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: $6,300.
↑ We open with a loft in South Beach that advertises itself as "New York style," which is a bit of a gamble given where we actually are. The two-bed, two-bath (both en suite), 1,173-square-foot pad goes for $6,300/month and sits across the street from the Caltrain station. The aforementioned "New York Style" in this case seems to be referring to exposed timber frame, high ceilings, and brick-wall views in a factory-style building. Parking costs extra, and no word on pets. (Is that a New York thing, too?)
↑ Here we have a condo that dubs itself a "San Francisco experience," which at least has parity with its North Beach locale. For $6,200/month you get three bedrooms, one bath, and 2,000 square feet in an early 20th century building, with Alcatraz seen outside the window. There's a small sun room behind the kitchen to let you ogle the views, and the living room is classic, handsome San Francisco style, with the hardwood, bay windows, and fireplace combo. Sorry, no pets. (Is that a San Francisco experience?)
↑ We've looked south and we've looked north, so now it's to time to find a place that's just right, a perfectly situated condo in Lower Nob Hill for $6,250/month. This one offers two bedrooms, two and a half baths, 1,104 square feet, and—bonus!—a hot tub on the roof. The 2010 building still has some of the polish on it, and both bedrooms have access to a small patio. No pets allowed.
↑ Enough condos, let's look at a real house up in Twin Peaks, a mere 1,000 feet from the summit. Four bedrooms, three baths, and 1,800 square feet asks $6,250/month. It also features a garden full of oddball yard sale buys and Sutro Tower looming so close you could practically feel it. The circa 1957 house has "best curb appeal," according to the ad, which in this case means very pink. No mention of the pet policy.
↑ Finally for $6,250/month we've got a three bedroom, two bath house in Lone Mountain (the only San Francisco neighborhood that sounds like dragon territory), right next door to USF and up the block from Golden Gate Park. At 1,700 square feet, it's got the full package: garage, deck, garden, and backyard. The house also includes some quietly tasteful touches like bamboo floors and ceasarstone quartz in the bathrooms. Notice the wheatgrass in the dining room staging—nice touch. Alas, there's no mention of pets here, either, making it a perfect no-hitter for our four-legged co-tenants.