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: $7,000.
↑ Craigslist ads usually frame views, windows, and light as big selling points, but there are only so many ways to present these basic features. So when something like the slanted, wall-to-wall skylight in this condo in the Castro comes along, it’s worth a second look. The two-bed, two-bath Eureka Valley home on 20th Street asks $7,000/month, so it behooves the landlord to make that view available from every possible square foot of the place. The glass ceiling in the main bathroom does not open to the sky (probably a smart move), but it’s still a nice touch. No words on pets here.
↑ And here’s a two-bedroom, one-bath house in Bernal Heights that’s not afraid to go for the hard sell, marketing itself as both “absolutely stunning” and “exceptionally homey.” Such things are in the eye of the beholder, but that gold-painted box beam ceiling in the dining room and weathered brick mantle in the living room make a pretty good case for themselves. No dogs allowed (maybe they’re not stunning and homey enough?), but cats are okay. Once again the rent here is $7,000/month.
↑ This two-bed, two-bath house in Noe Valley sports an intentionally weathered look from the curb. Allegedly this was designed as the personal home of Richard Beard (architect of Kobe Tower) and Michael Booth (who designed the interiors for San Francisco’s Mandarian Oriental hotel). Nobody at Richard Beard Architects was immediately available to confirm the house’s pedigree, but as long as eyes are on it, it’s a fair looker on Grand View Avenue for $6,800/month, cats and dogs included.
↑ Need more space? Here’s a house in the Sunset near UCSF that packs four bedrooms and two and a half baths behind its minty green facade, with room left over for a garage, a garden, and a deck off of the master bedroom. Of the five listings, this is technically the most efficient way to spend $6,995/month, particularly since it throws in the violet-hued cabinet decor at no extra charge. No cats allowed, but as a big house in the Sunset it almost has no choice but to allow dogs on the lease.
↑ Last but not least, a classic Edwardian flat in Cole Valley that’s not exactly stingy on the space itself, unloading three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms on the bottom floor of a Carl Street duplex. “Small pets negotiable”—presumably, the smaller they are, the easier the sell.