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Philly Rent: What $1,300 Rents Right Now

From a 3-bedroom unit in Kensington to a carriage house in Mt. Airy

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: $1,300/month.

Mt. Airy (1 bed, 1 bath)—This renovated carriage house only boasts 1980s updates, and the kitchen looks a little small, but the overall charm may make up for it. The private patio and yard are bonuses, too. It’s just a block from the Mt. Airy Train Station and the Chestnut Hill East line, and a short walk through tree-lined streets to the center of Mt. Airy.

Rittenhouse Square ( studio, 1 bath ) —This 400-square-foot apartment is the smallest unit on this week’s list, but for $1,295/month it puts you only a few blocks from Rittenhouse Square and all the shopping, style and status that surround it. The kitchen is small, but open to the main living space. You’re on your own for parking, but it’s close to buses on Walnut Street.

Kensington (3 beds, 2 baths)—This third-floor apartment offers large rooms, a new kitchen, and two newly updated baths with neo-angle glass showers. It’s also really close to the Market-Frankford Line. In fact, it looks like you can see the El speeding past the dining room window. Rent is $1,250/month.

Manayunk ( 1 bed, 1 bath )—For $1,325/month this house is small, and there may be trouble getting bedroom furniture up the narrow staircase to that bedroom, but there are definite perks to consider, like the private porch, landscaped garden, and location. It’s just two blocks from Main Street and not far from the Manayunk Bridge trail. Plus there’s a garage, which is like hitting the lottery in this hilly neighborhood.

Graduate Hospital (studio, 1 bath) — At 434 square feet, this ground-floor apartment may not be as big as all the heavens, but it offers new kitchen and bath finishes, a vaulted ceiling, and wood floors and stained glass from its past life as the Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Parish. There's also laundry in-unit, AC, and a dishwasher—amenities you wouldn't necessarily expect in a small unit like this.