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What $4,500 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from Forest Hill to the Financial District

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: $4,500.

↑ Congratulations to the landlord leasing this two-bed, three-and-a-half-bath, circa-1925 house in the Sunset for being the first person ever work the word “hobbit” into Curbed SF’s Comparisons listings. The claim that this oddly ornamented Oliver Rousseau-designed home on 29th Avenue features “hobbit house” doors will probably not pass muster with Tolkien scholars. However, those interested in renting it for the sum of $4,500/month may find its Gothic doors, barrel ceilings, and unexpected archways and interior columns sufficiently impressive even without Middle Earth certification. No mention of pets.

↑ Speaking of savvy landlords, the listing for this two-bed, two-bath apartment in a Queen Anne in Pacific Heights tells renters up front, “It is well known that San Francisco rents are high” yet takes pains to point out that, at $4,475/month, this offering qualifies as “median priced,” which is indeed technically true according to certain data samples. (For the record, the Craigslist median for two bedrooms in SF this week is $4,345/month). In this case the rent covers all of the utilities as well, and even clears the way for pets. The ritzy, old money look of the place and its swanky “club-style” living room is just a bonus.

↑ Down in SoMa near Mission Creek here’s another two-bed, two-bath apartment for almost the exact same price ($4,495/month) but with such a stark contrast in styles as to be almost proverbial: the smooth classiness of a Pacific Heights Vic versus the bold, open-spaced clarity of a tall-windowed SoMa loft. This one comes by way of the circa 1998 building (or 1997, the ad and the city records disagree) at 175 Bluxome with the bamboo garden in the courtyard. Note that the ad declines to call this a loft, referring to the upstairs as a “sleeping mezzanine.” Even SoMa’s got to put on a few airs these days. No word on pets.

↑ And speaking of stark contrasts, for two-bedroom, one-bath homes, one option is to go high with a townhouse in the Gateway Apartments building at the northern tip of the Financial District. Looking for $4,485/month, the apartment is located in a block of buildings triangulated between Sydney G Walton Park (one of the city’s most underrated green spaces), Ferry Park, Sue Bierman Park, and the Embarcadero. The space offers a private members club, but still no pets allowed.

↑ On the other hand, those who prefer to go low can keep things at ground-level in a detached two-bedroom, one-bath house for $4,500/month. This one markets itself as a “Golden Gate Heights classic,” which is perhaps a bit of a tough sell since it’s actually in Forest Hill, but at least the classic part still comes across with the tile roof and banks of bay windows. No pets allowed here either, though. Tough town.


Which rental would you choose?

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  • 26%
    Forest Hill House
    (316 votes)
  • 16%
    SoMa Loft
    (201 votes)
  • 5%
    FiDi Townhouse
    (68 votes)
  • 19%
    Pac Heights Apartment
    (239 votes)
  • 31%
    Sunset House
    (372 votes)
1196 votes total Vote Now