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: $3,100.
↑ Normally Comparisons looks at five prospects in five neighborhoods, but in honor of the Curbed Cup Final Four we’re narrowing it down to just the four standout neighborhoods that voters favored this year. That means first up is none other than this year’s dark horse winner the Outer Sunset, which for $3,000/month offers a two bed, one bath apartment in a chipper blue house on 46th and Ulloa, a few blocks from the ocean and the zoo. This is the top half of a duplex with a share of the garage and the backyard, and the landlord cautions “pet depends on size, in cage and well-trained,” which is similar to some of the rules the zoo abides by as well.
↑ Going head to head with the Sunset in the voting this year is Dogpatch, which brings its level best in the form of a two bed, two and a half bath loft on 18th Street. The whole place loads out to 975 feet per the ad but also rises to the level of three stories, thus making it the clear winner in cubic volume if nothing else. For those who look down, the place sports glazed concrete floors, which are actually quite fetching too. It’s all for $3,095/month and the lease allows cats but in spite of the neighborhood affiliation no dogs.
↑ The Excelsior filled the role of working class hero in this year’s voting, and for roughly the same money ($3,100/month) yields a two bed, one bath corner apartment at Watson Place right on the edge of Mission Terrace. “Incredible, chic, and contemporary” is the sales pitch here, but we’ll see if the Excelsior’s surge in popularity this year does as sound a job attracting renters as voters. No pets allowed on this block though.
↑ Going head to head with Excelsior in the Final Four was Hayes Valley, which for $3,000/month offers a classic bay windows-bearing San Francisco apartment, the smallest of the lot at one bed and one bath in a stately looking 1912 building on McAllister Street, immediately next to the Veterans Building and the Opera House. Granite counters, maple cabinets, and a claw-foot tub come included along with permission for cats to tag along, although once again dogs are on the outs this time.
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