Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various San Francisco neighborhoods. Is one man's studio another man's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $2,500.
↑ Coming in under budget at $2,395, this junior one-bedroom in the Tenderloin comes with bay windows, shiny hardwoods, and interior glass doors—great for light, if not for privacy. The place makes up for its location in the not-adorable mini-tower at 455 Hyde with nice touches like a beamed ceiling, a rounded doorway, and a thankfully not-tiny kitchen. There's no parking, but there is laundry in the building, and your under-40-pound cats and dogs are welcome.
↑ Also under budget at $2,395, this Haight Ashbury garden studio is for people who prize outdoor space above all else. The brick patio is the best part about the whole place, which otherwise is pretty tiny and dim. It's not even totally clear where the bed goes, so you might consider investing in a hammock. The kitchen looks fairly decent for the size and price, but there's no mention of laundry or parking. Also, no pets.
↑ $2,450 will get you a one-bedroom downtown on Pine Street with a box-beam ceiling, a beautiful stained-glass window, and a painted-over fireplace. There are hardwood floors throughout, granite countertops, and an optimistic-sounding 650 square feet of living space. No laundry on-site, but the listing says there's a laundromat a block away. Obviously no parking. And, sigh, no pets.
↑ Also for $2,450, here's another one-bedroom downtown on Sutter Street. It's on the top floor in the rear (which sounds a bit quieter). The kitchen vs. living room layout is nicely flexible, and there's more than one closet. The floors look a little Pergo-ish, but we're told they're hardwood, and there's laundry in the building. Cats are OK.
↑ Coming in ever so slightly under budget at $2,495 is this Central Richmond one-bedroom just off Golden Gate Park. It's got bay windows, a petite but nice-looking kitchen, and views of Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands. The floors are hardwood, the kitchen and bath are tiled, and the laundry is one block away. Street parking is in theory easy; no mention of pets.