Everyone has their own priorities during their apartment search. For some, it’s all about granite countertops and top-of-the-line appliances. For others, it all boils down to cost. Other renters, however, love a different convenience: furnished, move-in ready apartments.
Though more expensive than their empty counterparts, move-in ready rentals offer a quick, easy, and stylish way to kickstart life in a new place. If you’re too busy (or too design-challenged) to outfit your own place, furnished apartments can be well worth the extra cost. And here are a few that are as fun to look at as they are easy to move into.
1. Atlanta, Georgia
Upscale apartment community near work and play
In a large metropolitan area like Atlanta, it matters where you settle. Situated between popular suburbs Druid Hills and Decatur, Gables Emory Point is an ideal rental community for someone working at or near Emory University or the CDC. Besides offering a quick commute, the neighborhood is a short walk or drive from several restaurants and retailers—including Emory Point, a food and shopping hub.
You can rent a furnished one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment there for $1,634 per month—though there are other price points available for studios and larger units. Fitness buffs will enjoy living within walking distance of Orangetheory Fitness, Pink Barre, and Empower Yoga.
2. Clearwater, Florida
Window-lined condo with ocean views
Located a safe distance from larger “spring break” cities, Clearwater is known for its top-rated, family-friendly beaches—but residents and tourists can still expect to find fun on shore as well. Once a year, jazz cats flock to the Clearwater Jazz Holiday, and every night is a party with Sunsets at Pier 60, a daily music festival featuring local musicians, vendors, and artisans.
This two-bedroom, two-bathroom condo in the Island Estate neighborhood offers beautiful ocean views and an address near the city’s best attractions. (It’s a six-minute walk from the Clearwater Aquarium.) The many shops, restaurants, and white-sand beaches of Clearwater Beach are less than 10 minutes away.
3. New Orleans, Louisiana
Charming duplex in a quiet neighborhood
New Orleans is a vibrant blend of live music, nonstop nightlife, and cross-cultural cuisine. For an idyllic retreat that’s still convenient to the Big Easy action, look no further than Marleyville – Fontainbleau. The neighborhood is filled with charming homes in a variety of architectural styles, and it is also home to Palmer Park, a neighborhood retreat that hosts a monthly arts festival.
If you like hardwood floors and a fireplace in every room, you’re sure to love this two-bedroom, one-bathroom duplex. The quiet, tree-lined street offers a peaceful alternative from New Orleans-style nightlife, but you can still find yourself on Bourbon Street in 20 minutes or less.
4. Asheville, North Carolina
Elegant apartment in a vintage home
A lively city in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is a celebration of natural beauty and fine art. The Downtown Arts District, the Basilica of Saint Lawerence, and the Biltmore Estate are other popular attractions for those who enjoy art, gardens, and architecture. Near the University of North Carolina at Asheville, the Jackson Park neighborhood is a great area for any renter looking for fun close to downtown.
This one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment offers quintessential, turn-of-the-century Southern style. In this house-turned-boutique-rental, you can pass the time drinking sweet tea on the back porch—or make the 10-minute drive into downtown Asheville and enjoy some of the city’s best restaurants and breweries.
5. San Francisco, California
Pristine, stylish apartment in SoMa
The San Francisco neighborhood of SoMa is an up-and-coming tech center in the midst of rampant growth and redesign. Formerly a warehouse district, the area is now home to big-name headquarters like Salesforce, Airbnb, Pinterest, and Dropbox—to name a few. Not that it’s just a business district; many of SoMa’s abandoned buildings and warehouses have become trendy art galleries, pubs, and coffee shops.
With a clean, modern style this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment comes with a great view of the neighborhood. It also features a sleek kitchen, but with so many great restaurants within walking distance, those countertops may stay spotless.
6. Denver, Colorado
Exposed brick heaven in the heart of downtown
Life in Denver offers big-city living without leaving the outdoor lifestyle in the burbs. This holds true even in Union Station, a bustling downtown neighborhood and transportation hub. Living in downtown Denver puts you close to some of the city’s best retail, dining, and nightlife experiences—but it’s just as easy to go fly fishing on the South Platte River. If you’d rather stay dry, head to Pigtrain Coffee for a locally-roasted brew, or meet friends at Snooze for a brunch that’s truly worth the wait.
This one-bedroom, one-bathroom loft is perfect for anyone with a heart for exposed brick, large kitchens, and downtown living. And it’s just a short walk from the many food, drink, and transportation options offered at Denver Union Station.
7. New York, New York
Updated apartment in West Village
The charming storefronts and eye-catching architecture lend West Village an intimate vibe that can be hard to find in many New York neighborhoods. Despite this relaxed atmosphere, the area is well-loved by busy New Yorkers and tourists alike—thanks to the many stylish boutiques, bars, and eateries that line its cobblestone streets. Though still a bustling city district, there’s something about West Village that makes it a welcome reprieve from the rest of the Big Apple.
“Affordable” isn’t a word one often hears in New York real estate, but where else could an already-furnished apartment have more appeal? (Just imagine carrying an IKEA coffee table down Greenwich Street.) This one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment comes ready-to-go with stylish pieces and an outdoor terrace.
8. Nashville, Tennesse
Charming cottage in tree-lined Music City suburb
In a rapidly-growing city like Nashville, it can be hard to find a spacious rental within reach of local fun. The Talbot’s Corner neighborhood is Nashville’s solution with larger, single-family rentals still just a short distance from popular areas such as 12 South, the Gulch, and downtown.
You can enjoy picket fences, cottage housing, and bright, modern style in this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house in Talbot’s Corner. Not only is this home a short commute from downtown Nashville, but it’s also near popular food joints like The Pharmacy and Mas Tacos.
9. San Diego, California
Sleek apartment in a walkable neighborhood
With its enviable climate, stunning beaches, and laid-back vibe, it’s no wonder San Diego appeals to so many. For those who enjoy an eclectic neighborhood and sticking close to the action, Hillcrest is the ideal spot. Celebrated for its diversity and as the starting point of San Diego’s annual Pride Parade, this welcoming community is known for its walkable streets that house everything from gelato shops (try Pappalecco) to wine bars.
This two-bedroom, two bathroom condo is for the renter who loves to walk everywhere. You’ll be able to walk or bike to your pick of grocery stores (including Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Sprouts), several restaurants, and the Hillcrest Farmer’s Market.
10. Austin, Texas
Modern, eclectic home made for entertaining
Celebrated for its music scene, outdoor adventure, and endless bars and restaurants, Austin is a unique multicultural hub in the Lone Star State. And Bouldin Creek, one of Austin’s oldest neighborhoods, is as fun and funky as the city itself. The streets are lined with a mix of historic and newly-constructed homes, and the location provides quick access to popular destinations such as Zilker Park and Lady Bird Lake.
Immaculately styled with quirky decor, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom house is perfect for anyone looking to become a full-blown Austinite overnight. The large backyard is the perfect spot to host a cookout. Just don’t bother with dessert, as you and your party can walk to Gordough’s for some of the best gourmet donuts in the U.S.
Originally published October 26, 2017; updated April 2, 2018.