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Rent in Los Angeles, Denver, Philadelphia: What $1,500/month gets you right now

From a renovated apartment to a furnished midcentury house

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: $1,500/month. And theme? Forward-thinking cities investing big in public transportation.

Indianapolis, IN (4 beds, 2.5 baths)—Spreading over 2,376 square feet, this recently updated house sports a bright open-plan layout with fresh paint and new floors. The home is located in the quieter Key Meadows neighborhood and won’t be covered by the Indianapolis’ upcoming bus rapid-transit line, but it’s just eight miles northwest of downtown, making it easy to explore the city with the Indianapolis Cultural Trail.

Philadelphia, PA (3 beds, 1 bath)—Located in Point Breeze, recently named Philly’s “hottest neighborhood of 2017” by Zillow for its rising housing market, this 1,128-square-foot apartment comes renovated with a brand new kitchen and gleaming hardwood floors in the spacious living room. Philly’s bike share system is famously inclusive—with a third of the bikes going to low-income neighborhoods—and sure enough, there are two bike share stations within a ten-minute walk from this home.

Denver, CO (1 bed, 1 bath)—From a facade of red brick and arches to its french doors and fireplace, this 700-square-foot pad near downtown Denver is charming all over. The home comes with a private yard, as well. Transportation-wise, Denver residents can look forward to over 100 new miles of commuter and light rail lines as part of the city’s FasTracks program.

Phoenix, AZ (2 beds, 1 bath)—This low-slung Phoenix house combines midcentury bones and contemporary furnishings (included in the rental) in a compact 800 square feet. There’s more to be had outdoors though, with a courtyard, covered patio, and large pool. When it comes to public transit, Phoenix has already found tremendous success in a light rail line running down the center of town. But expansions planned in every direction can one day make less centrally situated spots—like where this home is located—more commuter-friendly.

Los Angeles, CA (1 bed, 1 bath)—This sunny Mid City apartment covers 650 square feet and offers tall windows and a decorative fireplace. Los Angeles, of course, is in the midst of some major public transit investments. More bike lanes, as well as light rail and subway extensions are all on the horizon.