A renter-friendly interactive map of Boston neighborhoods debuted by Jumpshell


Jumpshell, a local apartment rental search tool/resource, just unveiled an interactive map that helps potential renters scout Boston neighborhoods.

The map includes data on how various neighborhoods compare to the median rental price in Boston, what areas have the most amenities, the age distribution of people in various neighborhoods, and some other tidbits of information.

Jumpshell, a Somerville-based company that has pivoted somewhat from its initial concept of creating a rental marketplace, is trying to make life easier for both renters and landlords in Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline.

In a week or two, the company will be launching a way for renters to see more properties (and landlords to showcase more apartments), in the hunt for the best places to live in the city.

Although the company’s co-founder and head of marketing, Raleigh Werner, did not give the specifics of what they plan to roll out in a couple of weeks, Jumpshell seems to be creating a way for both renters and landlords to maximize time for scheduled site visits.

“Renters will like it because they gravitate to more selection, actually seeing it and not just looking at the listing,” Werner said. “Landlords will love it because you can have ten renters coming to a site instead of one or two.”

Here is some info I pulled from the map after a quick perusal:

• Seaport rent is 19 percent higher than the median Boston rent, while Dorchester is 31 percent percent lower than the median Boston rent (Jamaica Plain is 15 percent lower and Upham’s Corner is 28 percent lower).

• The North End, Chinatown, and Beacon Hill are good places for restaurants, bars, cafes, and parks.

• One of the odd features of the map is the response that certain areas, including Southie, Upham’s Corner, and JP, have “fewer attractions than most areas.”

The map was created by aggregating APIs and data from a bunch of different resources including, Instagram for photos, Foursquare for neighborhood amenities, and Walk Score for commute times. Jumpshell was using RentMetrics, but, as Werner said, they have recently “deprecated their service,” so they merged RentMetrics with other rent data services.

Check out Jumpshell’s map here.

Dennis Keohane was a Senior Staff Writer for BetaBoston.
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