These affordable homes prove that great location and style dont always come with a hefty price tag.
Whether you live with roommates, a growing family, or an impressive trophy collection, affordable, multibedroom rentals can be hard to find. But spacious homes and reasonable rates dont have to be mutually exclusive. These two- and three-bedroom apartments rent for less than $2,000 a month, proving that living in popular cities doesnt have to mean squeezing into a 200-square-foot studio.
1. Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina
Modern luxury on E. Morehead St.
Stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and in-unit washers and dryers are just a few reasons youll love this two-bedroom, two-bathroom unit in Charlotte, North Carolina. In addition to your 1,316-square-foot apartment, the Camden Grandview complex offers a fitness center, a yoga studio, and a saltwater pool. Youll also be able to stroll right over to Uptown for a bite to eator grab some groceries at the Kings Drive Farmers Market. Best of all? The apartment is within walking distance of Spectrum Center and Bank of America Stadium, so sports fanatics can make $20 parking a thing of the past.
2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
A spacious spot on Watermark Blvd.
Families, roommates, and the work-from-home types will love the layout of this three-story townhome in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. With three bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, and 1,680 square feet, youll have plenty of space to feel at home while keeping your wallet happy. Even better, it comes with a two-car garage, an upscale kitchen, walk-in closets, and separate living and dining areas. Of course, how could you not love a huge, resort-style pool, top-notch fitness center, and a nine-minute drive to Super Target?
3. Charleston, South Carolina
Pet-friendly paradise on Folly Road Blvd.
Take in everything that Charleston, South Carolina has to offer in this 888-square-foot apartment nestled on the Ashley River. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is divided down the middle by a gorgeous kitchen and living roommaking it the perfect layout for you and a roommate. The 35 Folly Apartment community is completely pet-friendly, and a dog park is just one of the many amenities youll enjoy in the complexalong with a luxurious pool and tree-lined pathways. The proximity to downtown Charlestown is ideal andlast time we checkeda well-placed Starbucks never hurt anyone.
4. Chicago, Illinois
Charm and convenience in E. Hyde Park Blvd.
If youre a history buff, check out this newly renovated apartment building designed by the famous architect, Miles van der Rohe. This two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment offers 850 square feet of good designfrom granite countertops and stainless steel appliances to a modern bathroom lined with subway tile. Onsite amenities include a fitness center, laundry facilities, and a place to store your bike after making the (very) short trip to Whole Foods or Starbucks.
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
A light-filled townhome on Peniston St.
Youll never miss out on the Mardi Gras action living in this two-bedroom, one-bathroom town home in New Orleans, Louisiana. Original hardwood floors cover the 1,580-square-foot home, which also includes high ceilings, gorgeous built-in cabinetry, and plenty of natural light. It may be hard to leave this window-lined charmer, but when you do venture out, youll be able to walk from your cozy, residential area to all of the food and shopping on the famous Magazine Street.
6. Huntsville, Alabama
Spacious living on Highway 72 W
Renters will truly want for nothing in this three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in Huntsville, Alabama. The largest floor plan of the Capital Park apartments, this 1,486-square-foot unit features a sizable kitchen and living space with beautiful, marbled countertops and top-notch appliancesalong with other thoughtful additions like a built-in computer station. When you arent playing bocce ball or relaxing by the huge pool, head into downtown Huntsville for a boutique shopping experience or to visit one of the eight craft breweries in the area.
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Just like with fashion, home trends come and go. And though its easy to realize in retrospect that features like shag carpet wont stand the test of time, when youre looking to sell, its harder to know if prospective buyers would rather you put in, say, marble or quartz countertops. Or, if youre a buyer yourself, to know which would help your home gain value in five years.
To figure it out, we rounded up the most common questions about home features from the Trulia community and pulled data from all the homes for sale on Trulia over the last year. If listings mentioned these commonly asked-about features, we put them up for a head-to-head comparison. Heres a look at the most popular home features in America right now.
Quartz vs. Marble CountertopsTrulia research is pretty clear on this one. Among our homesellers, quartz countertops are three times as popular as marble.
Quartz is a more expensive option, but marble is more porous and prone to staining. It requires sealing at least once a year.
Hardwood vs. Carpet Floors
Real estate agents in the Trulia community confirm that the buyers they see have a strong preference for hardwood floors. They have heard the same reasons again and again: hardwood is easier to clean and can last a long time.
But that can be regionalcarpet is warmer for bare feet. If youre in an area with a lot of snow, thats something to keep in mind.
Soaking vs. Clawfoot TubsAccording to our data, soaking tubs blow clawfoot tubs out of the water. This one surprised us a bit, since clawfoot tubs used to be a sign of true luxury.
Unlike a 90s-era jet tub, though, a well-designed soaking tub can give a bathroom a spa-like feel.
Winner: Soaking tubs
Bay vs. Floor-to-Ceiling WindowIt was a close call, but when we looked at the data, we found bay windows edged out floor-to-ceiling windows.
This one may just come down to a personal aesthetic.
Winner: Bay Window
Gas vs. Electric StoveThere was no contest here. Our listers clearly prefer a gas stove. Though theyre more expensive at the outset, gas is cheaper than electricity, and these stoves allow for faster and more uniform cooking that their electric counterparts.
Winner: Gas Stove
Subway vs. Basketweave Style Tiles
This one was so close its nearly a toss-up. Either way, members of the Trulia community say that a backsplash can really update the feel of a kitchen.
Winner: Subway Tiles
Sub-Zero vs. Viking AppliancesAmong people who care about appliances, Sub-Zero just barely edges out Viking. But no matter which side you fall on, the agents in the Trulia community say its important that appliance quality matches the feel of the home. Luxury buyers will expect high-end brands.
Winner: Sub-Zero appliances
White vs. Dark CabinetsThese days, our listers prefer lighter, brighter cabinets, and agents in our community say they can help make a kitchen look bigger. One tip from Trulians: either can be beautiful, but its important to have contrast. If your cabinets are dark, go for lighter counters, or vice versa.
Winner: White cabinets
METHODOLOGY: Trulia made several head-to-head comparison of select home design features to see which ones were more commonly used by home sellers as selling points in listing descriptions. We looked at all of the homes for sale on Trulia over the last year that had listing descriptions mentioning each feature. For example, the bath tub showdown compared the share of soaking tubs vs. the share of clawfoot tubs mentioned among all for-sale listing descriptions that mentioned a bath tub.
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