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: $6,400.
The ad for this flat in Noe Valley promises a unit that was “formerly the owner’s home,” which is a compelling endorsement—after all, who wants to rent someplace the landlord wouldn’t set foot in? The apartment comes with three beds, two baths, and a sizable 1,500 square feet, plus a “shared yard and deck.” The ad promises the likes of a “beautiful open floor plan,” “central heating, [..] coved ceilings, built-in cabinets, and a large bay window.” The obligatory remodel in this case covers the kitchen, complete with granite counters. All of that space demands an equably sizable $6,400 per month. Cats and dogs welcome.
Meanwhile, a similar duplex unit in the Richmond shaves off 100 square feet but packs in another bedroom for a four-bed, two-bath setup. Leasing agents Vanguard Properties call the place a “bright, high-ceiling, top full-floor flat [with] new hardwood flooring,” deck and yard, and “bright double parlor living area with fireplace.” This 23rd Street rental also advertises a remodeled kitchen with granite counters—a lot of that going around, it seems. The big catch with this one is that no pets are allowed. But maybe the slight discount on rent—$6,295 per month—will entice renters.
Speaking of duplexes, this four-bed, two-bath building in the Presidio was “built in 1948 as an officers’ family quarters and most of it still has its original oak parquet floors in the living rooms and dining areas” and is “located in a peaceful eucalyptus forest” on Washington Boulevard. These homes are just 600 feet southwest of the historic Presidio National Cemetery, accessible via a short walk through the forest. The lease also keeps up the Presidio tradition of allowing pets on-site—animal companionship in officer housing is how the Presidio ended up with its redoubtable pet cemetery. Rent is $6,250 per month.
If renters with deep pockets want something more luxe, this four-bed, four-bath house in Monterey Heights is the way to go. A virtual juggernaut at 2,450 square feet with garage and yard, the ad deems this one a “rare classic” sporting “old-world charm” with hardwood floors and period details throughout, including “gorgeous vaulted beamed ceilings with a large fireplace and big windows” in the “grand living room.” The $6,200 per month asking price is less grand, but it’s the lowest price on the slate despite being the biggest home, presumably because Monterey Heights is scarcely the most accessible of neighborhoods. “We love small pets” the ad assures.
Finally, for $6,400 per month here’s a “top-floor flat” in Cow Hollow with three beds and one bath. The Planning Department dates this Octavia Street home to 1906. The ad calls it a “bright, beautiful Edwardian building” and “one of the tallest on the block” to ensure views from the roof deck and sun room. There’s garage parking for one, and this place calls pets “negotiable.”
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Noe Valley Flat
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