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Rent in Houston, Phoenix, Philadelphia: What $1,100/Month Can Get You Right Now

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From a renovated house with fenced yard to an amenity-rich apartment

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a weekly 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: $1,100/month.

↑ Birmingham, AL (3 beds, 2 baths)—This recently updated northeast Birmingham house features a sunny living room with exposed beams and a stone wall fireplace. The 2,138-square-foot home also has a fenced backyard with deck. Cute!

↑ Houston, TX (2 beds, 1.5 baths)—Located in the middle of four universities, including Texas Southern University and Rice, this 2,800-square-foot lower duplex unit looks like it's in pretty good shape despite being an older home (circa-1944 to be exact.) There's a large living room with white-washed mantel and an all-white kitchen.

↑ Phoenix, AZ (2 beds, 2 baths)—Is Phoenix less wasteful and more sustainable than its reputation lets on? You can decide for yourself at this new-ish 937-square-foot apartment, which comes with amenities like a cinema room, pool, volleyball court, gym, and more.

↑ Philadelphia, PA (2 beds, 1 baths)—Philly continues to be oh-so-affordable. Just over $1,000 a month gets you a freshly renovated apartment a few blocks away from Temple University. The reddish-brown exterior is pretty charming, too.

↑ New Orleans, LA (2 beds, 1 baths)—This 850-square-foot unit in a gated, renovated 24-unit building is located in NOLA's Tremé neighborhood but is just blocks away from the historic French Quarter district. It also looks like there are shared terraces for nice summer BBQs.