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What $5,000 rents in San Francisco right now

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Five new rentals, from Golden Gate Heights to North Beach

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: $5,000.

It’s always a good time for the Clocktower Building, “one of San Francisco’s great historic conversion lofts” as this new ad puts it. The offer here is a one-bedroom, one-bathroom loft with a roomy 1,250 square feet. It comes with “exposed brick and timber beams” and “open living/dining area.” The rent is $5,000 per month. Tenants who want parking will have to shell out an extra $200. The leasing agent doesn’t mention the subject of pets. And one recent addition to the classic building visible here: Salesforce Tower now peaks over its roof and, at certain angles, compliments the signature clocktower.

This Nob Hill building has the look of a historic classic, but according to the Planning Department, it was built in 1984. This very same unit popped up on Comparisons a few weeks ago and proved a surprise hit. Now it’s back the price has come down, albeit only by $100, down to a total of $4,995 per month. It’s the same fifth-floor setup on California Street, located a block from Huntington Park with two beds, two baths, and 1,600 square feet for $5,095 per month. The big selling point: windows for days and days. Unfortunately, one thing that has not changed is that it still doesn’t mention anything about pets.

Speaking of windows, this house in Golden Gate Heights home comes with a giant picture window that dominates the facade. This “fantastic Golden Gate Heights view home” is a three-bed, two-bath affair across 1,400 square feet plus a two-car garage. It comes with “formal dining room,” “center patio,” and “split-level fenced yard.” Hard to tell what’s going on with that wallpaper in the kitchen—it appears to be stylized coffee pots—but it’s certainly one of a kind. Again, this ad doesn’t say whether or not renters may keep pets. It’s $5,000 per month.

Animal lovers get a little relief in this Excelsior house on Vienna Street, which welcomes both cats and dogs. It also welcomes $4,980 per month rent checks, which buys four beds and two baths, part of a “charming 1,800-square-foot single-family home that “boasts of hardwood floors all throughout the property with high ceiling[s], well-lit interior, “cozy brick style fireplace,” and “granite countertops with backsplash.” The building dates to 1926, but received a bathroom remodel in January.

Last up is this two-bed, two-bath North Beach condo sporting “private rooftop deck with 300 degree views of the city skyline serenity,” “marble luxurious bath,” lemon and magnolia trees in the yard, and maple floors throughout its 1,460 square feet. Once again, the pet rules are a mystery here. In a surprising bid, the ad specifically mentions that the home gets Blue Angels flyovers during Fleet Week, which is either a blessing or a nightmare waiting to happen depending on a renter’s opinions about such things. Presumably, it’s worth $5,000 per month for those who covet the proximity.


Which new rental would you choose?

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  • 15%
    SoMa Clocktower Loft
    (37 votes)
  • 27%
    Nob Hill Apartment
    (63 votes)
  • 15%
    Golden Gate Heights House
    (37 votes)
  • 16%
    Excelsior House
    (38 votes)
  • 24%
    North Beach Condo
    (57 votes)
232 votes total Vote Now