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.
↑ As far as ad banners goes, “vintage prime Pacific Heights” is a strong foot with which to lead. The red Italianate Victorian on California Street is a triplex offering the two-bed, one-bath, 1,100-square-foot middle apartment for $3,650/month in a “prime Pacific Heights location.” Arguably, all Pac Heights locations are prime, at least by the standards of people likely to be living in them. No matter, the apartment itself is a muted affair, with a color palette of whites and beiges and little else. At least the ad mentions high ceilings. There’s no word on whether renters are allowed to bring pets.
↑ Anyone looking for something decidedly non-vintage might consider the Rowan, a circa-2016 designer building located on the hem of the Mission and Potrero Hill, created by Handel Architects and now leasing a two-bed, one-bath condo for $3,650/month. It’s got the trademark pocket doors, interior views of the building’s zig-zagging exoskeleton, and centerpiece “power wall” that concentrates most of the appliances and utilities in one spot that Handel designers were so proud of upon opening. Plus, it comes with building perks like a “Zen yoga garden” on the second floor. What it doesn’t have is a yen for pet lovers, sad to say.
↑ Meanwhile, the lofts at 200 Brannan try to split the difference between the vintage and the contemporary, as the South Beach building dates to 2004, but the ad makes a point of noting that it’s also “the historic site of a 1907 Gallo Salami Factory.” These days they’re slicing the salami to the tune of $3,700/month for a one-bed, one-bath condo that’s 732 square feet, complete with standard soaring windows, remote-control blinds, and maple floors. The landlord will consider pets “on an individual basis,” which sounds almost forward thinking.
↑ Speaking of animals, this next home is a bit of an odd duck in Miraloma Park—or rather the “Westwood Highlands, Miraloma Park border” as the ad has it—where the uppermost flat features a few odd additions like the stone floors throughout almost the entire home or a downright honking chandelier that appears too big for the dining room. On the other hand, things like the “vaulted wood beam ceilings and custom granite fireplace” and limestone and marble elements compliment each other more naturally. It’s $3,600/month for the whole package, but no word on pets.
↑ And finally, house hunters looking for an actual house can, as usual, seek refuge in the Sunset, where a three-bed, one-bath, 1,200-square-foot single-family home—the largest on the slate—now runs $3,700/month on Quintara Street and throws in garage and “brand new flooring” to boot. Still no commitment about pets one way or the other; ambiguity, after all, is the signature hazard of San Francisco renting.
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Pac Heights triplex
South Beach loft
Miraloma Park loft