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Curbed Comparisons: What $1,600/Month Rents You in San Francisco

From the Richmond to the Bayview to the Mission, we've sifted through the listings to offer up the best inexpensive rentals this week

This is 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: $1,600.

↑ Pickings can get pretty slim when you're trying to rent for $1,600 or less in San Francisco—and more often than not, there's usually a catch—but this in-law unit in the Richmond for $1,490/month is as straightforward an offer as you're going to find. It's a small place on 17th and Anza, pretty kitchen, free internet, no pets allowed. The property is one block from Argonne Playground and two blocks from Argonne Gardens.

↑ When you want to rent cheap (relatively speaking), people tend to turn toward the Tenderloin, where, for example, this studio goes for $1,495/month.The building on Ellis and Taylor dates to 1910 and the landlord covers the gas bill, but there are no pets allowed. And like a lot of Tenderloin residential buildings, there have been complaints about the building from time to time. Well, at least it looks relatively roomy. Also notable: the softwood floors were recently refinished.

↑ Next up is a pretty efficiency room in Cole Valley, right down the street from Kezar Stadium asking $1,600/month. The catch? No kitchen, not even of the kitchenette variety. The Carl Hotel is a legitimately historic building, dating to at least 1896, and it seems comfy enough, and appealingly close to Haight Street. If you're willing to commit to a lifetime of eating out, that is.

↑This studio in the Mission (near the freeway, around 14th and Folsom, making it the mouth of the Mission from the north side) rents for $1,595/month. Mercifully, it has a kitchen. But it does come with a catch—no in-unit bathroom. You have to share an SRO-style one in the shared hall. We do try to find the best places for a certain price on Comparisons, but sometimes the best has its limitations. The rent covers the utilities here.

↑ Finally, if you're tired of studios or efficiencies sans amenities, here's a genuine one-bedroom apartment in the Bayview with everything included for $1,600/month. It's also on the same block as Bret Harte Elementary School. The catch this time: Well, we're not going to lie, those are some bleak photos. But rents are still nuts. And everybody needs a roof over their head.