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: $3,000.
This one-bed, two-bath, more than 1,800-square-foot live/work setup in SoMa bills itself as “one of San Francisco’s premier loft buildings” and a “rare offering” on the corner of the top floor, all pushing its price tag up to $3,000 per month. That includes a two-car garage space and the addition of both cats and dogs in the pet department. The ad also references the floor-to-ceiling windows and “oversized ceilings”—presumably a reference to ceiling height, although there’s no actual measurements provided—and floats the idea that renters might be able to squeeze in the equivalent of a second bedroom by converting the area currently deemed the den.
For much less space at the same price, there’s a one-bed, one-bath cottage three blocks from 24th Street in Noe Valley, which costs $2,950 per month for a mere 400 square feet. All of that dark wood paneling, trim, and built-ins could help spark interest at this price point. Notice that the fireplace has been whitewashed but remains functional. The ad also mentions “Google stops galore” on nearby streets, although that may sound more like a warning than an enticement for some renters. No pets allowed, either.
And over in Cow Hollow, a Victorian flat sits behind the fish-scale shingled facade of a redoubtable blue Queen Anne on Pierce Street. The one-bed, one-bath, remodeled unit—the remodel consisting of an “updated eat-in kitchen w/full-size refrigerator, gas stove, cabinets, flooring, and excellent counter space” and new tile in part of the split bathroom—costs $2,950 per month and includes a garden split with the other unit in the same Vic. No pets allowed at this one.
Closing out, we have new construction in two very different SF neighborhoods, starting with Polk Gulch. Previously, plans for this site on Bush Street included a wild, multi-segmented building with an asymmetrical profile, but the final design by architect Alan Tse turned out to be a much more straightforward creation, albeit still pretty distinct compared to the old garages on either side. (Tse says that Nob Hill inspired the look of this building, although the locale is a fair sight away from that neighborhood.) The studio itself packs in the likes of a “Haler combo, Bosch Refrigerator, TDBU Window Coverings, closet organizer, glass partial bathtub enclosure and full height milestone backsplash” at $2,995 per month. Pets are “negotiable.”
And finally, a one-bed, one-bath unit at the Shipyard in Bayview, still new after completing construction in 2017. The third-floor condo here pushes its “open concept living space connects to a large kitchen with quartz countertops [with] beautiful glass mosaic backsplash,” and notes that it comes unfurnished but packed with a “home automation” package, including Echo. There’s one parking space in a shared community garage, and shuttle bus that runs downtown. The deal is $2,995 per month, but no word about pets.
Which rental would you choose?
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Noe Valley Cottage
Cow Hollow Victorian
Polk Gulch Condo