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: $3,100.
↑ Note that the gorgeous Marina-style place pictured here is not technically the home for rent in this ad. Also note that the place markets itself on Craigslist as an “Inner Richmond” locale, but it’s actually a few blocks west of the usual demarcations for that neighborhood. In any case, the offer here is not for the house, but for the old converted carriage house, which these days is a three-bed, one-bath apartment with the horse sense to ask $2,995/month. For that the leasing agent touts “hardwood flooring throughout,” “large, bright living room,” and “a wet bar with counter, refrigerator and sink.” Also, there’s “room for a microwave or convection oven” but only at tenant’s expense. Speaking of tenant concessions, despite the carriage house history, no animals allows.
↑ This Potrero Hill apartment tries to attract renters with copy that almost sounds like a Craigslist rental haiku if spoken aloud: “Garden courtyard, cozy respite, bedroom view, BBQ.” Short a few syllables, but not bad. The deal here is one-bed and one-bath for $3,100/month. The apartment comes partially furnished plus the price covers utilities. Internet access included. Whether or not pets are invited to that pending July 4 garden barbecue the ad doesn’t say.
↑ On the other hand, words like “cozy” generally mean something different when it comes to micro-homes like this SoMa studio, which seems to bank on the possibility of renters wanting to be in the middle of it all rather than those looking for respite. This same Eighth Street building—and its stock unit photo with the birds on the wall—manifests frequently on Comparisons thanks to the fact that it’s constantly leasing homes at nearly every price point. And this place is no exception, offering a mere 491 square feet for $3,095/month. The ad stresses amenities , including what must be the neighborhood’s busiest rooftop: “rooftop game lounge,” “rooftop beer garden with kegerator and green wall,” “rooftop fire pit lounge,” and “rooftop BBQ terrace” included. Phew. Pets are allowed, including “puppies and kittens under one year,” but dogs face some breed restrictions on larger specimens, including a specific ban on wolf hybrids.
↑ Rather than a crowded rooftop, this Nob Hill apartment touts its “walk-out deck” to potential renters. In truth, the attached photo looks like it might be close quarters with the patio furniture, but technically the phrase “walk out” doesn’t specify ease of walking. The one-bed, one-bath pad is dubbed as having a “boutique hotel feel” with “designer appointments” including “ebony cabinets and dark counters” and “wall of windows [looking] out onto the garden.” The boutique price is $3,100/month; cats and dogs included in the cost.
↑ And finally, you’ve always got to keep your eye on these Richmond homes as they try to creep eastward, this “Central Richmond” flat is actually on the border of the Outer Richmond. But who’s keeping track? It’s a two-bed, one-bath place on Anza Street with “hardwood floors [and] overtub shower.” The asking rent coming out to $3,000/month—or $3,100/month if you want access to the garage parking. But no pets. Alas.
Which rental would you choose?
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Potrero Hill apartment
Nob Hill apartment
Richmond carriage house