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What $7,000 rents you in San Francisco right now

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Five new rentals, from Potrero Hill to the Oriental Loft

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: $7,000.

Tilting troubles notwithstanding, business continues at the Millennium Tower. Case in point, a one-bedroom, two-bath condo on the tenth floor for $7,000/month. Note that this unit is in the City Residences building, the smaller podium structure next to the tower, which itself has reported none of the foundation problems of its taller twin. The ad promotes this unit as a “timeless masterpiece” with large ceilings and “white glove service.” No pets allowed, though; perhaps for fear of soiling those gloves?

↑ Still at the Millennium Tower, a second $7,000/month home, located in the same building, pops up on Craigslist. This one is a two-bed, two-bath condo on the 45th floor. It features more space and even allows dogs, but the big difference here—other than the decor—is that this place roosts high up in the tilting tower itself. Both condos ask the same price. Are the extra amenities of the slightly larger home worth the potential headaches of the high-rises sky-high structural problems? Depends on what renters decide.

↑ Those who don’t want to be stuck weighing the pros and cons of condos and their new construction malfunctions may prefer retiring to Presidio Heights, where $7,000/month rents a grand dame of an apartment at 3337 Clay, a 1923 building designed by architect Arthur J. Laib. There might be some discrepancy about that factoid as the 2007 book Gables and Fables claims Laib (sometimes noted for his Parisian-influenced style) only designed homes between 1907 and 1916. In any case, whoever put together this two-bed, two-bath home produced quite a piece of work.

↑ For a higher bedroom count, consider this single family home—one of only a handful renting at this price point—in Potrero Hill on Texas Street. It dishes out three beds and one bath (furnished) for $6,900/month. But do note that at 1,225 square feet this is technically a smaller than the condos listed above. It’s not a slouch on style points, however, with its beautiful ceilings, wood floors, and more. No cats allowed here, but dogs are okay.

↑ Finally, although renters may pluck a few pearls for this kind of money, only one of the homes listed on Craigslist deems itself the “architect’s dream,” in this case a two-bed, two-bath, 1,600-square-foot condo inside the Oriental Warehouse in South Beach. This ad dates the building to 1892, but a plaque on the front designates it a landmark dating back to 1867. Featuring bricks and beams, this loft-style home rents for $6,850/month. The ad says “no pets,” so despite its track record surviving earthquakes, it seems there’s one thing the Oriental Warehouse still cannot bear.


Which Rental Would You Choose?

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  • 32%
    Oriental Warehouse Loft
    (323 votes)
  • 36%
    Presidio Heights Apartent
    (358 votes)
  • 21%
    Potrero Hill House
    (210 votes)
  • 3%
    Millennium Tower (Podium) Condo
    (39 votes)
  • 6%
    Millennium Tower (Tower) Condo
    (62 votes)
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