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What $3,600 rents you in San Francisco right now

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Five new rentals, from Rincon Hill to the Sunset

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: $3,600.

↑ The ad for this apartment in Nob Hill advertises “Spanish meets Gothic style,” which is as tantalizing a lure as has possibly ever been dangled in front of a Pine Street Apartment seeker. In truth, though, the apartment actually looks little different from any number of other Nob, Lower Nob, and Tenderloin homes—not that that’s a bad thing, of course, as the one-bed, one-bath offering for $3,595/month is quite pretty. It’s the circa-1929 building itself that’s entertaining a Gothic phase. (Get a load of that entryway.) Renters may bring pets along as long as they’re under 40 pounds. Sorry, pony enthusiasts.

↑ Speaking of old stock San Francisco apartments from the 1920s, over in the Tenderloin at the Frontenac (a 1924 building firmly in the Beaux-Arts vein), essentially the same rent ($3,600/month) nets a perfectly charming apartment with one bed and two baths. Or, two beds and one bath—the ad disagrees with itself. Looks like more bed than bath after all judging from the photos, but presumably any ambiguity will clear up before moving day. Pets are okay here too.

↑ If that’s a little too traditional, consider the Rincon Hill area of South Beach, where a 1,200 foot loft with one bed and one and a half baths is also $3,600/month. Note the stainless steel backsplash and frosted glass up in the loft space—a little out of place, but it’s nice to have these little accents, and we’re still suckers for those double-helix spiral stairs. Despite the rough and tumble appearances, no pets allowed this time.

↑ But if rents prefer an industrial South Beach space with a little more pop, there’s a one bedroom, one bath place right off of Market Street asking $3,595/month. According to the ad, “The One Ecker building was once an ice house in the early 1900's, which does indeed appear to be true; ads for these condos date it variously between 1896 and 1906, and of course the city’s own records from those days no longer exist. An ice house, for the curious, were insulated buildings used to keep ice chill in the pre-electricity days. Now instead of ice this place sells “the original brick structure, [...] high ceilings, grand windows” and proximity to downtown. It is much smaller than the nearby loft, though, just 525 feet. The ad doesn’t mention pets. (Uncool.)

↑ And if all of this apartment talk has left any renters with a hankering for more—more space, more parking, more yard area—the Sunset offers a yellow two-bed, one-bath house on 38th Avenue, renting for $3,500/month. Advertised as newly remodeled, in this case this means new kitchen and new bath, as par the course. No pets here, in spite of the suburban Sunset vibe.


Which rental would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 25%
    Sunset House
    (96 votes)
  • 18%
    Rincon Hill Loft
    (67 votes)
  • 16%
    South Beach Apartment
    (62 votes)
  • 6%
    Tenderloin Apartment
    (23 votes)
  • 33%
    Nob Hill Apartment
    (124 votes)
372 votes total Vote Now