Hamtramck, a city which cuts a doughnut hole out of Detroit, has a plethora of cheap but decent rentals. Sure, it's not as buzzy as Midtown Detroit, but the town is chock full of dive bars and polish food, and it has grocery stores! (Bozek's and Al-Haramain are two of the best). And of course, it has its own Disneyland, so it is practically a tourist mecca.
? $390/month for a one bedroom: This listing proudly claims it was just recently painted. You'd have the lower portion of the home as your one-bedroom flat, which is 550 square feet.
· $390 / 1br - 550ft² - Good Neighborhood, Just Painted (Hamtramck) [Craigslist]
? $450/month studio; $550/month one bedroom $650/month two bedroom Like the feel of an apartment no one else has lived in before? There is a new 43-unit apartment building on Caniff calling you. There are open houses today and tomorrow from 1 pm to 4 pm.
· 2br - Open house 3521 Caniff, Hamtramck today (Hamtramck) [Craigslist]
? $600/month for a three bedroom
Of all the options, this one wins "swankiest" (obviously a relative term) for the hardwoord floors, new kitchen, and new windows. The totally remodeled flat available is 800 square feet on the lower floor.
· $600 / 3br - 800ft² - Hamtramck lower flat (2300 Botsford) [Craigslist]