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Curbed Comparisons: What $4,150 rents you in San Francisco right now

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From deco to contemporary, five potential leases from which to choose

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: $4,150.

↑ First things first, we have to make room for this week’s South of Market condo, this time in the form of a two-bed, two-bath place in the Carmel Rincon building on Rincon Hill, almost immediately on the Embarcadero with bridge views and all. The price: $4,140/month, although they will throw in the first month free. It’s an extra $75 for pets, so hopefully the little fellas know how to pull their weight.

↑ Meanwhile, for $4,000/month in the Sunset you also get two bedrooms and two bathrooms but a whole lot of extra house to boot, complete with garage, fireplaces, and sunroom right on top of the bedrooms. Only “small pets” are allowed, so tough break for great dane lovers. Former Sunset and Bayview residents know that the advertised “tunnel entrance” isn’t as cool as it sounds, but we have to admit it still does sound pretty cool.

↑ This next apartment seems to be something of an experiment: For $4,095/month, you score one bedroom, one bath, and only 500 feet. Even in 2016 you could find bigger places for less money, but this landlord seems to be banking pretty hard on the fact that it’s in Noe Valley. Right on Church and 24th, in fact, which is indeed a pretty competitive intersection. Will it work? Well, we’re taking a vote, so let’s see. Pets are A-OK here too.

↑ We have a particular, head-to-head mini Comparison to close with, first with this Deco-style apartment in Pacific Heights with two bedrooms, one bath, and two levels over 1,200 feet. Note that this building is a Victorian from 1892, so the Deco elements are the result of a later remodel, merging perhaps the two least congruent of all San Francisco architectural styles. It’s $4,000/month even, and pets are good here as well.

↑ And then we’ve got a second art deco Pac Heights apartment for almost the exact same price ($4,100/month)—what are the odds? Although this one’s a single bedroom only, it’s pushing itself as “very large” and advertising a remodel that replaced the cabinets, counters, and appliances. Cats are “negotiable” here—that’s a little picky, but this is still the first time in months we found five pet-friendly landlords on the same day.