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: $4,900.
↑ We have an eclectic collection of locales today, but in terms of overwhelming curb appeal none can compete with SoMa’s Clocktower Building. You’re a long way from that famous penthouse up top in this single-bed loft for $4,800/month, but the earnest look of the brick and timber in this sizable (1,300 feet) live/work place does us good. Dogs are “considered on an individual basis” here. Which sounds entirely fair-minded.
↑ Speaking of towers, the gorgeous turret on this shingled Cole Valley house on Belvedere circa 1910 is pretty easy on the eyes too. Note that the $4,900/month flat upstairs is three bedrooms but a single split bathroom. Here you’ve also got the old stained glass, the coved ceiling, and one of those green subway tile fireplaces that seem to have been very popular in the city in the last century—little details that remind you this isn’t just some condo. There’s no mention about the pet policy; they think they can sneak it by, but we always notice.
↑ If one half bath just isn’t enough for you then good news, we’ve got another place for the same $4,900/month price that offers bathrooms to spare—so many that it might have touched off a shortage elsewhere. This four-bedroom house in the Bayview sports an en-suite bath attached to every single bed. You’ve got to fill up it’s 2,140 square feet somehow, we suppose. It’s right next to Bayview Hills Park, was on the receiving end of a highly contemporary remodel recently, and allows cats and dogs both.
↑ For those who still feel a Third Street locale is too far out of the way, a two-bed, one-bath apartment in Duboce Triangle (we’re not sure exactly where, but it’s not a big neighborhood anyway) is also $4,900/month, inside of an unassuming cobalt-colored place with track lighting and a bubble-shaped wood oven. You even get a little backyard and carport here. Cats and dogs are both okay, with the ever-popular Duboce Dog Park a few blocks away (by default from wherever this place is).
↑ Finally, we close with a house in Bernal Heights—automatically one of the most sought-after commodities in the city. Located atop the “charming northwest corner of the hill” (and if you don’t think northwest is a charming direction, just ask Kanye), it’s two bedrooms, two baths, and a whole lot of hilltop views for your $4,900/month. There’s even a built-in plasma TV. Cats are okay, but dogs are an extra fee.