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No Need to Found a Start-up to Live in SoMa (But it Helps)

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It's quite clear that the San Francisco rental market is hot hot hot right now, so here at Curbed we're going to bring you a bevy of rental properties each week for your perusal -- one in each price range for budget, middle-of-the-road, and luxury. Today we take a look at SoMa - South of Market for the newbies.

Budget: This studio for $1,800 on Natoma between 6th and 7th has pretty much all you could ask for in a first apartment: hardwoods and a dishwasher in the unit, laundry, storage, and a gym in the building. Pets are welcome too! There's even a common pool table/wet bar to live out any sort of "Single City" apartment complex fantasy. The downside? 6th street can be on the rough side, so be ready to deal with some crazy. [craigslist]

Mid-Range: A specimen common to SoMa is the loft apartment. As long as your're okay with having no walls on your bedroom (which is fine as long as you don't have a roommate), then lofts can be really great, open spaces. This Artist Live/Work loft can be yours if you're a not-so-struggling artist, because $2,500 is still a fair chuck of change. The loft looks bright and airy, and is in a good location at Folsom and 4th -- close to transit, above Zero Zero and near other restaurants and shops. [craigslist]

Luxury: Get your fancy pants on for this 1,700 square foot penthouse on 8th and Mission. Sure, it will set you back a whopping $9,800 for 2 bedrooms and 2 baths, but you'll get every luxury known to man. Views every which way, high-end appliances, tons of space, motorized window shades, you name it. The building itself has a doorman, an outdoor area with a firepit, and an on-site gym. Pets aren't allowed, so don't start introducing Fido to caviar just yet. [craigslist]
· 520 Natoma [craigslist]
· 4th and Folsom [craigslist]
· 8th and Mission [craigslist]