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Curbed Comparisons: What $6,850 rents you in San Francisco right now

From the Presidio to the Mint, five San Francisco leases for the same price

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: $6,850.

Last week’s Comparisons explored what you can get for roughly San Francisco’s median market rent of $3,400/month. So what do you have to choose from with more than double that at your disposal? Well, a four-bed, two-bath, 2,000-square-foot condo in Presidio Terrace just south of the park, for starters. Rows and rows of windows, white interiors, and hardwood floors run you $6,750/month, and would you just look at the size of the place? It’s even pet-friendly.

↑ Not to be outdone, for slightly less ($6,700/month) you can forget the terrace part and move straight into the Presidio itself via one of those completely beautiful brick-clad conversions on Liggett Avenue, in this case one half of a duplex with three bedrooms and two baths. There’s even a garage with a slightly startling looking linoleum floor. Like its neighbor to the south, this place is good on both dogs and cats, because apparently you can have everything sometimes.

↑ When you’re paying this much in rent, some people prefer to go big, and who can blame them? So the biggest of today’s five pending rentals is a single family home in Forest Hill, a three-bed and four-bath affair from the ’20s that runs the clock up to nearly 2,300 feet in all. (You can even bump the bedroom count up to four if you just keep the French doors closed.) Magellan Avenue is a quiet, pretty street that’s right around the corner from a Muni station (and the site of the neighborhood’s local development fight). For $6,800/month, it’s large payout.

↑ On the other hand, you might demand that, for this kind of scratch, something a bit closer to the hustle and bustle, preferably in a historic building to boot. In that case, there’s always Mint Plaza, where a single bedroom, 1,100 foot “loft-style” home goes for $6,700/month in the onetime firehouse converted into some of SoMa’s weirdest but most exclusive sets of condos. There’s no mention of the pet policy here, but what kind of firehouse turns away dogs?

↑ And if all else fails to appeal, you could always move to Pacific Heights. Because let’s face it, that’s a singular opportunity that not a lot of people get. No surprise that the Pac Heights condo is our most expensive and the only one to go the full $6,850/month, for which you get two bedrooms, two baths, over 1,800 feet, plus lots of track lighting and very long rooms. There’s a pool on the roof too—because how could there not be? But no pets allowed; we guess money really can’t buy everything.