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: $900.
↑ Facing MacArthur Park, this "good space" (read: studio apartment) has a built-in vanity--previous tenants have no doubt spent hours sitting in front of it, gazing at their own image and wishing they were able afford to live somewhere with two rooms. The kitchen's black and white checkered floors are a great way to convey your love of ska (or your distaste for ska, as you'll literally be walking all over them on the way to your fridge). Rent is $850.
↑ This "huge" studio is located in Rampart Village, adjacent to the "hip, trendy area art district of Silver Lake" it purports to be in. According to the ad, the unit, which rents for $895, includes a "stainless steel refrigerator," but the one in the picture is white ... maybe they painted over it so it wouldn't clash with the bleak particle board cabinets? They aren't lyin' about "lots of natural light," though–-you'll be able to see everything you own, surrounding you, in crystal-clear fidelity!
↑ Tantalizingly close to Hancock Park, this vintage, 510-square-foot studio on West Third Street--actually in Koreatown--includes all utilities AND sports astroturf-esque carpeting, making it perfect for solo putting sessions. Rent is $899.
↑ While the words "luxury" and "Van Nuys" are rarely used in the same sentence, suspend your disbelief and let this "beautiful" one-bedroom, renting for $900, overwhelm you with its splendor. The building has two pools, a sauna, and a fitness center, making it a perfect crashpad for struggling actors attempting to stay commercial ready. It's close to the "City of Van Nuys' many attractions," which we assume means a stripmall and a carwash.
↑ Tired of all this studio apartment noise? Us too. Fly the Koreatown coop and book it to East LA-–there, a mere $915 a month'll net you a two-bedroom, hardwood-floored unit with central air. Income restrictions apply, but your worthless degree in English took care of that for you. --Megan Koester