From linens to a Nespresso machine, this Alexandria, Va. rental is all set. Cobblestone streets included. See more photos here
1. Alexandria, Virginia
Modern home in a historic city
It’s no wonder Alexandria is one of Washington D.C.’s most sought-after suburbs. With a history that predates the American Revolution, Old Town Alexandria blends historic charm with present-day luxury. More than 200 restaurants and retailers make their home along the charming cobblestone streets—with many favorites located on Old Town’s main drag, King Street.
Just two blocks off of King Street, this three-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse is as ready-to-go as it gets. Aside from stylish furnishings, the home comes with bed linens, toiletries, and a fully-stocked kitchen (hello, Nespresso machine). Just a 15-minute drive outside of D.C. and a short walk from the King and Braddock metros, this home is a no-brainer for commuters who actually want to love where they live.
Come for the great yard, stay for the whimsical decor. This furnished Dallas rental is a keeper. See more photos here
2. Dallas, Texas
Sleek rental home with a party-ready patio
Dallas is an undeniably busy city, but the neighborhood of Preston Hollow offers community and convenience within the larger metropolitan area. Dallasites living in this neck of the woods can skip the traffic and enjoy easy access to a wide selection of shops, restaurants, and parks without ever hitting the highway. When you do need to venture out, downtown Dallas and other popular neighborhoods are less than 20 minutes away.
Located near the popular Preston Hollow Village and Preston Center, this two-bedroom, one-bathroom home offers style, space, and a killer backyard. Besides coming fully furnished, the rate on this 1,000-square-foot rental includes utilities—leaving you with less stress and more time to hammock on the deck.
Exposed brick. Faux-grass wall decor. Spiral stairs. This Kansas City, Mo. loft has a “wow” in every room. See more photos here
3. Kansas City, Missouri
Eclectic loft in the heart of downtown
Celebrated for its relatively low cost of living and a reputation as one of Missouri’s coolest cities, Kansas City offers plenty of arts, culture, and entertainment. Nowhere is this truer than in the Crossroads area, where art galleries, studios, and local businesses dominate the sidewalks. The neighborhood is known for its First Fridays, a year-long initiative that brings local retailers, artists, and artisans to the area on the first Friday of every month.
This sleek, 900-square-foot loft is in the heart of Kansas City’s cultural scene. The exposed brick, natural night, and spiral staircases may tempt you to never leave home, but you won’t have to walk far to hit some of the city’s best restaurants—such as the “special occasion” spot, Michael Smith, and Manifesto, a romantic cocktail lounge.
Too-busy-to-breathe Silicon Valley dwellers will love this amenity-packed, furnished rental. See more photos here
4. San Jose, California
Luxurious rental in Silicon Valley
San Jose has established itself as one of the largest technological hubs in the U.S.—and with a reputation for great weather, solid school districts, and plenty of employment opportunities, it’s unsurprising that the city appeals to so many. However, more than 95 percent of residents commute by car, which makes traffic hairy. Settle in North San Jose, and you’ll stay within a 30-minute commute from major tech campuses such as Google, Facebook, and Apple.
The Enclave CA is a top-of-the-line apartment community in a location that’s ideal for commuters—but your furnished one-bedroom, one-bathroom rental is close to plenty of fun. For local fare, make the five-minute drive to Mikayla’s cafe, a popular brunch joint, or head to La Catalana for live music, tapas, and an extensive wine list.
These views, chic furniture, and near Central Park—this place is everything a New Yorker could want. See more photos here
5. New York, New York
Upscale living on the Upper West Side
Actress Tina Fey’s neighborhood of choice, the Upper West Side offers more space, green areas, and relaxed nightlife than some of its rowdier neighbors in the Big Apple. Home to Columbia University and Bernard College (as well as Lincoln Center, the performance arts complex), the neighborhood has a decidedly collegiate feel but is a welcome reprieve for New Yorkers of all ages who need a bit more space and nature in their lives.
If giant windows, sweeping views, and modern amenities are your jam, look no further than Columbus Square rentals. A furnished, one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment will cost you $3,715 per month—which is well under the Upper West Side’s median rent.
Bright and cozy on the inside, and cheerful yellow outside, this Atlanta rental is a classic Southern belle. See more photos here
6. Atlanta, Georgia
Spacious, sunny home in desirable Atlanta suburb
Atlanta is occasionally dubbed the unofficial capital of the new South. Whether the title comes from the city’s laid-back reputation or its growing popularity as a tourist destination, there’s no denying that Atlanta’s growing economy and vibrant culture make it a desirable hometown. Especially desirable is Inman Park, the city’s first planned suburb. This cozy neighborhood is known for a popular food scene and is just a 10-minute drive from downtown Atlanta.
This two-bedroom, two-bathroom home is an idyllic Southern rental. Beautifully furnished in a neutral color scheme, the cheerful yellow house features a picturesque front porch and a swoon-worthy back patio that’s perfect for entertaining. Best of all, it’s a short walk from Inman Park’s famous food halls: Krog Street and Ponce City Markets.
Colorful is an understatement for this Seattle rental. With three bedrooms and a roof deck, fun’s built-in. See more photos here
7. Seattle, Washington
Modern townhome with private sun deck
There’s a reason this Seattle neighborhood has the self-indulgent nickname “the center of the universe.” Fremont’s location—north of downtown and central to other Seattle neighborhoods—makes this artsy neighborhood the heart of much of the city’s activity. In addition to offering endless food and entertainment options, Fremont is also home to Seattle’s largest tech headquarters—including Google, Getty Images, and Adobe Systems.
Tech professionals looking for style and (a short commute) will be fighting over this huge, two-bedroom, two-bathroom townhouse in Fremont. We aren’t kidding about that commute: If you work for Facebook, Google, or Adobe, prepare to walk to work. You’ll be able to map out the trip from your private roof deck.
This light-filled, 2,812-square-foot home in Nashville, Tenn. won’t fence anyone in. See more photos here
8. Nashville, Tennesse
Gorgeous new home with tons of natural light
With its population on a steep incline, Nashville’s booming growth has turned space and prime location into rare commodities. But just a 10-minute drive from popular areas such as 12 South and downtown Nashville, the Shelby Hills neighborhood offers quiet, tree-lined streets with easy access to the best of Music City.
This three-bedroom, three-bathroom home turns childhood dreams of living in a treehouse into a grown-up reality. Built in 2017, the three-story house is surrounded by trees and shrubbery and offers several nooks and crannies within its 2,812-square-foot layout—making it the perfect place for roommates or a growing family.
Even full of sleek, modern furniture, this Raleigh, N.C. rental in a walkable neighborhood is a great deal. See more photos here
9. Raleigh, North Carolina
Pet-friendly apartment in a walkable neighborhood
Known for its natural beauty and home to North Carolina State University, Raleigh is the perfect place for outdoorsy types who appreciate big-city amenities. The North Hills offers a unique blend of shops, restaurants, offices, and residential living.
At the Anderson Hills Apartments, you can currently rent a two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment for $1,250 per month. In addition to the money you’ll save on furniture, living in North Hills makes it easy to cut back on car fill-ups. After all, why drive when you can walk to your local shops, restaurants, grocery stores, and entertainment?
With a historical exterior and warm, modern interior, this rental is a bit like Charleston, S.C. itself. See more photos here
10. Charleston, South Carolina
Renovated apartment in historic downtown
There’s a lot to love about Charleston—from its antebellum architecture to its mild winters and easy beach access. Walking along the historic streets of downtown, you’ll feel transported to another era, and yet the cobblestone walkways are lined with enough modern shops, eateries, and nightlife to keep anyone busy. Perhaps it’s this unique blend of history and amenities that keep Charleston toward the top of most “best places to visit” lists—or it could just be the “nasty biscuit” at Hominy Grill.
Taking in all of Charleston will be easy in this two-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the heart of the city. Built in 1800, this charming rental has been fully renovated and has a rooftop patio. Of course, living in the center of this walkable city, you may be too busy to spend much time at home.
Originally published October 26, 2017; updated February 23, 2018.
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