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Curbed Comparisons: What $6,850 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new homes for double market rent, from Merced Manor to Mission Bay

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: $6,850.

↑ Note that $6,850/month is roughly double San Francisco’s hefty market rent. So, what’s available for such an enormous sum? For starters, a foothold in Mission Bay—this two-bedroom, two-bath condo in the Arden building overlooking Mission Creek will hold more than just feet from the looks of it. It’s advertised as a “water view penthouse” with a “XL sky lounge terrace,” which of course simply means an enormous outdoor deck. The building even has a library and a very generous pet policy.

↑ At $6,630/month this duplex in the Presidio comes in a touch under today’s price point, but simply must be included on style points. The same neighborhood has appeared in Comparisons before, but the price has since climbed over $500 since then. Yikes. However, the Presidio was one of the most coveted posts in the country for army officers and their families, and that demand hasn’t gone anywhere. It’s a three bedroom, one bath place, pets included.

↑ This three-bed house in Lone Mountain renting for $6,650 cuts quite a figure from the curb, with its personal half-circle balcony overlooking a decorative driveway. The interior shows an affection for shouldered arches, a vault ceiling, and rosy porcelain in one of its two bathrooms. And the layout of the drought-friendly backyard looks extremely precise, with its mossy, low-lying lawn. Perhaps with the name of the neighborhood in mind, this lease waves all animal companions in too.

↑ The oldest kid on the block out of the five hails from Hayes Valley, a four-bed, one-and-a-half bath flat in a house that dates back to the 19th century (although the specific year is often lost to time on these places). The Page Street locale sits just on the edge of the Haight, and the living room sports the classic San Francisco Edwardian bay windows and fireplace condo. The $6,850 rent covers a cat as well, although, being cats, they won’t act terribly impressed.

↑ Finally, in Merced Manor, possibly San Francisco’s most idyllically suburban seeming small neighborhood, this four-bedroom, three-bed house, located a few blocks south of Stern Grove, asks $6,720. It’s two stories and eleven rooms in all, and the parquet throughout the first floor is a nice touch. The ad is mum about pets, though. Alas.