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Rent in San Francisco, Boston, Denver: What $1,200/Month Can Get You Right Now

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From a living room partition to an updated two-bedroom

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: $1,200/month. And the theme? Homes in bike-friendly U.S. cities for National Bike Month.

↑ Minneapolis, MN (2 beds, 1 bath)—This southeast Minneapolis home is a 1,236-square-foot upper level unit that comes with a huge enclosed porch, updated kitchen and bathroom, and formal dining room. The well-lit unit also includes a 1-car garage and easy access to parks and trails.

↑ San Francisco, CA (Living room partition in a shared 3-bedroom apartment)—For a rent of $1,200/month in the notoriously expensive City by the Bay, you know it's going to get interesting. On offer here is a roughly 100-square-foot living room partition in a new 3-bedroom, two-bath apartment in the SOMA/South Beach area. The space, which does get to own the sole window in the living room, is supposed to fit a full-size bed, desk, and dresser with no problem. The partition will also be included in the apartments' 5-day maid service.

↑ Portland, OR (1 bed in a shared 3-bedroom house house)—This gorgeous red bungalow in Portland's Alberta Arts District is looking for a renter for its second bedroom; the first is occupied by the owner and the third will not be rented out. Though it's a shared house (with just one bathroom at that), it is quite a beautiful house, featuring renovated interiors, a covered porch, and backyard.

↑ Denver, CO (1 bed, 1 bath)—Located a few blocks from southeast Denver's beautiful Cheesman Park, this 650-square-foot pad is loaded offers hardwood floors, crown molding detailing, some exposed brick, and a clawfoot bathtub in the bathroom. There's also a mantel in the bedroom.

↑ Boston, MA (Studio, 1 bath)—Sunny and self-contained describes this studio in Boston's Jamaica Plain neighborhood. The unit has virtually no counter space, but rest assured, the coffeemaker and toaster can stay.