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What $1,300 rents in Seattle right now

Bigger studios, smaller (usually) one-bedrooms

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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: $1,300.


A couple of blocks from the University Bridge, this small (410 square feet), no-frills one-bedroom apartment rents for $1,295 a month. It’s right on Eastlake Avenue on the 70 and 49 lines, although it has off-street parking for an extra fee. Residents share a little central patio area and laundry. Cats can come along, but no dogs.

An empty room. The camera is facing a kitchen, located over a tall breakfast bar. There’s a teal accent wall on the left. Lee and Associates


On the east end of Belltown, this studio is bigger than the Eastlake one-bedroom, at 490 square feet, it’s just more open. It includes a large kitchen with a breakfast bar, a decent amount of closet space, and even an in-unit washer and dryer. Cats are allowed, and residents share a patio balcony. Garage parking is extra for a steep extra fee, but Belltown is a transit hub walkable to downtown. Rent is $1,250 a month.

A furnished room with a large bed against the right wall next to a door, a wood-framed window on the left wall, and another room through a cased opening past the far wall. Muse Apartments

Capitol Hill

Just over I-5 from downtown, this 405-square-foot studio with an open den area is advertised for $1,299 a month. It’s a newly-renovated building, and includes an eat-in kitchen partially separated from the living area. Residents share a lounge and laundry, and both dogs and cats can come, although there are breed restrictions. It’s close to both downtown and plentiful transit.

Photo appears to be of a model unit with a similar layout.


For more space, head north to this 700-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment with a deck renting for $1,275 per month, including off-street parking. It even has a little yard area. Other than the size and outdoor space it’s pretty no-frills, and has a pretty itty-bitty kitchen, although there’s plenty of room to add some kind of extra counter space. The catch: No pets.

The camera’s facing the corner of an empty room. There are large windows looking out over the street and trees to the left and right. The room is carpeted, and there’s a baseboard heater under the right window.
The camera’s in an empty room facing a semi-separated kitchen with breakfast bar and a small, empty, tiled dining area to the right. There’s a window by the dining area. Craigslist

West Seattle

Just a couple of blocks from the Morgan Junction, this one-bedroom apartment includes off-street parking, in-unit laundry, and basic utilities for $1,350 a month. It’s along a bus rapid transit line and walkable to errands, too. There’s a decent amount of cabinet and closet space, large windows, and an eat-in kitchen. Cats are allowed.


Which $1,300 home would you rent?

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  • 5%
    (15 votes)
  • 18%
    (54 votes)
  • 36%
    Capitol Hill
    (105 votes)
  • 15%
    (44 votes)
  • 24%
    West Seattle
    (72 votes)
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