Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, where we scour the 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 $3,800/month, which is about $200/month below the average price of a two bedroom apartment in the city. We've found that you can still score two or more bedrooms for this price, but what do you have to sacrifice for the space? You tell us what looks like the most bang for your buck.
? We'll start in Telegraph Hill, where this bi-level one bedroom, 1.5 bathroom is going for $3,750/month. With a half-bath off the living room, hardwood throughout, and 1,400 square feet, this unit is a rare find. For the right tenant, the free laundry in the building and negotiable (small) pet policy could offset the sadly outdated kitchen.
? Next we'll head over to Pacific Heights, where $3,800/month can get you this one bedroom, ripe with classic charm. Corner bay windows, polished hardwood in the living space, and an enormous walk-in closet lend traditional luxury to the unit; but the biggest up-side is that garage parking is included in the rent. A car will come in handy for this hillside location -- especially because the outdated kitchen will probably drive you to dine out more often.
? Next stop is Ashbury Heights, where this upgraded two bedroom, two bathroom is going for $3,750/month. In addition to the space -- a whopping 1,700 square feet -- you get a fireplace, bay windows, hardwood throughout, a kitchen remodeled with a Wolf range, dishwasher, disposal, and built-in pantry. What you don't get is an elevator (the unit is on the third floor), garage parking, or your pets.
? Next we'll hike up to West of Twin Peaks, where this renovated bi-level two bedroom, 1.5 bathroom is going for $3,795/month. Boasting panoramic city views, garage parking for a large car, brand new in-unit washer and dryer, a private balcony, and a sizable kitchen renovated for serious home cooks, the unit has many perks for those those willing to overlook its flaws. Namely: the grey carpet in the bedrooms and the living area that is very small compared to the bedrooms.
? Finally, we're stretching the budget to bring you to NoPa, where this two bedroom, one bathroom is going for $3,900/month. Situated on the first floor of a beautifully renovated Victorian, this unit blends classic charm (check out that fireplace!) with modern upgrades (check out that kitchen!). Both bedrooms look small, but one has its own entrance, adding privacy if it were rented by roommates. There's laundry in the building and parking for both your car and bike are available -- but sound like they cost extra.