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Apartment Hunting: What's $2,000/Month Get You Across SF?

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Everyone knows that the more desirable the location, the higher the rent. But what if location isn't your number one priority? What if you absolutely need two bedrooms? Or a backyard for your dog? Let's take a look at what $2,000 gets you in four San Francisco neighborhoods.

Where: 1019 Ashbury, Cole Valley
Rent: $1,950
The Skinny: Although listed as a 2-room studio, this unit features a high ceiling that allows a large sleeping loft to take up at least enough space for a queen mattress. The apartment's on the 2nd floor of a Victorian building, so you don't have to worry too much about street noise. There's laundry in the building, a big relief when living on a hill.

Where: Great Highway at Lawton, Outer Sunset
The Skinny: This is a 2-bed, 2-bath, 950-square-foot ground floor unit in a 2-unit building. There's hardwood flooring throughout, so you might want to invest in some area rugs (the Outer Sunset gets cold).

Where:68 John Street, Nob Hill
Rent: $1,950
The Skinny: Live life on a Nob Hill alley! This is a 1-bed, 1-bath unit with unlisted square footage. It's between Mason and Powell, so you're within walking distance to Chinatown, North Beach, FiDi, the Tenderloin and Union Square.

Where: 711 Naples Street, Excelsior
Rent: $2,050
The Skinny: The most expensive of the bunch, but with three bedrooms and one bath it's possibly the better deal, square footage wise. The apartment features some beautiful wooden details and wainscoting.
· Renters Week 2011 coverage [Curbed]