These homes prove how much more you can get for your money outside the country’s priciest rental market.
San Francisco continues to reign as one of the most, if not the most expensive rental markets in the U.S.
Just how pricey is it, really? Consider these six homes currently for rent across the country, all priced at about the going rate of a studio apartment in San Francisco. (Based on Trulia rental listings from January 1 to July 31, 2015, the median rental price for a studio apartment is about $2,300 per month.)
1. $2,450 in Nashville, TN
This three-bed, two-bath home was built just two years ago and has the modern amenities to prove it — granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, gas fireplace, a tankless water heater, and other energy-saving features.
The covered nook out front would make the perfect spot for an alfresco breakfast, but when you feel like getting out, it’s just a 20-minute walk to the shops and eateries along Eastland Avenue, the central artery of the artsy, laid-back enclave of East Nashville.
2. $2,950 in Dallas, TX
Built in 1920, this three-bed, two-bath home’s lush, shady yard brings the curb appeal. The gated driveway leads to a two-car garage, and the bonus room tucked behind is perfect for storage, an art studio, or gym space.
Out back, a pergola-covered patio forms the centerpiece of the yard, where you can make the most of long summer nights and mild Dallas winters with a fire pit and outdoor kitchen.
The interior has plenty going for it too, considering the new wood floors, gourmet kitchen with farmhouse sink, updated master bath, and full-sized washer and dryer.
3. $2,095 in Raleigh, NC
Nestled in Longview Gardens, just east of downtown Raleigh, this three-bed, two-bath home boasts a ton of upgrades, from the granite countertops in the kitchen to refinished hardwood and slate floors throughout. Wood-burning fireplaces, built-ins, and a classic formal dining room let the original character of the space shine through. As a bonus, rent includes lawn care provided by the homeowner to keep the spacious, tree-lined yard in shape.
4. $3,000 in Atlanta, GA
This two-bed, two-bath charmer sits one block from the BeltLine on the Midtown/Virginia Highlands border. Spend evenings sipping lemonade on the porch swing, whipping up a meal in the well-appointed kitchen, or soaking in the sunken jet tub. Other beautiful yet functional touches that really make this home a showstopper include white granite countertops and slate flooring in the kitchen, built-in wine racks framing the dining room, and stainless steel appliances.
5. $2,500 in Houston, TX
On one of the most desired streets in Houston’s Greater Heights, this two-bed, one-bath bungalow welcomes visitors with a vine-covered pergola out front. It’s a quick two-block stroll to pick up the Heights Bike & Hike Trail, a popular spot for cycling and jogging.
Inside, large windows, along with a set of interior French doors, flood the home with plenty of natural light. The 1,136-square-foot rental also includes a spacious backyard and a cozy front porch.
6. $2,200 in Groton, MA
About 30 minutes from both Nashua, NH, and Worcester, MA you’ll find the historic 19th-century enclave Farmer’s Row, home to this three-bed, one-and-a-half-bath Victorian farmhouse. Aside from its quaint curb appeal and expansive lot, the property boasts conveniences like on-site laundry and a garage.
The home is a 10-minute walk to Main Street, the central artery in this small town that hosts the National Shepley Hill Horse Trials, an annual equestrian competition. Fittingly, for an extra $200 a month, equine enthusiasts can get access to stalls with room for one to three horses right on-site.