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: $6,000.
No question, $6,000/month is an enormous sum. So a listing should, presumably, offer a lot before entering such a stratosphere. In this case, the offer is a “perfectly lovely large Victorian” in Pacific Heights, although note that the ad is for the top-floor flat in a duplex rather than the entire Vic. “Newly redone hardwood floors, formal living room, formal dining room, each with wood-burning fireplace and built-in cupboards and shelves, double parlor (which could be used as large third bedroom), large sunny kitchen cherry wood cabinets,” all included in a two-bed and one-and-a-half-bath home. It’s $5,800 per month; no mention of pets.
Shifting focus to SoMa opens up a two-bed, two-bath, brick and timber loft on Folsom Street spread across more than 1,700 square feet for $6,000 per month. While many SoMa lofts have been renovated to the point that they resemble most contemporary condos, this building has held onto the old nuts and bolts, with “exposed steel and wooden beams throughout,” “high exposed ceilings,” and “open space for workstations”—evidently it’s intended as a live/work. There’s an attached garage included, and the place even markets itself as “pet friendly.”
Those who need even more space may turn south to Visitacion Valley and a “state of the art total remodel” with four beds, three baths, and 2,200 square feet on Bishop Street. While the exterior still resembles the house’s original 1980 incarnation—Google reveals that the present lilac paint job is only a few years old; otherwise the exterior remains unaltered—the ad boasts about the interior additions of “new hardwood floors,” “new dual pane windows,” “recessed lighting,” “corona counters,” a two-car garage (note the two separate garage doors), and, in a probably first for Comparisons, a “Brunswick Black Wolf seven-foot slate pool table” included in the game room—yes, there’s also a game room. All of that is $5,995 per month, but the one feature not included is any mention of pets.
The Sunset, of course, always wants to furnish some single-family homes for eager renters, in this case a house slightly smaller than the last one—it’s still four bedrooms and three baths, but just 1,900 square feet. Possibly making up the difference is the advertised “bonus area,” consisting of undefined “extra space” with an alleged myriad of uses but none in particular identified here. It’s another recent remodel (lot of that going around) with garage, “double pan windows,” “modern recessed lights,” “beautiful natural hardwood floors,” “nickel and plush chrome hardware,” and skylights in the entryway. The deal is $5,995 per month but, alas, no pets allowed here, either.
And finally, $6,00 per month is Marina money in SF, setting a course for a two-bed, one-bath flat in a Francisco Street duplex (the ad actually calls it a zero bath place, but this is presumably a mistake since the bathroom is visible right in the photos), formal dining room, fireplace, two-car garage, “sunny, large backyard,” and sunroom included. Despite the proximity to acres of park space, this one doesn’t bring up pets, either—it’s a ruff market these days.
Which rental would you choose?
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Pac Heights Victorian
Visitacion Valley house