What You Can Rent for $1500 a Month in Philadelphia Right Now
You can find decent two-bedroom apartments for rent around this price in even the tonier neighborhoods. But if you want a really nice one, you should look beyond Center City proper.
According to the latest monthly rent data from Apartment List, $1,500 a month is well above the median monthly rent for two-bedroom apartments in Philadelphia. (That figure’s $1,170 a month, down slightly from the month before.) But it’s not all that unreasonable for many renters, and it’s about in line with median rents in area suburbs such as Ardmore, Lansdale, and West Chester. (Median-priced two-bedroom apartments for rent are cheaper in Ardmore and cost more in Lansdale and West Chester.)
So what will $1,500 a month get you in Philadelphia? Depending on where you look, it will get you a servicable but modest apartment in one of those tonier Center City neighborhoods, a spiffy renovated place with a cool kitchen in one of those “greater Center City” neighborhoods on the fringes, or even an apartment in one of those garden-style complexes with nice amenities. Here’s a random sample of units in each of these categories:
1910 Ingersoll St., Unit C, Sharswood (above) | 2 beds, 2 baths, 950 square feet, $1,525 per month. Pets welcome; $350 nonrefundable fee per pet applies.
This brand-new renovated bi-level apartment is one of Raza Properties’ recent efforts, and it offers a lot of style and efficient technology for the money. All the windows are double-paned, the kitchen features slow-close cabinet doors, you’ll find color-correct LED lighting throughout, and all the appliances, including the water heater and washer/dryer combo, are energy efficient. You’re just up the street from booming Francisville, and SEPTA bus service to Center City runs a block or less away from your apartment in both directions.
The management is offering one month’s free rent with a 13-month lease or two free months with a 26-month commitment.
1910 Ingersoll St., Unit C, Philadelphia, Pa. 19121 [Christy Michaels | The Philly Apartment Company | Keller Williams Philly]
West River Apartments, Wynnefield Heights | 2-bed, 1-bath apartments with 928 square feet of space start at $1,465 per month. Pets welcome, up to two per unit; breed and weight restrictions and a $250 nonrefundable pet fee apply. Contact leasing agent for further details.
And here’s that garden apartment complex with all the nice amenities. This midcentury modern apartment community next to Fairmount Park has the full range of amenities you’d find in one of those suburban developments: fitness center, swimming pool, community room with Wi-Fi, business center, a patio with fire pit and grills, a sundeck, laundry service and gated controlled access. The apartments themselves come outfitted with energy-efficient washers and dryers, up-to-date kitchens and bathrooms and private balconies. One more amenity this complex has that the ones in the ‘burbs don’t: quick access to Center City via Martin Luther King Drive or SEPTA’s Route 38 bus.
West River Apartments, 3601 Conshohocken Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19131 [Eagle Rock Management]
917 Pine St. Apt. 17, Washington Square West | 2 beds, 1 bath, square footage unavailable, $1,515 per month. Pets welcome; contact leasing agent for details.
What you get for your $1500 or so a month with this Antique Row apartment is access. You’re located right in the middle of Pine Street’s famed antique-shop district, two blocks away from two excellent supermarkets, and within walking distance of South Street nightlife, Wash West restaurants, Gayborhood clubs and the Avenue of the Arts. With all this wealth of things to do and places to go around you, you probably won’t mind that its kitchen is on the compact side. If you wanted a fancy one of those, after all, you’d be looking in Francisville, right?
917 Pine St., Apt. 17, Philadelphia, Pa. 19107 [Mike McNelis | The Philly Apartment Company | Keller Williams Philly]
2002 Parrish St. #1, Francisville | 2 beds, 1 bath, 800 square feet, $1,550 per month. No pets.
As we were saying, if you want a fancy kitchen, you need to look in places like Francisville, and this newly renovated apartment fills the bill. You’ll find black granite countertops, Shaker cabinets and stainless steel appliances along with an island in this apartment’s kitchen. Both it and the bathroom feature simulated distressed wood tile floors, and the bathroom gives the tub/shower enclosure the same treatment. You’ll find real hardwood floors in the rest of this apartment. You also have access to an attractive wood roof deck and storage space in the unfinished basement.
2002 Parrish St. #1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130 [Jonathan Tori | Addison Real Estate]
West Lofts, 220 S. 47th St., West Philadelphia | 2-bed, 1-bath apartments start at $1,480 per month. Pets welcome; contact leasing agent for details.
The high ceilings of the old classrooms in the 1911 West Philadelphia High School lend themselves to the loft treatment, as the photo above should indicate. This dramatic conversion has preserved many of the building’s original structural and decorative elements in the units themselves, including brick walls, steel beams, and those oversized windows. The amenities include a grand community meeting space in its lobby, fashioned out of the original main entrance, and one of the biggest and most original fitness centers in the city, housed in the original West Philly High gym. (You can run on the balcony running track.)
West Lofts, 220 S. 47th St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19139 [Stonehenge Management]