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Philly Rent: What $1,200 rents in Philly right now

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From a Rittenhouse Square studio to a 2BR in a historic mansion

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: $1,200/month.

Rittenhouse Square (studio, 1 bath)—This studio calls itself a loft, and indeed, it does manage to squeeze one into the 800-square-foot space. But it doesn’t look like it will fit much more than a twin mattress or a small desk. Still, there’s character here with the ornamental fireplace, big windows, and tall ceilings. And location is key: It’s just two blocks from Rittenhouse Square.

Port Richmond (1 bed, 1 bath)—Typically, Port Richmond offers bigger rentals, but what this pet-friendly unit lacks in space it makes up in character. There’s plenty of exposed brick, hardwood floors, and a big set of industrial-style windows. The $1,250 monthly rent also comes with gated parking and in-unit laundry.

Washington Square West (1 bed, 1 bath)—For $1,235 a month, you can rent this 1-bedroom that comes with a cool—decorative—fireplace. Even though the kitchen is tiny, it does have a dishwasher. And the living area is pretty spacious given its tall ceilings and large set of windows. Location-wise, the unit is pretty fantastic, close to all of the restaurants and retail in the neighborhood.

Francisville (2 beds, 1 bath)—Right on North Broad is this 2-bedroom apartment. It may be a bit bare-boned, but it’s located in the Baird mansion, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. There isn’t a dishwasher, but there’s shared laundry and cats are welcome.

Walnut Hill (3 beds, 1 bath)—This small West Philly neighborhood is expected to have a big housing market this year, so now might be a good time to rent this 3-bedroom rowhome. It was recently renovated, so it has a brand-new kitchen. There’s also a fireplace, big windows in each room, and front and back porches. It’s $1,250/month.