Rent envy: Find inexpensive deals in these cities
July 30, 2013 at 12:13 PM ET
Kansas City isn’t just topping charts for its barbecue this summer — it’s also where renters can get the most for their money. According to Zillow’s latest analysis, Kansas City is one of 10 big cities offering the best combination of:
- Current rental prices
- Price per square foot
- Low year-over-year changes in cost of rent
- Low cost of rent compared with the cost of buying a home
If you’re looking to rent, this could mean the difference between a 2-bedroom with a private patio and a 500-square-foot studio. And for prospective buyers facing the current rise in home values and low for-sale inventory, renting in one of these cities may present an attractive alternative. Here’s a look at homes for rent in the top 10 places where you can get the biggest bang for your buck.
No. 10: Milwaukee, Wis.
1922 N. 52nd St., Milwaukee, Wis.
For rent: $1,500 per month
- Specs: 1,145 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1.25 baths
- Extras: Professional landscaping, outdoor living space, laundry, 2-car detached garage
No. 9: New Orleans, La.
2435 Conti St., New Orleans, La. 70119
For rent: $1,000 per month
- Specs: 1,270 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath
- Extras: Close proximity to grocery stores and hospitals, patio, yard
No. 8: Columbus, Ohio
5536 Gabriels Landing Dr., Galloway, Ohio 43119
For rent: $997 per month
- Specs: 1,300 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
- Extras: Laundry, patio, 1-car garage, small pets allowed
No. 7: Fresno, Calif.
4265 W. Princeton Ave., Fresno, Calif.
For rent: $945 per month
- Specs: 972 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath
- Extras: Covered patio, 2-car garage, cats allowed
No. 6: Tucson, Ariz.
750 E. Irvington Road, Tucson, Ariz.
For rent: $715+ per month
- Specs: 875 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths
- Extras: Pets allowed, shared pool and spa, fitness center
No. 5: Virginia Beach, Va.
1642 High Plains Dr., Virginia Beach, Va. 23464
For rent: $1,450 per month
- Specs: 1,349 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
- Extras: Jetted tub, entertainment center, lake view
No. 4: Las Vegas, Nev.
5904 Briar Rose Lane, Las Vegas, Nev.
For rent: $1,050 per month
- Specs: 1,500 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
- Extras: 2-car garage, laundry, backyard patio
No. 3: El Paso, Texas
3712 Trina, El Paso, Texas
For rent: $950 per month
- Specs: 1,390 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 2 baths
- Extras: Fireplace
No. 2: Wichita, Kan.
13115 E. Laguna St., Wichita, Kan.
For rent: $950 per month
- Specs: 900 square feet, 1 bedroom, 1 bath
- Extras: Utilities included, garage, neighborhood pool access
No. 1: Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City offers the best combination of rental prices and low cost of rent compared with buying a home. Rent this 1,371-square-foot home for $1,100 a month.
1909 N.W. 82nd Terrace, Kansas City, Mo.
For rent: $1,100 per month
- Specs: 1,371 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2.5 baths
- Extras: Partially finished basement, cedar deck, professionally landscaped yard
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