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: $2,100.
The byword for this SoMa apartment is “modern studio with shared roof deck.” What’s a “modern studio” consist of? About 310 square feet according to this ad—evidently the term “micro studio” is no longer favorite marketing but is clearly the more appropriate term in this case. “The studio has hardwood floors, and an updated kitchen, and walk-in shower bathroom,” thus posing a potential mystery about what kind of shower design you can’t walk into. The deal here is $3,100 per month.
Whereas this ad, for a place in the Sunset, promises a “large in-law apartment” though no measurements are provided to specify exactly how large. It’s a one-bed and one-bath apartment hunkered behind teal exterior on Taraval immediately next to McCoppin Square. Other than access to the yard and garden—which does look fetching—the only amenity of significance referenced here is “great landlords.” They're asking $2,100 per month, no mention of pets.
Cole Valley offers a “sunny studio” for $1,995 per month. The spring-green walls are a lovely contrast to the wood flooring. And although the windowed French doors on the closet will make it difficult to stash anything inside out of sight, they’re a classy touch. The ad even says that the place allows cats, and it shares the backyard. The only catch is that there’s no word on how big (or not so big) the place is, beyond the ad describing it as “one room with a big closet.”
That makes this studio in Bernal Heights officially the biggest on the slate today, listed here as 648 square feet, a “beautiful spacious studio” on College Avenue “with Lake Tahoe-like cabin feel,” “remodeled bathroom with Toto toilet,” shared laundry room, and garden for $2,000 per month. Sadly, the ad doesn’t say anything about pets. And despite the advertised spaciousness, it provides only one photo of the entire place—at least the wood paneling is fetching, and presumably the root of that “cabin-like feel.”
This final apartment sits at 45th Avenue and Seal Rock Drive in the Richmond, barely two blocks from Lands End, Sutro Heights, the Sutro Baths, the Legion of Honor, and the beach. The place is a one-bed, one-bath, 600-square-foot pad on the round floor of a 1990s-era triplex with “landscaped yard.” It’s $2,000 per month and “no pets.”
Which rental would you choose?
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SoMa micro studio
Cole Valley studio
Bernal Heights studio