Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various Philly neighborhoods. This week, we’re checking out homes at or around $1,300 per month. From tiny studios to full-fledged homes, there are a lot of different options—depending on where you want to live, of course.
West Philly (3 bed, 1.5 bath)—This new construction is opening this year at 130 North Peach Street, offering new plumbing, electric, and central air. Plus, the kitchen has a waterfall island and you can bring your pets.
Center City (Studio, 1 bath)—As is the case with many of the cheaper Center City apartments, this place is more about the building amenities and location than the unit itself. Along with the hardwood floor studio—which has a ladder leading up to a loft—you get a free gym, and video surveillance in the building. Plus, the building at 1530 Spruce, called the Newport, is a large, brick stunner from the 19th century.
West Passyunk (1 bed, 1 bath)—With high ceilings and oversized windows, this one-bed place at Jackson and 17th streets is super bright. It has a long kitchen with granite countertops, and a glass shower. You can’t bring your cats along, but dogs are okay. There’s a bonus to the place, too—a communal roof deck with views of Center City.
Lower Moyamensing (3 bed, 1.5 bath)—On the other side of Broad Street, at 2511 South Sheridan, is this home, which is one of the largest on this list. It’s a two-story rowhome with a living room, dining, and kitchen on the first floor, and the three bedrooms upstairs. There’s additional space (and a washer and dryer) in the finished basement downstairs.
North Philly (4 bed, 1 bath)—By a long shot, the most space for the $1,300 price is this home at 5031 North Marvine. It has a covered front porch, and a living room with exposed beams, a detailed wood staircase, and a decorative fireplace. Plus, there’s access to an back yard. The whole home offers 1,700 square feet of space, including a basement and upstairs bedrooms. Make sure to schedule an appointment to see the place, though—the listing tells potential tenants to not show up without one.
Which $1,300 place would you choose?
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