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Best of the Worst: Dirt-Cheap Rental Homes of West Atlanta

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So, after having a gander at a sampling of cheap rental homes on the eastern side of Atlanta, you might think you know exactly what the city has to offer — and you'd be dead wrong. Just on the other side of The Connector exists a myriad of relatively cheap housing options. It's basically the El Dorado of affordable home rentals, if you can look past the odd stains and broken windows. Luckily, none of today's homes have those problems, though they certainly have quirks.

Okay, basically the same rules as last time:

1. The houses are under $1,000 per month

2. The houses are west of The Connector

3. They had more than one photo, which is always a good sign ...

1022 Ashby Grv SW

This house has two fireplaces. What in the world could any cash-strapped renter need with two fireplaces? Surely something nefarious, but that's neither here nor there. It's stationed in the Ashview Heights neighborhood, near the Atlanta University Center. It has a brilliant, covered front porch and hardwoods throughout. The main downside? The kitchen looks about 20 years older than the rest of the house, which rents for $950 per month. Four bedrooms two bathrooms.

188 Laurel Ave SW

This Craftsman-style home was built in 1940 in historic Mozley Park. The listers are so proud to have two fireplaces they emphasized them twice.

Like most of the other options, this house features all hardwoods. But it also has a sunlit kitchen with an older gas range (some things are just better without updates). The backyard may require crazy upkeep as a result of the encroaching kudzu, but that's unlikely to interrupt a day spent lounging on the private back deck. The house rents for $950 a month, which might be a bit overpriced, since it backs up to the interstate. Four bedrooms two bathrooms.

1731 Temple Avenue

This house looks like a done deal. It's a refurbished Craftsman built in 1920, in College Park but with slick hardwoods and a few fresh coats of paint, it looks pretty close to new. The ceilings are high and it has some built-in cabinetry, but by far the greatest feature is the screened-in front porch, which overlooks the sloping, terraced front yard. Under other circumstances this place might be double the cost, but under those circumstances, you wouldn't have to listen to jets taking off and landing at all hours of the day. If you can handle the hustle and bustle of Hartsfield-Jackson, this place rents for $750 per month.