What You Can Get For $ 1,700 In NYC Vs. Miami Apartment Rentals

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So I took a look at Zillow and found several Miami apartments priced around $ 1,650 per month, which I pay for my Brooklyn apartment.

A screenshot of the Miami apartments the author found on Zillow.

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I was intrigued by a two bedroom apartment listed on Zillow for $ 1,700 in Little Havana, which is about 40 minutes from downtown Miami by public transit.

The exterior of a Miami apartment building in Little Havana

A view of the exterior of the apartment the author visited in Miami.

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At 1,100 square feet, the apartment was more than double the size of my two-story Brooklyn apartment, and came with some extra amenities that I didn’t have.

The exterior of a Miami apartment building in Little Havana on a cloudy day.

A view of the exterior of the Miami apartment.

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In Brooklyn, I live in an apartment under 500 square feet, about 30 minutes from Lower Manhattan by train.

A red brick building in Brooklyn with trees in front of it

A view of the exterior of the author’s building in Brooklyn.

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According to my lease, this is technically a 1.5 bedroom apartment. But I only use one room as a bedroom, and I have two additional small spaces that I use for work and play.

A view of the living room of the author's Brooklyn apartment shows a red leather sofa to the left and a TV on a table to the right

The living room of the author’s apartment in Brooklyn.

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While I love my Brooklyn apartment with all of its quirks – I’m looking at you, the windows facing each other – I decided I had to visit this Miami apartment to see what I was missing.

Left: the author opens the mysterious exit from his room.  Right: a close-up of one of the windows to nowhere

The author’s windows to nowhere are seen.

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Upon entering I was greeted by a bright kitchen roughly the same size as my kitchen in Brooklyn with the same amount of counter space and storage.

A view of the kitchen of the Miami apartment

The kitchen inside the Miami apartment.

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Like my home, the Miami apartment also had windows in the kitchen to let in natural light, which I loved.

A view of the author's kitchen in his Brooklyn apartment shows an electric stove on the left with cups hanging from a shelf above and windows behind them.

The kitchen of the author’s apartment in Brooklyn.

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But one interesting thing about the Miami apartment that I didn’t have in Brooklyn was the interior window facing the living room. I imagined I could watch TV while doing the dishes.

A photo of the sink in the kitchen of the Miami apartment

The kitchen inside the Miami apartment.

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My sink faces a wall in Brooklyn, and the refrigerator blocks my view of my small living room.

The author's kitchen is seen with a cart in the foreground and a counter, sink, refrigerator and oven behind

A wide view of the kitchen inside the author’s Brooklyn apartment.

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The living room in the Miami apartment, on the other hand, was huge, almost triple the size of the living room in my Brooklyn apartment.

A view of the living room on the first floor of the Miami apartment

The living room inside the Miami apartment.

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I was excited when I saw a sliding patio door in the living room leading to a small balcony.

A view from the living room on the first floor of the Miami apartment shows the patio

The living room inside the Miami apartment.

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I thought the patio overlooking lots of green in the courtyards below was just big enough for two people to enjoy it quietly.

A view of the exterior of the Miami apartment patio

Two views from the balcony of the Miami apartment.

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In Brooklyn, my bedroom window opens onto an emergency staircase leading to a sidewalk that I use as an outdoor space.

The author's fire escape is seen through the window in front of his bed and bookcase.

A view of the author’s bedroom in Brooklyn.

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But the fire escape doesn’t have enough room for two people to sit comfortably, so when I have someone at home, one of us has to sit on the windowsill .

The author's fire escape in his Brooklyn apartment has flowery sofa cushions on the left and stairs on the right

A view of the author’s fire escape in Brooklyn.

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There was a half bathroom downstairs plus a full bathroom upstairs in the Miami apartment.

side-by-side photos show a half bath in the Miami apartment

The powder room inside the Miami apartment.

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I only have a small bathroom at home and thought it would be nice to have a second one, especially when I have friends in my house.

A view of the authors bathroom shows the toilet on the left, a plant on the window sill on the right, and a shower with a pink and white curtain in the back

The bathroom in the author’s Brooklyn apartment.

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Upstairs, the Miami apartment had two decently sized bedrooms a bit smaller than my master bedroom with windows and large closets.

View of a closet in one of the bedrooms of the Miami apartment

A bedroom inside the Miami apartment.

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My Brooklyn apartment has two small rooms that lead to the master bedroom. One of them is my music room, but I thought about using it as a workout space or for other activities.

An aerial view of the author's music room shows wooden floors, a gray carpet, an electric drums, a red leather chair with a ukulele on it

A small room in the author’s apartment in Brooklyn.

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