For the price of a high-quality sofa, you could rent a whole apartment in an awesome neighborhood.
It’s worth investing in a quality couch that’ll offer stylish support — someday. But if you’re more focused on lifestyle than investing in furniture for your pad, you might be surprised at what your furniture money can get you. Curious? Here are some rentals with monthly rates hovering in the $1,500-to-$2,000 range, about the price of a higher-quality sofa.
Low-key cool: $1,455/month, Cook Street Apartments in Portland, OR
Attracted by the relaxed culture, eclectic entertainment options, and a stunning setting, people are moving to Portland. This one-bedroom apartment in the vibrant North Portland neighborhood presents the perfect case study for the population boom. It’s right around the corner from bustling North Williams Avenue, a district with cool cafes, bookshops, and boutiques. The neighborhood’s walkable and bikeable, so your car can happily stay in the access-controlled garage on-site. Pick up dinner with locally sourced ingredients from nearby New Seasons Market Williams. Once home, dine while drinking in the scenery framed by the large windows (the open floor plan gives every room a great view). Then hang with your neighbors at the rooftop lounge, which feels like a trendy boutique hotel.
Peace and quiet near The Strip: $1,560/month, SW in Las Vegas, NV
Las Vegas is more than just The Strip. Take Sovana, a quiet neighborhood filled with beautiful Spanish-style houses and home to the resortlike SW community. While the apartment community feels worlds away from all the Vegas action, it’s only a few blocks from the bright lights. The bright, open rooms let in the desert sun, showing off the stylish limed finish of the floor and cabinets. Common areas have a luxe, minimalist feel, from the contemporary seating in the on-site movie theater to the sleek lounges by the large pool.
Downtown convenience, small-city character: $1,680/month, Point On Scott in Decatur, GA
Although it’s just down the road from Atlanta, GA, Decatur isn’t your average suburb. It’s a forward-thinking city of 19,000 that combines the best of the big city with an easygoing small-town atmosphere. Try chic eateries, adorable homes, and unique citywide activities, like a beach party complete with inflatable slides that happens every June. This two-bedroom apartment is right in the heart of it all, boasting super-luxe features like Carrara quartz, rain showerheads, and Jacuzzi tubs. But there are a few quirky perks that give Point On Scott personality. CrossFit rooms and an outdoor hammock lounge, anyone?
Rocky Mountain high style: $1,795/month, Monaco Row in Denver, CO
There’s opportunity galore in Denver’s Southmoor Park neighborhood. Home of the Denver Tech Center (DTC), the neighborhood attracts well-known companies and startups. The DTC is also home to this techie-friendly complex, designed for maximum relaxation in a stylish atmosphere. From your spacious two-bedroom apartment, unwind with windows that frame jaw-dropping views of the Rocky Mountains. The vista is especially nice from the rooftop pool and hot tub.
Industrial vibes: $1,830/month, Accent Waterworks in Atlanta, GA
Bring your pups to this pet-friendly, two-bedroom apartment, located in Atlanta’s new Westside Provisions District. The area has recently bloomed as a shopping destination that puts indie boutiques alongside more familiar upscale names like Design Within Reach. However, there’s substance behind the style thanks to the development of the Atlanta BeltLine, a former railway corridor that’s been reimagined as gorgeous mixed-use trails. What better way to work out with Fido? Accent Waterworks takes inspiration from the industrial-chic vibe of the neighborhood, from the building’s lofty common areas to the reclaimed wood-inspired flooring within the units.
Oasis by the beach: $1,835/month, Quiet Waters at Coquina Lakes in Deerfield Beach, FL
Enjoy the beach escape of your dreams at this three-bedroom apartment that’s steps away from a palm-lined pool. You’ll definitely need the room for visitors, because this community is close to a fantastic array of things to do. For one, it’s right around the corner from a host of eateries and shopping along West Hillsboro Boulevard, including the state-of-the-art theater, Cinepolis, a local favorite. However, a quick drive takes you to Boca Raton, Palm Beach, and Miami, plus all the beach communities in between. This really is your ticket to paradise.
SoCal chic: $1,905/month, Solazzo Apartments Homes in La Jolla, CA
The Solazzo Apartments are in a prime location. They’re near the I-5 freeway and the beaches of La Jolla Shores, a haven for surfers and sunbathers alike. (Plus, that all-important benefit of being right around the corner from Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods.) But staying in has its perks! For your sofa budget, you can get a roomy one-bedroom in a newly remodeled building with stainless steel appliances. Did we mention the two on-site spas?
Vintage charm: $1,909/month, PE Lofts in Los Angeles, CA
Downtown Los Angeles has become the hottest neighborhood in the region as its edgier venues increase in popularity. Take the vintage movie house turned venue Regent Theater DTLA, the indie book and record store The Last Bookstore, and the Art Deco dance hall Exchange LA. Located in the stunning Pacific Electric Building, built in 1905, the apartment feels extra roomy thanks to the huge windows overlooking downtown. Although you’re in the center of it all, homebodies will love climbing down the lobby’s marble double staircase to the on-site mini-library, or relaxing with their pup at the dog park.
Commuter’s delight: $1,987/month, 1 Kennedy Flats in Danbury, CT
Living outside the New York, NY, area has its perks, and more space for your money is one of them. This two-bedroom apartment may have a city-sleek design, but its roomy floor plan and high-end features would be unthinkable at this price in a bigger city. Think: a spa-inspired bathroom and a chef’s kitchen. Here, you’re around the corner from the Metro-North rail station, and it’s a short drive to the municipal airport. But chances are, you’ll want to stay close by. Eclectic eateries are in easy walking distance, and so is the highly rated Danbury Public Library (which has a recording studio!). And yes, unlike renters in the city, you do get your own parking space.