Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Since the rental market has been particularly unfriendly to fur-bearing co-tenants lately, all of today's listings are helpfully and heartwarmingly pet friendly. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out.Today's price: $5,600.
↑ Feeling brave? Like to live dangerously? Don't care whether your tower view eventually becomes a ground floor listing? Then have we got an offer for you. All joking aside, the Millennium Tower's foundational woes don't really have much to do with this two-bed, two-bath condo renting for $5,600/month (because the building can only sink so much over the course of a one year lease). If you put such matters aside, it's a pretty, spacious, fancy pad with quarts, white oak, limestone, and black marble; the works.
↑ Some homes, like those in the Millennium Tower, come with all manner of perks to sweeten the deal. Here's a three bed, one bath, 1,000-plus foot white dollhouse for $5,475/month that comes with only one real significant perk, but it's a big one: the Presidio. As in, the actual park itself. Not yours to lease, of course, but effectively both your backyard and immediate neighborhood, since this little place is right in Fort Scott itself, being one of the Presidio Residences on Ruckman Avenue. That's hard to beat for a prestige address.
↑ Some homes truly have a style all their own, like this Glen Park number from 1916 for the full $5,600. The house is three beds and one bath, and in the name of Saint Francis would you just look at that single bathroom. With a tub like that, why would you ever get out? The place is full of little touches like that, like the bright cerulean-colored front door placed squarely at the corner of the property, or the ribbed beams in the vaulted ceiling of the upstairs bedroom. None of it really adds up to a recognizable style, but with some houses it's best to just get out of the way and let them do their thing.
↑ For something with a more cohesive sense of style, here's a Tudor-style manor down in Merced Manor just across the street from Stern Grove for $5,500/month. It's a whopping four bed and three baths, practically big enough to house the Tudors themselves, and the building dates to 1935. Notice there's a slight but distinct arched ceiling in the living room; nice touch. Note also that the pet policy on this one goes down as merely "negotiable," but unless they have a profoundly unsporting definition of what that word means it at least translates to not being a straight no.
↑ Not to be outdone by its neighbors even further to the west, the Forest Hill neighborhood has a four bed offering of its own in the $5,400/month price bracket, conveniently equidistant from Hawk Hill Park and Golden Gate Heights Park. Pets are fine here only if under 30 pounds, meaning those of you with larger breeds will face the singular challenge of getting your dog to sit on a scale long enough to yield a useful number.