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 another person’s townhouse? Today’s price: $5,000.
↑ This Bernal Heights house is a hair outside of the price range at $4,795/month, but it’s making the grade based entirely on its bold color palate. While the blue ceiling in the bedroom is largely a misstep—the photo looks like it’s waiting for a visual effects studio to digitally alter it to look like Iron Man fighting spaceships—the fuchsia bathroom and minty green kitchen are clear winners. The pro-pets policy is another winner as well. Anyone who shows the color of their money on this one gets two beds, two baths, and 1,100 square feet
↑ This house in West Portal plays it a little more reserved. In fact, from the outside it resembles any number of church buildings in the neighborhood. The interiors are quietly refined with sterling white paneling and moldings framing the arch windows in the front rooms. The deal is two beds and one bath for $5,000/month. The ad also notes “one-car garage with big storage room, tenant below, small pet okay.” Maybe time to check if he/she really is bigger than a breadbox or not.
↑ Note that the landlord leasing this SoMa loft includes the critical thing so many loft rental ads leave out: the full-plate overhead shot of the first floor as seen from the second floor. This is in the Hublein Building at 601 Fourth Street, the city’s original live/work loft conversion dating dating to 1989. The building itself dates to 1918 according to this ad, but city records put it at 1906. Whatever the chronology, the rent in 2018 remains an intimidating $5,000/month for one bed and one bath across more than 1,100 square feet, with pets included.
↑ Note that the ad says “large historic Victorian condo,” but the condo itself is actually a detached unit behind the bone-white Victorian facade on Dolores Street at the very northern tip of the Mission. “Rare historic building built in 1905 with great original detail in the unit” is the sales pitch for this two-bed, two-bath pad, along with “not your cookie cutter apartment.” This is a little bit of a cheat, because while Planning Department records do date the main building to 1904 (rather than 1905), the rear unit is marked down as circa 1914. But that’s plenty historic in its own right, so who’s counting? A note for drivers: The rental comes with a garage, but a parking space adds another $275 onto the $4,900/month rent. Pets, on the other hand, are allowed with no additional charge.
↑ Finally, we jump ahead exactly 100 years from the previous offering to this 2014 condo collective on MidMarket just south of Hayes Valley, where another two-bed, two-bath home is up for $4,800/month. Geographically, these two buildings are quite close to one another, but the Market condo frames itself as a “boutique building” dubbed “Venn” and marketed as an internalized “mini-community” with roof deck, lounge, and gym. In a refreshing clean sweep, this is the fifth straight offer that allows pets onboard.
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Bernal Heights house
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