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: $2,900.
It’s so difficult for renters to find a pet-friendly lease in San Francisco these days that it’s only fair to single out a few of the ads specifically aiming at animal-lovers—albeit very deep-pocketed ones. Such is the case of this two-bed, two-bath condo for $6,271 per month. This being a Dogpatch building (circa 2014), the deal allows both dogs and cats on the premises; note that the photos here appear to be of a “typical unit” (though the ad does not use that term), so hopefully they all sport the concrete ceilings. The building also promotes its common spaces: gym, “fire pits in the rooftop lounge and courtyard, community garden, BBQs.”
Whereas the previous home is recent enough to still have the finish on it, this competing flat on the border between Noe Valley and the Mission bills itself part of a “classic Guerrero Street Victorian,” one the city dates to 1908, “tastefully restored and decorated while retaining its turn of the century charm.” Slightly cheaper at $6,150 per month, the setup is two bedrooms and one split bath. The place packs in just about everything else: “large formal living room,” “English garden with period foundation,” “built-in china cabinets,” chandelier, clawfoot tub, oak parquet, and working fireplace. But the most attractive furnishing is that this pad allows dogs and cats.
For $6,250 per month you can score a four-bed, two-bath flat on Folsom in the Mission, advertised as (of course) a “totally remodeled Victorian,” this one dated to 1900. In this case that means hardwood floors, vaulted ceiling, remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, and a bedroom split up dubbed “three large bedrooms and one medium bedroom”—no word on precisely what large and medium comparatively mean in this case; the entire flat is 1,200 square feet altogether. Whatever the case, there is room for both cats and small dogs.
House hunters hunting for an actual house can stop by Balboa Terrace, where $6,200 per month brings in a “large and elegant detached family home [that] was built in 1930 in the Spanish-Mediterranean style.” That includes three beds, three baths, “separate formal dining room with vintage wrought iron and crystal chandelier,” entryway closet, original hardwood floors, garage, and a “newer deck” overlooking a “large, lush, shaded and terraced yard filled with succulents and periwinkle.” Best of all the place is a “pets-considered” home.
And finally, news has been quiet at the Millennium Tower in recent months, at least by Millennium Tower standards. Since no news is good news, condos like this two-bed, two-bath setup on the 16th floor can hope for wealthy renters to bite for $6,200 per month. The ad calls the troubled tower “one of the most luxurious condominium building in San Francisco”—which is true, even if it skirts the structural sinking issues. The ad also plays up luxury bonuses, like “club level with lounge, private dining room serviced by chef Michael Mina and partner Ayesha Curry” and “5,000-square-foot fitness center.” And, well, it is one of the most famous buildings in the city these days, got to give it that.
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