Just putting the insane rent into perspective for you. 

1. You could buy this castle in the Midi-Pyrénées of France for $2,659,569…

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It’s built on the foundations of a Roman outpost that dates back to the 14th century and spans over 1500 square meters. It has 7 sitting rooms, 9 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms, as well as fountains, an English garden, and stunning views.

….or this studio in the Lower Haight for $2,995,000.

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This 3,438 square feet unit at 871 Page Street has 5 private offices and 3 apartments. Definitely no castle, but hey, it does have copper plumbing and a brand new foam insulated roof. Score.

2. This castle in Marche, Italy for $854,480…

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With a newly restored watch tower, a giant pool, and stunning views of the Italian Tesino Valley, this castle sure is a steal.

…Or this apartment in the Bayview for $869,000.

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Why have a huge sprawling castle in Italy, when you can have 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms in the Bayview? This property on 1663 La Salle Ave last sold in January 2012 for $305,000.

3. This castle in the Belgian Ardennes for $4,005,375…

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The oldest parts of the castle date all the way back to the 7th century and it has 45 bedrooms and 45 bathrooms. FORTY-FIVE.

…Or this mansion in Alamo Square for $6,400,000.

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Believe it or not, this is after a price reduction. With 9 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms, it is pretty sweet though…but not six million dollars sweet.

4. This castle in Piedmont, Italy for $3,097,490…

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This 19th century castle is 1,500 square meters with 6 large apartments, a 2,500 square meter farmhouse, a 70 hectare parcel of forest and fields, and a 1,500 square meter lake.

…Or this pad in Glen Park for $3,600,000.

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Located at 39 Miguel St, this home has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms. No lakes, forests, or farmhouses here.

5. This castle in Haute-Garonne, France for $2,130,859…

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Built in the early 1800s, this castle has 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, sculptured gardens and a saltwater pool. Not too shabby.

…Or this Queen Anne in NoPa for $2,399,000.

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This two-unit building located at 948-950 Divisadero St has a total of 7 bedrooms and 5 bathroom. It last sold in January 2006 for $1,550,000.

Shout out to the folks at Buzzfeed for the inspiration—they found 9 private islands that cost less than an SF apartment! And here are some related articles that will probably get you all sad:

 [Featured Image: Nicolas Raymond via Flickr]


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