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: $6,200.
↑ Indeed, $6,200/month is a daunting sum even by San Francisco standards. But at least it’s enough to get renters in the Vic game, right? Well, only partly as this $6,200/month home in the Haight nets not this entire circa-1908 Victorian, but just for the four-bed, two-bath apartment on the second floor. “It is on the backside of the building (no street noise),” according to the ad, which also offers “updated kitchen, hall, bathroom” to prospective tenants. Note that one of the upstairs bedrooms has what appears to be the chimney of the brick fireplace downstairs running right through the middle. The ad doesn’t mention whether or not it allows pets.
↑ On the other hand, a couple of blocks makes a big difference on this side of town, as it’s just down the street in Ashbury Heights that another Vic makes an appearance. This listing covers the downstairs apartment, a three-bed, one-and-a-half bath flat that knocks the price down to $6,000/month. While the facade is a bit more muted than its competition down the block, the interior presents more structure and grace (although period details themselves seem light), and it comes furnished to boot. Despite the ample green space between both the roomy yard and the park, no pet are allowed.
↑ Those who find the Victorian scene too old-fashioned might like the look of a designer South Beach loft like this one at 200 Brannan. The ad describes the property as “a collection of 191 luxury loft condominiums [...] designed by MBH and Kwan Henmi Architects.” (The ad also notes the “prestigious glass wall building,” a phrase sure to get certain design critics amped up.) Those craving historical character should note that this was also the historic site of a 1907 Gallo Salami Factory, make of that what you will. For $6,000/month it comes out to two beds and two baths in over 1,900 square feet, with a gym and a “lush garden courtyard” included in the amenities. Once again, the ad doesn’t say anything about a pet policy.
↑ Or for $6,195/month there’s the case of a “custom designed house” in Bernal Heights, a full single-family home at the “top of Bernal Hill.” From the outside, the design appears to be a light green, but the interiors present a more slick and polished aesthetic, including gorgeous tortoise-shell green backsplash tile in the kitchen. This place comes with a roof deck, fruit trees in the yard, and a built-in pantry with wine storage. The home features three bedrooms and two baths. The biggest perk: “A pet will be considered,” which sounds downright considerate.
↑ And finally, Chinatown enters the fray again with an apartment whose precise location seems a bit of a mystery; the ad contends it’s on the edge of the Financial District, but the photos reveal that it’s on the corner of Stockton. Wherever it is, the building advertises a three-bed, two-bath apartment with exposed brick and roof deck, but no pets allowed at $6,000/month. “Apartment is furnished but can become non-furnished,” the landlord assures, although technically this is true of any room with furniture in it if you’re willing to do the lifting.
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Ashbury Heights Victorian
South Beach loft
Bernal Heights house