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.
Things are changing so fast in South Beach that even the apartment listings can’t keep up, as this rental advertises its location “on Embarcadero near AT&T Park,” which, of course, is no longer AT&T Park. But the $3,000 per month asking price for this first-floor, 800-square-foot, junior-one-bedroom place on Bryant Street, located immediately underneath the freeway connection to the Bay Bridge, is up to date. Note that the ad lists this as a one-bed, zero-bath home, which one hopes is an error. “Private back patio exclusively for your use” included along with a few common building amenities—gym, hot tubs, etc.—but the ad does not say whether or not renters may bring pets.
Even at first glance, this supposed Mission apartment doesn’t look particularly Mission-like at all. Things fall into place when you realize it’s actually located in Dogpatch, where the concrete ceilings and track lighting seem more apropos. The 627-square-foot, one-bed, one-bath condo for $3,000 per month was “designed with the idea of space in mind”—which, yeah—and the building sports “resident’s lounge,” garden, and “finely manicured courtyards.” But the biggest advantage: the building allows pets and pampers them via “on-site dog park” and “pet care station.”
This O’Farrell Street studio in the Tenderloin has appeared on Comparisons before, but now it’s playing up its impressive ceilings with the tagline “check out these curves,” which proves just clever enough to warrant another visit. Note that returns normally happen because of price cuts, but in this case the offer is significantly more money than last time, now up to $2,895 per month. Pets are included, but for an extra $40 per month in pet rent.
Only one house makes the cut for $3,000 per month, down in Excelsior (right near the line where the neighborhood overflows into Outer Mission), still the last vestige of kind of sort of something close to affordable housing in the city. The green turf in the front yard gives this little place the appearance of something like a mini golf facade at first glance, but it does indeed turn out to be a real one-bed, one -bath home on Ellington Avenue. “Updated kitchen and bath,” hardwood floors, fruit trees out back, and yes, pets are allowed at this one too.
Finally, there’s a “large and bright loft unit” in Russian Hill asking $2,950 per month. It comes with one bed and one bath, located “blocks from the iconic curvy section of Lombard Street.” (Two blocks east to be specific, down at the bottom of the hill.) “The kitchen and baths are remodeled, with granite counter tops and tiled floors” and “new carpet has recently been installed throughout the rest of the apartment,” including in the loft area itself. Dogs and cats are okay as long as they’re small, but no particular size/weight limits are prescribed.
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South Beach junior one bed
Russian Hill loft