The sad truth about our world is that everything is becoming more expensive.
From fuel to food, our wallets are being shaken for every last penny we have, and there may be no bigger culprit for people being skint then rent.
Having just moved to London, I now understand the depressing reality of forking out hundreds of pounds a month, just for a room in a shared house.
And in America, house prices have been on the increase, with the average price raising by 17% in the past 3 years.
And of course, as house prices increase, so does the rent.
$1,000 could get you a lot of things in this world… depending where you are. Today, we’re looking at what (around) $1,000 per month could get you if you were renting across America:
Size: 716-square-foot one-bedroom apartment
Neighbourhood: River’s Edge, Nashville
Amenities: Okay, to be fair, I’ve started with a belter. You’ll have a patio, a shared pool, and landscaped grounds. Essentially, you’re Leonardo Di Caprio in Gatsby.
Size: Well, I’d lay off any big meals for a while.
Neighbourhood: Financial District, San Francisco.
Amenities: “Twin Bed with NEW Blankets & Sheets.”
Size: Not listed, but there IS a balcony
Neighborhood: James Island, Charleston, South Carolina
Amenities: There’s a pool and a 24-hour fitness center, and it takes only a couple of minutes to walk to Folly Beach. Basically, you’ll be living like a celebrity.
Size: 300-square-foot studio
Neighbourhood: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn
Amenities: Sure, this property boasts hardwood floors and high ceilings, but the kitchen is so close to the bed that you could probably cook an omelette while taking a nap. Also, there’s a communal bathroom to share with other tenants. Looks like you’ll be pissing in the sink in the middle of the night.
Size: A 1-bedroom apartment
Neighbourhood: Belmont, Oregon
Amenities: This is perfect for you lazy people out there as it includes a microwave and a dishwasher.
Size: Two-bedroom apartment with 966-square-feet. Somebody get me that cat to swing.
Neighbourhood: North Asheville, North Carolina
Amenities: Did somebody say walk-in closet?!
Size: A newly-renovated three-bedroom, 1,163-square-foot home
Neighbourhood: Ryan Place, Texas
Amenities: Three freakin’ bedrooms! That’s 2 games rooms and a sex pen.
Size: A 650-square-foot one-bedroom apartment that takes up the entire second floor
Neighbourhood: Walnut Hill, Philadelphia
Amenities: Places to be chilling’ out, maxin’, relaxin’ all cool’, and shooting some b-ball outside of the school.
Size: A 2-bedroom, 2-bath apartment that covers 1,015 square feet.
Neighbourhood: Millcreek, Utah
Amenities: A lovely gas fireplace for romantic Netflix and chill evenings.
Size: A 624-square-foot studio in a trendy area
Neighbourhood: Old Fourth Ward, Atlanta
Amenities: An absolute man-cave with a fitness centre and built in patio BBQ.
Size: 1,000-square-foot two-bedroom apartment occupying one floor of a house
Neighbourhood: Lower East Side, Milwaukee
Amenities: It’s a bit outdated, but it certainly does the job.
Size: A two-bedroom floor of a historic home that covers 1,100 square feet
Neighbourhood: Olde Town, Georgia
Amenities: A huge living room with a fireplace. A clawfoot tub. Central air. A massive backyard, and a All-American porch swing. What a bargain!
Size: A three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath, single-family home
Neighbourhood: Cleveland Heights, Cleveland
Amenities: This is an entire house, complete with a garage for the car you really can’t afford. Also comes with a built-in security system.
Size: 1,103-square-foot two-bedroom apartment
Neighborhood: Hoover, Birmingham
Amenities: There’s a shared pool and tennis court. It’s basically your very own penthouse suite.
Size: A two-bedroom 1,120-square-foot apartment with two baths
Neighbourhood: Village East, Colorado
Amenities: You’ll constantly clean as this pad comes with a hot tub and swimming pool.
Size: Try crawling into a matchbox and you’ll see what it’s like.
Neighbourhood: Little Italy, New York City
Amenities: Okay, it’s got air-con, but you will have to share this room with another roommate. Seriously.
It really is location, location, location.
With $1,000, much of the time you’re expecting a castle, but in reality you end up with a closet.
It’s becoming harder and harder to become a first time buyer, and with rent prices becoming as ridiculously steep as mortgages, many people will never know the feeling of taking their first steps onto the property ladder.