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San Francisco Rent Comparisons: What $3,000 Gets You

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Five homes on the market, vote for your favorite

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different San Francisco neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out! Today's price: $3,000.

↑ First, a studio in Nob Hill for $3,000 a month, at California and Leavenworth. It’s a pleasant looking interior, with a deck that affords you some pretty remarkable views of the Golden Gate Bridge and the spire of Grace Cathedral, and it’s both cat and dog friendly. The landlord is even throwing utilities, Wi-Fi, and cable in with the rent. The catch? The entire package is only 350 square feet. Better keep it to just one cat or dog; two will have to sleep on top of each other.

Also in the $3,000 range, a one-bedroom loft in the David Baker-designed Clocktower Building in SoMa, a few blocks from AT&T Park. The ad boasts granite countertops in the kitchen, a spiral staircase (not visible in the photos,) Palladian windows on the eastern wall, high ceilings, and exposed brick and timber work. It’s a top-floor unit with a roof deck, and it’s on the courtyard side of the building.

↑ For the same price, we’ve got a one bedroom, one-bath condo in Russian Hill, immediately adjacent to Fort Mason (at the very northern point of Van Ness Avenue) and boasting Alcatraz views. You’ll never be very far from that view, mind you, as it’s another small one, coming in at just under 500 feet. No pets and not much of a kitchen, but at least it’s walking distance from the Marina. Some consider the building at 1050 North Point unpleasant to look at, but once you’re inside you won’t be able to see it.

↑ Next up, a 1,125-square-foot house in Visitacion Valley, as far away geographically and architecturally as possible from the stamp-sized offerings available elsewhere in this price bracket. The kitchen is sizable, the hardwood floors are in good shape despite dating to 1931, and the fireplace in the living room even has a slight Deco vibe. And the landlords have a proposition for you: Move in, put the place on Airbnb, and pocket all of the money with no questions asked. (Feeling enterprising?) No pets at this one.

↑ Finally, a $3,000/month, one-bedroom SoMa condo less than a block from Market and First Streets. The red brick building dates to 1906, and the 875-square-foot unit features bamboo floors, oversized "arch windows" (the arch is barely visible, but still technically there), exposed brick, quartz countertops in the kitchen, and stone tile in the bathroom. The building is actually located in an alley, but the view from the roof deck isn’t half bad, and you are, notably, a few blocks from BART, the Ferry Building, and SFMOMA.