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Rent in Washington, D.C., Austin, Nashville: What $2,300/month gets you right now

From a renovated carriage house to a penthouse-level apartment

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: $2,300/month. And theme? Rapidly gentrifying cities around the country.

Jersey City, NJ (1 bed, 1 bath)—First up, we have this 575-square-foot top-floor apartment with renovated bamboo floors and exposed brick walls. Best yet is the private roof deck. The nearest commuter train into Manhattan is a 10-minute walk away, but why bother when JC is the Curbed NY “neighborhood of the year.

Charleston, SC (2 beds, 1 bath)—Located in the historic downtown neighborhood of Harleston Village, this 1,230-square-foot abode is in a restored two-story carriage house. The apartment has a living room and kitchen on the first floor, bedrooms and bathroom on the upper level, and comes with central heat and A/C.

Washington, D.C. (1 bed, 1 bath)—Enjoy the hippest parts of town at this polished 734-square-foot apartment located between Adams Morgan, Dupont Circle, and U Street. The remodeled unit features an open-plan layout with a breakfast bar and tons of storage.

Nashville, TN (1 beds, 1 bath)—This is a furnished 810-square-foot apartment on the penthouse level of a downtown complex. The space offers an industrial vibe with glass walls and a balcony overlooking the city.

Austin, TX (1 beds, 1 bath)—So $2,300/month seems like the sweet spot for a modern downtown apartment in a buzzy city, huh? Here’s one more. This 1,117-square-foot one-bedroom in the heart of Austin has all the usual amenities like an open-plan layout, stainless steel appliances, and balcony views, plus a not-so-usual built-in aquarium.