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: $4,000.
In terms of the kinds of accolades found in housing ads, “above average” is not one you generally expect. Of course, every landlord and leasing agent does want potential renters to think of their offering as an above average listing, it just seems like a very particular phrasing for this Inner Sunset flat on 10th Avenue. For $4,000 per month—also above the average—renters get three beds, two baths, and 1,600 square feet spread across a Victorian-style house that, surprisingly, the Planning Department dates to 1978. Note that it looks like the shingled awning is a later addition. The ad also says that the place underwent a 10 percent cut in price recently, along with a promise of “sweeping views” on the upper level unit and specifying “one cat ok” as the pet policy.
Bayview has a much more aggressive sales push for a two-bed, two-bath condo on Innes Avenue. Indeed, this is another Shipyard home—for the record, a state inspection determined that there was no pronounced radiation risk at existing Shipyard homes despite a scare last year—a “brand new never been lived in home” for $4,000 per month. “Two-level condo with open floor plan,” “beautiful dark hardwood floors in the entry, kitchen, living room, dining room,” reserved parking, balcony deck, and the building runs a free shuttle for commuters to downtown, Dogpatch, and Mission Bay. Cats and dogs can both ship in here.
Over in the FiDi, a one-bed, one-bath apartment on Grant Avenue asks $3,990 per month for “approximately 783 square feet,” including “soaring ceilings,” “oversized curved windows,” original bricks, “spa-style bathroom,” and roof deck. Note that the old building received a “luxury renovation,” but that was in 2004, meaning the dial is possibly about to roll back over to making this look retro again? No pets allowed here.
Only one full house makes the cut today, a two-bed, one-bath, 1,200-square-foot house in Lakeshore for $4,000 per month. That price nets “eat-in kitchen, living room with fireplace, dining room with chandelier,” a two-car garage, a basement, and a backyard (which made it through the drought years with a surprising amount of grass coverage still intact). The ad also claims a “convenient location,” which is an interesting assessment of one of the most southwestern lying neighborhoods in the city. But it is convenient for those who want to spend a lot of time gazing into Lake Merced. No word about pets.
Finally, the Inner Richmond sports a “large Edwardian-style full flat” for $4,000 per month on 30th Avenue, a “highly desirable location near Golden Gate Park and Balboa Street” The “living room has arched windows, wall sconces, and fireplace,” which all make for quite a striking upfront package, and the breakfast nook comes with original built-ins. Not mentioned in the ad but highlighted in the photos are the French doors with the curved transom, which look remarkably heavy-duty. The building dates to 1932. Sadly, there’s no word about pets here, either.
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