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: $3,600.
Other than the Golden Gate Bridge, Alamo Square is the most photographed spot in San Francisco, almost to a point that it’s a little tiresome. Fortunately for anybody interested in this Alamo Square rental for $3,600 per month, it sits on Scott Street, opposite the Painted Ladies, so at least the cameras will be pointed the other way. The top-floor, one-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment here features French doors and a few stained glass accents to add a little variety to the otherwise white interiors and light-stained hardwood floors. Unfortunately, similar to many rentals these days, it doesn’t allow pets.
Cole Valley, on the other hand, rarely gets any treatment from tourists cameras—which is technically an injustice, but at the same time a relief for area residents. The promise of a “Cole Valley cottage,” per the one in this ad, sounds almost quaint, although the $3,550 per month price is decidedly metropolitan. “Surrounded by gardens and light,” the little place with the red siding sits behind the main house, with a separate entrance, one bedroom, one bath, and furnishings included. No word about pets.
A few blocks away on Newcomb Avenue, this home sits is in the Bayview. Per the ad, the unit “boasts many of the original features of the 1900s Edwardian homes such as the molding and built-ins, a formal dining room, living room, and a spacious kitchen.” But according to the SF City Assessor, the house dates not to the Edwardian period but instead to 1941, hence its emphasis on hard angles and its low-slung profile. The original flooring remains present. Highlights include three skylights and a one-car garage included. It comes with three beds, one bath, and an impressive 1,575 square feet for $3,500 per month. The ads says “pets considered on an individual basis.”
This ad for the Waterbend apartments at 5880 Third Street and its two-bedroom home “with amazing amenities” claims it’s in Bayview. However, it actually resides in nearby Portola Place—just another sign of the buildup on the southeast side, as landlords and leasing companies alike increasingly want to put the Bayview name out there. The city dates the still relatively new complex here to 2016; the building’s site repeatedly praises its “simplistic design”—which does not mean what they seem to think it means, but presumably they mean minimalist. Although this particular two bed, two bath, 980-square foot example looks no more nor less complex than any other new construction. The rent is $3,535 per month. Pets will drive the price up $25-$50 per head, depending on the particulars.
And we conclude with a “very nice and spacious” two-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bath lower flat” in the Outer Richmond pushing “beautifully refinished hardwood floors throughout, high ceilings, and remodeled kitchen. The ad mentions the remodel twice in two sentences, so apparently someone really wants to get their money’s worth on those permits—for $3,575 per month. No pets allowed at this one. Alas.
Which rental would you choose?
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Alamo Square Apartment
Cole Valley Cottage
Portola Place Apartment