What $1000 Worth of Rent Gets You Across Major Cities
You know, living just keeps on getting more and more expensive. It’s not just things like luxury goods anymore… Instead, it feels like the grocery bill keeps on going up, up, up every time we visit the store. Nowhere is this effect more apparent, though, than in the rising prices of rentals across the major metropolitan areas in the United States. If you’ve been thinking of moving to the big city, then you might be wondering how far $1000 worth of rent will get you. Well, we’re here to answer those questions, and to clue you in on some hidden gems. So come find out what $1000 worth of rent will get you in these U.S. cities!
More and more young people are flocking to Denver, and it’s not just for the booming economy or the nightlife scene. We’re talking, of course, about a little thing called the sticky-icky! It’s totally legal there, in case you haven’t heard. At any rate, if you want to spend your days high and looking at the mountains, $1000 can get you a pretty sweet 2-bedroom apartment with some luxury amenities. Nice!
“Hey! I’ve been thinking… Wouldn’t it be nice if we left this one-horse town and moved to Cleveland, Ohio?” said no one ever. That’s probably the reason why a thousand dollars can go a long way in this major U.S. city. For a grand a month, you and whomever you chose to live with can do better than an apartment… You can rent an entire house! Maybe now the idea of moving to Cleveland doesn’t seem so bad…
So, you want to live in the Big Apple, kid? We totally understand. It’s the place where people make it happen. You can be big there! If you can make it there, then you can make it anywhere! More to the point, if you can tolerate living in a room that’s the size of a closet with complete strangers, then you’ll be forged in the fires of this great city. In case you didn’t catch our meaning – there’s no such thing as a $1000 apartment in Manhattan. You’re going to need roommates.
Unless you grew up south of the Mason-Dixon Line, you may not realize how less expensive things get the farther south you go. Case in point, take the rental market in Atlanta, which is one of the major cities in the country. With a grand, you can get a posh, updated apartment that looks like something a rich person would live in. Pretty cool, right? And, if you head out to the burbs, you can rent yourself a house.
It’s the city of brotherly love! If you haven’t been to Philly yet, you really should. It’s totally cool… Plus, they have a real-life Rocky statue, just like in the movie. At any rate, $1000 will get you a pretty decent apartment, depending upon what neighborhood you want to live in. For example, if you choose the perfectly respectable Walnut Hill area, you can get a cozy one-bedroom apartment that’s got a floor all to itself.
So, you want a little more in the South than what you might get in Atlanta! All right, all right. Then why don’t you hop over to Birmingham, where you’re money will take you a lot further than you ever would have imagined. For less than $1000 you can get a grand apartment, featuring multiple beds and baths. Plus, it will look like you’re paying far more for it than you are, especially to your friends living in closets elsewhere in the country.
7. Las Vegas
Hey, if you’re going to be moving to Vegas, then you want to be keeping as much money in your pocket as possible. That’s why you’ll be happy to learn that a grand can go a long way in America’s playground. For a $1000 you can get a multiple-bedroom apartment that’s got well over 1000 square feet to its name. Imagine the parties you could have in a space like that, and the flop house your apartment could become for out-of-town visitors.
This is one city that wants to convince you that it’s totally cool. They’ve got the Austin City Limits festival every year, and they’ve also got SXSW. Cool stuff! You might think that this “hip culture” makes living here expensive, but you’re forgetting that this is still Texas. With a grand, you and your roommates can get an apartment or house that’s got ample square footage and that just might come with amenities like a pool. Sweet!
There are certainly areas of Chicago where you can get yourself a decently sized apartment for $1000, but you may not necessarily want to live in those places. They do call it Chiraq, after all. If you’re looking into the hip, youth-culture centered areas, $1000 might be able to get you a studio apartment. In general, you’re going to need roommates, especially if you’re interested in having any space to yourself.
So, you want to party, but you don’t think Vegas is worth it – given that you’ll be spending all of your time in the middle of a desert. Well, there’s always Miami! But, living in such a famous city that’s renowned for its party culture comes at a tremendous cost. On average, $1000 will be able to get you a one-bedroom apartment that’s between 500 and 600 square feet. Not the best digs certainly, but how often are you really going to be at home?
11. Salt Lake City
So, you’re the outdoorsy type? Then let us recommend Salt Lake City to you. It has easy access to some of the most beautiful terrain in the entire country. Plus, for $1000 a month, you and whomever you’re living with can get some pretty sweet digs. On the whole, a grand will get you an updated two-bedroom apartment with two baths and a number of other creature comforts, including a fireplace.
12. Los Angeles
Honestly, it’s really not fair to talk about what $1000 will get you in Los Angeles, because it depends upon what region of this sprawling metropolis you’re talking about. In most of the cool areas, though, you’ll be able to get yourself a small studio apartment at the very least. If you want more for your money, you’ll have to move out to the dreaded Valley and prepare for the traffic on the 101 when you want to go out in DTLA.
We’re not talking about Portland, Maine, here, which is the Williamsburg Brooklyn of the Northeast. Instead, we’re talking about the Williamsburg Brooklyn of the Pacific Northwest, AKA Portland, Oregon. Despite the young appeal of this area, a grand can get you a pretty sweet apartment here. With it, you can get a beautiful one-bedroom apartment that won’t place you too far away from all the action.
No! Sleep! ‘Til Brooklyn! While other locales around the country we’ll claim to be the “New Brooklyn” – we’re looking at you, Austin – you really can’t accept any substitute. If you want to get with the hipsters, though, give up on your hopes of living in Williamsburg; it’s too damn expensive. Instead, you can settle for a nice, dingy studio apartment in Bed Stuy, which will give you some street cred. We think…
15. San Francisco
Thanks to the tech boom, San Francisco has rapidly become one of the most expensive places to live in the entire world. But, you’re thinking to yourself: “A thousand dollars is a lot of money!” Not in San Fran, where all that Google and Uber money is floating around. If you want to live in San Francisco proper for $1000 a month, you’d better be prepared to live in a room that’s the size of a closet.