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What $900 a month rents in Seattle right now

It’s a whole lot of microstudios

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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: $900.

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Viewed from a loft above, an apartment with floor-to-ceiling windows, a brown carpet, and white walls. There’s a desk to the right and a chair to the left. Via the Roost

Judkins Park

Just north of Interstate 90, a brand-new, itty-bitty studio (that’s 161 square feet) is renting for $950 a month, all utilities, including Wi-Fi, included. It has a lofted design to free up some space and its own private bathroom, plus a kitchenette—it’s a “co-living” community, with three shared full kitchens. Residents also share dining areas, a TV lounge, laundry, and bike parking. Pets can come for an extra $25 a month. It’s on the 7, 9, and 106. Photo appears to be of a model unit.

Looking through an open door, there’s a white room with hardwood floors. There’s a window on the far wall, wood cabinets are visible to the right, and ceiling fan light fixture with three bulbs above.
A white room with hardwood floors, a kitchenette with wood grain cabinets and a greenish-gray countertop, and a white fridge on the far wall. A ceiling fan light fixture with three bulbs is above. Via Westview Apartment Homes

Beacon Hill

Head a little farther south and find a slightly bigger microstudio (190 square feet) in a heavily renovated turn-of-the-century building for $950 a month—no loft here, but it does have some spacious closets. There’s a little kitchenette along one wall and a private bath, plus hardwood floors and touches of vintage millwork. There’s garage parking available in this one, and it’s just a couple of blocks from the light rail station. Pets are allowed here with a refundable deposit.

Capitol Hill

Just a couple of blocks from Broadway (near tons of buses and light rail), this studio in a vintage building is advertised as “spacious”—which isn’t entirely true, but at 210 square feet, it’s the biggest on this list. Unfortunately, that doesn’t include a private bathroom, although the onsite manager does the cleaning for the two baths shared between seven apartments (there’s an alcove with a little sink and vanity, so kind of a private .25 bath?). It’s a corner unit, so it gets a decent amount of light, and has hardwood floors. The kitchenette has a mini-fridge and a hotplate. No word on pets. Rent is $950 a month.

A white room has hardwood floors, and a small kitchenette with white cabinets and a microwave to the left. There’s a loft above with a black metal railing, and a black metal ladder leading up on the right.
Via Craigslist

Shoreline

Right on Aurora—about a 30-minute walk from Shoreline Community College—this 165-square-foot (but lofted) studio apartment comes furnished, and is one of six to eight in a “pod” that shares a kitchen and a patio. The unit has its own kitchenette with a microwave and mini-fridge, plus a private, full bathroom. It’s right on the E-Line, but there’s parking, too. $950 in rent includes all utilities, including Wi-Fi. No pets, though. Photo appears to be of a model unit.

A small room with a dark countertop with a steel sink in the foreground along the left wall, and a small bed with no frame and a dark bedspread (and many throw pillows) along the right wall. Via Keystone Properties

Ballard

This 158-square-foot studio just off the main Ballard drag has what’s a familiar kitchen setup by now: a kitchenette with a microwave and fridge, but big, shared kitchens (six of them, in this case) throughout the building. This one has a private three-quarter bathroom, too, and Wi-Fi is included in the $925 rent. In addition to kitchens, residents share a rooftop deck, laundry, and bike storage (no car storage, though). Being just a couple of blocks from Market puts it near transit, and pets are allowed. Photo appears to be of a model unit.

Poll

Which $900 apartment would you rent?

This poll is closed

  • 6%
    Judkins Park
    (22 votes)
  • 13%
    Beacon Hill
    (49 votes)
  • 17%
    Capitol Hill
    (61 votes)
  • 14%
    Shoreline
    (51 votes)
  • 48%
    Ballard
    (172 votes)
355 votes total Vote Now