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Philly Rent: What $2,000 Rents You Right Now

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From a house in historic Germantown to a glassy University City 1BD unit

Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a dive into the options available for a certain price point in various neighborhoods. Is one person's loft another person's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $2,000/month.

Germantown (5 beds, 2.5 baths) — Besides a few modern kitchen appliances, this furnished house is classic old world Germantown. The vintage baths and Art Deco kitchen harken back to past glories, but there’s present day appeal, too. Shopping on Chelten Avenue is around the corner, and it’s an even shorter walk to the National Historic Landmark District of Historic Rittenhouse Town and the trails of Wissahickon Valley Park.

University City (1 bed, 1 bath)—651 square feet may not seem like much for this price point, but these new apartments in the newly built 3737 Chestnut building have some extras to help make up for it. New finishes, and views through floor-to-ceiling glass walls for one, plus a lounge for residents, a fitness center with views, and a roof deck with, oh yeah, views. Being just two blocks from the University of Pennsylvania may not hurt either.

Fairmount (2 beds, 2.5 baths) — This bi-level apartment features space (1,800 square feet) and comfortable updates, like a large kitchen with marble counters, hardwood floors, and decent-sized bedrooms. The more well-known haunts in Fairmount or the Art Museum areas are slightly longer walks, but eateries like Rybrew for sandwiches and beer are close by.

Callowhill (2 beds, 1 bath)—This 1,300-square-foot apartment features a modern kitchen and bath, an open plan living room, and newly installed floors. For $2,000/month the place also comes with one fenced-in parking space. But the flashiest thing of all might be the wraparound views from the rooftop deck.

Rittenhouse ( 1 bed, 1 bath ) — At 1,000 square feet, with high ceilings and large windows, this one bedroom boasts size. And just one block from Rittenhouse Square Park, that’s not so easy to come by. The modern, airy kitchen, bright living room, and classic hardwood floors and mantle pieces seem to fit the neighborhood, which is quite close indeed.