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: $6,700.
↑ First up, something both old and new, as a “completely remodeled” three-bed, two-bath apartment in North Beach in a circa 1909 building comes up for the entire, whopping $6,700/month price. Hence the white interiors after a “floor to ceiling remodel,” which left it with wide open spaces and a distinct antiseptic luster in what’s advertised as a “one of a kind unit.” (Although as a point of fact, it’s a three-unit building.) No pets allowed, though; some things never change.
↑ Switching to the southern exposure in South Beach instead, the same $6,700/month rents a two-bed, two-bath condo in the towering Infinity building on Spear Street, where the towers’s wavy cylindrical shape results in distinctive quarter-circle floor plans. In reality, this shape makes the interior space seem a bit more generous, and the curving panorama of the windows is a nice touch. But no pets here, either; apparently even infinity doesn’t have room for everything.
↑ This loft on Welsh Street (in SoMa, near China Basin, a short alley off Fourth Street) prefers its traditional right-angled approach, with two bedrooms and two and a half baths spread over its three-story layout. Old listings for units in the same building peg the ceiling heights at 20 feet. (Notice that for this ad the landlord here has mostly repurposed the language from the last time the unit was for sale—an efficient approach, at least). But despite all the talk of extra space, there’s no room here for pets, either. The price: $6,700/month in full.
↑ “Large flat in historical building from 1885” is the pitch for this three-bed, two-bath apartment in the Mission. The building in question isn’t a landmark, but it is a handsome looking pre-1906 job with Italianate Victorian presentation up front. Inside it’s a bit jumbled; the kitchen features stained glass, exposed brick, and polished stone backsplash, all within three feet of each other. It’s $6,600/month, but (you guessed it) no pets allowed.
↑ Finally, a comparative deal comes in the form of a respectably sized four-bed, three-and-a-half bath (plus sunroom, according to the ad, which presumably can serve as yet a fifth bedroom for any tenants who don’t mind the solar exposure) house in the Richmond for $6,600/month. Most of the backyard consists of a basketball court that looks a bit dinged up, but kids will probably like it anyway. The ad doesn’t say anything about pets, though, which means this is probably yet another pet-free lease, five straight in a row. (How does that even happen?)
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