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: $6,000/month.
↑ Yes, it's that time again: Time for the Millennium. The suggestion of moving into the tilting tower is always divisive. On the one hand, even if you're skeptical of developers' claims that the building is structurally safe, your lease probably wouldn't last long enough for such things to matter. Then again, former and current residents complain (even right here on Curbed SF) of problems like busted pipes that should give anyone pause.
Ah, but there's the rub: This two-bed corner unit for $6,000/month is actually in the nearby, 11-story podium building, which hasn't yet shown signs of any of the same problems as its big sibling next door. Of course, problems with the main building should give podium dwellers pause, but they can still count themselves the lucky ones, relatively speaking. The home itself is quite a beauty (as you'd expect from the status symbol property), and the building is noted for its amenities. No mention of pets, though.
↑ Of course, if you're looking for a condo with style and waterfront views that you don't have to take correspondence courses in engineering to feel okay about, you could always kick off up to the waterfront and a one-bed, two-bath number on Lombard Street near the Embarcadero for the same price of $6,000/month. The place comes furnished, and while it might not boast Millennium Tower's views, you certainly can't complain about being a block from the bay and in the shadow of Coit Tower. No pets, though.
↑ Changing gears and neighborhoods over in the Haight, this three-bedroom flat for $6,000/month bills itself as "the best Victorian." What qualifies it? Maybe it's the stylish red brick entryway, or the Brazilian tiles in the flat, or the fact that the landlord throws in the Wi-Fi for free? No, it's probably the fact that the place is rent controlled, meaning that if you can afford the steep six grand a month now, you at least know you're insulated. This place has popped up in Comparisons before, but it's dropped the rent a bit recently, so we're bringing it back. No pets here either, though. It's one of those days.
↑ Actually, that last Vic looks a touch Edwardian to us. If you're a real stickler, it's best to go to Noe Valley, where you can get the whole Vic (three bedrooms in all) for the same $6,000/month price, plus some beautiful antique stained glass windows and gorgeous floors to boot. The fireplace is only decorative, but hey, it's a nice touch, and there is a "huge" garage on top of it. Cats are allowed, but dogs are a case-by-case basis depending on "breed and temperament."
↑ Finally, your Best Bang For the Buck (or six thousand bucks, as the case is) is a house in the Inner Sunset at 25th and Quintara, the whole affair four beds, two baths, and over 1,800 square feet. They even brag ocean views despite the 20 blocks between here and the beach, and pets of all stripes are welcome. Because somebody's got to cut them a break.