Posted Apr 6, 2012

Your First Place: Studios Cute Enough to Justify Paying the Whole Cable Bill

Finally striking out on your own but need to keep things a little on the cheap? While you will have to foot your own cable bill (ouch), living without roommates means you can also usually forgo pants most of the time, so you may come out on top.

I’ve looked for some of the least expensive studios in a few cities, while keeping in mind that your first place should be a point of pride. Best of luck!

Image of Seattle Studio

Queen Ave N and Prospect St (Seattle) | Studio | $745

This cute little studio looks like it gets lots of light and some beautiful hardwood floors. It’s on the small side at 450 sqft, and it looks like you’re facing the street, so invest in curtains or get used to exhibitionism. Close to a commercial district and a bus stop, the one word of warning I’d have here is to watch the extra fees — tenants are responsible for basically all utilities, and parking and storage are extra, so this bargain could turn expensive really quickly.

1515 SW Jefferson (Portland) | Studio | $645

It’s places like this that make me totally kick myself for living in San Francisco. This studio is bright and gorgeous, with awesome vintage details like crown molding. You’re two block away from the Max line, and close to shops and restaurants.  Only drawbacks might be being close to the freeway and a high school, but it’s not clear whether noise form either would be an issue.

839 Haight St (San Francisco) | Studio | $1,100

This cute little studio has a lot going on for it, including being located in one of my favorite neighborhoods (okay, I used to live a block away). I’m not a big fan of carpet, but it looks plenty big enough for one and has lots of closets. I love the black and cream kitchen, as well as the checkerboard bathroom. It’s crazy close to tons of public transportation, as well as being right near the Wiggle for a bike path that runs from Ocean Beach to downtown.

What was your first solo apartment like? Leave a comment below.

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