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What $5,600 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from Twin Peaks to SoMa

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: $5,600.

↑ “There is rent control in San Francisco,” the ad for this two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath apartment on the southernmost tip of Cole Valley assures renters, which is a nice reminder for anxious apartment hunters. This is indeed a rent controlled building (from 1914), presently controlled at $5,590/month. The building “blends second empire Victorian, Romanesque and Mediterranean features,” or so says the landlord; perhaps those crenelations up top lend an additional sense of security? “Pets negotiable.”

↑ Leasers who love loft living may linger on this Lansing listing in SoMa, a two-bedroom, one-bath loft, one of three homes in a 1928 warehouse that looks every bit the part from the curb. Inside, however, it’s all 1990s chic, from the Venetian plaster to the zebra wood to the “ebony wall fountain.” The ad mentions a renovation by “a leading Bay Area architect,” but doesn’t drop the name: According to a sale listing for a unit in the same building, “[this] former Smitty Knitting Factory was converted in 1998 by renowned Bay Area architects Abrams & Milliken.” The A&M job runs $5,500/month, and you can bring pets.

↑ This Castro condo brags about a dramatic remodel as well. But unlike the former Smitty Knitting Factor, this three-bed, one-bath home on 17th and Noe wants to charm renters into its $5,495/month rental agreement by enticing with the usual assortment of appealing Castro period details: “wainscoting, box beam ceiling, fireplace, built-ins and claw-foot soaking tub.” The Le Cacheur clock over the mantle is a nice touch as well. There’s a shared yard, but you can’t share it with pets.

↑ It’s certainly not unreasonable for renters willing to pay $5,600/month in rent to expect a single family home, and there indeed a three-level house in Ingleside Terrace near SFSU complete with three beds, two and a half baths, and a shady yard complete with hedges for that price on Junipers Serra Boulevard, which at over 2,200 feet is the biggest return for the monthly investment. Note that the ad tries to place the neighborhood as Lakeside, but no fooling. No word on a pet policy, but it would be a shame if that yard went to waste.

↑ Finally, this three-bedroom, two-bath detached house in Midtown Terrace doesn’t offer quite as much space to branch out in compared to the Ingleside home (1,300 square feet in all), but angles to make up the difference in proximity to and views of Twin Peaks and the Interior Greenbelt just a couple of blocks away. The price: $5,500/month, but again no pets.


Which Rental Would You Choose?

This poll is closed

  • 30%
    Castro Condo
    (110 votes)
  • 41%
    SoMa Loft
    (151 votes)
  • 5%
    Midtown Terrace House
    (20 votes)
  • 17%
    Cole Valley Apartment
    (63 votes)
  • 6%
    Ingleside Terrace House
    (22 votes)
366 votes total Vote Now