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What $1,000 Rents You in Los Angeles Right Now

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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: $1,000.

↑ The studio apartment for rent in this lovely old building in Arlington Heights appears, from the view, to be an upper floor unit. There are some of the signs of a recent remodel (the wood floors, the two-tone paint job), but other things appear to be a little older (we're looking at you, kooky-but-cool kitchen tile). There's only street parking here, but, if it's any consolation at all, there's a pretty big closet. (For some that's an acceptable tradeoff!) Rent is $999.


↑ This Westlake studio has been remodeled to include granite counters, wood floors, and new stainless steel appliances. Well, not all of them are included: the fridge is $35 a month. Paying monthly to keep your food cold sucks, but build that charge in to the $945 rent, and it's still pretty affordable.


↑ Yes, renting this University Park studio will probably mean your neighbors are 50 percent college kids, but aside from that very dorm-y front door, this place is mostly somewhere a non-college-attending adult might live. The unit has new flooring and on-site laundry, plus a Walk Score of 79. Rent is $900.


↑ This mysterious groundfloor studio is few blocks from the Gold Line's Allen Station in Pasadena. The exterior of the complex is putty-colored and weird. The inside is oddly shaped, but clean and bright, with a triangular nook that one might use for some kind of delightfully bohemian sleeping arrangement; a narrow, full kitchen, like something in a fancy boat in the 1960s; and a dash of pink tile in the bathroom. The apartment has wall-mounted air conditioning and a little private patio. Rent is $1,050.


↑ Not too far from Cal State LA, this cozy, 541-square-foot El Sereno one-bedroom lies within the gates of a large complex that provides parking, a pool, and a gym. The apartment itself has a small but complete kitchen (fridge included), at least one ceiling fan, and wall-mounted air conditioning. In a perfect world, that carpet would get ripped out, but it's not a dealbreaker. Rent is $995.

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