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What $5,900 rents you in San Francisco right now

Five new rentals, from Ingleside to Millennium Tower

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: $5,800.

SoMa’s Millennium Tower, which is under repair for its sinking structural issues, hasn’t sunk the ambitions of homeowners hoping to get a new angle on deep-pocketed renters who don’t mind the slightly deeper hole the building finds itself in. In this case, a two-bed, two-bath, roughly 1,480-square-foot sixth floor corner condo in the edifice asks $5,799/month. Among the amenities: floor to ceiling windows, split floor plan, and access a shared 75-foot pool, private screening room, and wine tasting room. Not on the rise: Hopes for pet owners, as there’s no animal additions allowed.

↑ Those in the market for a notable high-end building with a different style and fewer headlines may consider a competing condo at Mint Plaza, this one also two-beds and two-baths but considerably more reserved on the floor plan at just over 900 square feet. The entire package comes to $5,795/month. The place comes furnished and stocked with “high-gloss acid-stained cement floors” and granite counters, as well as a few building perks like a sundeck. The ad does not say whether the lease allows pets, but it does single out the building’s rooftop dog run, which is very poor judgment if the answer turns out to be no.

↑ And on the subject of buildings with unmistakable styles, note that the slushy-grade purple color of this Richmond building may look like an Instagram filter, but that’s not far off from its actual hue. The ad repeatedly describes this three-bed, three-bath apartment (a whopping 1,860 square feet altogether) as a “Hotel W-style penthouse,” including jacuzzi tub, cherrywood flooring, and, for some reason, “Toto toilets”—those are the ones with the heated seats, by the way. No telling what the hotel would charge for all of this, but on a monthly basis it’s $5,900.

↑ The last two assets pose something of a standoff between old and new, starting with one of those ever-so popular San Francisco renovations in the form of a house in Mission Terrace dubbed a “beautiful remodeled home” on Cotter Street. To be honest, the results of whatever renovation happened don’t look particularly contemporary compared to its Craigslist peers, but neither does the place appear to come straight out of its 1940s roots, either. It sports quartz counters and French doors across the length of its three-bed, two-bath setup. But the price is definitely modern: $5,900/month. Pets allowed too.

↑ On the other hand, there’s no ambiguity about the stye of this last house in Ingleside, which is pure San Francisco Spanish Mediterranean from back to front, bottom to top. It’s also three beds and two baths, for the lesser price of $5,800/month (every bit counts around here), which covers both the garden and accompanying gardener, the wood moldings, “beveled glass doors,” and five skylights over the course of the entire home. But there’s no such thing as having it all, as pets must see their way out of this Mediterranean.


Which rental would you choose?

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  • 11%
    Millennium Tower condo
    (43 votes)
  • 7%
    Mint Plaza condo
    (29 votes)
  • 3%
    Richmond "penthouse"
    (15 votes)
  • 9%
    Mission Terrace house
    (37 votes)
  • 67%
    Ingleside house
    (253 votes)
377 votes total Vote Now