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What $2,800 rents in SF right now

Five new rentals, from Excelsior to Russian Hill

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: $2,800.

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This one-bed, one-bath apartment promises renters the “best location” in San Francisco—in this case that means Russian Hill on Broadway Street. Putting away the potential for neighborhood partisan battles, this unit pushes a 2014 remodel that included “cherry cabinets, granite counter, full-tiled backsplash, bay window seats in the living room, bathroom with new black and white subway tiled walls and floor,” and “extra thick double-pane windows.” The clawfoot bathtub is an old addition. Also, the landlord notes that the six-unit Edwardian building went through a seismic upgrade this year. No dogs allowed, but cats are good. The unit rents for $2,800 per month.

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Cat lovers are also in luck at the Lofts at Seven building in the Tenderloin. The name and giant number seven in the lobby are leftover from the days when this was the seat of ABC 7, now since converted into an 88-apartment building. Here you’ll find a full one-bed, one-bath loft “for the urbanite on the go.” The unit features oversized windows, concrete walls, soaring ceilings, and a $2,750-per-month price tag.

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Speaking of conversions, 16 Jessie Street (also dubbed One Ecker) in Yerba Buena is a onetime industrial building that the city dates to 1906 (possibly a post-earthquake construction). However, some listings for units in the building date it as far back as 1895. Whatever the date, the unit here is advertised as a “modern space” with arched windows and brick and steel interiors. It comes with one bed and one bath. The $2,800 price tag is certainly contemporary, and the ad doesn’t mention pets.

On the topic of new constructions, the Waterbend building in Bayview is a still-recent complex (circa 2016), located near Third Street, now leasing a junior one-bedroom and one bathroom apartment for $2,800 per month, which yields just 572 square feet. “Amenities include a media center, resident lounge, pet park, free secured bike parking, vending machines, coffee service, and a 24-hour fitness center,” says the leasing agent. Pets are fine here, but they drive the rent up $25 per month for a cat or $50 for a dog.

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The only home on the slate to crack more than one bedroom is this Excelsior in-law, which features two bedrooms and a recently remodeled kitchen and bathroom. It also comes with separate private entrances, parking, laundry, new appliances, wood flooring, and access to a backyard garden. No dogs allowed—possibly on account of that garden—but the listing doesn’t specifically forbid cats. That’s $2,800 per month.


Which rental would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 33%
    Russian Hill Apartment
    (117 votes)
  • 6%
    Tenderloin Loft
    (23 votes)
  • 49%
    Yerba Buena Apartment
    (174 votes)
  • 2%
    Bayview Condo
    (9 votes)
  • 8%
    Excelsior In-Law
    (29 votes)
352 votes total Vote Now