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: $4,400.
↑ First up, we have a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit in the Mission that's asking for $4,300/month. The apartment is at 2817 24th Street in a building that's billed as "unassuming" on the outside and a "freshly renovated pad" on the inside. The exterior, as seen on Google maps probably won't win any architectural awards in the near future. However, inside it does appear to be new (and the pleasant styling helps). There's a modern kitchen and bathroom here, but the original details appear to have survived the remodel, including a marble fireplace and ornate moldings. The kitchen is well planned, and manages to fit in a dishwasher and a full range—although you might not want to open the refrigerator while someone stands at the sink. There's also a washer/dryer and sunny deck. No pets or garage parking here.
↑ Next up, a one-bedroom, one-bathroom unit asking $4,308/month. This is NEMA, and it is a SoMa building with a reputation. The building at 8 10th Street is known for luxury and amenities (the list of perks is well over 12 inches long and includes everything from keyless entry to refrigerated storage for food deliveries). After reading this listing, it might also be known for hyperbole. After all, the text describes the architecture as being like the "Pacific Coastline" and calls the interiors "reminiscent of Napa Valley Wineries." Flowery language aside, the fixtures and finishes are tasteful. The kitchen is particularly stylish, and it has a dishwasher and dining island. Dogs and cats are welcome here.
↑ There's also a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment in Pacific Heights looking for $4,200/month. This unit offers a rare garden view as well as garden access. Through the windows, you see lush greenery that's at eye-level. It's also unusual in that it has a formal dining room within its 900 square feet. Another feature that's something of a rarity is the closet space: the listing claims five. You also get a fireplace and built-in bookshelves in the living room. There's a dishwasher in the kitchen and a laundry and parking are on-site. Dogs are not allowed, cats are OK.
↑ This tri-level, two-bedroom, two-bathroom loft is in Dogpatch at 1207 Indiana Street and is looking for $4,400/month. It's located on the top floor and offers a healthy 1,440 square feet of living space and (no surprise, since it is a loft) high ceilings. There are two gas fireplaces, a large and tricked-out kitchen, and a view deck here. There are also dramatic, architectural windows on the main level. There's parking for one car and an in-unit laundry, but no pets allowed.
↑ The listing for this one-bedroom, one-bath unit asking for $4,295 on Russian Hill calls it a "castle." It's a nice place, but the majesty they are referring to is the ornate old building with a grand lobby. The apartment itself has great light and nice views in the living room with two bay windows. The newer kitchen has a dishwasher and a good amount of storage. There's an in-unit laundry and parking in the building. Pets are permitted.