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: $5,200.
↑ The ad for this four-bed, two-and-a-half bath house, locate next to Mount Davidson on the edge of West Portal, doesn’t feature any photos from the outside, but its single, huge, cyclops-like Gothic arch window makes it easy to locate. The aged pink stucco exterior isn’t the strongest bid toward curb appeal, but the insides acquit themselves nicely with the gleaming parquet and hardwood. The deal is $5,200/month and “no pets.”
↑ On the other hand, this two-bedroom, two-bath flat in Noe Valley, right on Dolores Street, plays the opposite game, putting all of its best assets up front but keeping the interiors muted. Even in a neighborhood teeming with Victorians, the kooky, climbing, multi-faceted appeal of a facade like this stands out. But once through the front door, things look decidedly more everyday. This abode is also $5,200/month; no word on pets.
↑ Renters dying for an injection of color at this price point are in luck with this two-bed, one-and-a-half-bath, pastel-hued apartment in the Marina. So refreshing to see such blatant maximalism. The highlight is the rose and lavender tile in the bathroom—simply a treasure. The landlords bank that it’s worth $5,100/month. And although the ad talks up the dog walking pedigree of Marina Green just down the street, it doesn’t say whether or the lease allows pets.
↑ This four-bed, two-bath apartment in the Outer Richmond leans on the alleged appeal of its chandeliers and moldings, which even appear to gleam like gold in the chandelier light. But in a shrewd move, the ad promotes the jacuzzi tub in one of the bathrooms as its primary selling point up front. It’s $5,200/month for the place. And in what seems to be a sort of pandemic across the city this week, no word again about pets.
↑ Finally, those hankering to rise above it all can take the issue up in this two-bed, two-bath condo in the Infinity, another of the building’s signature quarter-circle units peering over South Beach streets. While it’s admittedly a simple pleasure, seeing the automated shades rise over the views in not-quite tandem in a 2013 sales video for this same unit remains pleasing. Notice that the unit itself has remained spartan over the years. $5,100/month, “no pets considered.” Doggone it.
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