What $1,000 Gets You in 3 U.S. Cities: September 2016

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Here at ABODO, our favorite section of the Sunday New York Times is obviously Real Estate. (Although the copywriters are particularly fond of the Book Review.) And our favorite recurring column is What You Get for…, which highlights three properties in different parts of the country, all of which cost the same amount.

That amount is typically in the millions, or at least the high six figures, which makes the column a fun glimpse into how the other half lives. But it’s not often all that helpful to a potential renter.

That’s why we’ve created our own spin on the idea. Each month, we’ll highlight 3 rentals across the country, priced reasonably at around $1,000. Big places, small places, places with pools — in big cities and college towns; on the east coast, the west coast, and everywhere in between.

So sit back, relax, and try to keep your apartment envy in check.

1. BERKELEY, CA

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WHAT: A fully-furnished shared bedroom in a private student residence hall near the UC Berkeley campus. You’ll share your room with two other roommates and will have access to a fully stocked and remodeled kitchen, a furnished living room with HDTV, and a bathroom. Wi-Fi, utilities, and washer/dryer are included for an extra $49 a month, and a professional weekly cleaning service is free.

HOW MUCH: $990 per month.

SIZE: 298 sq. ft.

SETTING: One block from the UCB campus, and 1 mile to the Berkeley BART Station, this student residence hall is privately owned and operated and is currently under renovation. The apartment’s location partly explains its price: San Francisco is one of the most expensive rental markets in the country, and this apartment is particularly centrally located, in the heart of downtown Berkeley.

2. MEMPHIS, TN

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WHAT: A two-story duplex apartment with hardwood floors, a spacious kitchen, a large backyard, and a back porch. The bedrooms are upstairs, and the kitchen, living room, and dining room are on the first floor. The apartment comes equipped with a security system and in-unit washer/dryer.

HOW MUCH: $900 per month.

SIZE: 2BR/1 BA, 900 sq. feet.

SETTING: Just a few blocks from the Rhodes College campus, this duplex is well-situated in central Memphis. The gorgeous Overton Park — home to both the Memphis College of Art and the Brooks Museum — is within walking distance, as are the Memphis Zoo and the cafes, bars, and restaurants of the city’s trendy Midtown district.

3. MINNEAPOLIS, MN

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WHAT: A spacious, well-appointed two-bedroom apartment in Minneapolis’s Whittier neighborhood. Hardwood floors, built-in fixtures, and sturdy cabinetry, all within a gorgeous, art-deco building.

HOW MUCH: $950 per month.

SIZE: 2BR/1BA, 800 sq. ft.

SETTING: Whittier is a vibrant neighborhood in central Minneapolis known for its dining and its close proximity to several of the city’s premier cultural centers: The Minneapolis Institute of Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art and Design. It’s an affordable, artist-heavy part of the city, easily accessible by public transportation and within walking distance of Uptown, the hip nightlife center commemorated in Prince’s 1980 hit single of the same name.

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