20. 90405: The median rental price in this Santa Monica, California, zip code is $3,832. Here's a quaint cottage, located just off the beach, that you could pick up for $3,900 a month.
19. 94107: For $3,885 a month, you can get a one-bedroom apartments in San Francisco's tech-centric SoMa neighborhood.
17 (tie). 10038: This one-bedroom apartment in Manhattan's Financial District will run you $3,750 a month, just below the $3,855 median rent for the zip code.
17 (tie). 10069: This Trump Place apartment on New York City's Upper West Side looks out over the Hudson River. Median rents in the neighborhood are $3,855 a month.
16. 10023: Also on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, this zip code has a median rent of $3,890 for apartments like this spacious studio.
15. 10016: Here's a Murray Hill one-bedroom for $3,850 per month. It's under 1,000 square feet, but spacious and full of light from the corner-oriented windows.
14. 94105: In San Francisco, you can call this modern, furnished South Beach area apartment home for just under $4,000 per month.
13. 94158: In Mission Bay, San Francisco, you can hang your hat at this open-plan contemporary spot for $3,995 a month.
12. 10019: Just off of Lincoln Center, this New York City zip code has a median rental price of $3,960. This one-bedroom in a high-rise apartment building is 800 square feet and has partial river views.
11. 10026: Harlem is an up-and-coming real estate hotspot in Manhattan; this apartment in a doorman building with huge windows will cost you $3,800 per month.
10. 10002: If you prefer downtown living, the Lower East Side might be your cup of tea — for a median monthly price of $4,032. This neighborhood was once known for its tenements, but new buildings like The Chrystie (pictured) offer brand-new, light-filled apartments.
9. 10003: In the East Village's StuyTown, you could get cozy in an updated one-bedroom with a spacious living room.
8. 10001: Floor-to-ceiling windows in this North Chelsea high-rise building give you full skyline views. The median price in this zip code is $4,150 per month.
7. 10025: Up on the Upper West Side, for $4,185 a month you can snag a place like this one-bedroom in a luxury apartment building. Building amenities include a fitness center and private picnic area.
6. 94920: The only non-New York City zip code to crack the top 10, apartments in this part of California's Belvedere Tiburon go for a median $4,100 per month. But you'll get plenty of bang for that buck: this is a 2-bedroom unit in a house, with garage, wood-burning fireplace, and shared swimming pool.
4 (tie). 10065: If the Upper East Side is more your style, you can look to buildings like this traditional mid-rise one in Lenox Hill, where a median price of $4,200 per month will get you a one-bedroom with nearby subway access.
4 (tie). 10010: In the central Manhattan neighborhood of NoMad, median monthly rents hover at $4,200. For that, you can get a one-bedroom like this one.
3. 10282: The number three slot is taken up by the downtown neighborhood of Battery Park City, known for its stellar water views. The median rent prices jump to $4,615 each month, with which you can get a 700-square-foot one-bedroom like this one.
2. 10014: The West Village is one of few Manhattan neighborhoods to still hang on to a sense of small-town coziness. This apartment — with wood floors, granite countertops, and complimentary cocktail parties for residents — is in one of only a few new buildings to have sprung up in the last decade.
1. 10036: Just a few blocks from Times Square, Hell's Kitchen's median rent price is $4,720. This three-bedroom apartment is in a doorman building with a pool and rooftop deck.