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What $5,200 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from Silver Terrace to the Marina

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: $5,200.

↑ Back in December, the peculiar angles of this two-bed, two-bath house in the Castro on Yukon Street seemed \ fetching, but the place has yet to actually fetch a renter. Presumably that’s why its latest angle is down, as the price has been in sharp decline, dropping nearly $500 to $5,195/month. “Built in 2014 and feels like new,” touts the ad, which pushes the proximity to the Castro drag and Duboce Triangle, although this place is itself set back in the quieter Eureka Valley corner of the neighborhood. No word on pets.

↑ Does size really matter? This little pea-green house in Potrero Hill is dwarfed by its neighbors. And at one bed and one bath, it’s a somewhat tidy affair compared to its Castro competitor at this price point. Speaking of price points, this one also offers a slightly smaller punch to the checkbook at $5,000. “Beautifully updated but historically charming” is the sales pitch for this Missouri Street locale from 1907, and pets are “negotiable” this round.

↑ Speaking of which, this flat in the Marina keeps it on the small side too—one bed and one bath for $5,199. Although the landlord doesn’t provide any estimate of the square footage, it’s clear from the photos that future tenants shouldn’t take up ballroom dancing anytime soon. The ad throws in the TV, cable, and in-unit laundry to sweeten the deal. The ad is mum about cats and dogs; however, from the looks of things they’d get along beautifully in the garden.

↑ Meanwhile this two-bedroom, one-bath, 1,300-square-foot apartment on Union Street thinks it’s in the Marina. But the map reveals that it’s actually a resident of Cow Hollow—not exactly a shabby address either, so no need to fudge it. “Office space, fire place and a view of Golden Gate Bridge,” says the ad, which is apparently a bit out of date since it advertises proximity to “La Boulange” as well. It’s $5,200. No word about pets.

↑ Finally, Silver Terrace affords a three-bed, two-bath, 1,600-square-foot house on a hill to those who can afford $5,100. “Recently renovated interiors feature hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings and skylights [...] with new granite countertops [and] matching tiled backsplash.” And yes, this one even lets pets come along for the ride--a gold standard for Silver Terrace.

Poll

Which Rental Would You Choose?

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  • 14%
    Castro House
    (42 votes)
  • 9%
    Potrero Hill House
    (28 votes)
  • 4%
    Marina Flat
    (12 votes)
  • 47%
    Cow Hollow Apartment
    (134 votes)
  • 23%
    Silver Terrace House
    (65 votes)
281 votes total Vote Now