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: under $2,000/month.
↑ Perfect for students at San Francisco State, this in-law studio on 28th Avenue in the Central Richmond is asking $1,500/month. We're betting there's very little natural light, but there are hardwood floors throughout and relatively nice-looking cabinetry and finishes. The listing says there's a stove and fridge, but we're only seeing a fridge and what appears to be a single hot plate—those who like to cook should probably look elsewhere. No pets, no parking, no laundry.
↑ In Ingleside, $1950/month will get you your very own one-bedroom apartment that clocks in at 600 square feet. Built in 1985 and looking every bit the part, the apartment has hardwood floors throughout and a pretty spacious kitchen. One assigned parking space and one outdoor driveway parking place come with the unit; there's a washer and dryer on-site; no dogs, but cats will be considered.
↑ A very typical Tendernob apartment (it's on Post Street at Larkin Street) is on the rental market for $1,995/month. It's in an old building, but the studio itself has been tastefully updated. That means there's still a bay window and hardwood flooring with inlay, but also a modern(ish) kitchen with a marble tile backsplash. There's common laundry in the basement, but pets and parking aren't an option.
↑ What's this? Another one-bedroom that clocks in at 600 square feet?! Your eyes don't lie, dear readers. This one's in Portola and will run you $1,850/month. It's on the second floor in the rear of the building, and the listing tells us that it's quiet. No pets, no parking, no laundry.
↑ What appears to be an in-law or garden unit in the Inner Sunset can be yours for $2,000/month. The one-bedroom apartment has a big (and outdated) kitchen and bathroom with a window, but there's a lot of funkiness, like the elevated closet in the bedroom. The unit has access to a large backyard, but pets are not permitted, and there's no mention of parking or laundry.