Guess the rent of this Tobin Hill one-bedroom apartment in San Antonio – mySA

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Today we’re headed to a one-bedroom apartment in Tobin Hill. It’s near plenty of downtown amenities, but does that mean it’s worth the monthly rent?
San Antonio’s real estate market is going to be hot this year. (Hotter than Austin!) And San Antonio rents aren’t dropping. From finding your perfect new home to negotiating rent prices, searching for an apartment in San Antonio can be quite the experience. Taking inspiration from our sister publication SFGate in San Francisco, MySA is looking at local properties showcasing the best, worst, and everything in between here in the Alamo City. Let’s guess the rent.
We’re leaving the suburbs of the Northwest Side this week and headed back into the inner-city neighborhood of Tobin Hill for a classic one-bedroom apartment. Does classic mean old? Maybe. 
This listing is in a quadplex but offers more of a “home environment.” Perhaps the person who listed it is referring to the 1,130 square feet of space, since almost anywhere can be considered a “home environment.” 
The apartment appears to have maintained a lot of its retro fixtures and the Craigslist post says it’s within walking distance of the Pearl. A 14-minute walk according to Google. It’s definitely close to the St. Mary’s Strip.
But how much should one pay for a one-bedroom apartment, even if you are within walking distance of the Strip and Pearl?
Let’s dive in.
The living room comes with a fireplace for those cold — wait is there something in the fireplace?
Hello, living room. A fireplace isn’t something that comes standard in apartments these days, mostly due to central heating and air. That doesn’t appear to be the case here since the listing says the apartment has one AC wall unit. Still, a fireplace can be a fun centerpiece when placing furniture. 
Wait… is there someone in the fireplace? Am I seeing things?
The bedroom has plenty of windows for plenty of natural light. 
The more windows the better. You should always look for a place that lets in plenty of natural light. It certainly gives homes with wood flooring a warm feeling. The cable coming out of the wall hopefully means the apartment is cable- and internet-ready. The listing doesn’t specify.
You don’t see the basket weave tile much, but this bathroom has it.  
It’s not every day that you find basket weave tile patterns like the one on this bathroom floor. You are giving up bathroom cabinet space with a pedestal sink but only shows off the intricate floor tile more.
I’m not sure how long it has been since the kitchen has been painted, but I love retro kitchens.
It does have a retro kitchen. The colors are straight out of a 1950s issue of Better Homes and Gardens.
The apartment comes with its own private backyard. 
This private backyard space could use a little upkeep but I could see myself spending some time here. But is this space worth the price tag?
The listing says you would pay $1,380 a month to live in this one-bedroom apartment. It’s less than a minute from the St. Mary’s Strip and popular night spots like Midnight Swim and the Paper Tiger, so you would probably get a weekend crowd parking on the street.
Zumper actually lists this exact apartment at $1,490 a month and says average rent for a one-bedroom is $1,607. 
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Steven Santana is a digital reporter and pop culture weeb born and raised in San Antonio. He graduated from Our Lady of the Lake University in 2013. Reach out at Follow him on Twitter @stevensantana88 


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