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Curbed Comparisons: What $5,500/month rents you in San Francisco right now

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You can’t buy happiness, but here’s five places you might rent it

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out. Today's price: $5,500.

↑ Are you a sucker for Noe Valley? Are you a sucker for Victorians? Are you a sucker for stained glass windows and willing to pay $5,500/month to indulge all of these predilections? If you answered yes to everything, we’ve got a home for you (and also an open invitation to be our new best friend). The house is right on 24th Street, is cat friendly, and has three bedrooms.

↑ On the other hand, if you’re the type of person who groans and pantomimes death at the mention of yet more San Francisco Victorians (we don’t necessarily agree with you, but we do know where you’re coming from), this Spanish-style place for the same $5,500 might be more your style. It’s in Monterey Heights (near the ultra exclusive St Francis Wood area), also boasts three bedrooms and about 1,550 feet, and has quite the parquet showcase. No cats or other pets, though.

↑ You probably don’t think of $5,500/month rents when you think of Visitacion Valley. Indeed, the Valley is one of those places you’re supposed to be able to get away from housing costs like that. But the landlords of this four bedroom house on Hamilton Street has given it a genuine Pac Heights-style renovation, and evidently hopes that southern exposure tenants will pay more for the style.

↑ The ad says flat in a ‘20s era building overlooking Alamo Square. For some people, that’s a “You had me at hello,” kind of offer. It’s two bedrooms, dog friendly but not feline permitting, and they say that even some of the furniture is original to the home. It is indeed right on Alamo Square, overlooking the park from Hayes street to the tune of $5,500/month.

↑ We don't have to go far for our final offer just a few blocks away in Hayes Valley, pitched as an “authentic Victorian in all its glory” (nice touch). This is just the upstairs flat, which like most of these others is three bedrooms and $5,500/month, boxed beam ceilings and wainscoting included. Pets will be “considered,” which is awfully considerate.

Alamo Square

Steiner Street, San Francisco, CA 94117