Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, where we scour San Francisco's rental listings to see what your monthly budget will get you across the city. This week, we're investigating apartments listed for $2,100/month. Studio in a nice neighborhood or a one-bedroom elsewhere? You tell us which lease you'd sign.
In Lower Pacific Heights, this ground-floor studio is asking $2,100/month. There's hardwood and a nice little kitchen, and the owner pays all utilities except PG&E. It's located close to the shopping on Fillmore, but there's no laundry onsite and no parking, and the big window overlooking Pine Street might make for some noise.
Just up the hill in Pacific Heights, this studio is under budget at $2,025/month. It's got hardwood and a breakfast nook, a quieter location on a residential street, and laundry in the building. But the kitchen is really cramped, and the neighborhood's topography make it not-too-pedestrian-friendly.
In the Outer Richmond, this one bedroom is over budget at $2,195/month, but it includes a parking space and a storage unit. The kitchen has updated cabinetry and - oddly - a built-in desk and the bedroom is extra-spacious for this price point. Pets under 20 lbs are negotiable and there's laundry on-site. But renter's insurance is required, so that takes the monthly price tag up even further.
In Buena Vista/Ashbury Heights, this studio is asking $2,100/month. It looks small and rather dim, with windows directly facing another building. The kitchen is tiny but at least has new appliances. There's laundry onsite and it's pet-friendly. Parking is available on a month-to-month basis for $200/month extra.