Choosing an affordable place to live can allow you the occasional indulgence, like, say, the new iPhone X. If you’ve just got to have one, we’ve found some affordable apartments that can help you weather the high price of the year’s must-have gadget. In fact, we’ve gone one step further: These apartments all have a monthly rent that’s lower than the cost of one shiny new iPhone.
10 Apartments Cheaper Than an iPhone X
1. Las Vegas, Nevada
Urban oasis on S. Casino Center Boulevard
Don’t let the name of the street mislead you. This tidy, two-bedroom, one bathroom rental isn’t among the casinos. It’s in the Arts District, which is one of the trendiest neighborhoods in Las Vegas and is nearby the city’s thriving downtown. Here, you’ll find a smattering of galleries, coffee shops, and restaurants that feel more like something you’d find in Los Angeles than one of the biggest tourist hubs in the country. Rents start to climb the closer you get to the action of downtown, but bargains can still be found on the more residential blocks. Here, you’ll enjoy more of a neighborhood vibe than you’d find among the glitzier high-rises. In this charming bungalow-style gated community, you can get to know your neighbors in the nicely landscaped common areas.
2. Lincoln, Nebraska
For the biggest bang for your rental buck, you can’t beat Lincoln, Nebraska. The midwestern city has seriously low-cost living, which means you can find plenty of apartments for under $1,000, apartments that are more spacious than you’d find in other cities. This 688-square-foot one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment at Ashbrook by Broadmoor is a great example. (Want to save even more? Opt for the 576-square-foot studio in the same building at $755 per month.) The one-bedroom unit has 9-foot ceilings, walk-in closets, a roomy kitchen with high-end finishes, and a spa-like bathroom with an oval soaking tub. It also puts you conveniently near shopping, parks, and downtown Lincoln. Though the city is more low-key than, say, Seattle, the affordability could give you a higher quality of life for your budget.
3. Charlotte, North Carolina
Relaxing commuter pad on Fishers Farm Lane
Set on 42 acres of scenic land, the Retreat at McAlpine lives up to its name. The vibe is resort-like, thanks to the large pool with stylish lounge chairs, tennis court, and grills. A one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment here starts at $839, and larger units (including two bedroom layouts) can be found just under the $1,000 mark depending on the floor plan and lease. Next to the lovely grounds, the best feature might be the location. It’s right near the major highways through Charlotte, making this an excellent choice for commuters who are attracted to the area for its job growth and opportunities. After all, Charlotte has the fourth-fastest job growth in the country, according to 2016.
4. East Hartford, Connecticut
Country setting on Nutmeg Lane
The Northeast is notorious for its high rents. But Hartford and the surrounding area is perhaps one of the most affordable cities in the region, and the city has a great job market, particularly for those who work in the insurance industry. (Hartford is headquarters for a number of insurance companies.) Rents start a little under $1,000, which can easily get you a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment in the Woodcliff Estates community. Though it’s located right off of I-84 (which can take you up to Boston or down to New Haven) and near all the shopping you need, the grounds have a park-like feel. You’ll enjoy two tennis courts, a sand volleyball court, a swimming pool, expansive fitness center, and dog run. It’s pretty safe to say that these are amenities that would set you back way, way more in any other nearby city.
5. Nashville, Tennessee
Convenient pad on Plus Park Boulevard
An apartment in the trendy Nashville Arts District will definitely set you back—rents typically hover in the $1,500 range. But if you don’t mind being a quick drive away from all the action, you will find much more wallet-friendly rents so you can actually have money left at the end of the month to enjoy the city’s extensive entertainment options. Located a mere five miles from the Arts District are The Willow Grove Apartments. Here, you’ll find one-bedroom apartments that start at $874, with the typical amenities of larger complexes—a pool, a fitness center, a grill area.
6. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Industrial-chic studio on N. Harvey Avenue
Like Lincoln, Oklahoma City has a low cost of living that would make any coastal city-dweller instantly jealous. Though you can find even lower-priced apartments farther from the city center, the downtown location of the Park Harvey building is pretty hard to beat. Here, you can find a studio for $800, a price that includes utilities. Though the trendy, industrial details of the resident lounge and common areas of the building may not be for everyone, the apartment interiors have a more traditional feel thanks to neutral carpets and wood cabinets. The Park Harvey is also in a great location, walking distance from Myriad Gardens (a botanical garden that offers summer concerts and free classes), Civic City Music Hall, and all kinds of interesting eateries.
7. Detroit, Michigan
High-design studio on Woodward Avenue
Think your budget won’t allow for such luxuries as a 24/7 concierge? Then head to The Scott at Brush Park, a new high-end building in the heart of Detroit. Here, you can get a studio for $949 a month, which gives you access to the four-season outdoor lounge and spa, private reading room, dog park, rooftop terrace, and high-end fitness center. What more could you ask for?
8. Cleveland, Ohio
Super high-end studio on Euclid Avenue
Your rental dollars go a bit further in Cleveland, where you can get a downtown studio in the historic Statler Arms building with Lake Erie views for under $1,000. Though there are bargains throughout the city, this particular building is special for its impressive features. There’s the gorgeous, marble-floored lobby that has its own coffee shop and patisserie, a game room and lounge that looks like a room from an English manor, a fitness center, and rooftop deck. Studios start at $793 and have been updated with gourmet kitchens, washer/dryers, and versatile layouts. You won’t find this kind of luxury for the price anywhere else.
9. Austin, Texas
An apartment under $1,000 in downtown Austin is going to be a tough one to find. Instead, try the Tarrytown neighborhood, an upscale area a few minutes from downtown that still has cool bars and restaurants. Norwalk Rentals offer relative bargains, with one-bedrooms starting at $950. Though cozy at 447-square-feet, the efficient layout maximizes space. And you’ll have access to the community garden, pool, and parking.
10. Dallas, Texas
Stylish hideaway on Maple Avenue
The Uptown neighborhood of Dallas is very in-demand with a thriving food scene, interesting galleries, and plenty of shopping. It’s also very walkable, something that can be a little hard to find in Dallas. On top of all that, Uptown is right near downtown, which really expands your nightlife options. In other words, demand can make it pricey to live here. But for $850 or $900, you can get a studio in Maple Terrace, a stylish building that offers a pet park and pool. The only difference between the two is in space: The lower-priced studio is 389 square feet, while the higher-priced studio is 425 square feet.
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