Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, where we scour the San Francisco's rental listings to see what your monthly rent will get you across the city. This week, we're investigating apartments listed for $2,000: an amount that could rent you a nice four-bedroom home in Detroit, but will most likely get you a studio in SF. Cheer up! Space isn't everything, right? You tell us what looks like the most bang for your buck.
? Let's start with some relatively good news: this NoPa studio is a real charmer, and is going for $1,950/month. The building looks clean and well maintained, and the unit has sparkling hardwood and a great window -- not to mention a beautiful claw foot tub. Now let's be real: the building is located on Divisidero, so the unit could be noisy, and it looks tiny. But you have all the amenities of a great neighborhood -- coffee shops, cafes, bars -- when you need to get out of the house.
? Here's some more good news: you can get more than a studio in the city for this dollar amount, if you're willing to head to the Outer Richmond, where this one bedroom is going for $2,050/month. Pristine hardwood, a decorative fireplace, a large(ish) living room with separate dining area, and closet space -- looks like a pretty good deal, if you're really good friends with Karl the Fog. No laundry on-site, though.
? If water views are your thing, you can score this studio in Russian Hill for $1,950/month. It boasts panoramic bay views, a balcony, a doorman, a heated pool, and laundry on every floor. But the interior of the apartment is stuck in the 1970s, with grey-ish carpet and retro kitchen appliances.
? In the Mission, this pet-friendly junior one bedroom is going for $2,095. The kitchen is nicely renovated and in a separate room from the main sleeping/living area, but we suspect it's not big enough for a dining table of any size. There's laundry in the building and a parking space available (for an extra fee), should you need a break from the excitement of the neighborhood.
? Finally, you can live your Pac-Heights-Victorian dream in this $2,000/month studio. We wouldn't exactly qualify the living space as "oversized," but we certainly give it credit for having real charm. High ceilings with beautiful molding, a big decorative fireplace, a vintage cut-out pantry in the kitchen (which desperately needs it, because it's tiny), and a huge window, make this a quintessential San Francisco pad -- at a price that would probably make the original owner of the building roll over in his grave.