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Seattle rent comparison: What $1,250 rents you right now

How do you feel about microstudios?

Via Liv Wallingford

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent for a certain dollar amount in the Seattle area. We found six listings within $100 of today’s price: $1,250, or about what someone making the mean wage for renters in the Seattle area can afford on their own.

In the Delridge/Highland Park area, this studio is bigger, at 400 square feet, and has a built-in Murphy bed and in-unit laundry. The gated complex includes a pool, a fitness center, parking, and a dog park—and both cats and dogs are allowed. Rent is $1,295 per month.

On the east edge of Capitol Hill, this vintage, basement studio apartment rents for $1,295—but it includes 500 square feet of space, a walk-in closet or bonus room with French doors, and a cute kitchen with plenty of storage. Parking is available (presumably for extra, but it’s also right on bus lines); no pets allowed.

Via Liv Wallingford

Up on 45th and Stone in Wallingford, this studio is small—257 square feet—but it has hardwood floors manages to squeeze in a full kitchen and bath. Both dogs and cats are allowed, and tenants share a roof deck. There’s no parking, but it’s right on a couple of bus lines. This one’s renting for $1,250.

Via Ravenna Park Place

In Ravenna just south of Ravenna Park, this 364-square-foot studio with hardwood floors and a decently sized kitchen is renting for $1,250 on the dot. There’s no parking, but it’s right by a few different bus lines—and cats are allowed. One big drawback: a bathroom shared with the next studio over.

Via Derby SLU

This South Lake Union apartment is small, at 248 square feet, but it comes furnished with a Murphy bed and chairs and includes sliding glass doors to a faux balcony. A kitchenette includes a full-size refrigerator, and there’s a shared roof deck. Cats and dogs under 25 pounds are allowed. Rent here is $1,275.

Via Craigslist

In Ballard a few blocks off Market, this studio apartment is 362 square feet, but still finds space for a full-size range in the kitchen. It has a built-in combination Murphy bed and fold-down table to save space, too. Cats can come; there’s no parking, but it’s close to the main drag with bus lines. Rent is $1,295.


Which $1,250 home would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Delridge/Highland Park
    (11 votes)
  • 31%
    Capitol Hill
    (49 votes)
  • 13%
    (22 votes)
  • 6%
    (11 votes)
  • 24%
    (38 votes)
  • 17%
    (27 votes)
158 votes total Vote Now