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: $2,000.
↑ Chinatown doesn’t see many Craigslist listings, but they’ve become more frequent in recent months, offering a rare toehold in the old neighborhood. Of course, those holds always come in the form of studios like this: Tiny, unornamented, and overlooking an alley on one side. That’s the neighborhood, as people have lived in it for a century and a half. This place on Jackson Street asks $1,995/month these days (which admittedly is one thing that’s changed since 1850).
↑ Of course, a studio in San Francisco can always get smaller. (Mind you, small is not necessarily a bad thing.) Not far from Chinatown in Lower Nob Hill, a matchbox sized home on Taylor running just 200 feet runs $1,895/month. If this looks familiar, we’ve seen units in this building very recently on Comparisons, but for some reason the price jumped up more than $100 in just a few weeks. Is it still worth it? On top of the modest-for-the-city price, it’s a pet friendly building, and a very beautiful old place from the outside.
↑ On the other hand, this studio in the Excelsior advertises itself as “very large.” Size is always in the eye of the beholder with these things, but at 550 feet it is the biggest of the lot here, in an old bay-windowed building on Russia Avenue. It’s $1,995/month, not including the aptly named cat deposit if you’re bringing a feline.
↑ If you absolutely, positively insist on a real bedroom, you can find one apartment on the edge of Bernal Heights, near the freeway and College Hill, if you don’t mind paying the full $2,000/month. The photos aren’t very flattering, but at least you’re right on Mission, and it’s a rare break from studio living.
↑ Finally, sometimes you can’t beat a great location, and while there are a lot of awesome neighborhoods in San Francisco, few are as going to remain as in-demand in the near future as South Beach. For $2,000/month in that neighborhood you get a tidy, modern 430 foot condo with furnishings on Harrison Street, pet privileges, and the knowledge that if you waited a few years this same lease would probably run you double.