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What $2,000 rents in Seattle right now

A Lake City house or a Capitol Hill apartment?

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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: $2,000.

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Lake City

Up in the Olympic Hills area just barely south of the city limits, this two-bedroom house with a small, private fenced yard and patio—part of a complex—is renting for $1,995 a month. It’s pretty amenity-rich, with a mini-split and in-unit laundry. Both cats and dogs can come with deposit, and it has both off-street parking and transit less than a block away (it’s also just a couple of blocks from groceries and other errands).

A three-dimensional floorplan rendering with white walls and hardwood-like floors. There’s an open living area and kitchen in the upper right, a bedroom in the upper left, and windows on the far walls. A bathroom and shower are lower left. Via Etta Ballard


Just off Ballard’s main drag, this one-bedroom unit in a 1989 building might as well be new construction inside, with a modern design common of newer buildings, including a narrow open kitchen and living area. Building amenities also feel newer, with a social and game room, a shared grill area, a pet grooming station, and a bike room. It’s a three-quarter bath, but it has its own washer and dryer. Parking’s available in an attached garage, although you can grab pretty much any bus that goes to Ballard from here, and cats and dogs are both allowed. Rent’s $2050 a month.

Queen Anne

In lower Queen Anne/Uptown (depending on your preference), this apartment is in a similarly-aged building—1994. It’s also been renovated with a floorplan more typical of modern building: a studio with a separated sleeping area commonly referred to as an “open one bedroom.” While that sleeping area doesn’t have its own windows, the living area has a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows leading to a balcony. It has its own laundry facilities and a three-quarter bath, and residents share a gym. This one will run you $1,978 a month.


North of Seattle in Shoreline, almost to Lake Forest Park, this two-bedroom, 900-square-foot upper half of a house is going for $1,997 a month (sometimes less!), but there’s a catch: It’s a Loftium unit, which means part of the deal is managing the Airbnb downstairs. The large backyard has fruit trees, and one pet can come. Laundry’s shared with the vacation rental. It’s about a 10-minute walk to downtown buses, and it does come with parking, too.

Capitol Hill

On the slightly-quieter but still amenity rich stretch of Summit in Capitol Hill, this vintage, 1928 one-bedroom apartment is in a building designed by William Bain, a founding partner in big-deal firm NBBJ. The unit has been completely renovated, although part of the goal was keeping its vintage charm—it hangs onto some original hardwoods, boxbeam ceilings, and moulding, although it has all-new appliances and subway tile. It even has its own laundry. A lack of private parking is pretty common for the neighborhood, but it’s right on a bus line and not far from others (including light rail). Both cats and dogs are okay.


Which $2,000 home would you rent?

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  • 22%
    Lake City
    (46 votes)
  • 14%
    (30 votes)
  • 6%
    Queen Anne
    (14 votes)
  • 5%
    (11 votes)
  • 51%
    Capitol Hill
    (107 votes)
208 votes total Vote Now