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What $4,000 A Month Can Rent You In 5 LA Neighborhoods

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a set dollar amount in various Los Angeles neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $4,000.

↑ We declared our independence from the Brits in 1776, but that doesn't mean we can't still covet their cutesy cottages. This three-bedroom, 1,200-square-foot English cottage is unspeakably adorable--it's basically the Manic Pixie Dream Girl of homes. A seamless blend of modern amenities and vintage sensibilities, this Mid-City pad is centrally located near public transportation (how green!) and flaunts a vegetable garden (how greener!). Rent is $3,800.

↑ People who live in West Hollywood love to remind you how safe their 'hood is, usually after you've just participated in decidedly unsafe activities like drinking deadly amounts of white wine spritzers and arguing about gender politics. If you've got $3,800, you too can live on top of the world and look down on creation in your very own two-bedroom Spanish bungalow. It has city views, a "huge" front yard and honest-to-God fruit trees surrounding it. Sure, it's on Sunset, but it's on a nice part of Sunset.

↑ The location of this two-bedroom house, right next to the gastronomical mecca/parking clusterfuck that is the Silver Lake Trader Joe's, can't be beat. Neither can the huge kitchen, eclectic/inviting backyard, and delightfully decadent steam shower. Best of all, you can soak away the TJ's-induced parking stress in your very own outdoor jacuzzi. Rent is $3,800.

↑ According to this four-bedroom apartment's listing, The Talmadge in Koreatown was "built in 1922 for actress Norma Talmadge as an anniversary present by her husband Joseph Schenck, president of United Artist [sic] to be the finest in apartment living in the west." Your lout of a husband'll never build you an apartment building, which is why you still have to suffer the indignities of renting--but renting ain't that tough when you've got amazing views, a 24-hour doorman, and valet parking, which all come with this $3,995 unit.

↑ The Valley has its faults, sure, but it can also bring great joy to individuals who resignedly decide to reside within its heavily-stuccoed walls. Nowhere is this fact more evident than in this "stunning," "loft style" four-bedroom townhouse in Studio City, replete with three balconies, a two-car garage and "soaring cathedral ceilings." This mecca, this Xanadu, is a welcome retreat from the hell that is working a 14-hour day at the adjacent CBS Radford lot. Rent is $4,500. --Megan Koester

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