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What $1,200 rents in Seattle right now

So many tiny studios

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent for a certain dollar amount in Seattle. We found five listings within $100 of today’s price: $1,200.

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Via Craigslist

In First Hill—just over I-5 from downtown—this 310-square-foot studio in a vintage building is renting for $1,199 per month. The bath is three quarter, but it comes with a dishwasher (in a full kitchen, which isn’t always a given at this size) and a window bench facing city views. Cats and dogs are both allowed, but are subject to both a deposit and pet rent.

Via Craigslist

This itty-bitty Fremont studio (less than 200 square feet!) gets a big chunk of its energy from three dedicated rooftop solar panels. It includes some built-in, fold-up furniture (shelves, a desk) and a pretty well-equipped kitchenette (two burners, a microwave with a convection oven, full-size fridge). It has secure bike parking, too. No pets are allowed. Rent here is $1,250 per month.

Via Craigslist

Another new construction microstudio—this one in Capitol Hill, just over I-5 from downtown—is about the same size, and rents for $1,225 a month, which comes with Wi-Fi. It only has a mini-fridge and microwave for food prep, but the building has shared kitchens, plus a common roof deck. No pets are allowed.

Via Craigslist

Yet another microstudio rents for $1,200 on the dot in Eastlake. This one, again, only has a kitchenette, but it has a two-burner cooktop and the microwave is also a convection oven. A built-in Murphy bed saves space, and a private balcony. adds a little extra. It allows pets, but with both a deposit and pet rent. The 70 is pretty much the only transit option.

Via Craigslist

Finally, there’s a normal-size studio, 495 square feet, in the University District—right on the Ave. It’s in a 1950s building and has an outside entrance along a central courtyard. Inside, built-in storage carves out a semi-private sleeping nook. And, thankfully, it has a full kitchen. It’s close to plentiful transit, too. No word on pets. Rent is $1,150 per month.


Which $1,200 apartment would you rent?

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  • 27%
    First Hill
    (76 votes)
  • 4%
    (12 votes)
  • 6%
    Capitol Hill
    (19 votes)
  • 10%
    (30 votes)
  • 49%
    U District
    (136 votes)
273 votes total Vote Now