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: $4,100.
This “beautiful Yerba Buena loft” at 855 Folsom dates to 2001 (note that Yerba Buena Lofts is also the name of the building), advertised as an architecturally significant building by designer Stanley Saitowitz with “durable post-tension concrete construction, high quality double paned 16-foot floor-to-ceiling windows.” Saitowitz refers to his design for the building as a “concrete egg crate” and singles out the “translucent glass-cube bay windows” and “balconies in a musical composition” that he felt complemented the SoMa environment. Of course, SoMa has changed a lot in nearly two decades—for example, in 2001, this one-bed, one-and-a-half-bath unit would not have cost $4,100 per month, plus additional deposits for pets.
This competing one-bedroom, one-bath loft at the Mariposa building on Tennessee Street in Dogpatch didn’t exist in 2001. How new is this building? There’s an Amazon delivery locker in the lobby, which pretty much says it all. Although with its concrete surfaces and exposed fire systems, it this“boutique” 20-unit building wants to affect the appearance of older industrial lofts. Other highlights here include quartz countertops, vinyl wood-style flooring, and large double-paned windows. The $4,100 per month price tag is very much of its time too. Pets allowed.
For the inverse, nothing says old San Francisco construction like a Victorian for rent in Hayes Valley. The city dates this one to 1900, but that could mean almost anything; that’s usually a placeholder date for homes without any original records after the 1906 earthquake wiped out the old City Hall. It certainly looks the part of a classic with its baroque exteriors “on a lovely street with many other beautiful Victorians.” The apartment itself comes with two beds, one bath, and 920 square feet. Be sure to check out the stained glass and the original fireplace. The ad doesn’t mention pets, and the magic number is $3,995 per month.
The all-white interior look is in danger of becoming passé these days, but sometimes there’s still something arresting about the antiseptic look. It’s especially nice when paired the views of blue skies outside of this Telegraph Hill apartment, atop the sixth floor. The unit comes with two beds, one bath, and a huge porch to take in all of the angles of that view on top. It’ll run you $4,100 a month with pets included.
And finally, the Mission offers a remodeled kitchen and bathroom in an apartment on South Van Ness, which come with two beds and two baths. The unit features an open floor plan to the kitchen, living room, and dining area. Wood flooring can be found in the bedrooms and tile in the kitchen. There’s garage parking for one. Rent costs $4,050 per month. And pets are good here too.
Which rental would you choose?
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Yerba Buena Loft
Hayes Valley Victorian
Telegraph Hill Apartment