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San Francisco Rent Comparisons: What $9,000 Gets You

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Five rentals on the market right now. Which one would you choose?

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: $9,000.

↑ We'd better be able to afford something showy this price, so how about a mansion in Pacific Heights for a very specific $8,999/month? At three bedrooms, two-and-a-half baths, and 3,900 square feet, calling this place a mansion (as the listing does) is a stretch, but it's trying its best to look the part. In fact, some of these rooms appear straight out of an Agatha Christie novel. It's a block away from Lafayette Park, with a sizable garden and five fireplaces.

↑ For something a touch more secluded, consider this five bedroom, three-bath house just west of Twin Peaks Summit, offering 2,200 square feet for an even $9,000/month. It's a three-story place with a deck, a garage, two living rooms, a wet bar, and so many cream-colored surfaces that an obsessive approach to housework is recommended. Cats are okay, but no dogs. (Again, cream-colored everything.)

↑ Maybe you're looking for more of a status symbol for your $9,000/month? You could always move into one of those Millennium Tower condos in SoMa. This one has two bedrooms, three baths, and SoMa skyline views. True, the building design is unadventurous, inside and out, but residence also gives you access to the chic, 20,000-square-foot luxury lounge—with a wine tasting room, 10-person hot tub, and on-site restaurant serviced by Michael Mina's rn74. Swank.

↑ Only a handful of extant San Francisco houses predate the Great Earthquake, but you can rent an 1,800-foot, five-bedroom, two-bath penthouse apartment over this one in the Lower Haight for $8,800/month. The Douglas fir floors date to 1904, but the plumbing, wiring, and heating are new. There are also quartz counters, a skylight, bike storage, and immediate access to Duboce Park. No pets.

↑ We simply can't finish without a Victorian in the Castro. This three-bedroom, three-bath, 2,200-square-foot home rents for $8,850/month. It comes with an attached garage, hardwood floors throughout, a 22-foot ceiling, and 18 skylights (because only plebeians settle for a 17-skylight home). There's also a roof deck, a built-in sound system, and both dogs and cats are a go.