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San Francisco Rent Comparisons: What $5,500/Month Gets You

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Five rentals on the market right now. Which one is meant for you?

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: $5,500.

↑ First, we have a flat in Cow Hollow that's completely off the street (making it either secluded or inconvenient, depending on your point of view) for $5,395/month. Two bedrooms and one bath on Filbert and Octavia, about flour blocks from Fort Mason. Cats and dogs are both permitted but also listed as "negotiable," so hopefully you secure a little bargaining leverage. Do you like the idea of being tucked away, off of the main drag, or would you prefer to browse for something with a bit more prominent placement?

↑ Round two is a Victorian in NoPa with a ground-floor condo whose butter-yellow interiors complement the dijon-esque facade quite nicely. Two bedrooms and one bath again, two blocks from the University of San Francisco and five blocks from Alamo Square. The $5,500/month rent covers the utilities and cable as well. Dogs and cats are both fine, but "only one," so hopefully you don't have a Sophie's Choice-style dilemma over who gets to stay and who goes.

↑ Coming in third is a unit in this baby blue 300 Buchanan building in Hayes Valley, a two bedroom, one bath apartment for $5,495/month. Comes with bay windows, a wide-open main room, and quite a lovely courtyard entrance down below. Dogs and cats are good, as long as they pass this series of probing tests: Less than 40 pounds, "non-aggressive," and a separate, $75 a month fee for each. Maybe it's time they get a guard dog gig on the side and start contributing to the household?

↑ If the first three listings leave you feeling cramped, here's a much more roomy three bed, 2.5 bath, three-story townhouse in Galewood Circle, a secluded drive right next to the Sutro reservoir and Midtown Terrace Playground. The neighborhood is more or less adjacent to Midtown Terrace, Clarendon Heights, and the southern tip of Forest Knolls without really being in any of them. It's 2,300 square feet with a three car garage, office, bar, and patio.$5,500/month, flat.

↑ Last but not least, a top-floor number in Telegraph Hill's Telegraph Landing building, a three-level condo with two beds and 2.5 baths for $5,450/month. You're equidistant from the Embarcadero and Pioneer Park in this one, with bay views, marble fireplace, and roof patio. You've got to hand it to them for throwing in some decadent staging. (No mention of pets, which is usually a discouraging sign.)