What you can get for $1,700 in NYC vs. Miami Apartment Rentals

So I went on Zillow. I found many Miami apartments listed for around $1,650 per monthly, which is the price I pay to rent my Brooklyn apartment.

A screenshot of Miami apartments the author found on Zillow.

The author took a screenshot of Miami apartments he found on Zillow.


I was interested in a Zillow listing for a 2-bedroom apartment in Little Havana for $1700. This is only 40 minutes from Downtown Miami via public transit.

The exterior of a Miami apartment building in Little Havana

View of the exterior of the apartment that the author visited in Miami.

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The apartment measured 1,100 square feet and was twice as big as my Brooklyn apartment. It also had two floors.

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

The outside view of the Miami apartment.

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Brooklyn is home to me. It’s only 500 square feet. Lower Manhattan is 30 minutes away by train.

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

View of the exterior of the Brooklyn apartment building.

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My lease says it is technically a 1.5-bedroom apartment. It is technically a 1.5-bedroom apartment, but I only use one of the rooms as a bedroom. I also have two tiny spaces that I use to work or for recreation.

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

The living area in the Brooklyn apartment where the author lives.

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While I love my Brooklyn apartment with all its quirks — I’m looking at you, windows that face each other — I decided I had to tour this Miami apartment to see what I was missing.

Left: The author opens the mysterious exit from her bedroom. Right: A close-up of one of the windows to nowhere

The author’s windows are visible.

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As I entered, I was greeted with a bright kitchen that was approximately the same size as my Brooklyn kitchen and had the same amount counter space and storage.

A view of the kitchen in the Miami apartment

The kitchen in the Miami apartment.

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The Miami apartment had windows in its kitchen, just like my home. I loved it.

A view of the author's kitchen in her Brooklyn apartment shows an electric stove on the left with mugs hanging on a rack above it and windows behind them.

The author’s Brooklyn apartment’s kitchen.

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The interior window that looks into the living area of the Miami apartment was a cool feature I didn’t have in Brooklyn. I imagined being able to do the dishes while watching TV.

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

The kitchen in the Miami apartment.

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My sink faces a Brooklyn wall and the fridge blocks my view of my small living area.

The author's kitchen is seen with a cart in the forefront and a counter, sink, fridge, and oven behind it

The kitchen in the Brooklyn apartment of the author.

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On the other hand, the living area in the Miami apartment felt huge, almost triple that of my Brooklyn apartment.

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

The living room in the Miami apartment.

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It was exciting to see a sliding patio door from the living room that leads to a small deck.

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

The living room in the Miami apartment.

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I thought that the patio, which overlooked the lush greenery of the lower yards, was big enough to accommodate two people.

A view of the outside of the patio in the Miami apartment

Two views from the Miami apartment’s balcony.

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Brooklyn: My bedroom opens to a fire escape and overlooks a sidewalk.

The author's fire escape is seen out the window past her bed and bookshelf.

View of the bedroom in Brooklyn from the author.

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The fire escape is too small for two people so when someone comes over, they have to each sit on the sill.

The author's fire escape in her Brooklyn apartment has flower couch cushions on the left and stairs on the right

View of Brooklyn’s fire escape.

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A half-bathroom was located downstairs and a full bath upstairs in the Miami apartment.

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

The Miami apartment’s half bathroom.

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I only have one bathroom in my home. I thought it would make sense to have another bathroom, especially if I have friends over.

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

The author’s Brooklyn apartment bathroom.

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Upstairs, there were two bedrooms that were decently sized in Miami. These were smaller than my main bedroom but still had windows and large closets.

A view of a closet in one of the bedrooms in the Miami apartment

The bedroom is located in the Miami apartment.

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My Brooklyn apartment has two small rooms that lead to the main room. I use one of the rooms as my music room. However, I have thought about using the other to exercise or for other purposes.

An aerial view of the author's music room shows wood floors, a grey rug, an electric drum kit, a red leather chair with a ukulele on it

The author’s Brooklyn apartment has a small space.

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