There’s nothing like living in the heart of a city. You’ve got endless entertainment options, the potential to bike or walk to work, plenty of opportunities to broaden your social circle, and the buzz of all that urban energy. Such a premium location, of course, means rents trend a bit higher. We’ve found seven furnished apartments for rent in great locations — you might spend a little more on rent, but you you’ll save thousands on furniture.
Chic 1-bedroom in the Dallas Arts District: $1,603/month, Gables Park 17 in Dallas, TX
The rental market in Dallas has gone from up-and-coming to white-hot in the blink of an eye. And it doesn’t get any hotter than the Oak Park neighborhood, the cultural epicenter of the city. Case in point: the sheer number of museums and galleries within a half-mile radius of this one-bedroom, 796-square-foot apartment at Gables Park 17. There’s the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Fashion Industry Gallery, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the Samurai Collection. The apartment is furnished accordingly, with trendy but comfortable pieces. Enjoy a glass of wine with friends in your sleek dining room before heading downstairs to Stampede 66, a restaurant that artfully elevates classic Texas fare (the margaritas are especially sublime). Afterward, it’s an easy 10-minute walk to the American Airlines Arena, where you can catch a giant stadium show by your favorite musician. Bonus: The trolley system is a few blocks away, making for a very stylish commute.
A stylish high-rise in the Mile High City: $2,125/month, 891 14th St. #1905 in Denver, CO
Business is booming in Denver: The city boasts one of the country’s lowest unemployment rates. But it’s not just about opportunity here. New residents are attracted to the laid-back lifestyle and near-constant sunshine in the Mile High City. Consider the range of entertainment options nestled right in the convention center district, where you’ll find this 758-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment at the high-rise SPIRE. Unlike other convention center districts, Denver’s doesn’t shut down at 6 p.m. After work, you can take in a performance at Temple Hoyne Buell Theatre, catch a big-name comic at Comedy Works, or grab one of the best Neapolitan-style pizzas in the city across the street at Pizza Republic. Need to unwind? Stay in your industrial-chic apartment and enjoy floor-to-ceiling views of the city and mountains from the comfort of a luxe leather sofa.
Amenity-packed in Boston: $2,469/month, Ink Block in Boston, MA
The South End is to Boston what Brooklyn is to New York, NY. Popular with creatives and young professionals, here’s where you’ll find trendy shops, interesting galleries, and, of course, Whole Foods Market. If walking down from your perch at the Ink Block Apartments to buy organic goodies seems inconvenient, you’re in luck: Whole Foods offers delivery service to the building’s residents. Upstairs, your Instagram-ready, 546-square-foot, studio apartment comes with even more perks, like a 24/7 concierge that can arrange dry cleaning and car detailing services.
A North Beach 1-bedroom in San Francisco: $2,695/month, 382 Green St. #A in San Francisco, CA
Falling in love with San Francisco is easy. So it’s no wonder demand for apartments is high, especially in trendy neighborhoods like The Mission. While the downtown district used to be passed over for its lack of nightlife, now the neighborhood is known for everything from taquerias to beer gardens. Walk two blocks up Green Street from your 400-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment, and you’ll find everything you need for a great Saturday night. Start at the Church Key, a laid-back bar with a great beer selection. From here, you’ve got your pick of great Italian restaurants, or hang a left down Grant Avenue to legendary Chinatown. Or just call in a pizza order from legendary North Beach Pizza and munch from the comfort of your furnished apartment. Designed in soothing hues of blue and white, it’s your own little corner of calm.
Breathtaking views in the Big Apple: $2,960/month, Columbus Square in New York, NY
New York, NY, is so bustling that each neighborhood really feels like its own downtown district. That’s even true of the Upper West Side, which has long been popular with families and those seeking glimpses of old New York. Columbus Square is a neighborhood where you can still find a classic diner, like Metro Diner on Broadway and 100th, just a few blocks east of this 414-square-foot studio apartment. It’s also a walker’s paradise — you won’t have to take a subway to find a decent supermarket or a spot to relax. (Central Park is two blocks away!) This warm, modern studio also has something you won’t find easily at this price: breathtaking floor-to-ceiling views that would usually cost much more.
An airy 1-bedroom stunner in Seattle: $2,980/month, 1425 Western Ave. #S301 in Seattle, WA
Something’s always happening in downtown Seattle. Residents enjoy a great community vibe and plethora of local shops while living next to landmarks like the Gum Wall and the Pike Place Fish Market. Just outside the Hillclimb Court (where you’ll find this well-designed one-bedroom apartment), you can meet up with neighbors at the comfy brewpub Seattle Beer Co. or pick up some back issues at the legendary comic shop Golden Age Collectables. The latter is located in the iconic 9-acre Pike Place Market, a daily market that might inspire you to upgrade your cooking game. We can’t think of a better place to practice your skills than in the modern kitchen of this light-filled, 530-square-foot apartment.
Wow-worthy converted warehouse in L.A.: $4,400/month, 530 S. Hewitt St. in Los Angeles, CA
Downtown Los Angeles is filled with surprises. You’ll walk past what appears to be an old garage but will turn out to be The Chairman, one of the best places for Chinese bao buns, or you’ll see what appears to be a shipping container but is actually Shreebs Coffee, one of the many awesome places to grab coffee in your neighborhood. Converted warehouses are home to chic boutiques, curated marketplaces, and very nice apartments — like this spacious 1,000-square-foot, one-bedroom that comes furnished to match the luxe-industrial style of the neighborhood. Located in a renovated building that dates back to 1966, this pad has it all, from a pool to gorgeous city views.