While still nowhere near the comparatively outrageous rates found in NYC (average $3,642/month) or San Francisco (average $3,512/month), Atlanta's rents are on the rise — thanks in no small part to a construction boom consisting almost entirely of "luxury," amenity-laden apartments. Let's take a look at what you can get these days for the healthy budget of $2,000 in four Atlanta neighborhoods: Old Fourth Ward, Midtown, Reynoldstown and Blandtown/West Midtown. Which would you pick? It's Curbed Comparisons time!
Old Fourth Ward
↓ For $1,962/month, you can score a two-bedroom apartment conveniently located smack dab on Historic Fourth Ward Park and the Beltline. The digs are part of AMLI Parkside Apartments, which offers a sizable pool, covered parking and a fitness center to residents of its 301 units.
Square footage: 1,143
Best: Access to the Beltline, Ponce City Market, Krog Street Market, parks and other sought-after Atlanta amenities
Worst: Reviewers report annual rent hikes, which might just be a thing that happens these days in such a desirable location
↓ What this wee Midtown apartment at Mayfair Tower lacks in size, it makes up for in Buckhead skyline views. Sure, $2,000/month initially seems pricy for what you get, but the unit is furnished and includes all utilities plus wifi and cable TV as well as a parking space. It boasts a 10-foot ceiling and a modern, renovated kitchen and bathroom.
Square footage: 533
Best: That view!
Worst: That size!
↓ If that tiny Midtown abode sounds claustrophobia-inducing, Reynoldstown might be more your speed. For $2,000/month, you get a spacious two-bedroom townhouse with soaring ceilings, three levels of living space and a two-car garage. Spread out! It comes with all appliances, including a washer and dryer. You're also near Home grown, H. Harper Station, WonderRoot and other hip destinations.
Square footage: 2,000
Best: More than enough space
Worst: Lacks amenities such as a pool and gym that others on this list offer
↓ This two-bedroom unit in the new Walton Westside goes for around $1,970/month and throws in added bonuses like an on-site coffee shop, complementary car charging, valet trash and an indoor pet grooming room. Like many new apartment buildings, it also provides a spacious pool and fitness center but the real money is in that 2,000-square-foot rooftop sky terrace with panoramic skyline views.
Square footage: 1,089
Best: The most epic rooftop party pad we've seen in ages
Worst: Reviewers complain of thin walls and car break-ins