You seem to have gotten some agents fired up here, showing some passion, which can be a good thing. As someone who has lived on both the east and west coast, perhaps I can add a little more insight. In fact, I lived in a 750 sq ft apartment complex in NYC for over 10 years and that rent was over 2K/month and this was in the "inexpensive part of town" and had zero views..one could argue that is insane, although compared to what everything else was going for, it was actually quite reasonable.
When looking at the rent for a place, it is important to understand what the unit would go for as a resale on the open market. From there, you can assess what the monthly payments would be and then compare that with the rent being charged. This should give you an idea whether or not it is reasonable or insane. Taken by itself, $3600/month for a 1 bedroom appears pricey, but everything needs to be taken into consideration. Ultimately, the market will dictate what it is worth. Remember, if there is a willing party who will pay what they are asking, then it's not so insane after all.
Perhaps the individual in the photos is checking it out to see if it's really worth it???? Admittedly, the pictures do not shed the best light on this place.
Finally,, to support Debbie, New Jersey is the "Garden State" for a reason and there are very nice parts to it. Yes, it does not help to have some of those reality shows, nor does it help having to fly into Newark and merely seeing that immediate surrounding area.
By the way, there's no real reason to bash any state, as each place holds it own appeal to every individual who lives there. Yes, San Diego is America's Finest City for a reason, but it's not the only great place to live.
Chad Basinger, REALTORÂ®, CPA, CFPÂ®