For Renter's Week, we're giving you some price-bracketed options so you get a sense of what your options are in different neighborhoods. Some of the listings turn out to be more appealing than others, but one thing is clear: Once you get below the $1,000 mark, you're making a sacrifice either in terms of space or location. Somewhere around $1,300 seems to the sweet spot for a solid rental, and that means a responsible landlord or leasing agency; a property that's been recently renovated and/or is well taken care of; a location that won't endanger your life; and a reasonably good Walk Score.Read More
What Can You Rent in Philly for $1,000-$1,500/Month?
Center City Studio - $1,090
This studio's main room is 15x25 feet and the sleeping loft is 10x15. There's a working fireplace, dishwasher, washer/dryer in the building and hardwood floors. Street parking's a bitch, though.
Fishtown Bi-Level 2BR/2BA - $1,125
This is a really large space for the price. It's two whole floors with two bedrooms, one with an en suite bath. There's a washer/dryer in the unit and a new deck. Drawback? Wall-to-wall carpeting, and no pets allowed.
Loft in Northern Liberties - $1,475
This building in Northern Liberties is loaded with amenities: parking in gated lot; free fitness center; FIOS (thank you, god); 24/7 staff; an on-site cafe and convenience store; and perhaps best of all, there's no fee for pets.
Manayunk 3BR House - $1,400
Manayunk can be a hassle if you work in Center City, but if your issue is space and feeling independent, there's nothing like a real house. This one seems pretty nice and has a front lawn and a backyard. Before you rent here, though, check the crime stats and the floodplain maps.
Passyunk Square 3BR House - $1,425
This is a hot one. It's listed as a 3BR but actually has a fourth room as well. It's on a tiny street right near the Italian Market but also close to New Hipsterville. It's newly renovated and painted, and has a dishwasher and washer/dryer as well as a little back patio. Oh, and a basement. Open houses tonight and tomorrow.
1 BR in the Heart of Old City - $1,500
This so-called "loft" (everything is a loft these days) has 1,400 square feet of really nice hardwood floors. There's also central air, high ceilings, and a washer/dryer in the unit. Living at Third and Market on a weekend? Well, that's your call.
3BR in University City - $1,280
This apartment isn't available until January, but it might be worth looking into now. The sunny 3BR is right near the trolley that takes you into Center City, and walking distance to parks, coffee shops and restaurants. Hardwood floors, a back porch, basement storage and a tight neighborhood scene make this a good deal.
3BR in Graduate Hospital - $1,300
This three-bedroom unit has central air, hardwood floors on the first level and a washer/dryer in the unit. Given how expensive Graduate Hospital has gotten, it seems like a good deal, though it looks a little cramped, especially in the kitchen.