As a New York City resident with a limited budget, I can only dream of having a one-bedroom apartment in a desirable neighborhood.
Currently, I live in a two-bedroom apartment with a roommate in an undesirable neighborhood and pay $US1,300 ($AU1,770) per month for my half of the rent. Although I’ve long dreamed of living on my own in a one-bedroom apartment, that’s not feasible in this city where most one-bedrooms cost well over $US2,000 ($AU2,723) per month. In fact, on average, a one-bedroom apartment in New York in 2021 costs $US2,927 ($AU3,984) per month, according to Apartment Guide.
I’ve visited Philadelphia and Chicago in the past and was shocked to find affordable apartments in those cities. Next, I wanted to see what I could afford in Detroit.
After searching Apartments.com and Zillow, I quickly noticed my one-bedroom dreams may be achievable in Detroit.
I decided to explore Downtown Detroit – the most desirable neighborhood in the city – and tour some of the available apartments. My first stop was The Press/321 building.
As part of Detroit’s revitalization efforts, most of the buildings in the center of the city have been repurposed in recent years. All of the apartments I visited were in historic buildings.
The Press/321, for example, was the headquarters for The Detroit Free Press newspaper for over 70 years until it moved buildings in 1998. The structure was left empty until 2016, when redevelopers bought it and turned it into the luxury apartment building it is today.
I toured a 571-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment that costs $US1,560 ($AU2,124) per month.
The apartment had high-end finishings. The hardwood floors were beautifully designed, the kitchen had stainless-steel appliances, and the accent wall made the room feel even more elevated.
The bedroom was a modest space, but I could easily make it work.
The bedroom could fit a queen-size bed, and it also had a large closet.
The bathroom was a testament to the luxurious quality of the apartment building.
To get a bathroom like this in New York City, I would have to spend well over $US1,500 ($AU2,042) per month.
The luxurious amenities didn’t stop inside the apartment. The building also had lounges and conference rooms.
The only thing communal about my Brooklyn apartment is the shared garbage cans out front.
There’s even a rooftop pool at The Press/321.
As a New Yorker who loves pools, I drooled at the sight of this rooftop.
The second place I toured was also downtown and called The Stott.
The Stott is an art deco building named after David Stott, a flour pioneer in the region. The building itself was revitalized but maintained its art deco design.
A 598-square-foot, one-bedroom apartment at The Stott costs $US1,790 ($AU2,437) per month.
Again, I noticed the high-end finishings in the space, which included a giant island in the kitchen and hardwood floors.
Down the hall, the bedroom was a nice size and could fit a queen-size bed.
The room had double doors that opened into a large closet.
The bathroom was also high-end in this building.
The blue tile and gold accents really made this bathroom feel luxurious.
The Stott also had expertly designed communal areas.
The communal area had public kitchens, conference rooms, and couches for all residents to use. The space wrapped around the entire building, offering 360-degree views of the city. To get these views in New York City, I would have to pay closer to $US3,000 ($AU4,084).
Plus, there was a large fitness center for residents to use.