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Curbed Comparisons: What $2,300/Month Rents You in San Francisco

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Five San Francisco rentals looking for tenants. Which one is your style?

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: $2,300.

↑ If you're looking for a place to live and a gig, this studio in Nob Hill might be up your alley. It's a bite-sized 393 feet for $2,100/month, but that's a discount off the usual price because you'll also have to work as the building manager once you're here. The circa 1916 structure is a registered National Landmark, so hopefully that's not too much responsibility. Cats are permitted, but no dogs (and since you're in charge, you'll have to set a good example).

SoMa is the home of shiny new condos these days, but here's a loft-like studio in a circa 1907 building for $2,300/month. The Ninth Street address is just off Howard and the unit runs 450 square feet. And yes, that's a loft bed, which is a creative way to use the space. The ad says they've recently replaced the floors, cabinets, and counters, although no permits have been issued since 2014, so they might be fudging the definition of "recent" a tiny bit. Pets allowed, with an extra fee.

↑ For a place with a more residential vibe at $2,300/month, venture over to Forest Hill for this granny unit where they're throwing in the utilities along with the cost of the rent, including the WiFi. Your verdict will depend on whether or not the hideaway bed is an acceptable living accoutrement (admittedly not as cool as the loft bed), but the location is two blocks from Forest Hill Station—a boon for commuters. No pets. Alas.

↑ This top-floor studio (they're all studios for this price) in the Western Addition right on Ellis and Gough asks $2,300/month and advertises itself on the appeal of its wood-beam ceiling, working fireplace, and multiple skylights. The view out the window is Jefferson Square and the playground beyond. It's another rough day for pet owners, though, as no cats or dogs are allowed. It's enough to make you howl.

↑ Finally, we have this 450-square-foot studio in Dolores Heights. The white facade of which looks remarkably like a chess piece about to make its move. They did manage to fit in a fireplace, a walk-in, and an office; none of them very big, of course, but this is what you might call an all-in-one number. It's $2,300/month. You can bring the cat or dog along, assuming there's anywhere to put them.