodations that offer you and your best beasts an optimal living situation.

If you have a special place in your heart for fur babies, you’ll find plenty of like-minded individuals in Boston. Dog parks, dog walkers and dog groomers are plentiful here; it’s just a matter of finding a pet-friendly apartment to welcome you and your four-legged friend.

4 Most Pet-Friendly Boston Neighborhoods

To help you focus on areas that recognize the magical bond between pup (or kitten) and parent, here are the four most pet-friendly Boston neighborhoods, and the reasons why they make such an enticing choice for new residents.

1. Downtown

If you like your living fast paced, Downtown is the place to be. The financial center of the city, Downtown has a unique vibe best described as controlled chaos. The streets are very organically laid out (they’ll take some getting used to), the parks are plentiful and the harbor is steps away.

The opera house, several museums and the theater district are close as well, so humans definitely have plenty of off-work choices from the casual to the educational. Your pooch has options too. There are pet stores, groomers and play places peppering this neighborhood, and the Boston Common is the perfect location for Fido to fetch, chase squirrels or eat grass. It’s puppy paradise.

As for the apartment hunt, just under 30 percent of rental buildings are pet-friendly in this area. That means you’ll still have to keep your eyes open for the welcome sign, but you can definitely rely on having abundant friends in the region with beasts of their own. Downtown is a popular spot for movers and shakers; however, the rents aren’t unreasonable. The median monthly payment hovers around $2,810.

2. Chinatown

Chinatown can be found South of Downtown and the Theatre District, and has a slightly tidier street layout along with historic architecture. This is the last remaining legitimate Chinatown district on the East Coast, so the area is worth exploring, especially if you have a taste for Asian food.

People move here not only for the robust history of immigration but also for the inherent character. It’s beautiful, lively and fairly affordable. Many students and health workers are located here, as Tufts Medical Center and the university’s many health-related schools are based in Chinatown.

As for your pets, this area is as receptive to domesticated creatures as Downtown, with just a hair under 30 percent of the apartments boasting an appreciation for furry companions. Some places may be more pro-cat than dog, and some spots have breed restrictions, so it’s important to do your research before setting your sights on a particular spot.

Residents should also know that, while Chinatown was once a bastion of inexpensive living, gentrification has boosted the typical asking price. The median monthly rent here is around $3,100.

3. Bay Village

Quiet, with little traffic and lots of trees, the charm of Bay Village is immediately apparent to animal lovers. Mr. Bigglsworth and Lassie would both be fans of the peaceful ambiance and pedestrian-friendly avenues, where you’ll likely meet a multitude of other pet parents walking their fur babies each day.

There are also several nearby cafes, restaurants and bars for you and your human friends to enjoy, and many of them are delighted to offer a bowl of water to a thirsty canine. Boston Common is just a few blocks north, which makes this neighborhood even more ideal for dog lovers.

Bay Village is the smallest Boston neighborhood, and many folks forget it even exists. This is perfect if you want to keep a low profile in the busy city, and most pets will appreciate the solitude. A little over 36 percent of rentals recognize that pets are people too, and the median rent here is the same as Chinatown, even though there are way more trees to mark.

4. West End

Shopping, dining and playtime in the park are all part of the West End lifestyle. There are a few historical buildings still standing, and it’s one of Boston’s most diverse neighborhoods. Community is of growing importance, and the area has a fascinating mix of modern high-rise apartments and early 20th-century architecture.

There are also a lot of people who love pets, from canines that could pass as small horses to those teacup types that the Internet loves so much. The landlords in this area must be pet lovers as well, as 45 percent of the available rentals are happy to invite your best friend, cat or dog, onto the lease.

Rents are in the middle range too, with the median at about $2,975. This is easily the most dog-friendly neighborhood in the city, so if that’s your priority, this is where you belong.

Boston loves more than beans; this is definitely a town that embraces your four-legged friends as more than pets, but as family members. If you want to give a shout-out to your favorite pet-friendly neighborhood, or if you know a must-visit location for animals in the city, leave a comment or tweet to us @Lovely.

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4 Most Pet-Friendly Boston Neighborhoods
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Niccole Schreck


Niccole is the Senior Brand Manager at Lovely. She has a passion for drinking wine, making things (often with wine corks), and helping renters find a perfect place to live.

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One response to “4 Most Pet-Friendly Neighborhoods in Boston”

  1. John Donovan says:

    If you have/want a pet, the most important thing is to make sure it’s okay with your landlord/building manager! Cats don’t need green spaces, and some dogs are better suited to an apartment than others, which is also something to consider. A husky, for instance, needs A LOT of exercise every day, so unless you are prepared to run 10 miles a day they might not be the best city dog.

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