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: $3,100.
When this Outer Sunset flat advertises “walking distance to the zoo,” it’s not kidding; the property is less than 500 feet from the Australian Walkabout, where sunbathing red kangaroos sprawl most of the day. The home itself is less spacious, but still provides a respectable two-bed, one-bath, approximately 1,000-square-foot setup on the top floor, with “formal dining room,” “beautiful hardwood floor throughout,” and frosted glass interior windows. And just take look at that semi-retro kitchen, to say nothing of the rose-tinted bathroom, which has a rather vintage vibe itself. Unfortunately, the backyard isn’t included in the deal, and neither are pets—zoo proximity notwithstanding. Rent is $3,100 per month.
There’s nothing vintage about this “spacious one-bedroom apartment in a gorgeous new building” in the Mission just on the west side of the freeway on Potrero Avenue, although note that this place is just shy of brand new, as the city assessor dates the building to 2016. Here we have one-bed, one-bath, 580-square-feet unit. It comes with a floorpan so open that there’s scarcely anything to it, along with the standard combination of white interiors and gray-stained hardwood floors. The ad plays up some kitchen amenities, including “cabinetry [with] soft closing hinges, quartz counter-tops, and movable kitchen island.” It’s $3,100 per month, pets included.
Whereas on the other side of the freeway in Potrero Hill, this competing one-bed, one-bath, 700-square-foot in-law promises a formula of “Edwardian era meets modern elegance.” Though the building may be a classic, the newer unit presented here couldn’t be more contemporary—there are those floors again—advertised as a “completely remodeled and furnished in-law unit [awaiting] its first tenant.” Also note the wall-to-wall subway tile in the bathroom and the “chic barn door with glass and wrought iron hardware” leading into the bedroom—a nice touch. Pets are allowed here too, which may help the $3,000 per month asking price go down a little easier.
Another one-bed, one-bath apartment, this one on the edge of Lower Pac Heights. The ad promises a string of classically associated adjectives—e.g, ”Victorian,” “classic,” and “charming,” among others—along with the entirely modern price of $3,099 per month. (Hopefully that extra dollar per month is a difference maker for somebody.) This “classic San Francisco unit” offers two walk-in closets, loads of natural light, high ceilings, and an “open and airy unit” (in contrast to the Victorian sensibilities stated elsewhere), along with hardwood floors throughout. No word about pets, though.
Finally, the Outer Richmond sports a classic one-bed Beaux-Arts offering on the ground floor of a six-unit building—a hexaplex, seemingly. The baby blue tile in the bathroom is particularly appealing. It’s $3,000 for just under 750 square feet, but no pets.
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