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What $3,500 rents in Seattle right now

Big money means lots of choices

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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: $3,500.

A kitchen is in a nook behind a very wide Gothic arch. The walls are white with wood trim. There’s another room through another very wide Gothic arch to the right.
An empty bedroom with hardwood floors and white walls. On the far wall, a door leads to a balcony with an iron railing.
An empty room with white walls, hardwood floors., and wood trim There’s a wide Gothic arch leading to a room to the right, and a staircase with iron banister leading up and to the right in the foreground. There’s a window bank on the left. Via Craigslist

Lower Queen Anne

Right by Kinnear Park, this two-bedroom apartment in Villa Franca—designed by legendary Seattle builder Fred Anhalt—serves up plenty of vintage delights, with multiple Gothic arches, leaded-glass windows, and original 1920s millwork. It’s pretty big, at nearly 1,200 square feet, and has its own in-unit laundry and large, private balcony.

Both cats and small dogs are allowed. It’s right on the 1 and not far from other transit, including the D Line. Rent is $3,550 a month.

A boxy home with pale gray siding and a large dormer at the front. It’s surrounded by a wooden fence.
In an empty room with white walls and hardwood floors, there’s a fireplace straight ahead and a wood-grain cased opening to the right leading to another similar room. Via Wndermere

Capitol Hill

In north Capitol Hill, there’s this boxy, stately late Victorian—a mainstay of this part of the neighborhood, with a high probability of being a former punk house—for $3,495 a month. It has three bedrooms, and plenty of its original features, like leaded glass, cased openings, and built-ins. In addition to the formal living and dining area typical of the era (complete with wood-burning fireplace!) there’s a basement, too, featuring a rec room and laundry facilities. Pets are allowed on a case-by-case basis. It’s about equidistant from the 10 and the 49.

Victory Heights

This four-bedroom, four-bathroom house near Lake City and Northgate—renting for $3,500 a month—has a quiet, woodsy vibe. It has plenty of space (3,800 square feet!) spread out over a quirky floorplan that includes lofts, vaulted ceilings, greenhouse-like windows, and a central atrium, plus two fireplaces. The backyard adds to the cabin vibe, with dense woods and a stretch of Thornton Creek, plus a hot tub. Both cats and small-to-medium dogs can come, and plenty of transit’s available on Northgate Way or Roosevelt Way, each within a couple of blocks.

Bonus: It’s equipped with 32 solar panels.


On the north end of Belltown, there’s this fancy, new-construction, two-bedroom, two bathroom apartment renting for $3,535 a month. The spacious 1,062 square feet includes an open kitchen, living room, and dining area; a master bedroom with en-suite bath and large walk-in closet; and stacked washer and dryer. Shared amenities include a dog park, a billiards room, and a clubhouse. It allows most cats and dogs with a whole bunch of pet-related programming, but has breed restrictions. It’s on a major transit corridor and walkable to both downtown and South Lake Union.

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Right by Wallingford playfield, this charming three-bedroom Craftsman with an ornamental chimney rents for $3,495 a month. It has lots of cozy original details, like a wood-burning fireplace and coved ceilings. 1,560 square feet means a decent amount of space—plus there’s a garage and a partially-fenced backyard on top of that. It’s just a couple of blocks from the main Wallingford drag on 45th, with amenities and transit.


Which $3,500 home would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 41%
    Lower Queen Anne
    (83 votes)
  • 10%
    Capitol Hill
    (21 votes)
  • 11%
    Victory Heights
    (22 votes)
  • 14%
    (29 votes)
  • 22%
    (44 votes)
199 votes total Vote Now