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What $1,500 rents in Seattle right now

Big, vintage studios abound

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: $1,500.


This decently sized (408 square feet) studio in a 1930s building just a few blocks from Ballard’s main drag is renting for $1,500 a month on the dot—including some utilities and off-street parking. It was renovated in the 1970s, but kept the 1930s vintage details like archways, coved ceilings, and hardwood floors, plus the separate kitchen to keep your cooking space separate from your sleeping space. Pets are allowed, and it’s right on the 40 and close to the D Line.

Malloy Apartments

University District

A comparably sized (436 square feet) studio apartment of a similar vintage (1928) is going for $1,458 a month right by the northwest corner of the University of Washington campus. This one has some original glass-front built-ins, parquet floors, and a walk-in closet big enough for sleeping, plus an eat-in kitchen. Garage parking’s available, but its UW-adjacent location puts it on multiple transit lines. Cats are allowed, and there’s a shared, bare-bones gym, too.

Capitol Hill

In northwest Capitol Hill, another studio with the same vintage vibe (it’s from 1926) is renting for $1,495 a month—although it’s much bigger, at 650 square feet, and includes a den, making it pretty close to a one-bedroom. An eat-in kitchen is through leaded-glass French doors from the living room, and the den gets limited light from the living room through small, ornamental windows. It’s not the most transit-rich part of the hill, but that’s not saying much (it’s closest to the 47), and parking’s available for extra. The catch: No pets allowed.

Lake City

Breaking away from the trend, this one-bedroom apartment right on the main drag of Lake City, renting for $1,475 a month, was built in 2001 and has minimalist finishes and more conveniences, like in-unit laundry and a dishwasher, plus shared amenities: shared courtyards, a roof deck, a gym, and even... a tanning bed. At 620 square feet, it’s about the size of that last studio, though. Garage parking is available for $125 extra a month, although it’s right on the 41, 64, and 65 lines. Cats can come along.

Via Craigslist

West Seattle

Another one-bedroom apartment, this one 600 square feet, is in the basement of a house in West Seattle’s Admiral District—complete with a fireplace and its own, private, gated outdoor area, including under-porch storage. It’s on a residential street where street parking still exists, although bus lines serve this neighborhood, too. Rent is $1,500 exactly; no pets allowed.


Which $1,500 apartment would you rent?

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  • 16%
    (40 votes)
  • 8%
    University District
    (20 votes)
  • 39%
    Capitol Hill
    (94 votes)
  • 25%
    Lake City
    (60 votes)
  • 10%
    West Seattle
    (25 votes)
239 votes total Vote Now