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Curbed Comparisons: What $1,900 rents you in San Francisco right now

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Five snug rentals, from SoMa to Sunset

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: $1,900.

↑ If you want to find a home for less many go to the Tenderloin first, even if “less” in this context means $1,895/month for a studio. The ad for this studio, featuring bath and full kitchen, promises a “baby-blue high-rise,” although the blue on 124 Mason can be a little hard to spot, depending on the lighting. Inside the colors are mostly neutral, for what the building advertises as a timeless look—the place dates to 1913, after all. Best of all, it’s pet-friendly.


↑ And a trip to Lower Nob Hill is likewise obligatory. Here, on Pine Street, just around the corner from Chinatown’s dragon gate, a studio (with bath and efficiency kitchen) will run you less compared to the other side of the hill at $1,800/month. It’s the first floor of a 1920s-era building. And judging from the dimensions listed, it measures approximately 240 square feet total. But be it ever so humble, there’s no place like home. The ad doesn’t mention pets.

↑ Today’s Comparisons has now accomplished quite a feat: Making a studio in the Cubix building in SoMa look downright spacious. Although the development is a micro-home property, previous examples show that renters can evidently make do with even less than the 275 square feet for lease here. The price is $1,800/month. And the views aren’t half bad; there’s a rooftop deck with cabanas. Full kitchen and bath. They even throw the cat in on the lease—not literally, of course, although they do always land on their feet.

↑ Anyone who demands more breathing room must head west to Ingleside, where a one-bedroom “garden apartment” a few blocks south of City College leases for $1,850/month. It’s a humble affair, but at least there’s a genuine single bedroom, one bath, a kitchen, and even some space to stretch out. There’s also a yard with greenery attached. No pets allowed, so hopefully the eventual tenant proves more of a plant person.

↑ And of course, there’s always the in-law route, located in the Sunset this time, as is often the case, one bedroom and one bath tucked underneath the back deck of a house on 25th Avenue. As far as Sunset in-laws go this one looks pretty fair, even with the laminated floors. The live-in price in an in-law now rises to $1,900/month, but as a bonus it’s the rare rental cutting a break to pet owners of all stripes.