In the metro-Atlanta area, we pay $812 a month for a 2-bed, 1 bath, 1071 sq. ft., terrace-level apartment. It is a gated complex with pool, tennis, fitness room, club house, and optional garage.
We moved to the area thinking we could still pay around $400-500 like we were in Savannah. No, no. You get what you pay for in this area, and the $500 per mo. places were kind of scary.
With our complex, esp., a lot of what people pay is for the location. We are in a "choice" area that is rapidly growing.