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San Francisco Rent Comparison: What $6,000 Gets You

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Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column that explores what one can rent for a set dollar amount in various San Francisco neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $6,000.


↑ This two-bedroom apartment in Cow Hollow is right beside the Presidio, about five blocks from the Lyon Street steps, and a short jog to Marina Green and Crissy Field, so it will appeal to the outdoorsy types. It asks for $5,895, but if you run the steps, you might be able to skip gym membership. It has more than location going for it, the inside is sleek and minimal with gallery-white walls. The kitchen is newer, and it has a dishwasher. The living room has a bay window that looks over treetops. A small bathroom opens off one of the bedrooms; a larger one (dual sinks) is elsewhere in the unit. There's also a washer and dryer in the unit. Dogs and cats are welcome if they are under 40 lbs. and are a "non-agressive breed."


↑ Next up: A two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment in Hayes Valley that is almost Scandinavian in its aesthetic, with cool blue and gray accents. It's located at 535 Oak Street in an old Victorian which retains some vintage details. It's looking for a year-long lease and $6,000/month, but we can't help but notice the photos have an Airbnb watermark, so we assume it was a vacation rental at some point. There's no mention of a laundry room, and the kitchen photos are quite skimpy, so we can't tell you much about the features in that room. However, it does come with a perk we've never spotted before: six months of free valet parking at home and anywhere else in SF. This is offered through the on-demand parking service Luxe (you have to wonder if the owner works there). Dogs and cats are welcome.


↑ Here's a three-bedroom, two-bath condo in the Inner Richmond that's looking for $5,985/month. The interior is traditional, with many seemingly original details. The kitchen, bath, and closets (done by California Closets) are updated. There's also an in-unit washer and dryer. The shared backyard is exceptionally nice, with a patio, deck, and grass lawn. There's also a designated parking spot, but in a location like this, cars are optional. It's at 357 3rd Avenue, near the west end of Clement. That means you are steps from good restaurants and a weekly Farmer's Market. Small pets are negotiable.


↑ This three-bedroom, three-bathroom townhouse is located in a cool, old Haight-Ashbury building at the corner of Stanyan and Oak (600 Stanyan). That puts it right at the end of the Panhandle and just before Golden Gate Park. Now, these photos are of another townhouse in the 30-unit building, but the listing promises that the available unit is freshly remodeled with the same materials and layout. What you see is a new, sizable kitchen with walnut cabinetry and stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher). There are two levels, with a master bedroom on the lower floor and two bedrooms up. There's also a laundry with a side-by-side washer and dryer. There are no pets allowed and only street parking available (which could be a problem in this busy neighborhood).