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What $4,000 rents in Seattle right now

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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: $4,000.

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A Gothic arch leads into a room with hardwood floors, and an additional arch leading to the right. A wooden door is ahead.
A room with hardwood floors and a fireplace. A window bank with a bench and radiator is to the right, and a Gothic arch is ahead.
A leaded-glass window bank with four, wood-trimmed windows has a built-in hardwood window bench with a radiator beneath.
A room with hardwood floors and leaded glass windows ahead and to the right. Via Craigslist

Capitol Hill

Fred Anhalt was a prolific Seattle builder known for his elaborate, Tudor and Mission-inspired buildings, especially in Capitol Hill. Up in the north corner of the neighborhood by Volunteer Park, this three-bedroom, two-bedroom example is going for $3,995 a month, boasting both the original character (like hardwoods, leaded-glass windows, radiators, archways, even a fireplace)) and newer amenities (like in-unit laundry). It has three private entrances and a whopping 1,600 square feet of space. It’s on the 49, or there’s optional car parking. Cats can come along.

A living room has a fireplace through a wide archway right ahead, recessed lighting above, and a wood door on the right side of the far wall.
Through an archway, a dining room with a wood table, cove ceilings, and French doors in the back.
A basement den with blue walls and recessed lighting, with a rug over concrete floors and a TV in a recessed nook to the right.
A bedroom with an attic-shaped ceiling and a short, queen-size bed. There’s a small window on the far wall. Via Craigslist


Right off the main Market Street drag, this classic, Tudor-inspired Craftsman house, complete with lots of original millwork, has three bedrooms, two bathrooms, and 2,000 square feet of space for $4,000 on the dot. There’s a bonus room in addition to the three official bedrooms, and a private backyard includes a patio and established fruit trees, grapevines, and hopvines (there’s a chicken coop, too, but no chickens). It has its own laundry, too. Park whatever you want (car, bike, stuff) in the detached garage, or it’s on several bus routes. There’s a doggy door, but dogs have to interview to get in. (No cats.)

A living room surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows, with a sliding-glass door leading to a triangle-shaped balcony. The carpet is bright red, and skyscrapers and the Space Needle are visible through the windows.
A dining room has a small, round table with a window bench beneath a window bank behind it with a view of skyscrapers.
A gold-walled bedroom has shutters for windows on the far wall, which has views of skyscrapers. The carpet is red, and the bedding is striped and shiny. Via Craigslist


This very Frasier Crane-esque condo just north of Pike Place Market has two bedrooms and two bathrooms for $3,995 a month. A little older than many of the modern condos around downtown today, this one is relatively elaborate inside, with shutters and built-ins. It’s on the 18th floor, with a clear view of the Space Needle from both the living room and the balcony. It has its own laundry, but shares an indoor pool, gym, and 24-hour concierge service with its neighbors. No pets. There’s not a lot of need for parking in this neighborhood (so much transit, so close to employment centers), but if you need it, it’s a whopping $275 extra.

A wall of built-in shelves with a built-in bench below includes a fireplace. There’s a modern gray chair and ottoman to the left with a green accent pillow.
A room with built-in drawers and a built-in shelf with a TV on it. Curtains can cover the TV/built-in alcove, but they’re open. A drawing of an apple tree and leaves is on the wood panel behind the TV. To the right, there’s an upholstered gray chair and a
A large roof deck with various potted plants and a view of a lake and hills around it.A small structure has an open door. Via Craigslist


A few blocks south of the University Bridge, this 2010-built luxury townhouse offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, and big Lake Union views for $3,995 a month. The living room’s anchored by a fireplace surrounded by built-ins—a trend that continues into the bedrooms, which also have built-in cabinetry and shelving. The roof deck is huge, and has unobstructed views reaching all the way to the Space Needle. There’s in-unit laundry and an off-street parking pad, too, or catch the 70. Both cats and dogs are allowed.

A wood ceiling with exposed beams sits over a couch, a dining room, and a kitchen with stainless-steel appliances.
Exposed wood beam ceilings are above a gray couch opposite a gray-tiled fireplace with a portrait above it. On the far wall, there’s a window bank and sliding-glass doors to a small balcony.
A bedroom has black-and-white tile floors, a built-in bookshelf on the far wall, and a glass door to the outside next to the bookshelf. The bed has white and blue bedding with a blush throw.
A wood patio has wood planter boxes and a metal cable railing. Treetops are visible around it. Via Craigslist

Queen Anne

Another townhome, this one in upper Queen Anne, has two bedrooms and three bathrooms for $3,950 a month. Both bedrooms have en-suite baths and private outdoor space—a balcony above and patio below. A mid-level patio has gathering and planting space, too. Inside, find dramatic wood ceilings and in-floor radiant heat, plus its own laundry. There’s an attached garage for whatever you want to park there, or catch the 1 or 2. No pets are allowed.


Which $4,000 home would you rent?

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  • 22%
    Capitol Hill
    (64 votes)
  • 3%
    (11 votes)
  • 7%
    (21 votes)
  • 25%
    (72 votes)
  • 40%
    Queen Anne
    (112 votes)
280 votes total Vote Now