What I Rent: Dani, $5,100 a month for an apartment in Miami, Florida

Welcome to the apartment Dani shares with her boyfriend – plus their dog and cat (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)

It’s Tuesday, and you know what that means (we hope).

That’s right – it’s time for another edition of What I Rent; our weekly series that explores the reality of renting around the world.

Last week we were in South Norwood, London, with Grace and Nick, who pay £1,500 a month for their two-bedroom house.

This time around we’re in another two-bed property – but a good 4,000 miles away.

Today we’re chatting with Dani Klarić, 22, who rents an apartment with her boyfriend in Miami, Florida – and their cat, Jello, and dog, Nalu.

Dani is an interior decorator and content creator, so she knows how to make a space look amazing.

Born in Mexico, she spent most of her life in Miami, then lived in Spain, Los Angeles, and Colombia before making a return – describing the city has having ‘always been home’.

Here’s what she rents….

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Hey, Dani! How much do you pay to live here?

We pay $5,100 a month for the apartment.

Amenities like wifi, electricity and water are around $250 a month. Plus an extra parking space that isn’t included with the rent and two storage units that are located inside the building (I have a lot of extra furniture because of my projects)

So our monthly expenses end up adding around to $5,700 per month.

What I Rent: Dani, $5,100 a month for a two-bedroom apartment in Miami, Florida: Dani putting on a record in her living area

Dani is an interior decorator and content creator (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)

And what do you get for what you pay?

An apartment with two bedrooms (with two walk-in closets), two full bathrooms, and a den.

Do you feel like you have a good deal?

Being completely honest, I don’t think it’s a good deal. The price is definitely very expensive. But because of the location and city I’m in, the price makes sense.

Whereabouts is your home based? What do you think of the area?

I live in Miami, FL. Around the Wynwood / Design District area! It’s a great location since it’s in the middle of Miami!

The area is definitely very up and coming, there’s always a lot of construction and new buildings, but I actually really enjoy living here since there’s always new things happening like art events and new stores!

The only bad thing is the traffic and chaos.

Rent is $5,100 a month (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)

How did you find this property?

My realtor!

How have you made the apartment feel like home?

I decorated the whole place with all my favorite decor and art.

In the beginning it was a little scary to decorate such a modern apartment since my style is very vintage and retro, but somehow we made it work!

It feels so homey now and I love being home.

Dani also has to pay for two storage units in the building (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)

Have you found it difficult to decorate when renting? Is your landlord happy with you doing bits?

I’ve never really had a problem while decorating!

All my landlords have been okay with me painting walls and hanging stuff up as long as I return the apartment in the same condition it was received. Or if I don’t, they’ll just keep the deposit, which is fine because they’ll try to keep it anyway.

Do you feel like you have enough space?

It’s a very big apartment. When we first moved in my boyfriend and I asked eachother how we were going to fill up such a big space since we had zero furniture.

Six months later and it’s hard to find a place for my new stuff because nothing fits!

I definitely think it’s a good space but as an interior decorator- there’s never enough space! I’m always collecting new art and furniture but I’ve officially run out of space and walls, unfortunately. That’s why I have two full storage units with vintage furniture (that I’m trying to sell all online!)

The content creator loves a retro aesthetic (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)

Are there any problems with the home you have to deal with?

This is a ‘smart building’ so basically everything is handled through your phone. There are no door keys, only an app on your phone.

It seems cool until your phone dies and you can’t get into your house. Also, when we moved in our app wasn’t working so we had to type in a 10 number code into the keypad every single time we came home.

The other issue is the package room. They keep all the packages in one small room and it’s always a mess since there’s around 700 apartments. When you get a package they send you a barcode on the app to get into the room but the system is normally always down!

So they have to hire someone to sit outside and open every single time someone needs to get a package. And once you get inside, there’s a million packages and it takes you 20 minutes to find your little Amazon bag that was hiding behind all the other packages.

Hello, Jello (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)

Do you have plans to move again any time soon? What about buying a place?

I’m looking to get another apartment in NYC to travel back and forth for work and keep this apartment for another year. After that, we plan to buy a house together in Miami!

We definitely want to own. My boyfriend and I have been saving up to buy.

I don’t like renting since I don’t think it’s a good way to spend money! It basically feels like I’m throwing my money out the window.

Fair. Shall we take a look around?

Dani has managed to give a very modern apartment a cosy, vintage feel (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
The vintage accessories are a big help (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
There’s a load of Dani’s favourite art on the walls (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
A very cool guitar (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
We’re big fans of that table, too (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Who would have guessed that Wes Anderson fans live here? (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Around the corner is a handy workspace (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
We love the furniture in this space (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
And all the records (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Now that’s a gallery wall (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Dani isn’t worried about going all in on decorating a rental (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
It’s all very clean and tidy, isn’t it? (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Cabinets so shiny you can see your reflection in them (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Yes, that is an old school kettle on the stove (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Spot the KitchenAid (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
There’s a balcony, too (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
With great views of the city (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
There are two bedrooms (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Both with a peaceful neutral theme (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Have you been keeping count of the cameras dotted around? (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
The second bedroom (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
Complete with a TV (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
And finally, a peek at the bathroom sinks (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)
What an aesthetically pleasing toothbrush (Picture: Zack Wittam/Metro.co.uk)

What I Rent is a weekly series that’s out every Tuesday at 10am.

Check back next week to have another nose around a rented property.



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If you fancy taking part, please email [email protected] You’ll need to take pictures of your kitchen, living room, bathroom, and bedroom, plus a few photos of you in your bedroom or living area.

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