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Studios at Hayes Valley's Alchemy by Alta Start at $3,315

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A sprawling new housing development surrounded by Buchanan, Waller, Haight, and Laguna Streets is about to start renting, and it just debuted floor plans and some unsurprising high prices. The former UC Berkeley Extension campus, now known as Alchemy by Alta, will eventually hold hundreds of new apartments, including 100 designated for LGBT seniors and 50 for low-income residents. For now, it's the market-rate apartments that are up for grabs, and they are about as pricey as we'd expect from a brand-new development in a prime location.

There are just a handful of studios available, and they start at 453 square feet and $3,315. One bedroom units begin at $3,543 for 650 square feet, but quickly get much bigger and much more expensive. The largest is 1,090 square feet—although the kitchen appears to have practically no counter space—and costs $5,153 per month. The smallest two-bedroom is 971 square feet and costs $4,958, while the largest has a den, a deck, 1,530 square feet, and a $7,565 ask. There are just two three-bedrooms available, and they both have 1,541 square feet and are looking for at least $7,252 per month.

Amenities include the expected communal spaces, from a clubhouse with a high-end kitchen to a yoga studio, a fitness center, and a rooftop terrace with an outdoor kitchen and barbecue. There's a community garden, a bocce ball court, a coffee bar, and (somewhat oddly) a private music room with a piano and storage for musical equipment. The apartments themselves hold soaking tubs, stainless steel appliances, and quartz countertops.

· Work Finally Starts on Hayes Valley's Giant Housing Complex [Curbed SF]
· Alchemy by Alta [Official Site]