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Los Angeles rent comparison: Which tiny apartment or house would you choose?

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Five rental options, all under about 600 square feet

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, where we explore what you can rent for a certain dollar amount in various LA 'hoods. In honor of Micro Week, we’re comparing apartments and homes for rent between 500 and 600 square feet.

↑ This 540-square-foot Sierra Madre house has that whole "cute cottage in the woods" vibe going for it. "Nestled among towering trees in a rich garden setting," the residence manages to comfortably fit two bedrooms and a bathroom into the modest square footage. The laundry machines have their own detached mini-cabin in the sylvan backyard. Rent is $2,100.

↑ Tucked into Beverly Glen Canyon, this approximately 600-square-foot cabin has hardwood floor in the sun room and living room (there’s a sun room!), one parking space, and a washer and dryer on-site, too. Rent for the one-bedroom house is $2,200.

↑ Not big on rustic? This very modern, 500-square-foot apartment in Pico-Robertson is perched on the floor of the complex and has all sorts of modern elements and conveniences, from stainless steel kitchen appliances to a glass-walled shower with three shower heads. The one-bedroom unit comes with central air conditioning and heating, as well as a "TV-monitor intercom and an alarm." Rent is $2,300.

↑ On Ocean Park Avenue in Santa Monica, this 500-square-foot unit in a fourplex has a newly remodeled, petite kitchen; a decent amount of storage space; and a small private patio. The one-bedroom apartment is furnished with hardwood floors and a "custom" bathroom. On-site laundry and a carport parking space are also selling points. Rent is $2,800.

↑ This just-remodeled one-bedroom apartment sits on the bottom floor of a five-unit building in Hollywood. Measuring about 600 square feet, the unit comes with a stainless steel fridge and one of those glass-top stoves, tile flooring, and "a pass for free street parking." A 47-inch TV and a Netflix account also come with the unit. Rent is $2,500.