Here’s what a one-bedroom apartment looks like in America’s most expensive rental markets

Dec.December 12, 2015 12:00 PM

With rents on the rise in several of America’s largest cities, it’s always helpful to know what your money can get you.

The sad truth, however, is that it’ll go a lot farther in some cities than others. A one-bedroom apartment in New York City, for instance, goes for about $2,000 more than the same-sized apartment in Dallas.

With the help of real estate marketplace Zumper and its December national rent report, we’ve compiled a sampling of one-bedroom listings in the 20 most expensive markets in the US.

Each listing is within $100 of the respective city’s median rental price.

5. WASHINGTON, DC: You can rent this one-bedroom in a building with a rooftop pool and grill for $2,150 a month.

Rent: $2,150/month

Neighborhood: Dupont Circle

The kitchen is a bit outdated, but the apartment is cozy and has brand-new flooring throughout. The building has a nice entry and a 24-hour front desk attendant.


4. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA: For just over $2,000 a month, you can get this condo with a private balcony and a gated garage parking spot.

Rent: $2,095/month

Neighborhood: Oakland Ave.

There’s a laundry room on every floor, and building amenities include a swimming pool and club house.


3. BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS: You can get this garden level one-bedroom for just under $2,400 a month, including the cost of air conditioning, heat, and water.

Rent: $2,350/month

Neighborhood: Back Bay

Located in a newly renovated brownstone, this unit has oak wood floors, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and full-closet shelving done by California Closets.


2. NEW YORK, NEW YORK: In the second-most expensive rental market in the country, you can get this laundry-less, dishwasher-less one-bedroom for $3,200 a month.

ent: $3,200/month

Neighborhood: West Village

This corner unit in a newly renovated building has a small kitchen, but the appliances and cabinets are newly replaced.


1. SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA: For about $3,500 a month, you can rent a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood, sometimes known as “Stroller Town” for its high number of young families.

Rent: $3,495/month

Neighborhood: Noe Valley

There are hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, and a newly remodeled kitchen with stainless steel appliances.

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