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! Since the median rent for a two-bedroom apartment in San Francisco just hit $5,000/month, let's see what that amount gets you around town.
↑ We can't confirm this, but the listing for this 1,200-square-foot, 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom flat in Bernal Heights claims that the building is the oldest building on Bernal Hill. True or not, it oozes charm. It's also got a solar greenhouse made out of antique windows, which overlooks the backyard. Other highlights include a gas fireplace, antique gourmet gas stove and natural pine hardwood flooring throughout. There's shared laundry on the premises, but the lease doesn't allow pets or include parking.
↑ In South Beach, $5,000/month will get you a pretty swank one bedroom + den that clocks in just under 1,100 square feet at Lumina. Other perks: there's not one but two full bathrooms, and also a pretty large balcony. Building amenities will include (scheduled to be completed by the end of the year) a 10,000-square-foot rooftop terrace, club lounge, screening room, 7,000 square foot fitness center, and lap pool. There's laundry in the unit; 1-car valet parking is included; there's no mention of a pets policy.
↑ Over in NoPa, this 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom, 1,450-square-foot top floor condo is asking $5,000/month. It has a pretty expansive open floor plan, so those who like to entertain often will fall in love with this place. Plus, the kitchen's tricked out with all the bells and whistles you'd expect from a property that's asking five grand a month. Perks: pets are allowed and rent includes parking for 2-cars. Bummer: There's laundry in the building, but it's coin-operated.
↑ If a single-family home is what you desire, head west to Parkside. There you'll find this 4-bedroom home, complete with its own laundry facilities, parking garage, and scary basement. The house is huge—there are three bedrooms and two bathrooms on the main level, with an additional bed and bathroom on the ground level. There's no mention of a pets policy.
↑ If glitz and glam are your thing, check out this 2-bedroom Art Deco apartment in the heart of the Marina (it's on Lombard at Webster). It's sunny and bright and on the top floor, and has views of the Golden Gate Bridge to Russian Hill. It also has what some consider a San Francisco gem: its very own pink bathroom, complete with pink bathtub and pink toilet. Parking is extra; cats are OK, but dogs aren't; laundry's in the building.