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What $3,500 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from Excelsior to the Haight; but which one would you call home?

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: $3,500.

↑ Here’s a Tenderloin apartment near Geary upping its plush appeal with amenities like a yoga studio, a game room, and a sky deck. The unit itself saw a “complete gut rehab” recently, which may or may not sound appealing, depending on your San Francisco sensibilities. The ad promotes the use of exposed brick “like Brooklyn” and says the building exterior is “like London,” which again may not be the best local approach. It is a pretty place, though, and it comes with even prettier rent control. Rent is $3,500. It’s two bedrooms, one and a half baths. Pets are okay, but come with an extra $75 monthly fee.

↑ Meanwhile, the Shipyard development in Bayview continues taking on new passengers, as is the case with a two-bed, two-bath condo on Hudson Street. “Brand new construction,” says the ad, “be the first person to live in this unit,” which tries to entice with Caesar stone counters, pendant lighting, and “white mirror finishes.” The Shipyard now also runs a free shuttle to the T-Third Street Muni line, which goes straight through the center of Bayview. It’s $3,500 for 957 square feet. The lease is ok with dogs, but not cats. Alas.

↑ For single families that still crave single-family living, Excelsior offers a house on Dublin Street, where Irish eyes smile to the tune of $3,500. “Located in the Excelsior, which in 2017 real-estate site Redfin named the second hottest neighborhood in San Francisco,” the ad reminds us. Which is true, although Redfin was talking about neighborhoods that were “hot” in the sense of prices and demand going up, which is not necessarily good news if you’re a renter. Still, this where a three-bed, two-bath house rents at this price point. Cats and dogs permitted. Also of note, a small tree grove in the backyard. And check out the third bedroom rocking retro wood paneling.

↑ Now here’s an esteemed sounding pitch: “Experience true loft sophistication” in SoMa for $3,500 on Howard near Seventh, a one-bed, one-and-a-half-bath home called “a rare conversion loft gem in historic Lighthouse Lofts.” This one is admittedly quite a looker with towering ceilings and windows (17 feet in this case) and hard-nosed but scrubbed concrete and stainless steal holding it together across 1,000 square feet in all. Dogs are permitted, but again cats are tossed out.

↑ Challenging on that front, here’s a place in the Haight, located at Waller and Webster, dubbed an Edwardian loft. It’s smaller in terms of proportions (750 square) but does boast 13-foot ceilings. Rent is $3,500. It comes with one bed and one bath in total. “The house is about 130 years old” says the ad, although it comes with the usual “recently renovated” tag that went about “restoring the original beautiful wood floor” among other things. The catch here: no pets.


Which Rental Would You Choose?

This poll is closed

  • 16%
    Tenderloin Apartment
    (92 votes)
  • 10%
    Bayview Condo
    (58 votes)
  • 8%
    Excelsior House
    (49 votes)
  • 42%
    SoMa Loft
    (240 votes)
  • 21%
    Haight Loft
    (123 votes)
562 votes total Vote Now