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What $3,000/Month Rents You in San Francisco

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what a person can rent for a set dollar amount in various San Francisco neighborhoods. Today's price: $3,000.


↑ In this rental market, it's nice to see the words "trophy building" and "view corner unit" next to the figure $3,000. This Western Addition 1-bedroom apartment has a full-size kitchen and is located in a building on the edge of Alamo Park. What's more, parking is available for an additional $295 a month. Views from the windows in the main living area look out to Sutro Tower and USF. The kitchen is nice for the price: It has lots of cabinet space, stainless steel appliances, a four-burner gas range, built-in microwave, and a dishwasher. No pets allowed here, which is too bad given its park adjacent location.


↑ Landmark 9, a new apartment building in Jackson Square, used to be the offices of swashbuckling lawyer Melvin Belli. After Belli won cases for celeb clients like Muhammad Ali and Chuck Berry, he reportedly flew a pirate flag and fired a cannon from the roof of this building. Leasing agents won't have to resort to theatrics to draw attention to the 11 new units. Simply posting pics of the roof deck on Craigslist will bring the crowds. Studio units go for $3,000, but they are described as spacious (starting at 423 square feet). The perks: An in-unit washer and dryer, a sweet roof deck, secured storage for an additional $150 per month, high ceilings, and a character-rich building.


↑ The managers of this Haight-Ashbury apartment don't say much to sell it, but pictures show a one-bedroom home with a fireplace and a bay window in the living room. The charm is diminished by lackluster fixtures and finishes; but the kitchen is full size, there are a largish closets, and the house where it lives is old (maybe a Victorian). There's a shared laundry room and a deposit of $4,500 is required.


↑ This Junior 1-bedroom apartment on Russian Hill may be small, but with closets in the bedroom, hallway, and living room its storage is considerable. The furnished unit also has a nice-size kitchen with a notable number of cabinets, but the range does intrude into the space like an awkward comment.


↑ The photos of this Mission District apartment are a bit questionable (for example, the kitchen is represented by a pic of a range and refrigerator standing side-by-side with only a sliver of countertop showing in the frame), but we are willing to overlook a number of features because it has a private garage included in the price! That's something special, which is perhaps why the image of the garage is the clearest one. The rest of the cropped bunch don't show much else, save for a nice urban view.