It’s surprising how much rent can differ between cities across Canada. Between vacancy rates, the differences in economies, the demand and the available stock, $2,000 can more in one city than another, though those who can afford a $2,000 budget can afford to live in any city across Canada. We want to be fair in finding comparable communities. Having recently selected the “Coolest Communities in Canada” we thought we’d visit those cool neighbourhoods and find the nicest apartment available to rent for $2,000.
Toronto: West Queen West
Finding something to rent for $2,000 on rent wasn’t too hard. It’s enough to live well in West Queen West, especially if you’re into condo living. We found a nice, modern and well-appointed two-bedroom, two-bath condo on Queen between Gladstone and Dovercourt. It boasts stainless steel appliances including dishwasher; in-suite laundry; balcony; laminate floors and a gym in the building. Parking is additional and it doesn’t mention whether rent includes utilities, though it does give the impression that if you’re young and hip, you’ll appreciate that you can stumble home drunk from some of the hottest nightspots in the neighbourhood.
Montreal: Pointe St. Charles
Looks like you can live in high style if you’ve got $2,000 to spend on rent in Pointe St. Charles. A view, amenities and lots of space, we found a gorgeous, modern hard loft conversion on the Lachine Canal, with a great view of the city centre. It has one bedroom and one bathroom – the enormous space is luxurious. This corner unit boasts over 1,100 square feet, with ceilings just shy of 10 feet, has huge windows – and it comes impeccably furnished. It includes central air, hardwood flooring, in-suite laundry, exercise room, concierge, parking and a storage locker. The kitchen has deluxe stainless steel appliances including dishwasher, plus granite countertops – and more granite in the bathroom. No insight as to what fun awaits, but this trendy neighbourhood definitely has a lot to offer.
Forget renting a $2,000 apartment in Hintonburg. For $2,100 you can have a whole house with a yard and a garage! We found a pretty, three-bedroom, 1.5 bathroom home. It’s near the restaurants and great shops on Wellington and on Preston too. Hardwood flooring, fireplace, updated kitchen featuring tile backsplash, stainless appliances and dark cabinetry and modern bathrooms. As an added bonus of living in a house, there are three parking spots plus a garage for a fourth – or this could quite possibly be a mancave!
Calgary: 17th Ave. SW
Want to live large? You should move to 17th Ave. SW in Calgary. A two-bedroom penthouse with den in one of the most desirable buildings in the neighbourhood is what you can rent for $2,100. Renters will enjoy spectacular north-facing views of downtown and Lougheed, while enjoying a setting that offers sophisticated, designer appeal. Living in style means a master bedroom with walk-in closet and a spa-like ensuite. The rent includes parking, storage, utilities and a/c as well as onsite amenities like a gym, yoga studio, steam room, guest suite, heated underground garage and courtyard. It’s downtown and steps from the C-Train, taking advantage of the best that 17th Ave. has to offer.
Vancouver: Fraser Hood
It’s not easy to find a rental in this trendy little neighbourhood but after some searching (yes, Vancouver, we feel your pain) we found a really stylish one-bedroom one-bathroom apartment, coming in at $2,135. This one is nice because it enjoys a main floor walkout. The style is hard to beat and the location is key. Not much more can be said about this one-bedroom apartment, whether utilities, wi-fi or parking come included is your best guess, but you’ll have to jump on it if you’re interested and ask for yourself. All you can be sure of is that this one will live up to your lifestyle in a city where vacancy rates are almost non-existent and good apartments go fast.