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: $4,400.
↑ First comes a two-bedroom, one-bath Noe Valley House for $4,250/month, right up the block from Billy Goat Hill Park and the very end of Castro Street. Both bedrooms open onto a large deck and a sloping backyard, which from the photos suggests an illusory wilderness peeping into your house. There's a two-car garage, and the kitchen overlooks Valley Street. Pets are "negotiable."
↑ Next we find a one bedroom, one-and-a-half bath, 830-square-foot SoMa loft for $4,225/month. Part of the Yerba Buena Lofts building, designed by local architect Stanley Saitowitz, it's just around the corner from Moscone Center. This one has 16-foot-high, floor-to-ceiling windows, granite counters, a private garden, and "German cube lighting" (possibly the most efficient-sounding phrase ever put to Craigslist) in the kitchen. The spiral staircase is a nice touch.
↑ Need a little more space? Here's a 1,500-square-foot duplex in Cow Hollow for $4,200/month. With two beds and 1.5 baths, the circa 1948 building is, um, not terribly flattering from the outside, but the interiors are quite roomy, there are hardwood floors throughout, and there's a even a breakfast nook for the nook-inclined. Pets are welcome.
↑ This two-bedroom condo for $4,400/month on Potrero Hill takes the prize for most unmissable exterior, being part of the 1010 16th Street building with a weird and whimsical look designed by David Baker Architects. The 952-square-foot unit has views of Daggett Park, and the building dangles some amenities for you, including fire pits, two gyms, and a DIY room for craft projects. Pets are go here, too.
↑ Bringing up the rear is this four-bedroom, 1.5 bath house in Sunnyside for $4,200/month, with an enormous living room and a domed ceiling. It's the largest choice on our list, at 2,100 square feet, with Italian tile in the bathroom and black granite counters in the kitchen. Rent covers a gardener to tend the lawn, and you have to admit having a foyer is an appealing prospect. Cats welcome, but no dogs (whimper).