If you’re like most people, you’ve probably day-dreamed at some point in your life about living somewhere else, maybe in one of the world’s most magnetic cities like lovely Paris, Istanbul or Brussels. Nowadays, it is relatively easy to make such a change, especially a short-term one – as long as you have some cash, enthusiasm, and willingness to try something new.
Before packing your bags and jumping on a plane, you’re going to need a place to rent though. Luckily, apartment search website RENTCafé calculated the amount of space you could rent for $1,500 in the 30 most magnetic cities around the world. Wondering about the level of magnetism? Well, this has been assessed with the help of the Mori Memorial Foundation’s Institute for Urban Strategies. See below what they uncovered:
Surprised? Excited? Slightly disappointed? Whichever your reaction, this chart probably had an impact on you but don’t rush to the airport just yet. Here are a few highlights that you might want to glance over before making a decision:
It turns out that with $1,500, you can live like a king in Shanghai (1,705 sq. ft. / 158 m2) where an apartment can be three times bigger than Los Angeles apartments (530 sq. ft. / 49 m2).
Enchanted by sunny Spain and want to move to Barcelona and enjoy your own space (769 sq. ft. / 71 m2)? If you haven’t made up your mind yet, you might want to consider renting an apartment in Madrid instead (949 sq. ft. / 88 m2) as for the same amount, you can get 180 sq. ft. / 17 m2 more than in BCN.
If you’d fancy a more drastic change, take a look at Istanbul, where the size of an apartment (1,899 sq. ft. / 176 m2) equals that of seven hypothetical Manhattan apartments (277 sq. ft. / 26 m2), with a monthly rent of $1,500.
Compared to those in Berlin (1,500 sq. ft. / 139 m2), San Francisco apartments (316 sq. ft. / 29 m2) are much smaller at this price, the German capital offers you a living space five times larger than San Fran, for the same amount of money.
Widely known as the City that Never Sleeps, New York City is sure to keep you awake being the second most magnetic global hub. Despite being a winner in terms of career opportunity, it offers only 277 sq. ft. (26 m2) of apartment space for $1,500.