No matter your budget, it’s hard not to have a complete breakdown when looking at rental prices these days. But was it always this bad? We did a little digging and, well, I think I’d rather have lived in the 1930s.
A large antique-y apartment building in Cleveland Park close to the National Zoo and the Metro.
Then: In 1939, a one-bedroom apartment went for $55 a month. If we adjust that for inflation, that would be $1,214 today.
Now: A one-bedroom in the exact same building runs from $2000 - $2500 a month.
This large apartment complex sits above Malcolm X Park in Columbia Heights.
Then: It’s hard to say if a “one-bedroom luxury studio” is what we would consider a studio apartment or a proper one-bedroom. Either way the rent was $135 in 1966. That would calculate to $1,279 in today’s dollars.
Now: A studio there starts at $1700 and a one-bedroom starts at $1,890.
Located smack dab in the middle of the Dupont Circle neighborhood, the price difference here should be criminal.
Then: In 1932, it was $32 a month for a one-bedroom, that’s $717 today (can you imagine!).
Now: Today, a one-bedroom there starts at $2100. Sorry to burst your bubble, but it’s not just inflation!