Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various San Francisco neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $5,000.
↑ It's not every day you find a rental that has both vintage charm and modern amenities. This one-bedroom unit at 530 Noe Street in the Castro is one of those rare finds. The apartment is asking $4,900/month, and it's billed as a "wonderful cottage off Castro Street," but what it appears to be is a 600-square-foot apartment that's located in a Victorian cottage. That classic facade makes up the majority of the vintage details, as the interior is new and modern. It seems like most rentals are outfitted with generic white cabinets, but this unit's kitchen has them in a tasteful gray. It's a bit small for the money, but the rooms are stylish. There's a washer/dryer within the unit, you can have pets, and there's weekly maid service.
↑ The Portside, a big, white building in SoMa, always reminds us of a large, vaguely Art Deco-style ship. Currently, there's a two-bedroom, two-bath unit available there for $4,995/month that features the distinctive banks of curved windows that mark the building. The unit overlooks the water, and the Bay Bridge is so close you could give a traffic report. The interior is nearly as white as the exterior, except for a dark-colored carpet in one bedroom. You get parking, a pool/fitness center, and a washer/dryer in the unit. No pets are allowed.
↑ This two-bedroom apartment in Pacific Heights hints that it sits on the perimeter of Lafayette Park. Actually, it's a block away at 1935 Franklin. The unit asks $4,995/month and backs up the price with some tony prose. "This prim and proper neighborhood epitomizes old-world elegance," says the listing. It also suggests that wilder times are accessible, saying: "For those looking to indulge in fast-paced San Francisco, Cow Hollow is nearby." The kitchen, bathroom, and floors are clearly freshly remodeled. However, the radiator in the corner indicates it's an older building. Cats and dogs are welcome, for a fee. Parking is available, for a fee. Sights of the "regal mansions and prestigious buildings" described in the listing are free. Onsite laundry.
↑ This one-bedroom apartment that's asking $4,995/month is located in Russian Hill's Lombard Place Apartments & Suites. You could safely call it a trophy building, as it has fancy plaster molding on the exterior; a lushly landscaped courtyard; and an ornate, marble-floored lobby. Those elegant details carry into the unit, which has two bay windows and arched passageways. There's no square footage listed, but the closet is impressively large for a one-bedroom. There's also a stacked washer/dryer in the unit. Cats, dogs, and cars (there's an attached garage) are welcome.