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In New York City, Los Angeles, and More, How Much $1,700/Month Will Rent You Right Now

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various cities across the U.S. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $1,700/month.

↑ Los Angeles, CA (studio, 1 bath)—This 400-square-foot studio in the hipster-filled L.A. neighborhood of Echo Park is a remodeled Mediterranean-esque treat. The kitchen not only has plenty of cabinet space, but also charming Spanish tiles (if that's your thing.) And, for better or worse, there's already a built-in platform for a sleeping area near the door.

↑ New York, NY (studio, 1 bath)—Located in a landmark Beaux-Arts building in in Hamilton Heights, a leafy neighborhood on the northern end of Manhattan, this studio has high ceilings that help make the petite pad feel a little roomier. The unit also sports hardwood floors, granite countertops (though not much of it), and a dishwasher. Per the listing, notable former residents of the 1912 building (equipped with elevator and doorman) include Invisible Man author Ralph Ellison and famed American contralto Marian Anderson.

↑ Chicago, IL (1, 1 bath)—This one-bedroom, looking spacious and brand new, is located in Chicago's Lake View East neighborhood, i.e. very close to Lake Michigan. Beyond the standard fare of hardwood flooring and stainless steel appliances, the unit also has the added luxuries of distinct living and dining areas and a wood-burning fireplace.

↑ Philadelphia, PA (2 beds, 2 baths)—This two-bedroom double-height residence is found in the northwest Philly neighborhood of Manayunk, which is, in effect, more or less, a trendy suburb of the city. The 975-square-foot rental has soaring ceilings and windows throughout, with a spiral staircase leading to a large carpeted loft. There's also a 20-foot long private balcony accessible via double glass doors.

↑ San Francisco, CA (studio, 1 bath) —It was very hard to find anything more than a room for $1,700/mo. in San Francisco, so this remodeled 212-square-foot studio will have to do. Located in the Sunset District, a rather suburban area towards the western part of the city, the unit boasts new amenities but not so much of a view.

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