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What $2,500 rents you in San Francisco right now

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Five new rentals, from the Castro to South Beach

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 is another person’s townhouse? Today’s price: $2,500.

↑ The Central Apartments building in South Beach wants renters to know that it's been around awhile, but also that it's not too proud to be trendy. This ad declares that the one-time hotel is "111 years young" and that it's been part of the neighborhood since "before it was hip." These days, the price of history means a studio in the building runs renters $2,350 (plus rent control) for 441 square feet; whether that's cool on top of being hip will depend on how hot anyone is to secure a spot in the neighborhood.

↑ This in-law unit in Crocker-Amazon, on the other hand, doesn't have a century-plus pedigree, but hopes to make it up with enthusiasm, at least judging from this ad, which employs entirely capital letters and 12 exclamation points in three sentences. All of that hype happens on behalf of a two-bed, one-bath bargain for $2,400/month, which the landlord declares is "nice" and also "very quiet." Alas, no pets.

↑ Meanwhile, this Sunset studio has surf appeal, or so the landlord hopes, declaring "world class surf in your front yard" thanks to its Great Highway locale. The place is one bath, one bed, and 500 square feet for $2,500/month. It also gets the “recently renovated” billing. No word on pets.

↑ Of course, there's always the Book Concern building in the Tenderloin, ever eager to impress renters with its own historicity and its conversion lofts—the products of a 2007 overhaul to the circa-1908 building. Whether the $2,500/month deal for a one-bed, one-bath, 414-square-foot loft is an opportunity depends on the renter, although the addition of cats and dogs will sweeten the deal.

↑ And finally, this Castro studio boasts "black and white tile with small alcove of hardwood floors, nice appliances, gas stove, and built in bookshelves" in a Mediterranean building. However, the bigger brag is probably that it scrapes in as the cheapest bounty on offer here at $2,300/month, utilities included. No word on pets.


Which new rental would you choose?

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  • 6%
    South Beach loft
    (36 votes)
  • 2%
    Crocker-Amazon in-law
    (14 votes)
  • 20%
    Sunset studio
    (110 votes)
  • 36%
    Castro studio
    (193 votes)
  • 34%
    Tenderloin loft
    (183 votes)
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