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: $13,000.
Where do the kind of people who spend $13,000 each month on housing live in San Francisco? Apparently at Fort Mason, where you can (hypothetically, for most of us) rent a three-bed, two-and-a-half bath, 3,000-plus-square-foot house, a two-story Victorian with “unobstructed views of Alcatraz.” According to the ad, “this home was built privately in 1855 for an estimated $4,900,” which is less than $148,800 in modern currency. And later during the Civil War, “the Army confiscated the land and established the military post to defend the bay from potential attacks on the Union.” Those attacks never came, of course, but at least your new incredibly pricy rental did its service to its country. Note that the lease allows all pets, because it had certainly better, right?
Historicity is one thing top-dollar renters will pay with their top dollars. But getting in on something brand new is another thing entirely. This Financial District building on Pacific and Battery, located next to Jackson Square, is still marked as “coming soon,” a “brand new [development] designed by Handel Architects.” It comes fully furnished and sports interiors by Amy Weaver. Hopefully, she weaves something mighty impressive, because a two-bed, two-and-a-half bath condo inside the new property runs $13,000 per month—”like London or Paris,” notes the ad. Apparently, Euro trends mean going cat- and dog-free, as the ad doesn’t make mention of pets.
Speaking of European dispositions, a trip to Sherwood Forest is in order. This is one of SF’s most obscure neighborhoods—not just because it’s small and difficult to find—because residents prefer exclusivity given how pricey the abodes turn out to be. In this case, a five-bed, five-bath, 4,000-square-foot near-mansion in Sherwood Forest turns out to be a genuine knockout. It’s renting for $12,950 per month, a price tag likely to kickstart unconsciousness even if the elegant interiors don’t do it first. This classic Tudor comes “completely remodeled and updated [but] with original period details through-out,” and a two-car garage bigger than many SF apartments. It also features an extra in-law as an “au pair suite” to boot.
It seems that the Continent is something of a preoccupation in the big money rental market because this Russian Hill condo is also deemed as having “European-style,” complete with “polished marble flooring, full skylight ceiling,” “brick lined private garden area,” outdoor fountain, and “vaulted exposed beam ceilings.” The place even comes with a baby grand piano as part of the deal, because apparently that’s the kind of tune you have to sing if you want a renter to part with $12,900 per month. The big question is whether those faux-grass rugs seen in the interior photos are also included—maybe with lawns still on the outs in post-drought California it’s time to kick off a trend of bringing the turf inside. No need to worry about the dog digging it up, since the ad is mute about whether pets are allowed.
At least animal lovers can take refuge on Nob Hill, where this apartment promises cats and dogs are both “welcome,” albeit only under 40 pounds and with an additional pet rent of $40 per month—or up to a dollar per pound for personal companions that really tip the scales. But if somebody’s paying $13,000 per month for a three-bed, three-bath apartment on Taylor Street, then what’s another couple of dollars?
Which rental would you choose?
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Fort Mason house
Sherwood Forest mansion
Russian Hill condo
Nob Hill apartment