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Curbed Comparisons: What $3,500/Month Gets You

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Five rentals on the market (for just under the city's median rent). 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: $3,500, which you'll notice is just under the median San Francisco rent ($3,590) according to Zumper.

↑ First we've got an interesting junior one-bedroom in Jackson Square in the 733 Front Street building for $3,500/month, billed as a "sophisticated Barbary Coast residence," which would presumably be a big disappointment to anyone from the old-school Barbary Coast. It's 634 square feet in a doorman building, with views of the Transamerica Pyramid and an eye-popping red finish on the kitchen. Rent includes a storage unit, to make up for the small floor space. The building also has a "Sky Lounge" for residents.

↑ Here's one that's all about the views: A one-bedroom apartment in North Beach for $3,500/month that advertises "panoramic views" and does, indeed, feature some pretty spiffy window dressing in the form of Alcatraz and the spires of St. Peter and Paul's Cathedral, which itself is right down the street at George Washington Square Park. No pets, so your park trips will have to be dogless.

↑ This one-bedroom Hayes Valley (by way of Market Street) condo is $3,500/month for 673 square feet, but advertises walk-in closets and a breakfast nook, suggesting a floor plan with Hogwarts-like properties. The building offers a clubhouse and garage and the unit comes with Internet thrown in with the hardwood floors and granite countertops. But like the ad says, the biggest draw is probably being on Hayes Valley's front door.

↑ Here's a two-bedroom, one bath Victorian in Bernal Heights for $3,500/month, right at the end of Putnam Street. The advertised bay view has got some wires in the way but it's still technically a clear shot, and it comes with granite counters, heated bathroom floor tiles, and a sizeable backyard. No pets here either, though.

↑ Today's final prospect, a $3,500/month, three bedroom, two bath, 2,200-square-foot house of a southern persuasion, lying as it does at the far edge of the Crocker-Amazon, right up against the Daly City border. Advertised as a "country-style house in the city," there is something a bit stately about that shingled facade with the front porch.