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Exploring What $2,500 Rents You Around Miami

Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various Miami neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's penthouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $2,500.

If you've tried looking for an apartment lately, you might have noticed how ridiculously high rents are becoming. With the average price of rentals in Curbed's best central neighborhoods ranging from $1600-$7100, we'd like to showcase what you can get in Miami -- on the somewhat more affordable side of the scale -- for $2500 (purposely avoiding Brickell because let's be real, they all look the same).

First up, this apartment in Bay Harbor Islands will get you out of all the South Beach hoopla while still being near the beach and will run you $2,495/month—a pretty decent catch. At 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, the apartment includes tile floors, renovated bathrooms and kitchen, walk-in closets, and even a balcony, amounting to a solid 1,350 square feet.

This is a 2 bedroom, 2 bath South Beach apartment in a four-unit, private-gated building. Freshly renovated and decently sized (1,150 square feet), this place boasts it's own parking space—rare for SoBe—a private terrace, and washer/dryer. This is perfect for anyone looking to avoid that stale feel of a large building. It rents for $2,500/month even. The kitchen ceiling light does look a tad institutional though.

This 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom house (okay, townhouse end unit) clocks in at only $2,500/month in northern Dade. That may seem like a bargain, but location means everything. It may be a schlepp to the Beach, but hey, just off Ives Dairy Road it has easy I-95 access. While it might not be the best looking house in the neighborhood, well, that's partially because in this 1980s tract house development they all look exactly the same. However, the updated glossy interiors and your very own backyard (is that astro-turf?! A backyard nonetheless) makes for a great family-friendly rental, music posters and stuffed animals in the kid's room (probably) not included.

For the young and successful, this Midtown apartment is plush (& expensive) Miami living at exactly $2,500/month. The 1-bedroom, 1,5 bath comes furnished with high-end Ligne Roset furniture, floor-to-ceiling windows, all the amenities of a brand-new building, and is just a stone's throw from the Design District.

This historic building might be "under construction" but with average prices of neighborhood rentals coming in at $7,100, this (small) 2 bedroom with hardwood floors, a decorative fireplace, and heaps of character, is quintessential South Beach living. Rent is $2,500/month, and the "owner needs to rent right away."

Homestead truly highlights Miami's absurd rental prices, when you can get a 5-bedroom, 3-bath house, with a 2-car garage for the same price as a Midtown 1 bedroom. If you enjoy farmlands and long drives along US-1, migrate south with four of your best friends and save the cash. Rent is $2,550/month.—Alexandra J Miller

· 9800 W. Bay Harbor Drive Apartment 710 [Zillow]
· 1125 9th Street [Zillow]
· 1048 NE 104th Lane #H [Zillow]
· 3451 NE 1st Avenue [Zillow]
· 221 Collins Avenue Apt 3 [Zillow]
· 11262 SW 243rd Terrace [Zillow]
· Renters Week 2015 [Curbed Miami]
· Curbed Comparisons archives [Curbed Miami]