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 $2,700/month. You tell us which lease you'd sign.
↑ $2,700 goes a lot farther in the 'loin, of course. $2,675 will land you this not-unsizable 685-square-foot one-bedroom in the Tenderloin's Lofts at Seven. The lofted spaces have 16-foot concrete ceilings and there's laundry on every floor, plus a gym and outdoor cinema (which would be a great place to take your pooch, if pets were allowed). If you can get it, parking will cost you $350 per month, but at least the landscaped roof deck with fire pit is "free."
↑ Up in Nob Hill this presumably much more petite one-bedroom, at $2,695 per month, has a highly decent kitchen for a place this size, and the living room gets good light. Plus, the hardwoods are almost enough to erase the image of that bedspread from our minds. Assuming we're looking at the unit for rent! (Which we may not be, the listing hedges.) There's in-building laundry, parking for a fee, and having a cat will cost you. Sadly, no dogs.
↑ Under budget at $2,600/month and definitely the roomiest on our list, this full-floor two-bedroom in the Excelsior comes with the sorts of fixins that lure people away from the city's brunchier neighborhoods—French doors, wood floors, clawfoot tub, sizable deck, etc! There's only one other unit in the building, and you get windows on all four sides. The downside: hoofing it half a mile to the Glen Park BART. In exchange for getting a bit fringy with the location, you get your very own planter box in the shared garden (and parking and laundry but, arg, no pets).
↑ If you love English gardens, heavy built-in furniture, and giant glass-block partitions, you've hit the jackpot with this furnished one-bedroom in Noe Valley. From what we can tell, $2,700 will net you everything you need to throw a 24/7 barbecue. There's a grill, yes, plus a plasma TV, indoor/outdoor speakers, and a trilevel deck. Close to the Google and Genentech shuttles, so you can have all the techies you want but pets are unwelcome.
↑ This renovated one-bedroom downtown, which can be had for $2,695, looks like it's been polished to a sheen. The listing mentions the option of converting it to a two-bedroom, though that sounds like a largely theoretical enterprise. The listing helpfully notes the convenience of monthly parking garages nearby, so you probably don't want to have a car. But you can take as many rides as you want in the "timeless classic 1900s era elevator."