This is 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. Our price: $4,500/month.
↑ More new buildings need to incorporate turrets into their frame, particularly if it yields turret-shaped lofts like the one in this SoMa building on Lafeyette Street from 2001. The single-bed, single-bath home with the window-studded lookout rents for the pretty penny sum of $4,495/month—25-foot ceilings and track lighting included. There's even a mildly Frank Lloyd Wright-ish quality about the way the ceiling spirals. In a bizarre addition, they bothered to build a fireplace in the 15-year-old condo, even though it's entirely ornamental. The building is both cat and dog friendly.
↑ This competing loft in the Mission doesn't have quite the same flare or sense of style. But it's no slouch either, with 18 foot ceilings of its own, these ones vaulted with a smoothly curving arch. It's also pretty enormous, with two beds, two and a half baths, and three floors in all. The Harrison Street address sits immediately next door to Flour + Water, and right across the street from Trick Dog, and it's only five more dollars a month, for $4,500/month. Stiff competition. The catch: No dogs permitted (Trick Dog notwithstanding), although they're okay with cats.
↑ The ad for this Cathedral Hill apartment claims that it is, in a word, "everything." That's a lot to promise. While the real thing falls a bit short of the advertised value of the entire universe, we do love the arches, the bay windows, and the climbing deco style of the circa 1931 building at 950 Franklin. Here you get two beds and one bath for $4,395/month, cats and dogs included as long as they're under 40 pounds. (Irish Wolfhound owners have it rough in this town.)
↑ The listing for this one-bed, one-bath apartment in Pacific Heights also highlights the pedigree of its Art Deco building, but oddly neglects to actually show it from the outside. (We took the liberty.) The interiors certainly push that vibe on their own, and we particularly like the flanking sets of bay windows on adjacent walls. The deal is for our full $4,500/month. It's another no dog building (poor things), although cats are "negotiable."
↑ For some people, even the prettiest and most tasteful of apartments, lofts, and condos don't beat the hominess of a home all your own, in the form of, say, a three bed, two and a half bath, 1,650 foot house in Glen Park. It's $4,500/month, and they just renovated the garden into a drought-friendly version of itself with a broad stone terrace. Even though it's the biggest of our five offerings today, there's apparently no room for pets at all.