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: $6,000.
The longtime criticism of One Rincon Hill is that the hilltop high-rise stuck out too much on San Francisco’s skyline. But with said skyline radically altered in recent years, maybe it’s time to reevaluate its place in the city decor. A two-bed, two-bath, roughly 1,200-square-foot condo overlooking South Beach would be a good perch for surveying the area, provided, of course, you have $6,000 per month to spend on such an overlook. The ad promises panoramic views, private deck, marble and granite accents, and upgraded carpets. No word on whether the amenities include pets. Note that this place comes furnished only.
Terms like “luxury rental” are usually reserved for locales like the previous Rincon Hill offering, but this Mission listing at 24th and Bartlett promises a “luxury two-bed, two-and-a-half bath” apartment with roof deck, gas fireplace, and “super quiet triple pane windows.” The landlord testifies, “I remodeled with the intent to stay but work made me move to NYC,” which evidently opened up quite a business opportunity of its own, as this 1,200-square-foot asset is now asking $6,000 per month. Note that the advertised parking is a garage space with two other cars—the building is a triplex—and does not include space for pets.
When it comes to luxury—and to downright exhausting rent prices—it’s only fitting a Pacific Heights pad joins the fray. After all, for $5,800 per month any hypothetical renter deserves it, as in the case of this one-bed, one-bath, top-floor apartment on Gough Street next to Lafayette Park. The listing bills it “a true classic San Francisco apartment” in a “time capsule of a building.” Although the bath has been remodeled, the rest of the place maintains an antique vibe. Mum’s the word about pets, but come on, the park is right there; have a heart, homeowners.
The promise of a “sophisticated, fully remodeled Victorian home” in Glen Park probably calls to mind certain expectations for the average San Francisco renter. But this house presents a modest look with a decidedly no-frills green exterior. The three-bed, two-bath house features “soaring ceilings, classic molding, and premium oak hardwood floors with unique graining,” per the ad. Notice the drought-friendly backyard, landscaped in 2017, featuring only the smallest amount of greenery. It seems that the magic numbers here are, once again, 1,200 square feet and $6,000 per month, only this time with the addition of cats and dogs to the equation.
And finally, this three-bed, three-bath house in the Outer Sunset is the “ultimate home,” or at least that’s what the ad would have us believe. That means “generous bedrooms, including a master suite,” a “bright living room [with] sliding doors as separation from formal dining room,” “granite countertops,” and even “honey-kissed hardwood and tile floors.” The ultimate price is $5,950 per month—and the ultimate word on whether pets are allowed is, sadly, no.
Which rental would you choose?
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Rincon Hill Condo
Pac Heights Triplex
Glen Park Victorian