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Rent in San Diego, Denver, Austin: What $2,000/month gets you right now

From a luxury studio to a charming brick cottage

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 person's studio another's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $2,000/month.

Denver, CO (3 beds, 2 baths)—Folks who crave "character" will love this 1,782-square-foot unit in a circa-1902 duplex in Denver’s Speer neighborhood. Here, you’ll get high ceilings, transom windows, crown molding, hardwood floors, and handsome fireplace. Popular modern touches like granite counters and stainless steel appliances can also be had.

San Diego, CA (2 beds, 1 bath)—Located blocks from Ocean Beach, this 575-square-foot bungalow duplex rental was totally renovated in 2008. The interiors feature an open-plan layout with a new kitchen, bathroom, and travertine flooring. There’s also a generous deck.

Las Vegas, NV (Studio, 1 bath)—This 615-square-foot studio would make a fab long-term perch a mile down the road from the Strip...if you dig the luxury hotel suite vibe. For an under-budget rent of $1,900/month, the apartment comes furnished with two flatscreen TVs—why not?— and a curious desk/dining table/kitchen module.

Nashville, TN (3 beds, 1 bath)—How charming is this little brick cottage in southwest Nashville? The remodeled 2,000-square-foot home offers a bright living room with a fireplace flanked by built-ins, luxury modern bathroom, and a finished upper level. One caveat: there’s actually a long-term basement renter, albeit one with a separate entrance and parking.

Austin, TX (3 beds, 2 baths)—Per the listing, this 1,500-square-foot home once appeared on House Hunters and has had plenty of updates since. Highlights here are the vaulted open living area, large yard, and the perky yellow front door, of course.