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 is another person's townhouse? Today's price: $7,500.
↑ It’s not even possible to find five rentals for this price in many American cities, so what does the highest end of the highest rental market look like? In this case like Victoriana, in the form of a four-bed, one-bath Victorian in the Mission right on the edge of Potrero Hill surrounded by maple trees. The decorative cornices over the interior doors and the lustrous wood fireplace are nice touches. But the real goods are up front with the dramatically recessed niche, the brackets, and the sunburst panel. It’s $7,500/month without pets though.
↑ On the other hand, this midcentury house in Diamond Heights keeps a decidedly low profile and saves the surprises for inside, like the trapezoidal skylights, vessel sinks, and oddball, astro-turfed combination interior/exterior space. Up the windy path of Goldmine Drive, this time the deal is four beds and three baths in a place advertised as 2,800 square feet for $7,400/month. Alas, no cats allowed: “Owner open to dogs only.”
↑ Along with Victorian and midcentury, the final leg of the Bay Area architecture trifecta is the glass-jacketed contemporary home, in this case coming in the form of one of the Ken Fulk-designed two-bed, two-bath condos at the Harrison, which opened in Rincon Hill last year. “Ken Fulk's first and only residential condominium project,” the ad brags of the modern San Francisco designer who delivered the plank floor and gleaming subway tile. It’s $7,400/month with “pets considered,” but nothing more specific than that.
↑ Speaking of interiors, there’s lots to love in this thee bed, two bath house right by Dolores Park, even if it does suffer from an identity crisis from trying to position itself in Noe Valley and “Mission Dolores” at the same time despite more properly being an addition of Dolores Heights. Subway tile pops up here too, in the form of a pearl-like backsplash in the kitchen, and then the sea of foamy blue tiles in the bathroom may be enough to give visitors a case of vertigo. $7,500/month, and again no pets allowed.
↑ Finally, here’s a remodeled three-bed, two-bath house in the Sunset on Eighth and Judah, advertising itself at $7,495/month. Note that this kitchen has firmly and defiantly won the backsplash wars even without Ken Fulk’s help, while the trapezoidal ceiling and twin recessed nooks flanking the fireplace makes for some intriguing geometry in the living room. And in an open-minded move, no doors are shut on pets.
Which rental would you choose?
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Diamond Heights House
Rincon Hill Condo
Dolores Heights House