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Curbed Comparisons: What $2,500 rents you in San Francisco

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There's no place like home, but which one?

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: $2,500.

↑ We'll start, as we often do, in the Castro. Here's a studio on 24th Street for $2,499/month (a dollar saved is a dollar earned, it seems) tucked into the middle of (of course) a Victorian. It's only a little more than 450 feet all around, but it's hard not to love all of that dark wood trim regardless of how much there is. And there's room for a separate kitchen, rather than the usual studio kitchenette. The landlord throws in utilities with the rent. No pets allowed, though.

↑ The undercutting continues up in North Beach, where $2,498/month is your ticket to a furnished studio on Union Street, just south of Telegraph Hill and Coit Tower. We have to hand it to them: Positioning the built-ins to create a faux wall separating the bed from the rest of the place is a clever move. Plus, it breaks up an otherwise wide open space. This is another no-pets building, though; two dollars a month can make a big difference, it seems.

↑ Swinging down to Ingleside (right next to the golf course and a few blocks from SFSU) affords us the opportunity to kick studio life and upgrade to a one-bed condo for $2,500/month. It's advertised as "one of the best" at the Oceanview Village complex, and while we're not going to check every single neighbor to make sure that's true, we'll admit that little things like the glass cabinets and vessel sink in the bathroom add a touch of class that takes it far. Still no pets, though.

↑ Finally, you can always do the in-law route, in this case underneath a house in Bernal Heights for the full $2,500/month. It's a bit a mess in the present photos, but it's not hard to imagine how it would shake out if someone (say, you) tidied up a bit. Also, it's located next to Precita Park with a lovely looking garden right out back.