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: $3,300.
The Mosso apartment building in SoMa broke ground in 2012, just in time to cash in on what turned out to be an all-time market swell on SF rents a few years later. And it’s still reaping those rewards with the form of a “cozy one-bedroom” and one-bathroom apartment on Folsom Street asking $3,275 per month. Though at 550 square feet, there are homes in the neighborhood much “cozier” and asking roughly the same money. According to the ad, the unit “has an alcove as well as extra closet space, lots and natural sunlight, [and] a view of our courtyard, calm and serene.” Odds are SF renters will find the allowances for pets in this building more calming.
On the other hand, this apartment building in North Beach dates to 1909, according to the Planning Department, and indeed it looks very much the part of an old school North Beach flat, the sort that romantic Bohemian types and workers lived in during North Beach’s halcyon days. But they weren’t paying $3,300 per month. This one is a three-bed and one-bath flat with a decidedly (and perhaps refreshingly) non-open floor plan and no visible signs of recent renovation. The ad doesn’t mention pets, but it would be nice if they made that old-fashioned addition as well. [Update: Though this is listed on Craigslist as a three-bed, one bath home, the ad itself instead rather confusingly just calls it just “three rooms.”]
You can still rent a single-family house in San Francisco for the same price, but it means going so far south that it’s almost out of the city entirely, a Rey Street locale that’s a little over 3,000 feet from the Cow Palace, in what the ad refers to as “the quiet streets of Visitacion Valley.” The setup is listed as two beds and one bath, but there’s also a “sun room” that could serve as a third bedroom should the mood (and necessity of an extra roommate) strike. The facade is an odd moss green color and the carpets look like they could use a refresh, but the kitchen gets the “remodeled” tag. Unfortunately. there’s no pets here.
This stately looking Noe Valley duplex looks very much like the rook on a chessboard, standing upright and proud on Hill Street. The two bed, one bath apartment for rent inside—the first floor unit in this pre-earthquake building 1904—is presumably more interested in different kinds of checks, namely the ones made out for $3,200 per month. “There isn’t a better location in San Francisco,” the ad boasts of the block, situated right between Castro and Noe streets, also deeming the spot “perfect for a young couple”—which seems curious, because what do we imagine they’re going to do with the extra bedroom—but breaks hearts by disallowing pets.
A similar two-bed, one-bath offer further south in Ingleside asks a bit more at $3,250 per month for a Caine Avenue home dubbed a two-bed, one-bath cottage with garage. The place dates to 1906 but there’s no word on whether it’s a lucky earthquake survivor (the fire didn’t burn this far west), a late rebuild, or a quake shack that later became a more substantial home. “Large living room with French doors and picture window facing southern hills,” “knotty pine ceiling” in one bedroom, and both front and backyards included, but again there’s no pets allowed despite the ample outdoors space.
Which rental would you choose?
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North Beach flat
Visitacion Valley house
Noe Valley duplex