New Orleans, LA
What you get: A "shotgun" cottage home (accommodates two); one bedroom; one bathroom
By definition, a shotgun home is no more than 12ft wide, and at 400sqft total, this one fits the bill nicely. But again, don't let the size fool you -- the amenities (see: central air, Jacuzzi tub, rain shower head, flat-screen TV, and private backyard area) are pretty plush. It's two blocks from Magazine St, which has coffee shops, restaurants, and all kinds of fun places to shop.
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Nadia Imafidon is a Kansas-based magazine editor, freelance writer, and singer in soul/funk band Sharp 9. Follow her on Twitter at @nadia_imafidon.