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San Francisco Rent Comparison: What $3,500 Gets You

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: $3,500.


↑ For $3,500, you could get one ticket to the Super Bowl (section 229, row 15) or you could rent this two-bedroom apartment on the border of the Tenderloin for $3,495/month. This unit is newly remodeled, and it shows in the nicely planned kitchen. Although small, the space is laid out for work. (And since there doesn't appear to be a dishwasher, you will be working here.) There is what looks like a washer/dryer combo in the unit. There's also nice city views of Downtown. You can have small pets here (under 40 lbs., non-agressive breeds), but since there's no parking, you might want to skip the car.


↑ This one-bedroom apartment in the Marina is also asking $3,495/month. Located at Beach and Cervantes Streets, it's close to everything the neighborhood offers: Marina Green, restaurants, bars, and shopping. The small kitchen feels smaller thanks to a ring of dark cabinets, but it has a dishwasher and an adjacent dining area. The living room has bay windows at the front, which makes it seem light and airy. The listing promises "fantastic" closet space. There's a coin-operated laundry and parking on site. No pets allowed.


↑ This one-bedroom apartment in Noe Valley is asking for $3,395/month. As so many of the apartments on the market claim, it has just been remodeled. In this case, the listing makes it clear the new tenant would be the first to occupy it. As we've said before, it seems like white kitchens are mandated by law in SF. But here, the new galley kitchen is done in shades of green, taupe, and light-colored natural wood. The refrigerator and dishwasher look to be on the smaller side. The kitchen and living room make up one space. There is a washer and dryer in the unit, but no parking is available (although there are spaces for bikes). The owners do not accept pets.


↑ The high-rise at 1188 Mission Street in SoMa has a one-bedroom unit looking for $3,480/month. The space is gallery white and minimal. The layout is an L-shape, which allows the kitchen to be somewhat separate from the living room. Large windows let in a lot of light and city views. The kitchen has a dishwasher and storage, although a pass-through to the entry (likely put there to allow light into the space) limits the number of upper cabinets. Laundry facilities are in the building (one per floor), and there's also a resident lounge with Wi-Fi and a fitness center. No parking, but secure bike storage is available. No pets allowed.