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Philly Rent: What $1,050 Rents Right Now

From a 1920s-era one-bedroom in East Falls to a rowhouse in Mayfair

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: $1,050/month.

East Falls (1 bed, 1 bath)—The 38-acre Alden Park Apartments were once the home of Princess Grace Kelly. For $1,040/month the one-bedroom units here aren’t quite that grand, but they do feature new kitchens and bathrooms as part of an ongoing $60 million renovation project that will also bring an outdoor pool, tennis courts, a new fitness room, and a dog park.

Washington Square West (Studio, 1 bath)—This is the basic level studio at Walnut Square Apartments, and it’s got that kind of feel with the tight, capsule-like kitchen. But it does offer a comparatively spacious and separate living/bedroom. It’s is around the corner from the Avenue of the Arts, and close to lots of restaurants, like upscale vegan dining at Vedge.

Mayfair (3 beds, 1 bath)—For a bit more, this entire row house offers spacious rooms with carpeted floors, and a basement garage around back for $1,060/month. The kitchen is simple, but recently updated, and the bath is small, but offers a full tub/shower unit. This Northeast Philly house is only two blocks from Roosevelt Boulevard, near Oxford Avenue.

Melrose (1 bed, 2 bath)—This second-floor unit is several tight South Philly blocks from public transportation at Broad and Oregon, and the athletic fields of Marconi Plaza. It has a spacious kitchen and eat-in area, and good-sized bedroom and bath. There is no off-street parking with the unit, but once you do get there, the second story back deck offers distant views of Center City.

Germantown ( 3 beds, 1.5 baths )—This house is on a tree-lined block of row homes that’s close to the public victorian gardens of Awbury Arboretum, the community gardens and greenhouses of Awbury Agricultural Village, as well as the Chestnut Hill West Line. It’s not a flashy part of town, but the house has a newly renovated kitchen and bright wood floors, and at 1,536 square feet, it offers lots of personal space.