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What $2,400/Month Rents You in San Francisco

In honor of Renovation Week, we'll only be focusing on apartments that have undergone a recent renovation



In the heart of the Tenderloin on Hyde Street between O’Farrell and Ellis is this quintessential San Francisco studio that’s asking $2,495/month. The unit maintains all of its original charm, but has upgrades like new hardwood floors, fresh paint, and new tile flooring in the kitchen. The appliances and bathroom leave something to be desired, but they are new(ish). Other highlights include a dishwasher, security alarm, and not one but two sets of french doors. Dogs and cats are allowed; there’s laundry in the building; parking isn’t included (or available).

Let’s not sugarcoat the obvious: this Hayes Valley studio, while spacious, lacks a proper kitchen. It’s got what’s called an efficiency kitchen, which means there’s a sink, mini fridge, and convection microwave. Pros: Hayes Valley is known for its casual to fine dining scene, so it’s not like you are short on options for eateries. Cons: You are definitely not hosting Thanksgiving dinner. This studio is one of the largest units at 539 Octavia. The building was entirely renovated just 4 years ago. No pets; there’s laundry in the building; parking is not included. Rent is $2,350/month and the studio clocks in at 322 square feet.

There are a few reasons why this apartment in Portola made the cut. (1) It has one bedroom and the entire apartment is 750 square feet; (2) parts of it are renovated, but not all. There is still quite a bit of what the listing describes as "old-world charm." That said, there are brand new cabinets in the kitchen and bathroom, as well as brand new granite countertops. Rent is $2400/month. There’s no mention of a pets or parking policy, and there isn’t laundry on site.

This 500-square-foot studio in Twin Peaks has its very own balcony that overlooks San Francisco. Asking $2,300/month, it was "completely remodeled to condo quality standards." There are new hardwood floors, new kitchen cabinets, new granite kitchen countertops, and all new appliances. The bathroom has also been renovated. There’s laundry in the building, but no pets or parking.

Located at the eastern end of Cow Hollow, this 450-square-foot studio is asking $2,395/month. It’s one of 35 units in a building that was fully renovated. The building was built in 1906 and maintains a huge chunk of its original charm, but each unit has modern upgrades like dishwashers in the kitchen. Parking can be had for $300 additional bucks a month. There’s laundry in the building but no pets are allowed.