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What You Can Rent for $1500 a Month in Philly Right Now

A good selection of well-maintained two-bedroom or larger apartments - or even a house.


house for rent wissahickon rowhouse exterior front

Bright MLS image via E Marketing Real Estate

According to the current Apartment List rent report for this region, $1,500 per month is well above the median monthly rent of $1,170 for a two-bedroom apartment in the city of Philadelphia.

But it’s a figure that remains well within reach for a two-income household. Two individuals who each made just $27,000 per year, for instance, would end up spending one-third of their income on a two-bedroom apartment renting for $1,500 a month. We searched using a rent range $50 a month on either side of that figure and came up with many listings.

So for you young Millennial couples carrying huge student debt loads, for single people willing to hook up with a roommate, or for singles and couples doing a good bit better than our pair above, there are plenty of nice apartments for rent that you can move into for reasonable rents all over this city. We even found some nice ones in popular, close-in neighborhoods. Generally speaking, though, at this price, you’ll find nicer apartments, and even houses, the further out you go from Center City.

3725 Manayunk Ave., Wissahickon (above) | 3 beds, 1 bath, 1,110 square feet, $1,550 per month. Contact leasing agent about pet policy.

We lead off this roundup with the nicest of the houses we turned up in our search. This one’s a classic midcentury Airlite rowhouse in a great location: Wissahickon is the unsung gem of a neighborhood that’s wedged in between East Falls, Manayunk and Roxborough and convenient to all three. This house recently got updated with a new, modern kitchen and bath. It has two spacious bedrooms and a third that makes a good nursery. There’s room for relaxation and entertainment both indoors and out: it has both a large living room and a large deck in back of the dining room. It also has a one-car garage in its basement.

3725 Manayunk Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 [Daniel Gelb | E Marketing Real Estate, LLC, via Zillow]


apartment for rent east falls avenue apartments

Photo via GoldOller Real Estate Investments

The Avenue at East Falls, 5450 Wissahickon Ave., East Falls | 2-bed, 1-bath, 825-square-foot apartments available for rents ranging from $1,204 to $1,591 per month. Cats and small dogs welcome; contact leasing office for details about pet policy.

The new owner of this midcentury modern apartment complex on the East Falls side of the Germantown/East Falls border gave it a top-to-bottom makeover over the last year that upgraded both its units and its amenities. In its central courtyard you will now find a fire pit, an outdoor kitchen, a fountain and a swimming pool. Inside, you enjoy access to a 24-hour fitness center, a community kitchen, a game room, a business center, a study room, a resident concierge and several local convenience businesses, including a dry cleaner; a deli will join the lineup soon if it hasn’t already. The units themselves have open-plan living/dining rooms and modern kitchens, plus plenty of large windows that let in light and let you take in the view – the higher up you go, the better it gets. You’re very close to both the Central Germantown shopping district, including a supermarket, and to Regional Rail service to Center City from Queen Lane station. If you need to keep a set of wheels, you can also rent a parking space.

The Avenue at East Falls, 5450 Wissahickon Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19144 [GoldOller Real Estate Investments]


apartment for rent east kensington new bilevel

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2237 N. Front St. #2, East Kensington | 2 beds, 1 bath, 1,000 square feet, $1,500 per month. Cats and small dogs welcome.

Want easy access to the restaurants, bars and nightlife of Fishtown and Northern Liberties, but don’t want to live right in the middle of it all? Want to be able to hop on the El to enjoy a night on the town downtown? This all-new bi-level apartment is the answer. It’s outfitted with oak floors, triple-pane windows, the latest energy-efficient appliances, ductless heating and cooling, and laundry facilities in your sleek modern kitchen. And it’s just a block from York-Dauphin station on the Market-Frankford Line. What more could you ask for?

2237 N. Front St. #2, Philadelphia, Pa. 19133 [Nick Skari via Zillow]


apartment for rent queen village unit with deck exterior

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770 S. 6th St., 2nd Floor, Queen Village | 2 beds, 1 bath, square footage unavailable, $1,550 per month. Dogs welcome.

You’ll have to look long and hard to find a two-bedroom apartment that’s been recently updated, is in great shape, has some very nice amenities (including a deck and a dishwasher in the kitchen), and is located in one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in greater Center City. Want your kid to attend Meredith School but not ready to plunk money down on a house or condo? This is your alternative.

770 S. 6th St., 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, Pa. 19147 [Owner identity cloaked via Zillow]


apartment for rent west poplar new construction kitchen

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1000 Mt. Vernon St., Apt. 1, West Poplar | 2 beds, 1 full, 1 half baths, square footage unavailable, $1,500 per month. No pets.

This is one of two units in a brand-new building that’s off the beaten path but close to lots of things. Spring Garden Street and its quirky shops and eateries are two blocks to your south, and the Divine Lorraine is three blocks to your northwest – it’s just a few blocks further north on Broad Street to the Met from there. If you attend or work at the Community College of Philadelphia, you most likely won’t find anything as nice for rent this reasonable anywhere near it. A stylish modern kitchen and bathroom come with this apartment as well.

1000 Mt. Vernon St., Apt. 1, Philadelphia, Pa. 19123 [Kapsule Management via Zillow]