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: $7,500.
↑ Our opening bid is a three-bed, two-bath NoPa flat for $7,500/month. And holy smokes, would you look at those ceilings! The imitation sky in the dining room is a not uncommon trick, but how many times do you see ancient Greek marathon runners doing a course around the bathroom ceiling? Between accents like crown moldings and grid skylights, you might never see the floor in this place. No pets allowed.
↑ In the Mission, a three-bed, three-bath condo for the same price comes with its own contemporary and distinct feature, in this case not the ceilings but the floor. Or more precisely, the floor plan, which cleaves to the building’s singular, slightly bent “boomerang” shape. The price buys a lot of double-height ceilings and an awful lot of mezzanines across three levels and 2,000 feet. But no pets.
↑ If boomeranging condos aren’t your thing, perhaps the tried-and-true value of a Victorian in the Haight (near the invisible line between Cole Valley) seems like a wiser investment for $7,300/month. At three bedrooms, two baths, and 1,600 square feet, it’s a touch smaller than the aforementioned pads. However, it is a detached home, and it’s even got room for cats and dogs. The muted lavender and teal palette has its moments as well.
↑ For sheer volume of floor plan, you can’t beat this sunny looking Mediterranean house in Monterey Heights, with all of its tile roofs, dramatic windows, gleaming parquet, and a commanding 4,600 feet (though still only three bedrooms and two baths, like most of the other selections). It’s refreshingly pet friendly too; after all, there’s room. The price: $7,300/month.
↑ Finally, we must as usual give our due to South Beach condos, being as they are the future of San Francisco housing. In this case, a home at the Harrison building runs a round $7,500/month for two bedrooms, two baths, and a whole lot of bridge views immediately beneath your living room and its endless banks of windows. No mention of a pet policy, though we have seen pooches come in and out of the building.