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What $2,600 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from Pac Heights to the Richmond

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: $2,600.

↑ Sometimes comparing San Francisco rentals takes a turn to some very extreme examples. For instance, here’s a one-bath studio on the very lower edge of the Tenderloin near Civic Center asking the by-no-means insignificant sum of $2,500/month and advertised at a mere 200 square feet. Except for the loft upstairs (itself only about the size of a small balcony by the looks of it), almost the entire thing fits within the frame of a single photograph, linoleum floors and all. The ad does not mention whether or not pets are allowed, although clearly they’d have to be very small ones.

↑ On the other hand, here’s a superficially similar Tenderloin apartment on Hyde Street—old building, small quarters, similar price point at $2,595/month—that dubs itself a “palatial coup” (which is presumably supposed to be “coop?”). While it’s usually a stretch applying that kind of terminology to a one-bedroom, one-bath apartment, in this case comparison between two Tenderloin tenancies shows once again that such things will always be in the eye of the beholder. And hey, it’s a pretty building—not the barrel vault ceiling in the entryway. It even allows cats and dogs.

↑ Speaking of palaces, say what you will about the circa-1913 building at 795 Pine in Nob Hill, sometimes known as the Nob Hill Chateau, it remains one of the hill’s most classically striking structures. The number six unit inside is another one-bath studio for $2,595/month, splitting some of the differences between the previous two showings, and also splitting the pet policy by saying yes to cats but telling dogs to go take a walk. The building site brags, “Your home is your castle. Seriously, this gorgeous Nob Hill building looks just like Camelot.” Wonder what the king is doing tonight?

↑ Meanwhile, in Pacific Heights, $2,600/month buys a renter’s way into a 550-square-foot, one-bed, one-bath apartment south of Lafayette Park. Truth be known, this looks like one of the most curious apartment designs every to pop up in Comparisons. It’s probably more proper to term it a junior one bedroom, because the sleeping space is actually a closet-like partition at the rear of the unit, crowding out the kitchenette and separated by an arch with miniature French doors. The snug space inside features a glass block window, but faces the interior of the apartment thus receiving a minimum of natural light. Not a look that comes along every day. No pets.

↑ A one-bedroom, one-bath apartment at the top corner of an 18-unit building in the Richmond for the same $2,600/month price on 28th Avenue offers a much less experimental layout. Note that the ad says these photos are “representative” of the apartment but not necessarily the same one, so there’s room for surprises. No pets in this one either, though.


Which Rental Would You Choose?

This poll is closed

  • 50%
    Richmond Apartment
    (227 votes)
  • 13%
    Pac Heights Apartment
    (59 votes)
  • 20%
    Nob Hill Studio
    (91 votes)
  • 13%
    Tenderloin Apartment
    (60 votes)
  • 2%
    Civic Center Studio
    (11 votes)
448 votes total Vote Now