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What $3,500/Month Rents You in San Francisco

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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: $3,500.

↑ Today we start with a classic one-bedroom unit in the Marina asking for $3,495/month. There are nice hardwood floors and pleasant views out the bay windows in the living room. It also has a vintage bathroom with pink, purple, and black tile that some would consider charming (these time capsule baths have a devoted following). However, patching the purple fields with the pink tiles has produced a mottled effect. The kitchen appears larger than some you find in single bedroom apartments, but the flat-panel cabinets and faux wood-grain countertops evoke shades of the 1970s. No pets allowed. There's an on-site laundry and parking (for a fee).

↑ Next up, a one-bedroom apartment in Pacific Heights asking for $3,000/month. That's a little less than our chosen price, and the size reflects it (you only get 550 square feet for the money). That said, if you've ever wanted to live in a classic 1894 Victorian, but your budget is for a small apartment, this one's for you. According to the listing: "This is not some slapped-together in-law unit. It was constructed legally, with permits for a family member who had to move on to assisted living after occupying the apartment for just six months." We suspect that's correct, as the moldings, finishes, and fixtures make the statement ring true (the listing says they were chosen to reflect those in the main house). The view out the windows shows this is a garden-level apartment. There's a dedicated backyard patio and entrance, a washer/dryer within the unit, radiant heat, and something we haven't spotted before: "super" insulation that "guarantees draft-free living." No mention of parking or pets.

↑ Here's a one-bedroom unit in Lower Nob Hill asking for $3,150/month. This is in a vintage building, and it has charm inside and out. It also has what looks like a very small kitchen that would accommodate just one person at a time. It makes up for that feature in storage. According to the listing, there are four closets, two of them walk-in. It also has a dining room and a living room—and because the latter space is at the back of the building, it looks out on an ivy-covered slope. Pets are allowed, laundry is in the building, no mention of parking.

↑ This one-bedroom apartment is located right across from Douglass Playground in Noe Valley and is looking for $3,495/month. The small cooking space gives new meaning to the term "galley kitchen." That said, it's new and nicely laid out. The spaces (living room, bedroom, and bathroom) are simple and white; but the living room has a balcony that looks out over the city and the tall trees in the park. The unit is pet friendly, and Douglass Park is conveniently home to Upper Douglass Dog Park. There's a washer/dryer in the unit, no parking is available.

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