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Not Quite Ready to Commit to Being a Real Estate Whale? Here's a Selection of Whale-Worthy Rentals

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[This castle in Pacific Heights can be yours for $7,495 a month]

You can't become a real estate whale overnight, so perhaps a good way to ease into it is to rent several whale-worthy properties throughout the Bay Area. Look the part by renting a sprawling estate in Napa Valley, a secluded cabin in Marin County, a party pad in the City, and a practical abode in the heart of Silicon Valley. Below, a map of rental options for those who want to live like a whale but don't have billions of bucks to purchase their own properties (yet).

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1. Pacific Heights Castle

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1731 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

For a mere $7,495 per month a 2-bedroom castle can be yours. Designed by Hengry Gutterson and built in 1921 to replicate a French fortress, "this unique house exudes characteristics of the quintessential medieval castle." Yes, there's a turret (and it has a bell).

2. Silicon Valley Manse

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181 Austin Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027

A whale would do well to live in another peninsula home with a guest house – like this one in Atherton, with 6 beds, 8 baths for $35,000 per month. The grounds are lush, the ceilings are high, and there’s space to park 7 cars if you’re the kind of rich person who’s into wheels.

3. Russian Hill Penthouse

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2160 Leavenworth Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

We think any whale wants to be perched high atop a hill so he or she can overlook all the real estate they want to eventually buy up, so we thought this Russian Hill full floor penthouse was perfect for the Whale Wannabes. There's even mention of being able to catch more than a glimpse of the America's Cup race. The 3-bed, 2-bath, 2,700 sq. ft. penthouse comes with two parking spaces and is going for $12,000 per month.

4. Country Club Manor

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2255 Skyfarm Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010

If “Country Club Manor” doesn’t tell you that you’ll be living among whales, the $25,000 per month price tag on this 6-bedroom, 7.5 bath house in Hillsborough should do it. The style is “Italian Minimalist” and it’s quite sexy. We love the lush backyard complete with vine-covered pergola and turquoise pool.

5. Bernal Heights Contemporary Digs

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Cesar Chavez Street & Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

This super slick 3-level, 4-bed, 3-bath, 2,800 sq. ft. condo has parking for 3 cars. A nice advantage for the Wannabe Whale who's actually broke: the condo comes fully furnished with the latest contemporary offerings. Rent's $8,995 per month. The bad news: $8,995 and it still has a no pet policy.

6. Architectural Gem in Caballo Hills

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Campus Drive & Rockingham Court
Oakland, CA 94619

Over in Oakland there's a 5-bed, 6-bath, 7,000 sq. ft. home that's going for $14,495 per month. The ultra contemporary mansion is super slick and has views galore.

7. Eclectic Party Pad in the Marina

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Pacific Avenue & Broderick Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

$25,000 per month gets you up close and personal views of the Ameica's Cup, and you'll be within walking distance of all the on land action. The rental is a 4-bed, 2-bath, 2,652 sq. ft. house.

8. Wine Country Living

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2286 Boysen Lane
Saint Helena, CA 94574

This is a "contemporary home with metro sensibility." The 4-bed, 3.5-bath house is going for $15,000 a month and is just a few blocks from Main Street. Property highlights include a meditation room and a pool house.

9. Modern Luxury on Nob Hill

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Sacramento Street & Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

For $10,000 a month you can get a condo that's been "fully remodeled to reflect an ultra modern, high-end style with top of the line finishes." The building has a 24-hour doorman. Pets are considered, but only if they're under 20lbs.

10. Kentfield Cabin

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225 South Ridgewood Road
Kentfield, CA 94904

If city living isn't your thing and you don't want a sprawling estate in either of the Valleys, perhaps this custom home near the redwood trees in Kentfield will do? The 4-bed, 4-bath home is asking $7,500 per month. There's an additional unit with a full bathroom and a separate entrance on the property.

11. Pacific Heights Penthouse

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2200 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

For the well-heeled Wannabe Whale who seeks traditional furnishings and timeless property highlights like parquet flooring throughout and a 24-hour doorman. This 3-bed, 3-bath, 2,400 sq. ft. penthouse wants $11,000 per month and is in one of Pacific Heights' most coveted buildings.

12. Napa Valley Estate

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250 Zinfandel Lane
Saint Helena, CA 94574

Nestled on 5.2 acres and surrounded by vineyards, this 1-bed, 1.5-bath house is asking $20,000 per month. If one bedroom doesn't do it for you consider that there's a two bedroom guest house on the property. Other property highlights include a separate pool house and an orchard.

13. 41st floor living at the Infinity Tower

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338 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

Unit 41E in Tower II of the Infinity is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo that's 1,563 sq. ft. There's two balconies. The unit's going for $9,000 per month.

14. Family-Friendly in Laurel Heights

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3209 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

This contemporary abode has 'trimless walls and black parquet floors," which we're really digging. $13,500 a month gets you a 4-bed, 4-bath, 3,500 sq. ft. single-family home. "There's a private lounging space outside of the Master Bedroom" and a "Zen-like yard."

15. Your Own Estate in Ross

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5 Makin Grade
Ross, CA 94904

This prestigious piece of property in Marin County is being described as a "majestic, park-like estate." It has Mt. Tam views on roughly 1.42 acres. The Italian marble throughout was installed by European artisans. The grand entry is bigger than most San Francisco apartments. $25,000 per month gets you this home, which has four bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.

16. Short-term Marina Rental

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Webster Street & Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

Need a place for you and your well-heeled friends to crash during this summer’s America’s Cup? Look no further than this 4-bed, 3-bath home in Pacific Heights for just $30,000. You won’t even need to venture down to the bay; you can take your cocktails to the living room and watch it like the Super Bowl from your very own couch. Sadly it’s only available for short-term rentals, so you’ll have to find another place to burn your money when the Cup is over.

1. Pacific Heights Castle

1731 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

For a mere $7,495 per month a 2-bedroom castle can be yours. Designed by Hengry Gutterson and built in 1921 to replicate a French fortress, "this unique house exudes characteristics of the quintessential medieval castle." Yes, there's a turret (and it has a bell).

1731 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94123

2. Silicon Valley Manse

181 Austin Avenue, Atherton, CA 94027

A whale would do well to live in another peninsula home with a guest house – like this one in Atherton, with 6 beds, 8 baths for $35,000 per month. The grounds are lush, the ceilings are high, and there’s space to park 7 cars if you’re the kind of rich person who’s into wheels.

181 Austin Avenue
Atherton, CA 94027

3. Russian Hill Penthouse

2160 Leavenworth Street, San Francisco, CA 94109

We think any whale wants to be perched high atop a hill so he or she can overlook all the real estate they want to eventually buy up, so we thought this Russian Hill full floor penthouse was perfect for the Whale Wannabes. There's even mention of being able to catch more than a glimpse of the America's Cup race. The 3-bed, 2-bath, 2,700 sq. ft. penthouse comes with two parking spaces and is going for $12,000 per month.

2160 Leavenworth Street
San Francisco, CA 94109

4. Country Club Manor

2255 Skyfarm Drive, Hillsborough, CA 94010

If “Country Club Manor” doesn’t tell you that you’ll be living among whales, the $25,000 per month price tag on this 6-bedroom, 7.5 bath house in Hillsborough should do it. The style is “Italian Minimalist” and it’s quite sexy. We love the lush backyard complete with vine-covered pergola and turquoise pool.

2255 Skyfarm Drive
Hillsborough, CA 94010

5. Bernal Heights Contemporary Digs

Cesar Chavez Street & Harrison Street, San Francisco, CA 94110

This super slick 3-level, 4-bed, 3-bath, 2,800 sq. ft. condo has parking for 3 cars. A nice advantage for the Wannabe Whale who's actually broke: the condo comes fully furnished with the latest contemporary offerings. Rent's $8,995 per month. The bad news: $8,995 and it still has a no pet policy.

Cesar Chavez Street & Harrison Street
San Francisco, CA 94110

6. Architectural Gem in Caballo Hills

Campus Drive & Rockingham Court, Oakland, CA 94619

Over in Oakland there's a 5-bed, 6-bath, 7,000 sq. ft. home that's going for $14,495 per month. The ultra contemporary mansion is super slick and has views galore.

Campus Drive & Rockingham Court
Oakland, CA 94619

7. Eclectic Party Pad in the Marina

Pacific Avenue & Broderick Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

$25,000 per month gets you up close and personal views of the Ameica's Cup, and you'll be within walking distance of all the on land action. The rental is a 4-bed, 2-bath, 2,652 sq. ft. house.

Pacific Avenue & Broderick Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

8. Wine Country Living

2286 Boysen Lane, Saint Helena, CA 94574

This is a "contemporary home with metro sensibility." The 4-bed, 3.5-bath house is going for $15,000 a month and is just a few blocks from Main Street. Property highlights include a meditation room and a pool house.

2286 Boysen Lane
Saint Helena, CA 94574

9. Modern Luxury on Nob Hill

Sacramento Street & Powell Street, San Francisco, CA 94108

For $10,000 a month you can get a condo that's been "fully remodeled to reflect an ultra modern, high-end style with top of the line finishes." The building has a 24-hour doorman. Pets are considered, but only if they're under 20lbs.

Sacramento Street & Powell Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

10. Kentfield Cabin

225 South Ridgewood Road, Kentfield, CA 94904

If city living isn't your thing and you don't want a sprawling estate in either of the Valleys, perhaps this custom home near the redwood trees in Kentfield will do? The 4-bed, 4-bath home is asking $7,500 per month. There's an additional unit with a full bathroom and a separate entrance on the property.

225 South Ridgewood Road
Kentfield, CA 94904

11. Pacific Heights Penthouse

2200 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

For the well-heeled Wannabe Whale who seeks traditional furnishings and timeless property highlights like parquet flooring throughout and a 24-hour doorman. This 3-bed, 3-bath, 2,400 sq. ft. penthouse wants $11,000 per month and is in one of Pacific Heights' most coveted buildings.

2200 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA 94115

12. Napa Valley Estate

250 Zinfandel Lane, Saint Helena, CA 94574

Nestled on 5.2 acres and surrounded by vineyards, this 1-bed, 1.5-bath house is asking $20,000 per month. If one bedroom doesn't do it for you consider that there's a two bedroom guest house on the property. Other property highlights include a separate pool house and an orchard.

250 Zinfandel Lane
Saint Helena, CA 94574

13. 41st floor living at the Infinity Tower

338 Spear Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

Unit 41E in Tower II of the Infinity is a 3-bedroom, 2-bath condo that's 1,563 sq. ft. There's two balconies. The unit's going for $9,000 per month.

338 Spear Street
San Francisco, CA 94105

14. Family-Friendly in Laurel Heights

3209 Jackson Street, San Francisco, CA 94118

This contemporary abode has 'trimless walls and black parquet floors," which we're really digging. $13,500 a month gets you a 4-bed, 4-bath, 3,500 sq. ft. single-family home. "There's a private lounging space outside of the Master Bedroom" and a "Zen-like yard."

3209 Jackson Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

15. Your Own Estate in Ross

5 Makin Grade, Ross, CA 94904

This prestigious piece of property in Marin County is being described as a "majestic, park-like estate." It has Mt. Tam views on roughly 1.42 acres. The Italian marble throughout was installed by European artisans. The grand entry is bigger than most San Francisco apartments. $25,000 per month gets you this home, which has four bedrooms and 8 bathrooms.

5 Makin Grade
Ross, CA 94904

16. Short-term Marina Rental

Webster Street & Vallejo Street, San Francisco, CA 94123

Need a place for you and your well-heeled friends to crash during this summer’s America’s Cup? Look no further than this 4-bed, 3-bath home in Pacific Heights for just $30,000. You won’t even need to venture down to the bay; you can take your cocktails to the living room and watch it like the Super Bowl from your very own couch. Sadly it’s only available for short-term rentals, so you’ll have to find another place to burn your money when the Cup is over.

Webster Street & Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA 94123