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Curbed Comparisons: What $5,900 rents you in San Francisco right now

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There's more to a home than just four walls, so which four do you want?

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: $5,900.

↑ This cottage in Glen Park is about as picture perfect as they come, thanks largely to the "experimental garden." We're not sure what the experiment is, but results look gorgeous. The three-bedroom home dates back to 1908 but look as vibrant and modern as any of the places they're building downtown these days—and more tasteful to boot. It's $5,900/month, but that sadly does not buy entrance for your pets.

↑ For the exact same price, we've got a two-bed, two-bath, 1,500-square-foot apartment in North Beach—and whoa, what in the world is going on in this place? The living room looks like it should be painted on the label of a wine bottle. Apparently the art comes with the apartment. There's a roof deck under the flight path of the Blue Angels (assuming the aren't banished to the bay this year) and balcony and marble bath in the master bedroom. They're pouring on the fancy so hard that they even brag about the "440-knot woven carpets." No word on cats or dogs, though.

↑ Perhaps the most profound 180-degree turn possible after that is this live/work space in South Beach, also going for $5,900/month. It's only one bedroom, but still 1,750 feet, because of course a lot of that space is dedicated to the work part of the live/work formula. It's not as classy or inviting as the first two, but it's roomy and sports concrete pillars and exposed piping. Plus, it comes with more hardwood floors. But yet again there's no mention of pets. Bad trend.

↑ If maximizing space is your biggest priority for $5,900/month, we head out to the Sunset, where that price fetches a four-bedroom house on 12th Avenue and Irving. It features a room for a foyer, a run room, two-car garage, deck and a basement large enough to include a separate in-law apartment. (Presently occupied, however.) Alas: 0-4 on pets, though.

↑ Finally, there's an apartment on Nob Hill (confusingly dubbed "Russian Hill" in the ad, which shouldn't be an easy mistake to make) for $5,900/month as well. Two beds, two one, 1,000 square feet, it's billed as a "true San Francisco lifestyle" for the "very fortunate." Well, there's no special landlord's prize for humility. The place has a few nice touches, like the claw foot tub and built-ins in the main bedroom, but the real selling point is the location at Pacific and Leavenworth. Is a generous pet policy also too much to ask for? Apparently, yes. Can't win them all.