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What $1,200/Month Can Rent You in Philly Right Now: from Modern Studios to Spacious 2-Bed Apartments

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You may know the City of Brotherly Love for its mouthwatering cheesesteaks and ties to Rocky, but did you also know Philadelphia is the first and only U.S. World Heritage City? As a cosmopolitan destination with historic roots, Philly has earned the top spot on Lonely Planet’s “Best in the U.S.” for 2016. The New York Times even ranked it the third best place to visit in the world, right after Milan and Cuba.

For those of you thinking more long term than just a quick visit to this urban oasis, you’ll be happy to know Philly also made it in Huffington Post’s list of the “10 Best Cities to Relocate to in the U.S.” While the city’s average rent, $1,417/month as reported by Yardi Matrix, is a bit higher than the national average, don’t worry too much. There are many budget-friendly apartments for rent in Philadelphia for around $1,200/month and under! We’ve handpicked five such great apartments from various neighborhoods, to help you get started:

Wharton Street Lofts, Bella Vista: $1,130/month for a 1-bed apartment, 602 sq. ft.

Renters seeking sophisticated and modern city living will fall in love with the Wharton Street Lofts in South Philadelphia. Recently renovated 1-bedroom apartments start at $1,130. These bright and spacious units feature hardwood floors, expansive windows, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances for a sleek and elegant look. A keyless entry system and in-home washer/dryer units provide added convenience. Residents enjoy stunning skyline views from the rooftop deck and 24-hour access to an on-site gym. Besides being excellently located just minutes from downtown for all your personal needs, this pet-friendly community is also adjacent to a dog park to make your pet feel right at home, too.

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$1,130/month for a 1-bed apartment at Wharton Street Lofts in Philadelphia. Images via RENTCafé.

The Residences At 3221, Mantua: $1,200/month for a 1-bed apartment, 600 sq. ft.

High ceilings, hardwood floors, wall-to-wall carpeting, and panoramic city views – these are just some of the highly desirable features you’ll find at The Residences at 3221, a 24-unit apartment building in West Philadelphia. Perfect for students or young professionals, the 1-bedroom apartments offer granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, in-unit washer/dryers, and a highly sought-after feature – garage parking. For your safety, the management has installed security cameras throughout the building.

$1,200/month for a 1-bed apartments at The Residences at 3221 in Philadelphia. Images via RENTCafe.
$1,200/month for a 1-bed apartments at The Residences at 3221 in Philadelphia. Images via RENTCafé.

Westwood Apartments, University City: $1,250/month for a two-bedroom apartment, 980 sq. ft.

For $1,250 a month – a price that’s hard to beat for larger homes – you can snag one of the spacious 2-bedroom units at Westwood Apartments. Here, you’ll come home to hardwood floors, high ceilings, and large closets. Private balconies overlook the charming and historic West Philadelphia area, where residents are just steps away from parks, public transportation, and several major universities. The complex is pet-friendly, accepting both cats and dogs, with a courtyard and on-site laundry facilities.

Westwood Apartments in Philadelphia
$1,250/month for a 2-bed unit at Westwood Apartments in Philadelphia. Images via RENTCafé.

Presidential City, Wynnefield: from $1,125 / month for a studio apartment, 425 sq. ft.

Those looking for high-rise living without the equally high cost should check out the luxury studio apartments at Presidential City. Renters with bigger budgets can opt for stunning 2- and 3-bedroom homes as well. Gorgeous open floor plans boast new and modern kitchens, en-suite bathrooms, and refinished hardwood floors. If that wasn’t already impressive, the coveted views of Center City and Schuylkill River are the icing on the cake. More coveted features are the exclusive pool club with cabanas and hot tub, and the fitness and business centers. To further add to your convenience there is a concierge service and online access to rental accounts and payments. Where do we sign up?

Presidential City Apartments in Philadelphia
$1,125/month for a studio at Presidential City Apartments, Philadelphia. Images via RENTCafé.

The Residences At 3862, Powelton: $1,150/month for a 1-bed apartment, 630 sq. ft.

Located on Lancaster Avenue, nearby University City are The Residences at 3862. Public transportation is right at your doorstep, but this diverse and unique area is also extremely walkable for anyone who loves to explore. These lovely 1-bedroom apartments come with high-end finishes, rich hardwood floors, and stylish granite countertops. Each apartment is also cable ready and equipped with washer/dryer units. To top it off, the community features a lush, green courtyard with picnic area and covered parking.

The Residences at 3862 in Philadelphia
$1,150/month for a one-bed apartment at The Residences at 3862 in Philadelphia. Images via RENTCafé.

Ready to see what all the hype is about, and make the move to Philadelphia? For renters whose budgets are under $1,200/month, take a look at what you can get for $1,000 and less in the City of Brotherly Love, or flick through the dizzying amount of pocket-friendly apartments for rent in Philly to find the place that best fits your lifestyle and needs.

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About the author

Nicoleta Iudean

Online content developer Nicky Iudean loves writing about real estate, interior design, and lifestyle topics for RENTCafé. She gets inspiration for a healthier and happier way of living from her 4-year old son. You can reach Nicoleta by email or Twitter.

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