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Curbed Comparisons: What $6,600 rents in San Francisco right now

Five SF homes, from Merced Manor to the Millennium

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: $6,600.

↑ Green thumbs willing to dig deep into their wallets and shell out $6,500/month can plant themselves in this in a tall Victorian at Duncan and Dolores in Noe Valley. This home’s claim to fame is inclusion in the 2014 Noe Garden Tour; maybe it was the little mosaic frog featured in the ad that impressed the judges. Garden variety thrills aside, the flat is a three-bed and two-bath home that takes up the entire floor, right on the edge between Noe and the Mission. There’s no mention of pets, but maybe that’s for the best; imagine what they’d do to the plantings.

↑ On the other hand, renters who don’t mind giving up the garden life for grove access can look further west, where $6,500/month still yields three beds and two baths but also an entire single family house attached to it. In this case it’s in Merced Manor, just south of Stern Grove and west of St Francis wood. The ad proclaims it “must see,” and it is indeed classy; note that the place comes furnished, which is perhaps why there’s no word on pets here either. If it’s not the garden it’s the drapes.

↑ Putting Victorians and 20th century matters aside, here’s a Mission condo inside a brand spanking new building. V20, a 2015 condo building at 3590 20th Street that sounds a little bit like a spinoff of the famous vegetable juice, once again affords the magic combination of three beds and two baths for $6,500/month (must be a winning formula), but this time in a preternaturally modern style. Proximity to Dolores Park (two blocks away!), on the other hand, is decidedly timeless in appeal. Yes to pets!

↑ Of course, those with a taste for true modernity can always go back to the Millennium. Despite the headlines, the Millennium Tower at 301 Mission is still hanging in there and now graces Comparisons with semi-regularity. This week we have an offer of $6,500/month for a two-bedroom, two-bath condo in the main building. The ad notes that Millennium Tower was one of Worth magazine’s Top Ten Residential Building’s worldwide, although that was back in 2012.

↑ Finally, breaking the bank as the most expensive but perhaps most picturesque of this week’s listings, a two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath, top-floor apartment in the Marina. The way the light from the living room windows plays on the curved ceiling is particularly elegant. The price: $6,599. Presumably that extra $99 went into paying for the marble counters. Dogs and cats both permitted.