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San Francisco Rent Comparison: What $2,800 Gets You

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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: $2,700.

↑ Coming in right on budget at $2800/month, this "professionally designed and remodeled" apartment in Bernal Heights has one bedroom and one bathroom. Highlights include 10' ceilings, a huge barn door that separates the living area from the bedroom, natural Douglas Fir hardwood floors, and a dishwasher and garbage disposal in the kitchen. One more highlight includes the shared backyard complete with mature fruit trees and a shared deck. No pets, parking, or laundry.

↑ Do you like vintage things? What about macrame owl art and earthy stoneware? If that's your thing, you'll like this apartment in the Inner Richmond for $2,700/month. It's charming, it's a corner complex, it hasn't been updated since the 70s. You will either love or loathe the funky kitchen. Same goes for the slightly less loud bathroom (it has a lavender toilet). No laundry or pets, but parking is included.

↑ This "large, renovated penthouse studio" in the Outer Richmond is quintessential San Francisco: Gleaming hardwood floors, mouldings galore, bay windows, an awkward (although quite nice) kitchen, a walk-in closet big enough to consider just moving your bed into, etc. Again, the kitchen is awkward but nice. There are new stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher!) and granite countertops. Another big perk is Golden Gate Park is a mere two block walk. Cats are OK; parking in the garage is available; laundry isn't in the building.

↑ This studio apartment in Hayes Valley comes in under budget at $2,695/month. We love—love!—the large window above the stove in the kitchen, plus the kitchen's got tall ceilings and lots of storage. But perhaps the biggest perk of this apartment is that cats and dogs are allowed. Other perks include a nice bathroom with a window, nice hardwood flooring throughout, and architectural elements. Laundry's in the building and there's parking in the garage.