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Rental Watch: Not Much More for the Money

Heeding the buzz over San Francisco's rental market, we embarked upon a quest to find out what, exactly, we could rent in San Francisco for a given price. Last week, we began in the $1-$1.5K/ month range. Let's just say that our best find was a marketing ploy, not an apartment. Today we've dialed up our theoretical budget to $2-$2.5K/month and this, friends, is where the disappointment really began to weigh on us. There are deals to be had in this price range— in terms of space, design, and amenities. Most of the listings we waded through, however, pushed only slightly larger, yet equally generic versions of the cheaper, pressboard-and-vinyl spaces we featured here last week. Rental prices are prohibitive to many upon more, without a doubt. But even for those who could buy, but choose to rent while watching the market: Doesn't $2.5K for a one bedroom at, say, 17th and Valencia sound like a little . . . fiscally un-strategic? For those of you who must rent, and by that, we mean so many of you, here are a few gems— or semi-precious stones, rather— we unearthed during our "fieldwork" (read: Craigslist search).

· $2500 / 2br - Inner Mission renovated top floor Unit with Partial view (mission district) [Craigslist]
· $2300 / 2br - LARGE, BEAUTIFUL HOUSE with formal Dining and formal Breakfast room (sunset / parkside) [Craigslist]
· $2400 / 1br - Very Large (1100sq/ft) 1BR 1.5BA- New Construction - Available Now!! (lower nob hill) [Craigslist]
· $2390 / 1br - One Month Free Apartments at Mission Bay!! [Craigslist]
· $2129 / 2br - SPECIAL 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath with AWESOME VIEWS!!! (ingleside / SFSU / CCSF) [Craigslist]

Image of kitchen from 2-bedroom at 14th and South Van Ness courtesy