The woes of renting in the current only-in-San-Francisco market is the all-night topic of dinner party conversation. And don't even get us locals started on the laugh-so-you-won't-cry adventures of even trying to find an apartment in the first place. As a San Francisco resident who is priced out and stuck for all eternity in my current apartment (unless of course I leave the city with no expectation of ever returning...) I can appreciate the salt-in-the-wound humor of this art project.

Photographer Scot Hampton took the pain that is the SF housing market and turned it into a humorous parody. Posting signs with the rental price and description on just about every surface with the remotest potential for housing life, Hampton takes a crack at the city's cost of shelter. After hearing about someone renting a shelf, yes a shelf, in someone's house to sleep on for $400 a month during the height of the dot com boom, some of Hampton's jokes don't seem that far from reality!

The For Rent sign of the photo above reads as follows:

Waterfront Condo - $5000

Waterfront condo in the highly desirable, up-and-coming mid-Market area. Luxurious living at its finest! Enjoy the sounds and smells of the UN Plaza fountain as you relax in your condo after a hard day of complaining about the homeless. Close to public transportation, Civic Center Farmers Market, @Twitter, the @Tenderloin and several aggressive seagulls. 33 SQ. FT. Utilities not included, nor available.

Read on for studios, penthouses and other desirable-ish apartments for rent.

for rent sign on trash can

Cozy "Studio" - $4100

Cozy "studio" with skylights right in the heart of the rapidly redeveloping mid-Market area. Daily housekeeping included! Right on several major Muni lines, and close to BART. Perfect for the daily commuter. Utilities not included. .83 SQ. FT.

for rent sign on planter

Garden Penthouse Studio - $7350

Garden penthouse studio in mid-Market area. Light and Airy! You'll enjoy the fresh breezes of Market street as they blow through your perfectly manicured and landscaped garden. Coveted mid-market area, close to shops and right on the major Muni and BART lines. Landscaping included. Utilities not included.

for rent sign on post office box

Studio Loft - $3000

Government housing. Section 8 OK! Studio loft with vaulted ceiling! Located in Financial District, near Market street. Close to shops, food and public transportation. 2.17 SQ. FT. Utilities not included.

for rent sign on bus shelter trash can

Quaint Inlaw Unit - $2100

Quaint Inlaw unit with open floor plan. Right on several major Muni lines. Close to UN Plaza, in highly desirable mid-Market area. 1.35 SQ. FT. Daily housekeeping included!

for rent sign on sewer lid

Basement 1 BR - $3500

Spacious basement apartment. Classic architecture; very Romanesque and gothic! Arched interiors! Close to public transportation. PG&E not included. Not ADA-compliant; requires the use of a ladder for entry.

container planter with for rent sign

Studio Container - $2000

Container living in SOMA! All the rage, modern container living right in SOMA! Studio container with open floor plan, built-in bench and rooftop garden. Close to SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Gardens, shops and public transportation. Utilities not included. Please DO NOT DISTURB current tenant!

And to show how too-close-to-reality these signs are, an ad Hampton placed on Craigslist has yet to be removed:

craigslist ad

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