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: $4,500.
This towering building, near the corner of Pacific and Fillmore, and its “prime Pacific Heights” ad copy has had several highly visible vacancies in recent months, most recently in March. This one-bed, one-bath, seventh-floor apartment is even pricier than that previous offer (by $300) for $4,500 per month. The ad promises “an Art Deco bathroom” and “the best neighborhood in San Francisco” to entice renters. This particular listing doesn’t make mention of the property’s knockout entryway, but it’s a bargain unto itself. No mention about pets, but previously listings were negative on that front.
Speaking of callbacks, this striking Potrero Hill house is another return engagement; but this time, something has changed. It’s still a one-bed, one-bath unit on Arkansas Street measuring a little under 1,000 square feet and dubbed a “stunning single-family home with storage and polished hardwood.” And it’s still the work of local architect Jim Jennings, featuring vaulted ceilings, wood-burning fireplace, Douglas fir floors, bamboo cabinetry, and photogenic garden spaces. The only thing that’s different is the price, which has climbed a climactic $800 since March, now commanding $4,500 per month. The pet policy remains still the same as it ever was: ambiguous.
For something completely different, consider this listing that packs three Cs: condo, Candlestick, and Crescent Way. The ad deems this sizable three-bed, two-bath, 1,374-square-foot condominium across the street from the western flank of Candlestick recreation area as a “corner unit with breathtaking views” of the bay. The city dates this building, here described as a “gated community,” to 2004, well before the nearby development was built, as the monthly price is now up to $4,380 per month—a steep upgrade from offers for very similar homes in the same building with similar “unobstructed panoramic views.” The ad does not say whether or not renters may bring pets.
At least there’s no mystery about this one-bed, one-and-a-half bath, live-work loft “for PDR tenant” in the Mission District on Folsom Street, which kindly notes that cats and dogs can both cohabitant here. The 1,845 square foot space in a circa-2000 building costs $4,500 per month. Of special note are “high ceilings,” hardwood floors, two-car garage, balcony, and carpeted loft. Note that the provided photos are of a “similar unit” and that the one on offer here has “a more upgraded kitchen.” The landlord warns that, though the unit is zoned for PDR use, “a business license [is] needed for production, distribution or repair, or artistic” uses that renters may want to conduct on the premises.
Finally, here’s a three-bed, two-bath, lovely blue house on 39th Avenue, pretty as a picture in Parkside just south of the Outer Sunset, assuming renters don’t lump the two neighborhoods together in common parlance anyway. The deal is “two bedrooms, one bath on the main floor with an additional bedroom and bath [downstairs],” one care garage, backyard, and “remodeled kitchen and hardwood floors.” No pets allowed. It’ll cost $4,450 per month.
Which rental would you choose?
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Pac Heights apartment
Potrero Hill house
Candlestick Point condo