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What $3,700 rents you in San Francisco right now

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Five new rentals, from Excelsior to Cow Hollow

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: $3,700.

↑ “Luxury condo for rent in Landmark building” reads the ad for this one-bed, one-bath apartment in the Financial District, a few blocks south of the Chinatown Dragon Gate. But it neglects to specify which landmark building they’re talking about here. Turns out that’s a trick question, as Landmark is, in fact, the name of the building itself at 333 Grant, a gorgeous artifact dating to 1908. “Sixth floor condo features high end stainless steel appliances, Italian granite counter tops, zebra mahogany hardwood cabinets, [and] period brick accent walls” is the sales pitch for this one, and the sale comes to the tune of $3,600/month, no mention of pets.

↑ Whereas over in Noe Valley, the line on a one-bed, one-bath apartment on 26th Street next to the Castro is “luxurious and romantic garden retreat,” which is a mouthful for a relatively tidy 600-square-foot apartment to live up to, although the photos do deliver the goods on the promised garden areas. The ad promises an “adorable Victorian garden flat” with “full patio and a yard of garden [sic]” in a prime spot hopefully worth the $3,600/month would-be renters must dig up if they want to do their own gardening here. Gardeners may come with company, as the apartment permits both cats and dogs.

↑ This Mission listing near the edge of Potrero Hill offers the chance to “experience loft living” for $3,700/month via a one-bed, two-bath, 900-square-foot place on Bryant. “Polished concrete floors, floor to ceiling windows with up-down Hunter Douglas blinds, quartz countertops, [and] built-in office area with European cabinets” come with the package, and the ad even points out that there’s a hands-free sink in the kitchen. But pet owners may have to keep their paws off of everything; the ad does not mention whether animals are allowed.

↑ House hunter hunting for an actual house should look to Excelsior, where a two-bed, one-bath single-family home on Vienna Street now rents for $3,650/month, located three blocks from John McLaren Park. The landlord promises “a beautifully maintained home [with] hardwood floors throughout, and abundant natural light” plus “deco fireplace” and “landscaped yard with patio.” On top of that this place wins the space race this week, being the largest listing on the slate at 1,125 square feet. The catch? No pets.

↑ And the contest closes in Cow Hollow, where a similar price ($3,695/month) nets the same room count at two beds and one bath, but of course a rather smaller space with a 700-square-foot apartment, potentially compensated by the top-floor location and the fact that it is after all in Cow Hollow, smack dab on Lombard Street. “Updated unit features hardwood floors, a remodeled kitchen, and a unique floor plan,” according to the ad, but still no pets.


Which Rental Would You Choose?

This poll is closed

  • 26%
    FiDi Apartment
    (112 votes)
  • 30%
    Noe Valley Apartment
    (127 votes)
  • 12%
    Mission Loft
    (54 votes)
  • 10%
    Excelsior House
    (45 votes)
  • 19%
    Cow Hollow Apartment
    (84 votes)
422 votes total Vote Now