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? Today's price: $6,200.
↑ It’s time for a contest of classic San Francisco, starting with the nearly obligatory opening salvo of a tall, handsome Victorian, this one in the Mission on 26th Street, boasting a yellow facade. Once inside, the top-floor apartment softens the contrast considerably and opens up into a sizable four-bed, two-and-a-half bath, 1,325-square-foot perch overlooking Bernal Heights. The landlord also advertises the proximity of five nearby taquerias. Shrewd move. The rent is $6,200 with “small pets” allowed.
↑ Not to be outdone, NoPa offers a similarly stately home with a somewhat soothing, simple color selection and wide open interiors. It’s a three-bed, three-and-a-half-bath condo filling out roughly 1,500 square feet. It also ticks the Craigslist boxes of “recently remodeled,” “high ceilings,” and “private terrace.” Note the space also includes an office. The going price is $6,195. Pets are “negotiable.”
↑ When it comes to royal lineages, Tudor beats out Victorian. And in Pacific Heights, right next to Lafayette Park, a princely Tudor home from 1911 at 2030 Gough offers a two-bed, two-bath pad for $6,100. Dubbed a “Tudor penthouse”—as swanky albeit dubious term—it’s located on the top floor of the four-unit home. “Sorry, no pets.” Alas.
↑ Of course they can’t all be classics, unless a renter’s definition of a modern classic expands to include the towering One Rincon Hill high-rises looming 60 stories over South Beach. The ad bills this two-bed, two-and-a-half-bath condo as a “stylish and hip Manhattan-style home,” a somewhat risky phrase that has popped up before in listings for this building. (Maybe it works?) It’s also “one of only four homes with this floor plan” in the building, which includes dual entrances and “grand in-unit staircase.” The price: $6,200. And the ad doesn’t mention whether or not pets are allowed.
↑ And finally, an offering even more contemporary in the same price range can be found at Abaca in Dogpatch on Third and 23rd Streets. Here you will find a three-bed, two-bath apartment. The building claims it’s a bohemian hideaway, “part of a creative community where artists and artisans have turned warehouses into studios.” However, few artists or artisans could swing the $6,190 in monthly rent. And yes, heeding the neighborhood name, the building does allow dogs. Cats can come along too.
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