Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in San Francisco. Since the Castro is always the most popular neighborhood for Comparisons, today we're doing a special all-Castro edition. Is one person's attic another person's penthouse? Let's find out. Today's Castro price: $5,100
↑ First up, a two-bedroom, one and a half bath penthouse in a Noe Street Victorian on 17th Street for $4,950/month. The building dates to 1904 and the upper unit runs 1,700 square feet, big enough for two separate living rooms with bay windows, stained glass skylights (not pictured, for some inexplicable reason), indoor balcony, and covered back porch. To start things off on a sunny note for pet owners, the landlord approves both cats and dogs.
↑ We can't stop at just one Victorian in this neighborhood, so we also have this three bedroom, one and a half bath, circa 1907 Vic offering 1,200 square feet at Eureka Street for an even $5,000/month. The ad says it just finished a remodel that updated the kitchen and baths, but they've kept the original floors, granite fireplace, birds-eye maple mantelpiece, and sweet blue facade with hints of gold in the trim. No dogs allowed, but cats are good.
↑ Up on Mars Street, this flat top pad is two bedrooms, one bath, and 1,200 square feet for $4,995/month. (Use that extra five bucks a month to tip your Lyft driver.) The top floor flat has four skylight and an antique fireplace, plus maple cabinets and granite counters in the kitchen and plantation shutters and built-ins in the bedroom. The rent is $150 cheaper if you don't need the garage, and it's another pro-cat building.
↑ Here's one right on Castro Street, just north of Market and a block from Corona Heights Park, a two bedroom, one bath, and 1,000 foot flat for $4,995/month again. The Spanish style building dates to 1910 and advertises relative solitude and seclusion, the ad boasting that the double-pane windows "create a quiet and peaceful setting," but the real selling point here is the location—in the sweet spot between Duboce Triangle and the main Castro drag. All pets are go.
↑ We close out with a two bed, two bath apartment at cushy 38 Dolores, right where Dolores Street runs into Upper Market. It's a very specific 1,099 feet for $5,095/month, and the ad actually boasts the proximity to Clarion Alley and "the best graffiti" in the city. The unit has got a stripped look with concrete walls in the living room. And the ultra-green building includes a living roof, solar energy system, herb garden, and butterfly habitat. Yes, a butterfly habitat. Cats and dogs push the rent up $50 and $75, respectively. (It's a bit of a dog day for the dogs.)