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Where Would You Take Your $2.5K? Five Rentals Duke it Out

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Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a dive into the options available for a certain price point in various neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another persons's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $2500/month.

? The first entrant in this week's duel for your dollars is a modest two bedroom in Rittenhouse Square. You're paying for location, so this place is fairly small, and doesn't offer the whole host of bells and whistles that can be had for the same price elsewhere. However, extensive built-ins grace the walls, and you can't go wrong with an ornamental fireplace (or at least, you can't start a fire in one.) If you're into cooking, you might want to skip this one: the slender fridge and the only semi-pictured stove,(it's probably one of the minature ones), suggest a very abbreviated kitchen. Rent is $2400 per month.

? Travel to Old City, and you'll find this 2 bedroom in Old City. Though it's a bit pricey for the neighborhood, the apartment is fairly large (1350 sq ft), and includes both a private deck and balcony. At least one of the bedrooms has exposed brick, and the other has a skylight and an exposed wood ceiling. The listing also mentions central air and a washer and dryer in the apartment. The rent is $2600 per month.

? A three bedroom house in Manayunk offers tons of space and nearly every imaginable amenity for roughly the same price. The lease on offer only has six months left, so you'd better take advantage of the enormous bathroom, spacious eat-in kitchen, and charming balcony quickly. Even better, the orange chairs will probably be gone by the time you get there. Rent is $2475 per month.

? If you're stuck on luxury waterfront penthouse living (and you're not into historic charm or being in the thick of the city), here's a glass curtain loft apartment to suit your tastes. The listing even puts the name of the building, "The Penthouses", in 36 point font, so you know that it is both classy and important. It does have two bedrooms, and include access to a rooftop terrace and private garage parking. It's located in something of a no-man's-land, but the river views might make up for that. Rent is $2405 per month.

? Finally, Pennsport can offer what none of the other neighborhoods can: a five bedroom house. Though it may not be the most conveniently located if you work in Center City, it does include ornate counter supports, and at least two (but possibly three!) crystal(line) chandeliers. The square footage is unspecified, but with five bedrooms and three baths, it's got to be 1,500 at the very least. There's also a bright orange laundry room. Rent is $2,595 per month.

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