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What $4,700 rents you in San Francisco right now

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Five new rentals, from the Shipyard to the Clocktower Building

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: $4,700.

↑ Over in SoMa, a relatively modest one-bedroom, one-bath, 1,000-plus square-foot loft inside Clocktower lands on the rental market. And it features the three B’s: bricks, beams, and beautiful views. Even the dead tree shower curtain in the photos can’t spoil the vibe here. On top of that, the apartment is both cat and dog friendly; it’s about time. $4,500/month.

↑ Meanwhile, in contrast to the proven classic appeal of the Clocktower, the still-new Shipyard in Bayview is still fresh enough to have the original finish on it. The photos aren’t doing justice to this apartment in the development’s Olympia building. But for $4,700/month the manifest here includes three beds, two baths, and three stories, which is an awfully big chunk of home. No pets this time, so renters will have to rely on visits to nearby India Basin Park for animal exposure.

↑ The swooping ceilings inside this Pacific Heights apartment, tilted as they are in every possible direction, is dizzying but seems to offer opportunities for renters with an eye toward decor. Notice also the deeply odd but compelling circular bay living room—”uniquely rounded” as the ad calls it. The building on Vallejo Street is a straight-up knockout from outside, and the deal inside is one-bed, one-bath, and pets (rats—or not, as the case may be) for $4,595/month.

↑ Both the proportions and general appearances are a little less outside of the usual sorts in this top-level two-bed, two-bath “Mediterranean revival style” apartment in the Marina. A price of $4,600/month gets you a fully furnished home with a marbled fireplace and carpeted floor. No word on pets.

↑ Finally, in the Excelsior (still San Francisco’s most affordable neighborhood), $4,700/month buys you more—a pleasant four-bedroom, two-bath flat on Mission Street where the motif can be summed up in one word: yellow. Or, in three words, lots of yellow. The ad doesn’t mention pets, but under the circumstances they surely couldn’t begrudge anyone at least a couple of canaries?


Which Rental Would You Choose?

This poll is closed

  • 53%
    Clocktower Loft
    (178 votes)
  • 8%
    Shipyard Apartment
    (27 votes)
  • 9%
    Excelsior Apartment
    (31 votes)
  • 21%
    Pacific Heights Apartment
    (70 votes)
  • 8%
    Marina Apartment
    (27 votes)
333 votes total Vote Now