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Curbed Comparisons: What $7,000 gets you in San Francisco

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Who rents for seven grand? We don't know, but we do have five case studies of what they get for you to choose from

Welcome back to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. It's been a while since we went to Oakland, so let's take a hop across the bridge. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out. Today's price: $7,000/month.

↑ Are there really people who pay seven grand a month in rent? It seems there must be, because plenty of ads are offering plenty of homes for that much, including this three-bed, one-and-half-bath Victorian in Cole Valley (which is actually $6,900/month). Although the ad references "painted ladies," the house is a rather reserved affair, and the white interior and glass banisters are a dead giveaway for a recent remodel. Although advertised at 2,200 feet, there's a 600-square-foot addition upstairs. No cats allowed, but the lease is good on dogs.

↑ For something a little more traditional in the Victorian mode, you only need traverse a few blocks to the Haight, where a hefty $7,000 nets a four-bedroom house that advertises two fireplaces (one per living room) right up front. While it's by no means period original, this place's slightly more homey approach to a modern Victorian layout is a rather sharp contrast to its near-neighbor's ultra contemporary vibe. No word on a pet policy with this one, so maybe it's a prime opportunity for your canine and feline co-tenants to ask forgiveness rather than permission?

↑ And now for something completely different. This condo in the Marina for $7,000 is a good catch, but a little bit odd. That it's three beds, three baths, and runs 2,000 square feet is fine, and its location right next to Fort Mason is well and good too. It's when you get inside to the single, big, general use room and its glass wall that things get a little strange. Then there's the built-ins in the distinct shape of a storybook castle as well. There's even something a bit castle-like about that bathroom. No pets here either, though (which sadly is the least surprising thing about it).

↑ Yes, we're going to the Millennium Tower once again. We're not sure if tower residents are putting their units up on the rental market more often these days or if we're just more likely to notice them with all of the recent news, but this two bed, two bath corner unit for $7,000/month is one of five or six that came up just today. And it's straight to the point, with scarcely anything to say except for the price and the building. Then again, some buildings do speak for themselves.

↑ We close out in the Mission with, yes, yet another Vic (we can't really keep them from popping up; this is San Francisco after all). It's a flat inside one of a matching pair of Vics, in fact, one black and one white, at 24th and Bartlett, $7,000/month for three bedrooms, two baths, 1,500 feet, a new redwood deck and an old stained glass front door. They're laying it on pretty thick advertising the likes of "honey onyx" and "natural brown marble," plus the original fireplace still intact. But there's no room for cats or dogs here either, a straight loss for cat lover all the way through.