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Curbed Comparisons: What $2,200/Month Rents You in San Francisco

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Five San Francisco rentals, from the Richmond to South Beach.

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: $2,200.

↑ This Glen Park (or Sunnyside, as it's right near the border between the two neighborhoods) in-law for $2,100/month has pulled off the oldest trick in the book: turning the largest closet into a makeshift bedroom. It also comes with sliding doors to give off the impression of a separate space. This does leave the general living area more space than its tiny size might otherwise allow, so we award it points for resourcefulness. The Santa Rosa Avenue address is a few blocks from BART and Balboa Park. No words on pets here, either.

↑ Here's a studio in Lower Nob Hill at 880 Jones Street, which dubs itself the "Pink Building," though in truth the carnation-colored facade is more tasteful than that names implies. The $2,195/month studio itself has a surprising few nice touches, including the interior French doors, a marble wall in the bathroom, and a "Swiss coffee" paint job. (That's just a fancy way of saying "white.") No pets allowed.

↑ What are the magic words? "Rent control," and this studio in South Beach knows it, putting that key phrase in bold every time it pops up in the ad. For $2,195/month and clocking in at mailbox proportions with only 260 feet, the interior is a bit grim. On the plus side, it's a few blocks away from both AT&T Park and SFMOMA. And the rent control is an awfully big carrot, so some renters will doubtless take the plunge. They'll be doing it pet-free, however. (Tough crowd.)

↑ If this chess piece-like 450-square-foot studio in Dolores Heights looks familiar, that's because it popped up a month ago. Since then it has knocked down the price to $2,195/month. And since it's such a fascinating oddball to begin with, it's back again this week on Comparisons. Though tiny in space, they did manage to fit in a fireplace, a walk-in, and an office. None of them very big, of course. And lo and behold, it's our only pet-friendly option today, allowing both cats and dogs. Assuming of course you can find anywhere to put them.