Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent or buy for a certain dollar amount in various LA 'hoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Our friends at Zumper have helped us out with five listings within $100 of today's price, the third-quarter median rent in Los Angeles: $1,865.
↑ What can LA's median rent of $1,865 get a tenant these days? In this case, a wonderful unit in a historic location. This apartment is in the Village Green condo complex in Baldwin Hills, a designated National Historic Landmark. The 68-acre garden apartment complex has no streets running through it and lots of greenery to see out of this upper-level unit's many windows. Yes, these strangely-lit photos are a little off-putting, but the apartment has two balconies for its one bedroom, plus its own enclosed patio. That, on top of the 1,012 square feet of living space, translates into a lot of room to spread out. It's also got in-unit laundry and hardwood floors. Rent is $1,850.
↑ Looking for an apartment where you can slide across the floor in your socks like Tom Cruise in Risky Business? Done. This cat-friendly Mar Vista one-bedroom has hardwood floors in the living room and near the kitchen that are just waiting to help people perfect their Cruise moves. (Though the listing does say the photos are of a unit "highly similar" to the one up for rent.) The apartment also boasts granite counters in the kitchen and bathrooms, pool access, and plenty of storage space. To top it all off, there's reserved parking. Rent is $1,850.
↑ "No need to dream anymore, just look out and enjoy the views from this remodeled jewel," coos the listing for this one-bedroom unit in Echo Park. The adorable kitchen has a new stainless steel stove and fridge, new wood floors, and a very nice view from the slim private balcony. The parking situation is less than ideal (strictly street parking), but that's the only downside to this cute little fella. (Granted, it can be a big downside.) Rent is $1,850.
↑ Here's a nice little spot for those looking to live east of the LA River: two bedrooms and two parking spaces in a pet-friendly Eagle Rock complex. At only 700 square feet total, the unit is hardly palatial, but it is spotlessly clean and has mostly brand new materials and appliances (the stove, the floors, the dishwasher). The apartment has wood floors and a little communal patio, plus the landlord pays your water bill. Rent here is $1,895.
↑ A room with a view (of the pool): this second-floor one-bedroom in West Hollywood is located in a charming building that's rocking that sort of mid-century Flintstones look. The unit has hardwood flooring throughout, new stainless steel appliances, a new air conditioning unit in the bedroom (always nice to have), and, of course, a view of the communal pool area. The 750-square-foot, pet-friendly unit comes with gated parking and is renting for $1,795.
It's also very modern, though, offering gated parking with the apartment.