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: $2,700.
This apartment in the Mission, one block east of Dolores Park, could have the makings of a junior one bedroom if somebody could find away to add a few square feet to that big closet. As it stands, it’s a studio now in a “vintage 1920s multi-unit building.” (The Planning Department dates the building to 1925.) Nice hardwood floors throughout, full-sized bathroom with bathtub, and as the ad promises, the “unit is very spacious and bright.” There’s even a small porch off of the kitchen. The ad also mentions a mysterious “additional room,” but the landlord is mum as to what this might mean. The deal is $2,600 per month. No pets allowed.
The ad for this unit on 38th Avenue and Yorba—here deemed the Outer Sunset, although in truth, closer to Parkside—specifies that it’s a “clean two-bedroom in-law,” which is both good to know but also oddly specific, as few homes hit the market in any particularly soiled state. In any case, the two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment is deemed “an awesome value” for $2,500 per month, which covers 800 square feet along with a “huge backyard.” Note that the kitchen does not include an oven or a stove. The deal also specifies no pets allowed.
Here’s a “charming first-floor, one-bedroom condo in a three-unit Victorian” in Alamo Square, just north of the namesake square itself. The entire space measures 712 square feet from front door to bedroom, a setup that also features exposed brick, clawfoot tub, “private deeded patio,” and “rustic sliding barn door” on the single bedroom. Best of all, the landlords have a welcoming attitude about pets. All of this will set a renter back $2,700 per month.
Renters can also bring pets to this two-bed, one-bath apartment on Post Street, which is not quite in the Tenderloin but instead near the edges of Lower Nob Hill. (In fact, the headline in the ad specifically identifies the place as a “historic, pet-friendly building.”) The old brick apartment house dates to 1916, according to the Planning Department, and the amenities are slight, featuring some bay windows, hardwood floors, on-site laundry, and “lots of cabinets!” (Punctuation in original.) It’s $2,695 per month.
Finally, this one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment—deemed a garden apartment—in Noe Valley costs $2,650 per month. The interiors are stark, but it has two things going for it: One, the ad specifics that it’s a “quiet, cat-friendly,” home; and two, the advertised garden really is a knockout in its own right.
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Alamo Square Condo
Lower Nob hill Apartment
Noe Vally Garden Apartment