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Curbed Comparisons: What $5,300 rents you in San Francisco right now

The second most pivotal choice you’ll make today

Welcome to Curbed Comparisons, a regular column exploring what you can rent for a set dollar amount in different neighborhoods. Is one person's studio another person's townhouse? Let's find out. Today's price: $5,300.

↑ It could be our imagination, but it seems as if the Millennium Tower is a more and more frequent visitor to Craigslist. In fact, there are so many tower homes at this price point ($5,300/month for this two bed, two bath, sixth floor condo) that we could do a Comparisons entirely set in just this one building...but we’ll spare you that. This is the biggest of the lot listed today at nearly 1,500 feet, situated in the smaller, non-sinking residences building rather than the tower itself.

↑ If you’re on the lookout for a fancy-pants luxury apartment but just don’t want to deal with the baggage of that other building, here’s one over in Cow Hollow that just started its first resident move-ins in a week ago. A two bed, two bath apartment at the Vela building on Lombard Street asks $5,290/month, with interiors trending toward that that highly modern, highly minimalist (if there is any such thing?), and highly gray look we’re seeing more and more of. Refreshingly, it’s an entirely pet-friendly building, possibly owing to the neighborhood being named for the livestock?

↑ This house on 21st Avenue adopted a little bit of that Cow Hollow look during its advertised remodel (particularly in the bathrooms), but the broad facade, bank of windows, generous parquet, and wide arches are still pure Sunset. At three bedrooms, two and a half baths, and 1,750 feet, it’s the clear winner in the space wars, garage and all, and it’s situated on Taraval and 21st, roughly between McCoppin Square and Stern Grove. There’s no word about pets in the ad, though, which is ominous. The price: $5,250/month.

↑ Although the Sunset house is bigger, if you want to max out your bedroom options then this flat in the Richmond on 26th Avenue is the way to go for $5,300/month. Though it’s smaller by 350 feet than the previous listing, it squeezes an impressive four bedrooms and three baths into the space. The largest of the bedrooms even has an en suite bath, and there’s something refreshingly 20th century about the way the main room employs the space. Cat lovers and dog lover are both welcome (and, more to the point, so are their cats and dogs).

↑ Finally, we have the case of a two-level, two bedroom apartment in Noe Valley, which of course punches a little bit above its weight class just by virtue of being in Noe Valley. Right on Church Street, in fact, one of five units in a 2003 building off of 24th and near the edge of Dolores Heights, an oddly charming little building even if the home’s advertised vaulted ceiling is not actually pictured. Pets are fine here too, and you’re not far from Dolores Park.

Millennium Tower

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