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One of my first apartments in Manhattan was so tiny that my bedroom could barely fit a twin-size bed, and I could touch all four walls in my bathroom from my tub.
When I visited friends around the world, I couldn't help but be jealous of their homes (walk-in closets that doubled as "bedrooms" simply weren't a thing) — and I wondered how much their rent was.
Well, now I know. Rental listing site RentCafé recently crunched some numbers to estimate how much square footage $1,500 in rent gets you in 30 of the world's most attractive cities (based on factors like the local economy, livability, cultural interaction and accessibility). Take a look at what your global neighbors are getting for their money.
Top 5 Cities That Offer the Most Space for $1,500
1. Istanbul: 1,899 square feet
2. Shanghai: 1,705 square feet
3. Berlin : 1,500 square feet
4. Beijing: 1,426 square feet
5. Seoul, South Korea: 1,389 square feet
Bottom 5 Cities That Offer the Least Space for $1,500
1. New York City (Manhattan): 277 square feet
2. London: 301 square feet
3. Zurich: 314 square feet
4. San Francisco: 316 square feet
5. Hong Kong: 321 square feet
If you're not even sure what a 300-square-foot apartment (or smaller) looks like (hint: it's tiny) here's some context. Or you can think of it this way: If your 300-square-foot apartment measured 15-by-20 feet, and you're 5 feet 5 inches, less than three of you would fit one way lying down, and less than four of you the other.
A 1,800-square-foot apartment, meanwhile, would look something like these spacious digs space-wise (which you'd pay far greater than $1,500 for in New York City, based on these rental price tags).
Of course, space is just one of the considerations of renting an apartment, but it can feel like the only one if you're fed up with living somewhere that's only slightly bigger than the toolshed in your parents' backyard. But don't get swayed by square footage alone; here are 12 things to keep in mind before you sign your next lease.