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What $7,000 rents in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from SoMa to Noe Valley

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: $7,000.

No fooling, the Oriental Warehouse in South Beach is just one of San Francisco’s most charismatic residential spaces. We’re less enamored of the $7,000/month rent, but that’s the market for you. According to the plaque strapped to the building face, “Built in 1867, the Oriental Warehouse is all that remains in San Francisco of the [..] firm that was the first to establish regular mail, passenger and trade service between the U.S. and the Orient.” This days its been revamped into 66 lofts with 18-foot ceilings, including this two-bed, two-bath loft hoping to import new renters soon. “Pets will be considered on an individual basis” the ad says, so here’s hoping Mittens can pull off the interview.

This competing SoMa loft building on Brannan Street near Caltrain doesn’t have that kind of history to boast. In fact, this place seems to have little history at all, as the Planning Department mysterious lacks even a construction date for the address. Instead it’s going to appeal through sheer volume—four beds, two baths, and 1,700 square feet in this loft—and a love of austere decor with translucent surfaces, concrete, and black granite. It’s $7,000/month and pets are allowed, but an indeterminate extra fee may apply for dogs.

At least there’s no mystery about when the Lumina building—not far from either of the two previous prospects—arrived. (2015, FYI.) Or where the money is going in this one bedroom, one bath condo in the notably ritzy building. Yep, $7,000/month nets one bedroom in this building, or at least on this particular floor. The place comes furnished and looking as glossy and matte-heavy as a contemporary SF condo can get, down to the neutral colors and enveloping windows. The ad doesn’t mention pets, which is also pretty contemporary if truth be known.

If condo shopping gives you vertigo, the Sunset furnishes a “spacious four bedroom” house on 32nd Avenue—spacious in this case meaning over 2,100 feet, with four baths in addition to the four beds, plus a backyard, a deck, a garage, “a large dining area that can be partitioned as an extra bedroom,” and “vaulted ceiling by the living room and fine detailed moldings throughout.” The ad also pushes a marble floor in the kitchen, but this doesn’t appear in the photos. That’s all $7,000/month, pets included.

Finally, Noe Valley offers an “updated Edwardian home” measuring out to four beds and three baths for $6,950/month and advertising “large, spacious kitchen, open plan, wood burning fireplace, wraparound deck,” and “softwood floor throughout main level,” plus backyard and garage. Not quite the full package though, as there’s no pets allowed.


Which rental would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 28%
    East Cut loft
    (72 votes)
  • 5%
    SoMa loft
    (13 votes)
  • 6%
    Lumina condo
    (17 votes)
  • 11%
    Sunset house
    (29 votes)
  • 48%
    Noe Valley house
    (121 votes)
252 votes total Vote Now