Posted Jun 19, 2012

The Scoop: Rentals for $1,500

Life in the big city has many perks including exquisite food, access to the arts, tireless nightlife, and diversity. But all of this comes with a high price: rent.

We took a trip around the States to see what $1,500 would get us in a few of our favorite cities:

San Francisco | Studio | $1,495 | Lower Nob Hill 

Image of San Francisco studio apartment for $1,495

If you’re lucky, maybe they’ll even leave the decanter of whiskey as a housewarming gift.

It took some work to find a nice place in San Francisco for $1,500 (rental prices have skyrocketed over the past year), but we found a gem! This Lower Nob Hill–and no, we don’t mean Tenderloin–studio sports an exposed brick wall, hardwood floors, and other niceties like a walk-in closet and claw-foot bathtub.

Los Angeles | Studio | $1,495 | Santa Monica

Image of Santa Monica studio apartment for $1,495

Perfect for beach and mall lovers, this luxury studio is within walking distance to both Santa Monica State Beach Park and the 3rd Street Promenade. We love the hardwood floors, modern kitchen and drape to divide the living and sleeping quarters. However, there is one downside: this studio is located in an income restricted building which will likely exclude many interested (and qualified) applicants.

Chicago | Studio | $1,495 | Park West

Image of Chicago studio apartment for $1,495
This comfortable looking studio looks like a cozy place for a couple to call home. Stylish appointments like arched doorways and French doors separating rooms add charm, and the rent even includes all of the utilities, access to a fitness center, and a sun deck! We’ll let the next tenant decide if they want to keep the red furniture accent theme going.

Seattle | Studio | $1,316 | Belltown

Image of Seattle apartment for $1,316

If  white walls and cheapie fixtures drive you crazy this Seattle studio is for you. While this place won’t be for everybody, we’d be proud to entertain guests here with bold accents like colored walls and blown glass light fixtures to bring everything together.

Washington, DC | 1 Bedroom | $1,500 | Brightwood Park

Photo of $1,500 apartment in Washington DC

While not officially located in the heart of Washington, D.C., this Brightwood Park one bedroom looks like a comfortable place to call home for a reasonable price. The modern, stainless steel and granite kitchen is on the tiny side, but we’ll look past that for one big reason: in-unit washer and dryer. If heading to the laundromat in the dead of winter, or the high of summer isn’t your idea of a good time, this apartment is for you.

What does $1,500 a month get you in your community?



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3 responses to “The Scoop: Rentals for $1,500”

  1. Steven Smith says:

    This sounds to be a great idea t step in to these apartments they are really awesome.

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  2. The interiors are just amazing and also brightly designed nothing less compared with a star luxurious hotel. Same as those Rental
    of furnished studios in NYC.

  3. Wendy Lu says:

    Hey Joel!

    My name is Wendy Lu and I am a senior a Stanford University and also currently working at Pinterest. I really enjoy all your blog posts, especially since I’ll be moving up to San Francisco next year to be closer to the Pinterest office in SoMA.

    The reason I’m contacting you is that the senior class at Stanford is holding an apartment hunting workshop in May, and we would love if one of you (maybe one of the community managers?) could attend and share some your insights. Our class is moving all over the country next year-SF, New York, the Midwest, you name it! I’ve already learned so much from reading your blogs, and I would love to discuss with you the possibilities of presenting at the workshop. This event is very important and anticipated for my classmates. I think it could also be a great opportunity for Lovely to showcase your product as well.

    Send me an email ( or Facebook message if you’re interested and we can discuss details.

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