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What $4,900 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from Sunnyside to the Mission

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: $4,900.

↑ “Must-see Victorian flat” reads the headline for this three-bed, one-bath, roughly 1,000-square-foot pad on Broderick Street in Nopa. It might indeed be a looker, depending on how potential tenants feel about the lemon-yellow hue that pervades every room, even creeping into the single bathroom where at least the shower tile manages to set it off. If it’s really a must-see, the going price is $4,890. For those who prefer to look away, there’s always a horse of another color to consider.

↑ Whereas this house in Sunnyside—called Glen Park in the ad, and it is indeed just up the street from the Glen Park BART station—calls itself “grandma’s hideaway,” which is presumably to suggest coziness and petite domesticity behind its shingled exterior. But the fact of the matter is that at three beds, two baths, and some 1,600 square feet, this is one of the largest specimen on offer for $4,900. Although maybe we’re underestimating grandma and she needs that much space? In either case the offer comes with pet approval. Note the kitchen and dining room perched loft-style over the entryway on this three story stack.

↑ Running neck and neck with the Sunnyside home in the space race (and located not that far away in a corner of the Outer Mission just north of Bernal Heights) is this three-bed, two-bath, 1,800-square-foot house on Danton Street. Advertised as “newly remodeled”—aren’t they all?—with fresh paint and varnish, it’s a beauty with that soaring living room ceiling. Its also $4,900, but no pets this time.

Patricia Chang

↑ When the Rowan building opened on the cusp between the Mission and Potrero Hill in 2016, architect Glenn Recalvo became the first buyer, so proud was he of the building’s exposed structure and efficient layouts. This two-bed, two-bath condo inside Recalvo’s building seeks $4,895. The lease finds room for pets as well.

↑ This Nob Hill apartment dubs itself a “railroad style” two-bed, one-and-a-half-bath affair on Jackson Street, so named for the central hallway connecting to each room. Although note that the corridor itself isn’t presented in the photos. “Pet considered on a case-by-case basis,” and the ticket to ride costs $4,900 again.


Which Rental Would You Choose?

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  • 12%
    Nopa Victorian
    (42 votes)
  • 24%
    Sunnyside House
    (81 votes)
  • 16%
    Outer Mission House
    (57 votes)
  • 37%
    Rowan Condo
    (125 votes)
  • 9%
    Nob Hill Apartment
    (32 votes)
337 votes total Vote Now