Sure, you could spend $1,000 to pay off a credit card, take a much-needed vacation, or put a down payment on a car. But if you’d rather spend that cash on a space of your very own, here’s what you can afford across the U.S. right now! These nine pads rent for about $1,000 per month, from a one-bedroom apartment for rent in Houston, TX, to a studio apartment in Philadelphia, PA.
Art Deco apartment: $930/month, Garden Court Plaza in Philadelphia, PA
This studio apartment in Philly’s University City neighborhood comes with amenities like a rooftop garden, an attached parking garage, 24-hour front desk, and a dog park. Your unit in a historic Art Deco building boasts hardwood floors and large windows. Plus, you’ll be close to the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the famous Schuylkill River.
Sportsman’s paradise: $990/month, IMT Deer Valley in Phoenix, AZ
This West Phoenix community is big on perks, including two sand volleyball courts, three swimming pools, and a six-hole putting green. Units at Deer Valley have walk-in closets, modern kitchens, and built-in desks. You’re a short walk from Deer Valley Towne Center, where you can snag a sweet-potato-and-greens breakfast bowl at Wildflower Bread Co. or end your day over veggie pizza at Fired Pie.
Home run: $1,015/month, Cornelia & Stratford in Chicago, IL
A studio apartment less than five blocks from Wrigley Field? Sign us up! Even if you’re not a Cubs fan, living here has its perks, including spacious closets, hardwood floors, and historic architectural details. Plus, you’ll have easy access to the Lakeview neighborhood’s great food, from the walk-up “frites” window at Wood to kimchee and fried chicken at Crisp.
Resort-style amenities: $1,045/month, Retreat At McAlpine Creek in Charlotte, NC
The Retreat At McAlpine Creek takes community living to a new level thanks to its location on 42 acres with a grilling area, children’s playground, tennis court, and fitness center. A one-bedroom, 767-square-foot apartment costs less than a grand and is close to I-485, I-77, and Independence Expressway. You also get easy access to two of the area’s best malls and the dining and shopping in Ballantyne. Units include oversized closets, new flooring, built-ins, and in-unit washer and dryer.
Universal appeal: $1,075/month, NorthBridge at Millenia Lake in Orlando, FL
Minutes from Universal Studios, a one-bedroom, 856-square-foot apartment at NorthBridge at Millenia Lake includes luxe touches such as vaulted ceilings, spacious closets, and an oversized tub. Residents can take advantage of the community’s two pools, virtual fitness center, and two exercise studios. Best yet, the community has its own town center with quick-dining and snack options. And it’s minutes from The Mall at Millenia, home to high-end brands like Gucci and Salvatore Ferragamo.
Wide open spaces: $1,083/month, Grand River Canyon in Colorado Springs, CO
Love the great outdoors? A one-bedroom, 825-square-foot apartment at Grand River Canyon lands you right in the middle of it. Spend a day hiking 13-mile Barr Trail on iconic Pikes Peak (about an hour’s drive). Or unwind afterward at the complex’s on-site pool before heading home to your unit with 9-foot ceilings and a gourmet kitchen. Commuters will have easy access to nearby I-25 and can relax off-hours at Colorado Springs town center. Sample a pint (or two) of Colorado’s finest craft beers at gastropubs like Red Leg Brewing Company and Great Storm Brewery.
Studio in the city: $1,100/month, Hollywood Off-Vine in Los Angeles, CA
Imagine living a few blocks from Sunset and Santa Monica boulevards, with easy access to downtown LA. Look no further than this studio apartment at Hollywood Off-Vine. The pet-friendly apartment includes stainless steel appliances and granite or quartz countertops. Iconic Los Angeles is in walking distance! Take in a concert at the Art Deco Hollywood Palladium or a movie at the ArcLight Hollywood. The community is a few short miles from the shops and restaurants at The Grove, where you can grab fresh California produce from the farmers market.
Close to everything: $1,103/month, Tiburon in Houston, TX
You’re 30 minutes from downtown Houston at the pet-friendly Tiburon apartments. A two-bedroom, 895-square-foot apartment here offers convenient access to the Sam Houston Beltway and Route 290. Plus, you’ll be minutes from 30-plus shops and restaurants at the Willowbrook Mall. Take in a night of horse racing at the nearby Sam Houston Race Track (less than a 10-minute drive from home) or enjoy the pool, grilling area, and resident clubhouse right on the property at Tiburon.
Sleek in the South: $1,155/month, Gables 820 West in Atlanta, GA
A furnished one-bedroom apartment at Gables 820 West sets you back just north of a grand a month. Along with your unit’s industrial-chic design, high ceilings, built-ins, and hardwood floors, you can enjoy the saltwater pool, shuffleboard court, billiards lounge, and outdoor theater. Plus, you’ll be near major highways and less than 5 miles from downtown Atlanta, where you can visit the World of Coca-Cola, see orchids in bloom at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, and sip rare tequilas at Agave. Closer to home, head to Antico, just 1 mile away, for a slice of spicy diavola pizza.