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Curbed Comparisons: What $4,000 rents you in San Francisco

Five new rentals for your consideration and, perhaps, your dwelling

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: $4,000.

↑ As always, it's smart to open with a Vic. In this case, a 1,300square-foot, two-bedroom flat in a 1907 building in NoPa, renting for $4,000/month. Details like the bay windows, hardwood floors, decorative fireplace, and clawfoot are all what you would expect. But do take notice of the box beam ceiling in the living room (which the photos neglect to emphasize, tsk tsk). Cats are fine, and dogs are considered "with recommendations." Guess your dog better start calling up his old college professors.

↑ If you're less of a classic Victorian type and more of an open-floor plan type, consider this one-bed, one-and-a-half bath apartment in Noe Valley, also asking $4,000/month. Built circa 1980, it comes with 1,000 square feet, and advertised as "perfect for entertaining." There doesn't seem to be any particular reason why it's so party-worthy, exactly, unless maybe it's just to show off your pretty new Noe Valley pad, which is admittedly pretty good incentive. No word on cats or dogs.

↑ Four grand a month is pretty steep, but it could always get worse. Except in the case of this one-bedroom apartment on Russian Hill, which won't go higher than $4,000/month because it's rent controlled. Delightful! The ad mentions little else, but perhaps it doesn't need to mention much at all. After all, rent control on Russian Hill—if that's not a hard sell then what is?

↑ As always, we cannot neglect the South Beach condo scene, where the changing face of San Francisco is changing the most. The ad bills this 1,000-foot apartment with the loft-style bedroom for $4,000/month as one bedroom and two baths (one on each floor), complete with track lighting and tech shuttle stop adjacency. Sorry, "NO pets" (caps in original).

↑ We close with a two bedroom house circa 1928 in the Sunset. It's two beds and two baths for $4,000/month, and it comes with a couple of bonuses: A resident art collection and a grand piano from Kohler and Campbell. On top of that, the landlord covers the bills, and there's a pretty little backyard with brick patio to boot. The pet policy remains a mystery.