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This month, rental site Zumper reported that median rents for a one-bedroom apartment in Philly were hovering around $1,400.
That’s above the national average of $1,176, but not bad at all when compared with other big U.S. metros. It’s just 40 percent of the median 1-BR rent in San Francisco — the most expensive city in the nation — less than half the cost in NYC, and lower than both Boston and DC. All told, Philly comes in at No. 14 on this list.
But $1,400 is just the median cost, meaning half of all Philly one-bedroom rents fall below that amount. Some fall way below. So what does low-end pricing on a 1-BR rental here look these days? Local discovery platform Hoodline scanned Zumper listings within the Philadelphia city limits to find out what budget-minded apartment seekers can expect to find.
Here’s a look at five of the cheapest one-bedroom rentals in Philly.
2836 Ridge Ave.
Listed at $550/month, this Strawberry Mansion one-bedroom is located above a beauty salon. It features a full kitchen, living room, bedroom and bathroom. Though the appliances are nothing to write home about, the whole place has “been cleaned and is available immediately.” Heads up if you’ve got a cat or a dog: No pets are permitted. (Full listing here.)
2106 N 20th St., 2F
For $575/month, there’s this rental at 20th and Diamond in North Philadelphia. Featuring fresh paint and new flooring, it clocks in at a “cozy” 500 square feet. At least you’re close to the BSL so it’s easy to go out for fun, plus the North Broad Street corridor is busier than ever and Temple is nearby. (See the listing here.)
4141 Girard Ave.
This 600-square-foot East Parkside apartment features laminate, carpet and tile flooring, an eat-in kitchen, and “a great location close to shopping and public transportation,” — not to mention the Philadelphia Zoo. It comes in at $575/month. (Here’s the full listing.)
330 W. Johnson St.
There are two $600/month rentals available in this low-rise Germantown apartment building, each clocking in at 625 square feet. Interior details are scarce, but there’s a shared lawn out front and a Chestnut Hill West Regional Rail stop nearby. (See the listing here.)
6035 Vine St., #1st
Also asking $600/month is this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in the West Philly neighborhood of Haddington. Located on the first floor, it’s just a couple blocks from the El. Note that you won’t have access to the backyard, and pets aren’t allowed. (Here’s the listing.)