On-screen Apartments and How Much They Really Cost

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The living spaces in TV and movies are sometimes just as memorable as the characters that live in them. But if you were searching for your very own Carrie Bradshaw or Monica Gellar apartment, how much would it realistically cost you each month? We’ve gathered up some of our favorite famous television and film apartments and estimated about how much they would run you in rent. Let’s just say that we hope our favorite characters made a lot of really great budgeting decisions in order to afford their famous spaces!

1. Monica and Rachel’s Apartment from “Friends”

Monica and Rachel’s beautiful purple walled apartment in Greenwich Village is nothing short of iconic. The apartment was spacious, perfectly decorated, and perfectly clean (of course, thanks to Monica). It had two spacious bedrooms, one bathroom, a large deck, a large kitchen (for New York standards), and was upstairs from the coolest coffee hang in the city—Central Perk. Though Chandler bragged in the last episode that the place was a “steal” thanks to rent control, in all actuality a two bedroom, one bath apartment in one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in the city is likely to run you about $4,000 a month in rent.

2. Carrie Bradshaw’s Apartment from “Sex and the City”

Carrie Bradshaw’s studio apartment in “Sex and the City” was almost like a fifth character in the series. She spent so much of her time typing, dressing, and contemplating life and love in her beloved apartment. It was pretty modest, with a small kitchen (rarely used thanks to Carrie’s aversion to cooking), a combination living/ sleeping area, and a small bathroom. The biggest luxury in this apartment was the very large closet that held all of the columnist’s couture. If you were looking to find an Upper East Side apartment similar to Miss Bradshaw’s you’ll likely find yourself spending about $2,000 a month—a hefty price for someone who only writes one column a week!

3. Jess, Nick, Schmidt, and Winston’s Loft in “New Girl”

The “adorkable” Jess may have hit the real estate jackpot when she broke up with her boyfriend and had to move into a loft with three guys she met on Craigslist. The loft on “New Girl” is an ultra modern space in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District area with four enclosed bedrooms, one bathroom, views of the city skyline, and access to a huge roof deck. The outside shot of the loft building is actually a real location—the Binford building–but the apartment itself isn’t actually a realistic place. Most lofts (especially downtown lofts) don’t actually have enclosed bedrooms, so this television apartment is quite literally fantasy. However, most four-bedroom spaces in Los Angeles rent for around $5,000.

4. Kathleen Kelly’s Apartment from “You’ve Got Mail”

Kathleen Kelly’s Upper West Side brownstone studio feels so cozy. The apartment is rather robust for a studio—with a large living and dining space and a quartered off sleeping area—and is decorated in a timeless looking shabby chic style. The apartment’s unique details like the built-in bookshelves, intricate woodwork, crown molding, and the French doors leading to the kitchen plus the fabulous location would likely run you about $3,000 a month in rent.

5. Holly Golightly’s Apartment in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”

Holly Golightly’s one-bedroom apartment on the Upper East Side is certainly one of the more memorable spaces in movie history. Her apartment was haphazardly decorated with a clawfoot tub for a couch and a bookshelf where her Cat perched. The space was plenty big enough to throw quite a raging party, but still a small space by most standards. If you were to look for your own Holly Golightly pad, you would likely be shelling out about $3,500 every 30 days.

6. Mary Richards Apartment in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show”

Mary Richards was the ultimate single gal who had the ultimate single gal apartment in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her apartment was on one floor of a gorgeous Queen Anne Victorian house and had one bedroom and one bathroom with a pretty spacious living room to host all of her fabulous friends. Renting a similar apartment to Mary Richards would cost you around $1,500 monthly.

7. Jack, Janet, and Chrissy’s Apartment in “Three’s Company”

Jack may have been hiding his real identify from Mr. Roper when he was living in his Santa Monica apartment with Chrissie and Janet (hey, it was a different time), but the apartment he lied to keep living in was indeed pretty lovely. But lovely definitely means expensive when you’re considering SoCal. Three bedrooms, one bath, and a large kitchen for Chef Jack—all within rollerblading distance to the beach—would likely cost you around a whopping $5,000! No wonder Janet and Chrissy were desperate to replace their roommate Eleanor.

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