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: $7,900.
↑ This is a ridiculous amount of money to pay in rent, but sometimes it’s worth it to see what “ridiculous” looks like. For example, $7,900/month in the Waterfront District north of the FiDi rents a three-bed, three-bath townhouse at Golden Gate Commons, where skylights take up vast swaths of the ceiling and there are so many built-ins that they’re even built into the arches between rooms. The lease is pet-friendly, and of course being in the Waterfront District puts it close to the actual waterfront.
↑ Meanwhile, over in Pacific Heights, right on the corner with Lafayette Park, almost the exact same same ($7,895/month) yields a three-bedroom, two-bath, 1,900-square-foot condo at 2235 Laguna, with a perfectly manicured patio behind glass off the back, marble mantles on the fireplace, and even a solarium. Cats are fine, as are “small dogs” under 20 pounds or so.
↑ Students of numerology might spend all day trying to parse the $7,777/month price on this four bed, three-bath house with the shingles and rich brown wood interiors in the Inner Sunset (actually right on the line with Cole Valley, behind UCSF). Everyone else will probably just focus on the beams, the French doors, and the brilliant blue tile in the bathroom and kitchen backsplash, which breaks up the warmer color of all of that timber. Dogs and cats both permitted.
↑ The thought inevitably occurs: If renters are spending all of this money on a home each month anyway, isn’t it time to shop around the Castro? North of 17th Street on Lower Terrace, $7,800/month rents a three-bed, two-and-a-half-bath condo with a lot of white interiors, designer tile, quart counters, and recessed lighting. (Plus a two-car garage, which is not exactly a designer element but probably adds just as much to the asking price.) Oddly, this one doesn’t say whether or not it’s a go for pets.
↑ Finally, $7,800/month in Laurel Heights rents this unabashedly purple four bed, two bath, 1,900-square-foot house in Laurel Heights, freshly stained floors and all. Again this particular ad stays mum about the pet situation, but for that kind of money it doesn’t seem like much to ask.
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