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: $3,600.
Seen from the street, this Westwood Park home, just north of City College, looks like a swanky setup behind its high gate and ivy-covered walls. But note that this ad covers only the top floor of the house, which itself comprises a three-bed, one-bath, 1,400-square-foot flat renting for $3,600 per month. The landlord also promotes the place’s “big kitchen with breakfast room, laundry room, huge living room with fireplace, new paint, double pane windows, [and] wall-to-wall hardwood floor.” Speaking of which, no pets are allowed to trot on those nice floors.
Relocating a few blocks south brings renters to this olive-hued house on Ocean Avenue. While also roughly within the same shouting distance of City College, this place is in Ingleside. (Note that Craigslist housing ads are liable to call just about any southwestern neighborhood Ingleside—but in this case, it’s the real deal.) The “clean, quiet, remodeled house” is $3,600 per month for two beds, one bath, “redone hardwood floors and new paint throughout, “built-in period bookcases,” garage, deck, and backyard “with extra storage shed or clubhouse.” Note that the fireplace is purely decorative. Pets are “negotiable.”
Speaking of seeing green, this Noe Valley Edwardian sports olive hues on the outside, but baby blue inside. “This ground floor unit offers a modular layout,” according the landlord, who also touts a “fireplace that adds ambiance,” a “large bathroom with clawfoot tub and shower,” and “easy access to a verdant shared garden that will bring peace and serenity after a long day.” The $3,550-per-month bill for one bed and one bath in a triplex is less serene, but that’s renting in Noe Valley these days. Whether there’s pet permissions to add to the overall serenity isn’t mentioned here.
Note that this two-bed, two-bath Outer Richmond condo (mislabeled as Inner Richmond in the ad) only comes furnished, so hopefully potential renters like the style as well as the $3,600 per month offer for 1,100 square feet. There’s a “huge chef’s open kitchen with granite counters, modern stainless steel appliances, and cherrywood cabinets” alongside the “spacious living/dining room combo with contemporary hardwood flooring,” a two-car garage, and even tandem sinks. Whether or not renters can furnish a pet is less clear.
Daly City homes will often try to pass themselves off as southern-lying SF locales on rental listing sites like Craigslist, but in a Comparisons first, these so-called Daly City townhomes are actually located in Colma. In fact, they’re less than a block away from several of Colma’s famous, sprawling cemeteries. Even though it’s a cheat to include this listing in a San Francisco slate, moving a bit south is an increasingly attractive option for those feeling the pressure of the SF housing market, so this one sneaks in. (Besides, many a San Franciscan ends up in Colma—sooner or later.) This “brand new luxury townhouse steps away from BART” seems to be aiming for SoMa vibes, with “custom hardwood floors, custom counter tops and cabinetry, in addition to a decidedly open concept layout” across two floors. The price is $3,600 per month for two beds and two baths, pets included.
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Westwood Park flat
Noe Valley triplex