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What $6,550 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from NoPa to Excelsior

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: $6,550.

↑ The ad for this four-bedroom, three-and-a-half-bath Excelsior house promises “stunning modern design.” And indeed the photos do follow through on that promise. When this new construction house (built on an empty lot) sold last year for $1.7 million, the realtor promoted its “wide-open floor, soaring ceilings, and wraparound view deck” showing off a panorama of the city’s southern exposure side. Now it’s offered to renters for the extremely pretty penny of $6,500/month. No mention of pets, but for that kind of money surely it’s not much to ask?

↑ Not to be outdone by an upstart, the pert and proper blue shingled exterior of this Bayview house on Newcomb Avenue dates to 1890 according to city records. But once potential renters walk through the door, it’s strictly 2017 inside. The four-bedroom, five-and-a-half-bath house hits almost every mark on the contemporary San Francisco design bingo card: renovation of an old home, white interiors with open floors, metal railings on loft spaces, inset lighting, drought-resistant backyard made up entirely of Zen rocks, and of course, a rental offer for $6,500/month. “No pets,” which is sadly also another bingo space.

↑ Contrarily, this three-bed, two-bath house in Forest Hill sticks to the appeal of its circa 1927 Mediterranean style, also asking $6,500/month. Apparently the former owners felt very committed to the checkerboard parquet. As for pets, this time there’s no ambiguity: Dogs and cats are both permitted. The back of the house also features a “Romeo balcony”—which appears to be just a slightly larger version of a Juliet balcony. Who knew?

↑ Renters who prefers to be in the thick of things in South Beach—or maybe well above the thick of things, as this apartment roosts well up in the 51st floor—can ascend One Rincon Hill, where $6,500/month nets less space at two bedrooms and two baths in favor of its strategic northeastern neighborhood location. The floor to ceiling windows are standard in such buildings, but note the designer wallpaper patterns in this one. “No pets!” here either. Alas.

↑ The final apartment on the slate comes with something of an identity crisis, as its owner listed it in no fewer than five San Francisco neighborhoods on Craigslist. Well, mystery solved, it actually sits in NoPa—immediately north of the panhandle on Fell Street, staring the park straight in the face from outside its bay windows. Three bedrooms and two baths for the full $6,550, but once again “no pets.”


Which Rental Would You Choose?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    NoPa Apartment
    (96 votes)
  • 10%
    Bayview House
    (30 votes)
  • 33%
    Excelsior House
    (96 votes)
  • 12%
    Rincon Hill Condo
    (37 votes)
  • 9%
    Forest Hill House
    (28 votes)
287 votes total Vote Now