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Join the Bikini Jogger and Bigfoot on the Hills of Bernal Heights

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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 look at the Bernal Heights, which is full of whimsy and was embroiled in such controversies as last winters's bikini jogger phenomenon and this summer's Bigfoot sighting.


Budget: This studio on the southwest side of Bernal will run you $1,850 per month, and it caught our eye with several thoughtful touches -- a nice new kitchen, a bike cubby, built-in shelving, and a good use of the space with a nook for a bed. We also like the graphic black and white, in addition to that nifty-looking flooring. It won't get a ton of light, but there's mention of a shared yard -- shared with the owner, who lives upstairs, and seems extremely mellow in his or her Craiglist post. Dogs are allowed (and require no additional deposit!), a huge plus in a very, very dog-friendly neighborhood. You and Fido can walk to Holly Park for a quick business time or up to Bernal Heights for some serious exercise. [craigslist]


Middle of the Road: If you're waffling between the pastoral loveliness of Bernal and the ability to grab a bite to eat after 10pm, this one bedroom on the border of Bernal and La Lengua is for you. We love the location close to the Knockout and El Rio while only a short, steep walk to the top of Bernal. It's on Mission Street, so watch for noise, but you'll be rewarded with a clean, cute apartment with great light and hardwood floors. Rent is $2,395 per month. Dogs are allowed here too -- no wonder they say that Bernal is one of the most dog friendly neighborhoods around! [craigslist]


Luxury: If you're looking to house a crew and you've got cash to spare, we'd recommend this 3-bedroom house practically on Bernal Heights Park for $5,400. The home itself is recently remodeled, with a beautiful kitchen and crisp white bathroom. We love that twice-monthly housekeeping is included in the rent, in addition to driveway parking and wi-fi. Located on the north slope of Bernal, it's a quick drive to 101 and a quick downhill roll to 24th St BART. Again, dogs included, and while the park beckons from the end of the street, the garden is also dog-friendly if it's late at night or your calves are sore from continuous hill climbing. [craigslist]

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