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What $1,300 rents in Seattle right now

A U District microstudio or a Lake City cabin?

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.

Lynnyale Apartments


Start in Eastlake, where this studio apartment in the classic 1920s Seattle style is renting for $1,295 a month—with vintage features like checkerboard kitchen tile, hardwood floors, built-ins, and millwork still intact. 400 square feet includes an eat-in kitchen, too. Pets are allowed, and parking’s available for $150 extra, although it’s right on the 70.

Via Craigslist

Lower Queen Anne/Uptown

This recently remodeled studio, renting for $1,295 a month, helpfully includes shoji doors to separate out living and sleeping space—and with a window in both spaces, it’s closer to a one-bedroom than even some units claiming to be one-bedrooms are, although it’s just 375 square feet. A full kitchen is around a corner for more visual separation. Pets are okay with no deposit or pent rent, like some kind of miracle. Parking’s on waitlist, but it’s walking distance from downtown and around plentiful bus lines.

5221 Ravenna


For a newer apartment, this microstudio (273 square feet) just below Ravenna Park, with high ceilings, big windows, and a built-in Murphy bed/desk combination. The kitchen’s not full, but it has a stovetop, a microwave, and a full-size fridge. Bike parking’s available for an extra $5 a month, or catch the 74 outside. Cats are allowed.

Lake City

Up north, $1,250 can rent you an itty-bitty (220 square feet!), fully-furnished studio cabin in a woodsy setting (although it’s just off Lake City’s main drag) with other cabins from the 1930s and 1940s. The kitchenette includes pots and pans, and what it lacks in an oven it makes up for with a stovetop and toaster oven. “One quiet pet” is okay with $25 a month pet rent, and there’s parking for one car, although it’s just off the 522 line. The cabin shares a campground-esque yard with the other cabins, including a barbecue and a picnic table. One drawback: There’s no laundry onsite at all, so the laundromat is a must.

Taft Apartments

Capitol Hill

Kind of at the intersection of Capitol Hill, First Hill, and the Central District—right by Seattle U—this 1910-built studio rents for $1,350 a month. Vintage features include a clawfoot tub, plus some original millwork and hardwood floors, although the kitchen’s been largely overhauled. It’s near plentiful transit, especially the 2 and 12, and allows cats.


Which $1,300 home would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    (45 votes)
  • 36%
    Lower Queen Anne/Uptown
    (79 votes)
  • 10%
    (22 votes)
  • 13%
    Lake City
    (30 votes)
  • 18%
    Capitol Hill
    (41 votes)
217 votes total Vote Now