You want a rental in the best location, with the most amenities, and the maximum square footage. Who doesn’t? But just how much apartment can you reasonably expect for under a grand? To help uncover the answer, the experts at Trulia compared apartments under $1,000 in 10 big cities across the country.
The result? No surprises here: A prime city location equals a higher rent. But communities make up for it through amplified amenities — think resort-style pools, huge walk-in closets, and, in one instance, the invitation to choose the unit’s design style. Take a look at what $1,000 gets you in some of the country’s biggest rental markets.
1. An oasis in the desert
Paradise Palms in Phoenix, AZ
Paradise Palms’ desirable location in Biltmore, one of Phoenix’s more upscale neighborhoods, makes it a prime locale for tenants. The rental community is central to many of the neighborhood’s best attractions, including Biltmore Fashion Centre (one mile away), the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club (three miles away), and Camelback Colonnade (one-half mile away). Downtown Phoenix is just over four miles to the south, but if you’d rather stay at home, you can enjoy the creature comforts of your one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment. Yours for $1,035 per month, the 1,000-square-foot pad features an open floor plan with a gourmet kitchen, energy-efficient appliances, large walk-in closets, and a private patio or balcony. Steeped in mid-century-modern style, the community delivers amenities such as two outdoor pools, a bark park, extra storage, and grilling stations.
2. A lot to like in the City of Brotherly Love
Embassy Apartments in Philadelphia, PA
With studios starting at $975 per month, Embassy Apartments is an affordable choice for those looking to live in Philadelphia’s tony Fitler Square neighborhood. Replete with quiet residential streets and brimming with charm, the neighborhood is close to two of Philly’s favorite outdoor attractions: the new Schuylkill River Trail and the (much older) Rittenhouse Square Park. That’s in addition to being near countless restaurants, coffee shops, cultural institutions, and boutiques. Keeping with the neighborhood’s historic vibe, the sun-drenched studios at Embassy Apartments feature original architectural details, like crown molding and hardwood floors.
3. Perma-vacay in the Sunshine State
Carlyle at Bartram Park in Jacksonville, FL
Complete with spouting fountains and an expansive sundeck with grills, the outdoor pool at Carlyle at Bartram Park is in line with what you’d expect from a luxury resort. In fact, curating a vacation vibe is the M.O. of this apartment community in Jacksonville, about 16 miles south of downtown. Palm trees and lush foliage decorate the landscape, and there’s even a lake in the middle of the property that’s encircled by a paved walking trail. Apartments promote R&R through spa-like soaking tubs, spacious master suites, in-unit washer-dryers, and screened-in balconies or patios. You can call dibs on all of the above for $991 per month, the starting price for a 781-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment here. Approximate driving time to the beach: about 20 minutes.
4. Chi-Town apartments close to Lake Michigan
Sutherland in Chicago, IL
The South Side Chicago neighborhood of Bronzeville is noted for its stunning Victorian-era architecture, amazing public art installations, and its role in the Harlem Renaissance. It’s also home to the Sutherland, a historic hotel-turned-luxury apartment building that plays host to 425-square-foot studio apartments. Listed for $1,035 per month, the units sport a black-and-white color scheme, with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Building amenities include a 24-hour fitness center, but if you prefer, you can break a sweat along the paved trails of Burnham Park, a 600-acre park that follows the contours of Lake Michigan. It’s less than one mile to the east.
5. Live in a local landmark
The Rice in Houston, TX
Established in 1913, the Rice Hotel accommodated its fair share of celebrities and notables over its 64-year tenure in downtown Houston. The building, now considered by many to be one of Houston’s most iconic structures, shuttered for a spell before re-emerging as The Rice, a luxury high-rise with loft-style apartments and a modern-industrial feel. For $1,044 per month, you can stake your claim to a 484-square-foot studio, decked out with quartz countertops and a glass tile backsplash. The building boasts retailers and restaurants on its first floor, while the perks of downtown Houston are just beyond the front door!
6. Bang for your buck in the Baltimore ‘burbs
Crosswinds at Rolling Road in Windsor Mill, MD
The median rental price in Baltimore of a one-bedroom apartment hovers around the $1,400 mark. But if you put down roots in Windsor Mill, a suburb about nine miles northwest of city center, you get way more bang for your buck. Case in point: You can lease a two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhome-style apartment at Crosswinds at Rolling Road for just $1,025 per month. Spread over two levels, the 920-square-foot units arrive with fully loaded eat-in kitchens, ample closet space, full-size washer-dryers, and double-sink bathroom vanities. The community offers access to I-695 and I-70 for an easy commute into Charm City, and after work, you can count on the outdoor pool, fitness center, or clubhouse for some recreation and relaxation. Rather hit the links? The Woodlands, a championship golf course managed by Baltimore County, is less than a half mile away.
7. Suites with Southern hospitality
Arbors of Brentwood
One-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments start at $970 per month at Arbors of Brentwood in suburban Nashville. Weighing in at 603 square feet, the pet-friendly units deliver all the comforts of home — think fully loaded kitchens, spacious closets, and washer-dryer hookups. As for the community itself, residents can enjoy a playground, pet park, and a newly remodeled gym, as well as tennis courts and three (!) outdoor swimming pools. School-aged tenants score access to the top-rated Williamson County Schools that make Brentwood a popular place to live among young families. What’s more, the apartment community is close to the Nashville Zoo, the CoolSprings Galleria shopping mall, and Nashville landmarks like the famous The Bluebird Cafe.
8. Peace and private patios in Portland
Clermont in Portland, OR
Private outdoor space comes standard at Clermont, a multi-building rental community about seven miles west of downtown Portland. Every unit is furnished with either a balcony or a patio, and that includes Clermont’s one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments. Available for $1,080 per month, the 727-square-foot apartments also feature twin bedroom closets, full-sized washer-dryers, and modern kitchens with a separate dining area. Clermont’s suburban location suggests a car might be necessary here, but your commute to the Nike World Headquarters (a major local employer) will only be a 10-minute drive. After work, you can unwind with some retail therapy or a movie at Cedar Hill Crossing, a massive mixed-use complex in nearby Beaverton.
9. Easy Access to Midtown Manhattan
516 W. 136th St. New York, NY 10031
Think you can’t afford an apartment in Manhattan? Consider a houseshare. For $984 per month, you can snag a comfortably-sized bedroom in a three-bedroom, one-bathroom walk-up in Hamilton Heights, a neighborhood located toward the northern end of the island. Hardwood floors and natural light can be found throughout the entire unit, while the updated kitchen and open living area will invite you to mingle with your new roomies. For city workers, midtown Manhattan can be reached in just 20 minutes. Bonus: This rental is priced below the median room for rent cost in Manhattan.
10. Take your pick in the Cornhusker State
The Conrad in Omaha, NE
At The Conrad in Omaha, residents enjoy a perk not often offered by rental communities: the ability to choose their apartment’s design aesthetic — contemporary or traditional. Both options start at $695 per month for a studio (sized between 445 and 679 square feet) and arrive with hardwood-style flooring, a full bathroom, and plenty of natural light. Another noteworthy fact about The Conrad? It’s located just a stone’s throw from the University of Nebraska Medical Center (calling all students!) in Omaha’s historic Blackstone District. This revitalized, walkable section of central Omaha is dotted with craft breweries, indie boutiques, art studios, trendy eateries, and hip businesses of similar ilk.