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Curbed Comparisons: What $2,300 rents you in San Francisco right now

Not all apartments are created equal, so be sure to compare

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: $2,300.

↑ Comparisons readers seem to love the Castro. In truth, this one-bedroom apartment is more in the Upper Market/edge of Duboce Triangle area, right at the end of Dolores. The building, dating to 1914, is a pretty piece of work, and the apartment is your standard polished floors and immaculate white walls combo that's served the neighborhood for decades. It's $2,295/month, and although there's a no-dog policy, cats are all right. (And don't think they're not lording it over the excluded dogs, the little buggers.)

↑ Speaking of uncommonly handsome locations, this little studio sits right on the line between Jordan Park and Presidio Heights, making the saunter over to the Presidio itself a brief one. It's $2,200/month for the unit. Also of note, it something very odd going on with the cork floor and "noise-deadening carpet." Nevertheless, the circa 1925 building is quite a beauty from the outside. Sorry, no pets allowed.

↑ But let's escalate the location wars one step further. True, Lake Merced is not the most convenient placed to live in the city. In fact, it might be the least. That being said, it's a rare patch of the faux rural right in the guts of the city, and this \ 600-square-foot studio for $2,300/month sits very nearly right on the shores. It's right on Muir Drive, just north of the golf course, which is rather tranquil in its own right, frequent chip shots notwithstanding.

↑ For those who lack the patience or inclination for a rural setting, there's always the Tenderloin. In this case, a 530-square-foot junior one-bedroom on O'Farrell for $2,295/month. The apartment looks solid and sturdy, decent but no different than countless similar Tenderloin units. The real looker here is the building, a gorgeous piece of Beaux-Arts from 1925 with a lobby to proverbially die for. As long as you don't mind the address, that is: 666 O'Farrell Street. Cats and dogs are both allowed (despite being barred from leases that cost twice as much).

↑ And finally, if the bay itself is calling to you, this studio on Stockton Street is just a few blocks from Fisherman's Wharf and the Embarcadero. Although the apartment is advertised as new, the building dates to 1968. However the time warp on that one works out, it's got big windows and a generous attitude toward cats, for the full monthly price of $2,300.