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Rent in NYC, San Francisco, Chicago: What $2,500/Month Gets You Right Now

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From a brick-filled one-bedroom to a corner townhouse

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: $2,500/month. And the theme? Homes in the most walkable U.S. cities.

↑ New York, NY (1 bed, 1 bath)—This apartment is located in Little Italy, one of the most walkable neighborhoods in the most walkable city in America. Besides a ton of steps on your Fitbit, the place offers high ceilings, large windows, and a striking amount of exposed brick, including two decorative brick fireplaces—one in the sizable living/dining room and one in the bedroom.

↑ Chicago, IL (2 beds, 2 baths)—This 1,100-square-foot contemporary pad in the Uptown neighborhood is a six-minute walk from subway stations and comes fully furnished. The rent also includes all utilities, a washer/dryer, and an indoor parking spot. Look for glass walls in the living room and bedrooms and a trendy frameless shower.

↑ Philadelphia, PA (2 beds, 1.5 baths)—For $2,500/month, you can score a quaint 1,195-square-foot corner townhouse near Philly's Center City. Interior highlights include stainless steel appliances, Corian countertops, an antique decorative fireplace, sliding glass doors to a patio, and circular stairs leading down to the basement.

↑ San Francisco, CA (1 bed, 1 bath)—This polished pad is located in the Pacific Heights neighborhood, in an area that, per the listing, boasts a Walk Score of 98 (out of 100). There are hardwood floors throughout and a recently updated bathroom.

↑ Washington, DC (2 beds, 1 bath)—Everything looks newly renovated in this bright fourth-floor pad, which comes with hardwood floors, granite counters, and stainless steel appliances. The two bedrooms look pretty narrow, but at least they both have windows.