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San Francisco Rent Comparisons: What $5,000/Month Gets You

Five rentals on the market right now. Which 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: $5,000.

↑ First up, a three-bedroom, two-bath townhouse in a three-unit Laurel Heights building for $4,945/month, with hardwood floors and a pretty decent yard by San Francisco standards. The ad mentions that the street is a dead-end, which means minimal traffic and "no sirens" to disturb your beauty rest. Better yet, that dead-end is right at Laurel Hill Playground, "less than 50 steps" from the tennis and basketball courts. Cats are okay, as are dogs under 35 pounds. (Please do not body shame your dog.)

↑ Next, a rent-controlled (!) apartment in the Mission for $4,950/month. Three bedrooms and one bath on the upper floor of a "well-maintained" circa 1907 building. At 1,400 square feet, it's pretty sizable by modern city standards. The listing promises "partial natural light [that] blends with comforting interior color schemes," which are mostly just white and the color of hardwood, but comfort is in the eye of the beholder. No pets, so it's rent control in the Mission vs. your cats. Tough call.

↑ Here's a flat in a classic Edwardian in NoPa that asks an even $5,000/month. It has three bedrooms and one bath and is two blocks away from USF and the Benedetti baseball diamond. There's marble in the bathroom, bay windows and a gas fireplace in the living room, and "high ceilings and decorative moldings" throughout. Small pets considered for an additional fee.

↑ There's a svelte and swanky Lumina condo available for $4,900/month down in SoMa, just around the corner from the future Transbay Center. This was one of the first Transbay high-rises completed, and it's offering one bedroom, one-and-a-half baths, and 916 square feet. You've got a courtyard view, quartz countertops, and the Internet service is on the house. There's also those oh-so-fashionable SoMa condo amenities, like valet parking, a rock-climbing wall, a pet-grooming station (cats and dogs welcome), and a "roof deck with movie projection walls."

↑ We close with a two-bedroom, two-and-a-half bath, 1,800-square-foot house in the Bayview that advertises itself as part of a "great artist community" for $4,995/month. It's a three-story place that advertises panoramic views, including bay views from the front deck. The half bath tucked behind the kitchen is actually rather cute. Dogs welcome.