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San Francisco Rent Comparisons: What $7,200 Gets You

Five homes on the rental market today. 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: $7,200, roughly double the average San Francisco rent.

↑ First, a $7,000/month condo on top of Nob Hill with an ace up its sleeve — or more accurately, right outside the window. Yes, that's Grace Cathedral immediately across the street, as this is a Gramercy Towers unit, with two bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and 1,745 square feet. Note the high-angle living room photo to show off the ceiling heights, and the mirrored wall surrounding the fireplace. Cathedral views from the master bedroom as well, and the lease comes with parking. No pets allowed, unless one of the gargoyles next door pays a visit.

↑ Next, a condo on Potrero Hill that really digs pastels. Those shades can be yours for $7,000/month, along with three bedrooms, two baths, 1,385 square feet, a two-car garage, and a rooftop deck which, thanks to angle of the hill, shows off a dizzying stretch of blue sky. Pets are "subject to approval," presumably to make sure they don't muss up the Easter tones.

↑ We pivot from that to some tones of a decidedly different shade: all green. Third on today's docket is a two bedroom, one bath, 1,200 square foot house in Noe Valley whose $7,000/month price tag nets you a backyard garden verdant with "bamboo, mondos, and maple grass." Inside you'll find a "random plank floor," open-beam ceilings, a balcony access. The ad notes that no power lines intrude on the views, and rent covers a gardener as well. Dogs allowed, but no cats. (Hiss!)

↑ More amenable to pets is this four-bedroom apartment on the Fell Street side of the Haight, with two bedrooms and 2,000 square feet for $7,200/month, neatly situated a few blocks away from four choice parks. The bedrooms in this somewhat dainty-looking flat look like alcoves (although one has room for its own fireplace), but the main appeal is the location: just east of the Panhandle, just west of Alamo Square, immediately north of the main Haight drag and Buena Vista Park, with Corona Heights a bit further down. As mentioned, dogs and cats both welcome.

↑ If you've gotten through the whole list without finding something to satisfy your hankering for more bedrooms, this five bedroom, three bathroom, 2,200 square foot house in the Outer Sunset with the distinctive dijon-colored walls is here just for you. The two-story pad circa 1936 on 44th Avenue and Lawton rents for $7,000/month even, with patio, fireplaces, skylights, and an 81 walk score thrown in for good measure. No pet policy mentioned. (Because who doesn't love a mystery?)