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? Today's price: $6,650.
↑ Note that this top-floor apartment in the Mission, in a circa 1910 building, comes with an Achilles’ heel built in: The entire place is four bedrooms but only one bathroom. This is going to take some tricky scheduling to keep the facilities from being indisposed just when they’re really needed. That issue aside, it’s a pretty piece of work. It even comes with a pro-pet policy, and even a backyard—which is looking a bit scrubby these days, but a lot of places still haven’t bounced back from the drought. Rights to the keys start at $6,650/month.
↑ One wouldn’t think that the four-to-one ratio would be commonplace in the city, particularly at such a high price point, but oddly enough here’s another four-bedroom flat with almost the exact same setup, this one in a rambling seven-unit Victorian in the Haight just south of the panhandle. Fortunately, someone thought to sneak in an extra half bathroom over the years. “High ceilings, wainscoting on many walls, [and] trim detail throughout,” says the ad, plus “the kitchen floor is European style linoleum called Forbo Marmoleum that was popular during the 30's.” No dogs allowed (maybe they scuff up the Marmoleum?) but cats are okay for $6,550/month.
↑ Renters who don’t need quite so much space may turn to this top floor loft in South Beach which packs two beds and two baths in 1,800 square feet worth of converted warehouse for $6,500/month. Note the very weathered concrete walls and ceiling (as opposed to newer buildings that try to make them look that way on purpose) and mushroom pillars holding things up. Dogs are allowed in this one (can’t hurt the concrete much), but no cats. Always so many rules.
↑ Over in Potrero Hill on Rhode Island Street, a two-story apartment in one half of an extremely pretty and idyllic looking duplex (top floor once again) also asks $6,500/month in the current market, offering three bedrooms and two and a half baths. “This grand suite is a sight to behold” the listing agents claim, and the photos seem to put the salesmanship across pretty hard here with a lot of big, wide, contemporary spaces, rear-facing windows, and tall ceilings. The only catch: no pets allowed at all here.
↑ If even the roomiest of apartments don’t provide sufficient mastery of domain for $6,500/month, here’s a four-bedroom, two-bath house in West Portal with a fetching red Tudor exterior. “Furniture optional” and “small dogs up to 20-25 pounds,” so don’t ever say the rental market doesn’t afford anybody options.
Which Rental Would You Choose?
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South Beach Loft
Potrero Hill Apartment
West Portal House