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Curbed Comparisons: What $3,700/Month Rents You in San Francisco

Five local rentals that indulge your love of trim, towers, and painted ladies, from Potrero Hill to the Haight.

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Today we're looking exclusively at local Victorians, because who doesn't want to live in style? Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out. Today's price: $3,700.

↑ If we're shopping for Vic leases, naturally we're going to look in Noe Valley, right on Castro Street where this one-bed, one-bath beauty from 1892 rents for $3,680/month. They're squeezing the picturesqueness of this place pretty hard with touches like the ornate wallpaper and the original brick chimney engulfing the modern stove. The Castro Street address is right by the corner of Elizabeth Street. Dogs are in, but cats must stay out.

↑ The Haight is our next stop, where an apartment in this four-unit Victorian bordering the panhandle will run you $3,500/month for 750 feet. It's a top rear number near Clayton and Oak, along that very lovely strip where almost every house is another gorgeous Vic. The place is advertised as a one-bedroom, but also features a "guest room." Pets of all stripes allowed.

Potrero Hill likes its Victoriana too, as evidenced with this two-bedroom, top-floor flat near 24th and Rhode Island for $3,650/month. This place comes with wood trim, French doors, and bay windows (watch out for that butterfly in the bathroom, though). One of the bedrooms features a Murphy bed that's original to the house. Cats and dogs permitted.

↑ In Nob Hill, on the corner of Pine and Leavenworth, an apartment in this 12-unit Victorian building circa 1912 costs $3,575/month on the top floor. It comes with two bedrooms and advertises itself as "vintage" but "well-maintained," located two blocks from Grace Cathedral and the Masonic (uphill, of course). No pets, sadly.

↑ We close out in Pacific Heights with this $3,500/month one-bedroom apartment in a 1924 building that blends the tiniest bit of deco into the Victorian mode. The ad says that the unit has been recently remolded, which is of course a mistake but does still some semblance of sense—basically, they tore out the old bathroom and replaced the kitchen and closets. The building sits at the corners of Lower Pac Heights, Presidio Heights, and Jordan Park, around the corner from Presidio Heights Playground and four blocks from the Presidio itself. No dogs or cats here, either.