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: $4,700.
According to the ad, “Franklin Towers is a landmark high-rise located in Pacific Heights.” Note that the building is not a designated landmark in any official sense or even in a provincial one, although the circa-1966 building is noticeably taller than others on the block making it a reference point by default. The leasing agent for this two-bed, two-bath Franklin Street condo promises a master bedroom with an en suite bath and walk-in closet, “updated kitchen,” “engineered hardwood flooring,” and access to a roof deck, plus parking for one car. No cats are allowed, but dogs are good to go. The place paces out to 1,200 square feet and wants $4,700 per month.
Nobody calls Glasdore Lofts at 30 Dore Street in SoMa any kind of landmark, and yet this 2007 addition stands out all on its own thanks to its jumbled facade. Hauser Architects calls the building “42 light-filled residential units located on a quiet secondary street in San Francisco’s South of Market District” and notes that it “features large windows and metal and wood siding, and units facing Dore Street have bay windows.” That doesn’t include this unit, but the three-bed, two-bath, pet-friendly loft here sports floor-to-ceiling windows, “movable walls and pure design” to the tune of $4,695 per month, according to the ad.
When it comes to lofts, Mint Plaza is a favorite. But the plaza features several buildings and not all of them are alike. This one-bed, one-bath apartment at 2 Mint Plaza, for example, looks much more like a conventional condo than the glossy-industrial vibe featured inside other Minty offerings. This one is marketed as “a luxury furnished apartment in an exquisitely restored historic building.” The 769-square-foot unit is $4,600 per month; no word pets.
Many ads yearn to tell potential renters that a location is “a quick bus ride” downtown, regardless of the actual locale. On the other hand, this listing for a “new townhome in the SF Shipyard” in Bayview is surprisingly frank about the reality of the situation, warning explicitly, “You will need a car, as this is not within walking distance in San Francisco,” even with the addition of the Shipyard shuttle. The Coleman Street address is a three-bed, two-and-a-half bath, 1,400-square-foot home with two-car garage, both deck and patio, backyard dotted with drought-resistant plants, and “side view of bay from living room.” The manifest for that is $4,550 per month.
Finally, a “charming house in the Sunset” is up for $4,600 per month, offering three bedrooms and two baths on 31st Avenue, with a one-car garage, a backyard, “oak hardwood floors,” and the classic Sunset District combo of fireplace, picture window (smaller than usual in this case), and parquet floor in the living room. Alas, no pets allowed.
Which rental would you choose?
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Pac Heights condo.
Mint Plaza condo.