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Philly Rent: What $800 Rents You Right Now

From a Victorian garret in Roxborough to a no frills studio in Center City

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: $800/month.


Roxborough (2 beds, 1 bath)—"Unusual" might be the best word for this attic apartment in an old Victorian house. A complicated roofline makes standing an iffy prospect in certain spots, like the bathtub. But with large yard space, and a location that’s close to Main Street in Manayunk, this nook may be just the thing for $800 month. Heat is included.

Walnut Hill (2 beds, 1 bath)—For a bit more, ($850/month), this unit has a separate living room, kitchen, and two bedrooms. There are stainless steel appliances in a kitchen work area that is a bit small, though there is plenty of space to add a table. It's a straight shot down Chestnut Street to the University of Pennsylvania, or you can take the Market Street trains from two blocks away.

Center City East (studio, 1 bath)—You get one window, and no frills inside the main room of this apartment, but the $840/month rent does put you within three blocks of City Hall, Milk Boy, Barbuzzo’s Mediterranean restaurant, El Vez’s hip Mexican food, Sampan’s pan-Asian restaurant, and maybe a hundred other spots. The building offers a fitness center, 24-hour desk service and shared laundry. And you can bring a cat for company.

East Oak Lane (1 bed, 1 bath)—This large one-bedroom apartment is located on the edge of Northeast Philadelphia. It’s got that pod-like suburban complex layout, but it features an open floor plan and a private terrace, which looks onto outdoor common areas that include a large swimming pool. The apartment is just across the street from the Olney Playground and in the backyard of Toocany Creek Park.

North Philadelphia (1 bed, 1 bath)—"Functional" is probably the right word for this apartment. The kitchen may not have the classic "work triangle" design, but it is recently updated. And you may have to traverse a long hallway to move between rooms, but there is a decent amount of space (795 square feet) for the $800/month rent. Plus, it’s very close to Temple University, and only three blocks from Broad Street.