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: $6,600.
↑ A deck is nice, and two decks verge on the stuff that dreams are made of, but if any renters really wants to go whole hog with a true triple-decker, the opportunity has arrived via this three-bed, two-bath house in Potrero Hill. “Three levels, three decks, pet friendly” screams the ad’s headline. In this case the word “deck” seems to refer more to some fairly narrow cement patios and balconies, so it’s possible that the three-level affair is piling up the terminology a bit freely for the sake of attracting would-be tenants. The price is $6,600/month, or $2,200 per deck, depending on how you want to look at it.
↑ The second offering sticks close to the first by also producing a three-bed, two-bath house, but in this case it doesn’t match the heights of a three-level layout. Instead this time it’s four floors, empaneled behind a brown shingle facade in Bernal Heights on the north side of the park. This home only manages one deck (some ambitions soar not nearly as high, it seems), instead trading many decks for glass bricks, which appear not only in both bathrooms but the living room as well. “Charming classically-styled home boasts a contemporary and modern interior with an open floor plan” with “dark walnut floors” the ad says before presenting the price of $6,500. No mention of pets.
↑ The previous two entries put this four-bed, three-bath SoMa “live/work loft” in the unfamiliar position of being one of the least vertically inclined homes at this price, being only a “bi-level” affair at 178 Bluxome, located down the street from Caltrain. Marketed as “huge” at 2,160 square feet, the layout includes a “large mezzanine level with three fully enclosed bedrooms” facing a “huge wall of ceiling-high windows” on top of an L-shaped kitchen with “oak cabinetry” and granite counters. The price for all that: $6,500. Pets are okay if they’re under 25 pounds, but good luck getting them on the bathroom scale.
↑ “Huge” is the byword for this Mission apartment as well, although the landlord declines to come across with an actual figure for the footage. Billed an Edwardian flat on 14th Street for $6,600, it’s part of a triplex. The promises of “pristine floors, walls, and finishes” include about two flat’s worth of subway tile in the kitchen. Note that this place is four bedrooms but only one bathroom, which means some understanding and efficient roommates will have to come with it. The ad doesn’t mention pets.
↑ Finally, the real looker of the set—or at least the one with the most polished photos to accompany it—comes in the form of this Inner Sunset house on 12th Avenue, which offers four beds plus one and a half baths for $6,600. The pitch hits the usual notes: “fully renovated,” “formal dining room,” “breakfast nook and large windows,” and “remote-controlled, original swinging carriage doors” on the garage. Actually, that last one might not be so usual. But do note that two of the four bedrooms are joined by a pocket door and can serve as a one jumbo room. Sadly, all of that room still leaves no space for pets.
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