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: $3,800.
↑ Over in Russian Hill, this two-bedroom apartment with views of Marin will set you back a hefty $3,850/month—but at 1,200 square feet, the place is pretty spacious for the neighborhood. It also features hardwood floors and windows aplenty. The downside is steep, however: There's no laundry in the building, meaning you're being asked to blow nearly four grand on rent and still schlep to a laundromat. Parking is on the street, and pets are not welcome here.
↑ This one-bedroom apartment in South Beach clocks in right on budget at $3,800/month, and features an open kitchen and views of Downtown. Despite the sizable price, you'll have to contend with carpet in the bedroom. However, the place is cat friendly and comes equipped with an in-unit washer-dryer and parking in an attached garage. Best of all, the building—in South Beach, no less—features art-deco touches and even an outdoor swimming pool. Basically, this place thinks it's in Miami.
↑ In the Excelsior, this 1401-square-foot, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house wants $3,795/month. It's less than a block from busy Geneva Avenue, but also only two blocks from McLaren Park. Spacewise, this is about as good as it gets in this price range. Though nothing to rave about, the main living space features some nice millwork and hardwood floors, as well as a kitchen with stainless steel appliances. The wood-clad walls downstairs probably looked pretty hot in the 70s, but have definitely passed their prime. This rental features on-site laundry and parking, but doesn't allow pets despite its decently sized yard and park proximity.
↑ At Leavenworth and Clay in Nob Hill, $3,795/month will snare you this two-bedroom apartment replete with charm. The flat features beautiful moldings and built-ins, hardwood floors throughout, a tastefully revamped kitchen, and on-site laundry. (Note, though, that the photos are of a "similar unit," so modify your expectations accordingly.) No parking, but both cats and dogs are allowed here—for an added fee of $75/month, of course.
↑ At $3,750/month, this one-bedroom in Potrero Hill isn't exactly a steal, but it is like new. Located on Kansas Street just above Whole Foods, this apartment features plenty of light, new appliances, and wood flooring. There's also an in-unit washer-dryer, and even a "free" parking spot in the building's garage. The complex also has great views of downtown, and a tranquil palm-filled central courtyard. Unfortunately, pet owners will have to look elsewhere.