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 is another person's townhouse? Today's price: $5,700.
↑ The ad for this two-bedroom, two-bath apartment says that it’s on the sixth floor of a Pacific Heights Edwardian, although it’s mum about precisely which Edwardian building near Broadway and Franklin it may be. Apparently it’s the one with the ribbed trapezoidal ceiling in the living room and a small barrel vault ceiling in the entryway. The ad also promises oak floors with walnut perimeters, for those who don’t want to have to make a hard choice between hardwoods. The price is $5,700/month, but sadly there’s “no pets and no subleases,” thus circumventing even the potential loophole of subleasing to your dogs.
↑ Stepping back one generation from the Edwardian to the more prolific Victorian, this Mission apartment (eastern side near Potrero Hill) also promises two bed and two baths for $5,700/month. It is also sadly sans pets, which means that the choice between the two is a question of style and location. Rather than a six-story, 36-unit building, this is a little blue duplex. The ad claims the interiors were “completely remodeled in 2017,” replete with recessed lighting and luxe bathrooms.
↑ Renters who prefer something closer to the real hub of the Mission might consider a two-bed, two-and-a-half-bath loft near 17th and South Van Ness on offer for $5,600/month. “The main floor was custom-built by a local SF designer,” the landlord promises, although no names are named. Other features include 20-foot ceilings, maple floors, and splatter wallpaper. The multi-bobbed pendant chandelier in the loft space is a little bit lost in all of that ceiling height, but it’s a nice touch anyway. Even nicer: The lease allows both dogs and cats.
↑ Speaking of contemporary touches, something about the Art Deco glass-block window at the fore of this three-bedroom, two-bath flat, located at 227 Turk in NoPa, makes for nice cohesion. Inside it’s all class with an expansive living room, hardwood floors, and tasteful remodel. It runs $5,600/month, but again no pets are allowed—thus aggravating our pet peeve.
↑ And finally, on Lincoln Boulevard near the southern stretch of Golden Gate Park in the Outer Sunset yields a large three-bed, three-and-a-half bath, two-story house advertising well over 2,300 square feet for $5,550/month. Once again, this cements the Sunset as the SF residential neighborhood where a dollar still stretches a little bit further. The city dates the Marina style house to 1925, and it looks humble enough despite its titanic proportions. The lease allows a dog or a cat, but only one. Decisions, decisions.
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