There's a bit of difference between what's considered a small living space across the country. In Manhattan, 900 square feet can feel like a palace, while some Southern coastal cities would consider anything under 1,000 square feet to be on the small side. It shows, too, in what rent the same size apartment can fetch across the country.
Here are five real apartment listings—each within 20 square feet of each other's size, but with more than $3,000 per month separating the lowest and highest asking rents.
In Richmond, VA: $1,129
This seriously charming 900-square-foot, 1 bedroom apartment—convenient to downtown Richmond and the nearby VCU campus—rings up for an affordable price of around $1.25 per square foot.
In New Orleans: $1,950
There's a lot to love about this 1 bedroom, 900-square-foot unit in New Orleans' French Quarter, like the private balcony, private rooftop deck and that sub-$2K price tag.
In Los Angeles, CA: $2,100
This 902-square-foot DTLA loft has a bedroom and a study, plus massive windows, exposed brick and vaulted ceilings. But you'll still need to budget extra for a parking spot after you fork over more than $2K for rent.
In Brooklyn, NYC: $3,450
Centrally located in the borough of Brooklyn, the 1-bedroom units in this building are exactly 900 square feet of New York City gold, like an updated kitchen, a separate den and an in-unit washer and dryer.
In San Francisco, CA: $4,600
In this 900-square-foot San Francisco rental, they've packed in two bedrooms, a decorative fireplace, a washer and dryer, and a den. But what you don't get for almost $5K a month is a parking spot.