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What $5,400 rents you in SF right now

Five new rentals, from Hunters Point to Cole Valley

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 is another person’s townhouse? Today’s price: $5,400.

This Mission Bay apartment offers a lot of numbers to remember. First, the development is dubbed MB360. And the apartment is number 1-419, a 1,138-square-foot setup with two beds and two baths at 1,200 Fourth Street. And then there’s the most important figure of all: $5,335 per month. This steep price will get you courtyard views and a home that promises “peace and serenity.” Note that the apartment is described as “cozy” despite its sizable measurements; perhaps a reference to the allowances for both dogs and cats, as pet always makes a home feel a bit homier. And while the building opened four years ago, this ad still sports old renderings and few real interior shots. You can scope out more photos here.

The ad for this six-bedroom (yes, six) three-bath townhouse in Visitacion Valley, replete with brick facade, markets it as a “remodeled 2,550-square-foot home with a cute East Coast feel.” However, it’s a product of famed West Coast developer Joseph Eichler. The ad doesn’t mention his name at all—if it did, it would probably downplay the mentions of a remodel; Eichler’s preferred designs are more popular intact—but this is part of a double-decker tract of homes he built on the city’s southeast side in 1962. In truth, this makes the $5,250 per month price something of a bitter irony—Eichler’s signature was attainable homes for the middle class—but at least it’s the most affordable house on this list.

Eichler kept the bricks on the outside, preferring his favorite wide-plank interiors. For interiors of the same suit, consider this “industrial brick live/work loft” in SoMa, where a two-bed, one-bath, 1,500-square-foot apartment runs $5,400 per month. “Modern industrial style high-tech live/work space with beautiful 1900s brick throughout on one expansive level with a 20-foot ceiling,” per the ad. Oddly enough, the place is furnished exclusively with a TV and “HD projector and an extra large electronically controlled 150-inch drop-down screen.” The listing also specifically references the second bedroom as soundproof. No mention of pets.

There’s no soundproofing or pedigree name at this Hunters Point house, but it does come fully furnished with everything a home might expect to need, part of a package with the “Craftsman style home built in 1917,” which features a recently remodeled interiors. There’s also a “large veranda available for evening sitting and conversation” and panoramic views of the city and the bay. And added bonus: walk-in closets in all of the bedrooms in this four-bed, two-bath offering with well over 2,000 square feet to spare. The price: $5,300 per month.

Finally, the renovation bug spreads as far as Cole Valley, where a “renovated upper flat” near Carl and Cole also runs $5,400 per month. It’s three bedrooms and one bath. The renovation spared the “natural light, decorative mantel, and built-in hutch,” along with the “original hardwood floors” and cherry cabinets. No pets allowed this time, either.


Which rental would you choose?

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  • 14%
    Mission Bay Apartment
    (33 votes)
  • 10%
    Visitacion Valley Eichler
    (25 votes)
  • 36%
    SoMa Loft
    (85 votes)
  • 3%
    Hunters Point House
    (9 votes)
  • 34%
    Cole Valley Flat
    (80 votes)
232 votes total Vote Now