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What $2,900 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from the Marina 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: $2,900.

↑ This studio in the Western Addition is “perfect for lovebirds” the ad assures, but is quick to add only “the human kind,” as beyond that there are no pets allowed. For $2,900/month the place plays up its Airbnb credentials, where this pad presently goes for $150/night. It has run up a tally of mostly five-star reviews from out of towners (New Yorkers in particular seem to like it) who paid fifty percent more per night, so maybe they’re onto something here.

↑ Note that the photos of this studio in SoMa at the just-finished L Seven building on Harrison are of a sample unit in the complex rather than the one on offer, although the L Seven folks do seem to be particularly fond of that bird painting (it pops up on their main site as well), so maybe there are fair odds it’ll be there when new renters move in. The marketing language lays it on too thick—it’s a “community of makers” that knows “ideas come from the intersection between creative forces”—but the brass tacks are about a 500-square-foot new construction with quartz counters for $2,867/month that’s a few blocks from Twitter, pets included.

↑ For those looking to break out of studio living, there is this red/orange two-bedroom, one-bath place in Bernal Heights (Crescent Street) that pitches itself as a cottage but looks distinctly like it might be a converted mobile home. But such terms are often in the eye of the beholder anyway. It might be a little lean for two at 750 square feet, but the photos are careful to prove the two bed credentials by showing both of them at once, flanking the bathroom in the center—nice placement. $2,850/month, but no word on the pets.

↑ Trekking to the Richmond on the edge of the Presidio opens up the slate to this-one bedroom, one-bath apartment on Lake Street in a circa-1916 building, a rather fetching affair with separate formal living and dining room, walk-in pantry, and even a couple of French doors thrown in for chic measure. It’s $2,895/month, but once again no pets allowed, and none in the final offering either—it’s one of those days, it seems.

↑ Finally, a full $2,900/month secures this one bedroom, one bath apartment in the Marina right at the edge of the bay. Is it a good deal? For comparisons, consider what $2,900/month rented in days gone by: 2013, 2014, and 2015.


Which Rental Would You Choose?

This poll is closed

  • 20%
    SoMa Studio
    (101 votes)
  • 4%
    Bernal Heights Cottage
    (22 votes)
  • 44%
    Richmond Apartment
    (224 votes)
  • 2%
    Western Addition Studio
    (13 votes)
  • 27%
    Marina Apartment
    (139 votes)
499 votes total Vote Now


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