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Rent in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles: What $1,400/month gets you right now

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A few charming studios and the brightest house on the block

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: $1,400/month.

New York, NY (Studio, 1 bath)—This 350-square-foot Harlem studio offers beautiful hardwood floors and a decorative fireplace. But it’s not one for cooks: the "kitchen" is tiny even by New York standards.

Detroit, MI (4 beds, 2.5 baths)—If you can handle the zesty paint job here, this is a great newly renovated house in Indian Village, a historic residential neighborhood. The 1,473-square-foot house has an open-plan living area, plus a new rear deck.

Minneapolis, MN (2 beds, 1 bath)—This 1,300-square-foot rental in a house-turned-four-unit--apartment-complex in Minneapolis’s Uptown neighborhood comes in a bit under budget at $1,300/month. The bright apartment features an open living and dining area with charming woodworking The kitchen has plenty of cabinetry.

San Francisco, CA (1 bed, shared bath)—Located right across from the picturesque Baker Beach with prime Golden Gate Bridge views, this room in a shared three-bedroom Presidio apartment is perfect for sunbathing and hiking enthusiasts, not so much for those who’ll need to go downtown often, all the way across the city, without a car. The listing does mention a Muni bus nearby and a free shuttle that goes downtown every half hour.

Los Angeles, CA (Studio, 1 bath)—This 600-square-foot rental n Downtown L.A.—Koreatown to be exact—is pretty sophisticated as far as older studios go. Look for hardwood floors, an exposed brick wall, butcher block counters with a backsplash accent, crown molding, and subway tiles in the bathroom.