Rentals So Cheap You Might Consider Moving
Apartment hunters in the Charleston area will find reasonable rents in North Charleston, where this one-bedroom goes for about $1,000 a month.
These apartments are such a great deal, they might just inspire you to pick up and move.
The bottom line matters when you’re apartment hunting. But too often, cheap rentals are bare bones, with little in terms of creature comforts. Also, sometimes it seems like affordable rents can only be found in less-popular areas. Good news: You can actually find a surprisingly good deal on a great apartment in vibrant areas ranging from a desert destination with an emerging arts scene to a Midwest city that’s a great fit for those who like the ease of the suburbs.
9 Cheap Rentals on the Market Right Now
Set against a dramatic desert backdrop with views of Camelback Mountain, Scottsdale has the scenery and the resort vibe to attract tourists—and to inspire many visitors to put down roots. Downtown is hopping, with a trolley that runs from the contemporary art museum to streets filled with trendy restaurants and stores. Rentals are accordingly pricier there, but a few blocks away, South Downtown, a.k.a. SoDo, has bargains like this cheery ranch-style apartment in an updated ’60s complex that’s as colorful as the native plants all around it. Even better? You can catch the trolley right outside your door.
Salt Lake City, Utah
In recent years, a number of major corporations, from Microsoft to 3M, have opened up in Salt Lake City. And where opportunities flourish, new culture tends to follow—which is exactly what has happened in Salt Lake City. This affordable studio at Sky Harbor Apartments is close to downtown for an easy commute and also has great access to the light rail system and the freeway. The apartment is on the smaller side at 376 square feet, you can think of the city as your living room. After all, more money saved means more money to go out.
North Charleston, South Carolina
With its historic pastel homes and palm tree–lined cobblestone streets, Charleston may be one of America’s most beautiful cities. It’s also pretty expensive. For that reason, many choose to live in nearby North Charleston, South Carolina’s third largest city. Here, you’ll find offices, shopping malls, grocery stores and multiplexes. It may not be as Instagram-worthy as Charleston, but it’s convenient, and its large number of apartment communities, like the one offering this roomy one-bedroom with a balcony, make it an easy place to meet new people.
Austin isn’t the only cool city in Texas. Dallas has come into its own. Today, the jobs are here, the cost of living is still reasonable and you have your pick of entertainment options. In Old East Dallas, an affordable neighborhood that’s adjacent to all the action, you’ll find Paragon Apartments, an updated vintage building with a bright, yellow-lettered exterior that looks straight out of a Wes Anderson film. The interior of this studio apartment is decidedly more modern and includes trendy finishes. You’ll be close to I-30, which means you’re just minutes from work—or taking in an outdoor movie scored by live musicians at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center.
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania
If you’re not a local, you likely know Valley Forge only from your history books, as the site of a Revolutionary War encampment. The spot has been preserved as Valley Forge National Historical Park, where you’ll find monuments galore and hiking trails. But many locals prefer to get their steps in at the nearby King of Prussia Mall, one of the biggest indoor shopping centers in the country. The Lafayette at Valley Forge apartment complex there consists of seven buildings, so it’s almost like a town itself. One of their studios or junior one-bedrooms makes a comfortable place to end the day, whether you’re fresh from a shopping trip or the 30-minute commute from Philadelphia.
If you’re a creative, Atlanta is a great place to be. The music scene is particularly rich, with dozens of venues ranging from famed clubs (The EARL) to a concert hall that was once a church (The Tabernacle). Artists and designers have created no fewer than 10 arts districts. In more good news, the Atlanta BeltLine network of trails connecting 45 neighborhoods is making the city truly bike-friendly. The lowest rents are just outside the city center, like in Ashford East Village, an apartment community just southeast of downtown in East Atlanta. This two-bedroom apartment has easy access to downtown on I-20, and it’s near the Starlight Drive-In Theatre, which still screens flicks—and hosts flea markets on weekends.
West Des Moines, Iowa
If you’re looking for low-cost living, few places beat Iowa. Most Iowans live in Des Moines, or the second-largest city, West Des Moines. The latter is frequently included on lists of cities with a high quality of life, and a big part of that is its affordability. West Des Moines has a suburban character, but University Avenue, where The Flats Apartments are located, is the busiest stretch in the city and has all the shopping you’ll need, from a gourmet farmers market (Fresh Thyme) to Target. The Flats is in the midst of a renovation that has added a hip clubhouse you’d expect to find in Los Angeles. The all-white interior has garage-style doors and eye-catching tile work. And a one-bedroom there is far cheaper than similar digs in L.A.
College Station, Texas
Life in College Station revolves around Texas A&M. This is great if you’re passionate about their sports teams or are here for job ops at the university, but apartment-hunting can be a challenge because so much housing is geared to the student crowd. The Bend at Crescent Pointe is an exception, a grown-up community with one of the most beautiful pools you’ll see at an apartment complex. This one-bedroom also comes with upscale custom cabinetry and granite countertops. And nearby there are a number of wineries, which are celebrated (along with steak) at the yearly Texas Reds Festival in September. If fitness is your thing, take advantage of the on-site gym and get in shape for the yearly Armadillo Dash, a 13.1-mile race through the area’s most scenic sites.
Like other cities on our list, Denver is seeing an influx of new residents attracted by the high quality of life. If you’re feeling the price pinch, check out the city next door, Aurora. This city is commutable to Denver, but it has the character of a built-up suburb. The Fairways at Lowry, the apartment community where you’ll find this affordable studio, is in a location that gives you the best of both worlds. You’re right across the street from McMullen Park and around the corner from Denver’s Lowry Neighborhood, where you’ll find the Lowry Beer Garden.
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