What Does $1,500 In Rent Get You Around The Country?

I’m a real estate junkie and as I miserably dish out over $1,500/month for rent in Manhattan (WITH roommates), I can’t help but jealously check out the other places in the country to see the kind of life I could possibly have if I lived there. Yes, I know, I probably wouldn’t make enough money to afford $1,500/month rent if I didn’t live in NYC, and I know that different neighborhoods offer different conveniences and amenities that can’t always be compared in rental price (aka $1,500 on the Upper East Side will get you a whole lot more than in SoHo), but here are the basic differences in what you’ll get across the country.

The search criteria:

  • As close to $1,500/month as possible (the only 2 cities where this posed difficult –as I’m sure is to be expected– were New York and San Francisco.)
  • Comparably nice neighborhoods within the actual city (no suburbs)
  • Photos as legit as possible (ie. tried to steer clear of model apartments, professional photography – some fall closer than others but overall I think the photos are pretty accurate depictions)
  • Apartments/condos only

Even though as a New Yorker I’ve always known I’m being assaulted by my rent, actually putting pen to paper with this exercise left me heartbroken and full of self-loathing. Enjoy.

Midtown West, Manhattan (Studio)

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East Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Studio)

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Center City, Philadelphia (1-Bedroom)

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Atlanta, Georgia (1-Bedroom)

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Uptown, Dallas, Texas (1-bedroom)

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Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, California (1-bedroom)

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Gold Coast, Chicago, IL (1-bedroom)

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Point Loma, San Diego, CA (1-bedroom)

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Nashville, TN (2-bedroom)

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South Beach, Miami, FL (1-bedroom)

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Charleston, SC (2-bedroom)

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Seattle, Washington (1-bedroom)

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Downtown Phoenix, Arizona (2-bedroom)

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Pacific Heights, San Francisco, CA (Studio)

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St. Louis, MO (2-bedroom townhouse)

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Chelsea, Boston, MA (1-bedroom)

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Georgetown, Washington D.C. (1-Bedroom)

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Downtown Denver, Colorado (1-bedroom)

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