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What $5,000 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from Bayview to Russian Hill

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: $5,000.

↑ Talk of renovation in Craigslist apartment listings is almost obligatory these days, so much so they’re downright perfunctory. But in the case of this two-bed, two-bath, roughly 1,900-square-foot house in Bayview, the result is a real dreamboat, here presented to prospective tenants by a series of exclamations: “Location! View! Privacy! Great Community!” Of special note, the gorgeous ceiling beams. The deal is $4,800/month. No pet allowed. Alas.

↑ Far from being a transformation, this circa-1906 Victorian in Bernal Heights looks like rather a familiar face. Last time it popped up on Comparisons it was the in-law unit here that was renting, but this time it’s the main three-bed, one-bath, 1,500-square-foot apartment upstairs, boasting “easy parking” and Mt. Sutro views on top of being pretty easy on the eyes with views of its own. Of course, the move upstairs comes with an escalation in price as well, in this case coming out to $5,000/month, once again sans pets.

↑ Speaking of old favorites, the Oriental Loft building in South Beach is back with a new offering, this time a one-bed, two-bath loft for $5,000/month. As the plaque fixed to this historic and historically appealing oldest of old-school SF buildings reads, “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.” The company is long gone, but renters can keep company here alongside the historic bricks, new hardwood floors, and gorgeous arched windows. Speaking of company, cats and dogs are both a go in the loft.

↑ It’s not an in-law in Cow Hollow for rent here, but rather a carriage house, which means once upon a time this is where wealthy Cow Hollow residents parked their carriage in the 19th century equivalent of a garage. These days it’s a two-bed, one-and-a-half-bath apartment that comes out to approximately 1,200 square feet boasting “unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge” and “two sets of French doors.” If that’s not enough to appeal to your horse sense, note that this place is also pet-friendly. The price for this carriage: $4,900/month.

↑ Meanwhile, this Russian Hill apartment banks on “Golden Gate views,” as well as a perch to scope out Alcatraz. Truth be known, it might be briefer to list the number of homes in these neighborhoods that don’t have an angle on the bridge. The two-bed, two-and-a-half-bath unit gets billed as the top floor of a “converted mansion,” which the city dates to 1913. It’s $5,000/month. And once again, no pets allowed.


Which rental would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 15%
    Bayview House
    (59 votes)
  • 8%
    Bernal Heights Apartment
    (31 votes)
  • 24%
    South Beach Loft
    (93 votes)
  • 18%
    Cow Hollow Carriage House
    (72 votes)
  • 33%
    Russian Hill Apartment
    (131 votes)
386 votes total Vote Now