These romantic homes for rent across the country are the perfect place to start a new life with your sweetie.
Whether you’ve been living together for a while or are about to take the plunge, finding the right rental for a couple can be a challenge. You might long for a walk-in closet, while your mate wants a living room big enough for a massive TV. But you can both probably agree on one thing: the need for personal space. Rental homes usually offer a bit more elbow room than apartments. Even better: They don’t have to cost a fortune. These rental homes found on Trulia offer the space you need at a price you can both agree on — $1,500 a month or less.
2-bedroom New Orleans shotgun home: $800/month, 8524 Apricot St., New Orleans, LA 70118
The Big Easy is known for Bourbon Street’s raucous nightlife, but there’s plenty of fun – and charm — off the tourist path. Take the Leonidas neighborhood, where you’ll find this renovated 850-square-foot shotgun cottage tucked among other adorable old homes. And it comes with plenty of date-night options. Walk a few blocks to the funky Rock ‘N’ Bowl to catch a live show. Stroll past the historic homes on Carrollton Avenue (just four blocks away), hop on a streetcar down to Oak Street for endless options for dinner for two. Or just enjoy a candlelit meal at home in the large eat-in kitchen.
3-bedroom coastal North Carolina home: $995/month, 901 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 28516
Set in Beaufort, in the gorgeous inland coastal region of North Carolina, this remodeled Cape Cod includes three bedrooms, a fireplace, and a fenced-in courtyard to call your own. Although the sweet back deck might beckon, weekends were made for enjoying the town Travel + Leisure recently voted America’s number one small town. Take a quick drive to Front Street for a cocktail at one of the laid-back pubs, or board the Island Express Ferry to see the wild ponies on Shackleford Banks.
3-bedroom historical Virginia home: $1,150/month, 2312 Peach St., Portsmouth, VA 23704
Built in 1949, this light-filled 1,518-square-foot cottage could be considered one of the newer homes in Portsmouth, a small city founded in 1752. History abounds here, from the circa-1846 Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center to the Lightship Portsmouth Museum, housed in a docked ship on Water Street that dates to 1915. Such attractions make Portsmouth popular with day-trippers, but this three-bedroom, two-bath home offers peace and quiet in a residential area away from tourists. When you’re up for an evening out, you can’t go wrong with a quick, 2-mile drive to the heart of the Olde Towne entertainment district and its old-timey pubs like the maritime-themed Gosport Tavern.
2-bedroom charming Savannah home: $1,150/month, 824 E. 34th St., Savannah, GA 31401
Savannah is known for beautiful city squares and stately row houses. But the city is bursting with quaint charm on a smaller scale too. Like this adorable, 1,350-square-foot, two-bedroom bungalow just outside downtown. Newly renovated with modern comforts like an updated kitchen with a pantry, the home also features a bonus room that can comfortably house your hobbies (and those of your significant other). And though the aforementioned kitchen is spacious, you might not entirely need it — walk five blocks down 34th Street to PERC Coffee for your caffeine fix or bike to dinner at the industrial-chic gastropub Cotton & Rye.
3-bedroom Chicago bungalow: $1,165/month, 10941 S. Parnell Ave., Chicago, IL 60628
As in any city, you pay a premium to live close to the action, and the farther you are from the city center, the better the deal. That’s especially true for homes in Roseland, a neighborhood that’s a quick trip up I-94 to the heart of Chicago. Here, you’ll find a strong sense of community, with plenty of noteworthy local businesses like Old Fashioned Donuts and the Taste of Chicago Italian restaurant. You’ll also find this three-bedroom brick bungalow that offers the ideal alternative to cramped apartment living. The huge living room alone is worth the rent, but the wood-burning fireplace is the real clincher — perfect for cozying up on front of. If you fall in love with the place, good news: It’s available on a rent-to-own basis, making it an ideal starter home.
3-bedroom Las Vegas home that’s a good bet: $1,295/month, 11943 Jersey Lilly St., Las Vegas, NV 89183
Las Vegas isn’t just about neon, glitz, and gambling. There are quiet residential areas beyond the Las Vegas Strip where you’ll find newly built homes for reasonable rents. What this 1,485-square-foot tract home lacks in nearby entertainment options it make up for in privacy and peace and quiet. With a huge kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, it’s a well-appointed abode for those who prefer hosting dinner parties to dining out. Don’t worry if your get-together goes late — with three bedrooms and two and a half baths, your friends have enough space to stay for the night (or weekend). And the best part: It’s one of the rare rentals with a garage!
3-bedroom renovated home in Houston: $1,400/month, 12075 Swords Creek Road, Houston, TX 77067
For couples who have endured one too many cramped apartments, welcome to paradise: a light-filled three-bedroom, two-and-a-half-bathroom home where you’ll never have to fight over who gets the first shower. Not only is there more than enough room for you both in this 2,108-square-foot house with a two-car garage, your pooch can roam free in the fenced yard as well. Take a quick walk to the local park, where you can get to know the other residents who’ve flocked to this Houston neighborhood for spacious homes with an easy commute to the center city.