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: $1,650/month.
↑ The Tenderloin features some of the city's most treasured architectural gems, like this lavender-colored Beaux-Arts jewelry box at 138 Hyde. The studio inside goes for $1,650/month for the small space ("cozy" as the ad calls it) and does have one or two classy touches of its own, like the shower tile. But it's hard to beat the curb appeal on a classic 1915 building like this one. Cats and dogs are both permitted under the lease; because the Tenderloin is nothing if not fair and diverse.
↑ Speaking of curb appeal, Ingleside doesn't have quite the architectural pedigree of the Tenderloin, but the small (500 square feet) one-bedroom apartment in this odd but charming building on Eastwood Drive near City College is no slouch, either. The unit goes for $1,500/month and advertises itself as a "designer apartment." What does that mean? Mostly it seems to mean pretty. While the tile floor in the living room is weird, the pastel colors really pop. No pets though.
↑ What's the cheapest lease you think you can find in the Mission these days? Right now on Craigslist, the answer is $1,475/month. That's the deal for this micro-studio on 18th Street, a single-room home a block from Valencia and half a block from Lexington. While there's no pets allowed and there's probably no rehabbing the unfortunate color, the old building looks quite respectable from the outside, and the appeal of living smack dab in the middle of the Mission maintains its perennial allure.
↑ This teeny, one-bedroom apartment in Bayview has popped up on Comparisons before. And it's still looking for a tenant. The price had dropped to $1,575/month, so it's back once again. Though not specified as such, it has the look of an in-law unit about it, apparently less than a year old. The Gilman and Hawes address is a few blocks from Bayview Park, Candlestick, and the bay.
↑ Speaking of in-laws, here's one that advertises it, built underneath a rather adorable cupcake-pink house down in the Excelsior. It's one bedroom and 450 feet for $1,600/month, and, well, that's it. And there's almost nothing advertised beyond that. Well, at least the garden is pretty.