Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what a person 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: $5,000.
↑ In Russian Hill, $5.000/month gets you a lovely 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom home at 72 Macondray Lane. It's said that Armistead Maupin based Barbary Lane in his Tales of the City series on this famed pedestrian-only street that's lined with trees and plants. The three-level townhouse is equally as enchanting, with a balcony that overlooks the Bay and a room where the rocky face of the hill is visible. No pets or parking (but garages are three blocks away).
↑ This modern two-story townhouse in SoMa at 52 Guy Place is also $5,000/month. The 1,200-square-foot unit has two bedrooms and two full baths. It comes with a dishwasher, parking space, and in-house laundry. Outside, it has a private barbecue deck and yard, which could come in handy as the owner will consider small pets.
↑ For $5,000/month, you can also live at Azure Apartments in Mission Bay. A two-bedroom, two-bathroom home comes with an in-unit laundry and building perks (multiple social lounges, a garage, and a demo kitchen). There's also a pet-washing station (which is good as a dog park is going in near here). No surprise, it's pet friendly.
↑ This Financial District apartment bills itself as a "small" one-bedroom, one-bath home. In truth, it has a slightly elevated bedroom that's open to the living room, so it's more like a studio. For $5,000/month, you get a modern look (concrete wall, nice galley kitchen), an in-unit laundry, and access to an expansive common deck. The listing also notes that these photos were taken before a scheduled carpet cleaning. Good thing, as someone had an unfortunate spill in the bedroom loft. The listing also says parking is available, but no word on a pet policy.
↑ In South Beach, you can lease a three-Level, two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath live/work loft at 415 Bryant for $5,000 per month. This one is minutes from the ballpark, CalTrain, and freeway on-ramps (and if you are a car person, there's one parking space included). One of the bedrooms has a fold-down Murphy bed, making its use flexible. There's also an in-unit laundry. Pets are negotiable, but the ad says a screening is required and no aggressive breeds will be considered. You'll also need a pet deposit (no amount named).