Welcome back 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: $6,500/month.
↑ With a monthly rent like this, we expect to be impressed. The first listing to take a shot at knocking our socks off is an apartment in the Haight in a house once owned by the Magnin family way back in 1899. Magnin department stores haven't existed for over 30 years; but if the house, with its gold leaf accents, stained glass windows, Venetian plaster, and wooden bathtubs are any indication, they must have been quite a sight. Despite being 2,000 square feet and renting for an impressive $6,495/month, it's listed as only one-bedroom and one and a half baths. No dogs allowed (grrr), but cats are okay.
↑ Compared to the Haight gem, a condo in Cow Hollow from 1909 seems like a Johnny-come-lately. But at 2,000 feet and three bedrooms plus two baths for the full $6,500/month, this one holds its own despite a decade less on the calendar. It features oak floors, built-ins, and a private balcony. We like the shingled facade too. Pets are prohibited, sadly. The property is two blocks from the Cow Hollow Playground. Also, it's near the Russian Consulate, although we assume that one won't come up very often.
↑ If you're in the mood for slightly less rent and considerably more ceiling, we also have a tri-level loft in Potrero Hill for $6,350/month. Yes, it's tall. Very tall. In fact, it almost looks like that third level was throw in at the last minute just for the heck of it. It's an admittedly unique style, with some serious Escher-like lines going all over the place. But we like that it keeps you guessing, and the floor-to-ceiling window is something to behold in a place with this much ceiling. Dogs and cats are both winners this time.
↑ Surely the Mission has something to contribute? How about this three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath condo for $6,500/month on South Van Ness and 18th Street? The building doesn't look like much from the outside, but it does have a pretty little rectangle of drought-friendly lawn and garden in the backyard. The unit itself gives you the old bay windows and fireplace combo in the living room. It's also a pet-friendly lease deal, which is good considering the chunk of change you're spending each month.
↑ And just to keep things interesting, here's a building that casts aside any semblance of traditional San Francisco style via a condo in One Rincon Hill. Coming in at two beds, two baths, and 1,307 square feet, it comes to $6,300/month. Many residents are still sore about how this building sticks out (back in 2007 we even named it the city's ugliest), but a glance out the windows reveals the advantages of a shamelessly tall building on top of a bayside hill. No mention of pets, though, so you can't win them all.