Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a dive into the options available for a certain price point in various neighborhoods. Since the warm weather is here for awhile, we looked for rentals that embraced the outdoors in some way. Is one person's loft with an outdoor balcony another person's townhouse with a pocket garden? Let's find out! Today's price: $1,800/month.
Chestnut Hill (3 beds, 2 baths)—It’s classic high-rise apartment living in one of Philadelphia’s most well-known bedroom neighborhoods. This 1,500 square-foot space offers a double connection to the outdoors—balconies off of two rooms. And the nearest entrance to Wissahickon Valley Park is a short drive down the road. Plus, for $1,801/month, there’s also a swimming pool, tennis courts and a gym.
Fairmount (2 beds, 1 bath)—This two-story row house is small (840 square feet) for $1,750/month, and the kitchen may be a little cramped, but it opens into a fenced patio yard that could be like an outdoor room on mild days. Plus, it’s smack dab in the middle of this trendy neighborhood, which means easy walks to the Art Museum or Boat House Row, or restaurants along Fairmount Avenue.
East Passyunk (2 beds, 1.5 baths)—This 1,200-square-foot apartment has one thing they aren’t making any more of in this neighborhood: The outdoors. At $1,775/month you get a two-story apartment with stylish finishes, hardwood floors, and balconies and a private roof deck that overlooks Passyunk Square. Not much green space close by, but there are restaurants like Izumi sushi, which is right downstairs.
Graduate Hospital (2 beds, 1 bath)—The $1,750/month rent doesn’t buy many frills with this first-floor apartment. The kitchen is almost conspicuously small. But it does offer a private patio in the back, and the appeal of being in the heart of a very hip part of town. Plus the Schuylkill River Park, Penn Park, and Rittenhouse Square are all quite walkable.
Manayunk (3 beds, 1.5 baths)—This classic row house is set on a typically crowded Manayunk hill, which means besides the vigorous walks, it also offers easy access to Main Street, and waterside strolls along the nearby Schuylkill River Trail. For $1,750/month the 1,425 square-foot house has cottage style finishings, wood floors, and a narrow, but well laid-out kitchen. And there’s a fenced-in rear patio with shade and plenty of space for dining in the open air.