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What $4,800 rents you in SF right now

Five new rentals, from South Beach to Presidio Heights

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: $4,800.

The Portside building in South Beach (so called because it’s to the left of the Bay Bridge) bills itself as a “modern Art Deco building,” but if you yearn for more 1930s design, the Bay Bridge can be found right outside the living room window at this two-bed, two-bath condo. If nothing else, you’ll always have a jump on traffic conditions. No word on whether pets come with the deal, but it’s $4,800, plus an additional $200 for anyone who wants the parking spot that comes with it.

Or for another 1930s style, here’s a circa-1932 home in Noe Valley offering a one-and-a-half-bath, two- or three-bedroom setup (the third bedroom being an office that could serve as another boudoir). Note that the garage comes at no additional charge. But unfortunately, no pets allowed here. On the plus side, there’s a patio, a garden, an ornamental fireplace, and even a small sunroom just off of the living room with views of downtown. The price: $4,800.

Over in the Mission District, this single-family house decked out in red shingles comes with three beds and two bathrooms fitted into 1,000 square feet. This place used to have a full gate around the front, but over the years it grew smaller and smaller until it vanished entirely—to make more parking space, it seems, but the ulterior effect is that the entire house now appears more open from the curb. Here you’ll find bay windows, a decorative fireplace, and carpeting throughout could use a refresh. It costs $4,800 per month.

When you’re not in the mood for either modern or classic, the only thing to do is find something bordering on timeless. And in San Francisco that means a “top-floor full flat” in the Inner Richmond with coffered ceiling, fireplace, antique built-ins, bay windows, hardwood floors, and the usual assortment of unspecified “period details.” This home comes with three beds, a split bath, and two decorative fireplaces. On the contemporary side, this is the most modern kitchen on the slate, and the entire place is set with neutral grayish tones throughout its 1,300 square feet, probably aiming for a steely look. The equally steely price is $4,800. No pets allowed.

Last up, here’s a tidy and beautiful condo in the tidy and beautiful Presidio Heights neighborhood right below Presidio Park, nestled in a tiered 1912 Edwardian quadplex. The setup is two beds and two baths with just under 1,000 square feet. It costs $4,800 per month. Do note the backyard included here—a yard that distinctly resembles a golf course in terms of the turf laid down.


Which rental would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 19%
    South Beach Condo
    (66 votes)
  • 10%
    Noe Valley Apartment
    (36 votes)
  • 4%
    Mission House
    (14 votes)
  • 23%
    Richmond Flat
    (79 votes)
  • 41%
    Presidio Heights Condo
    (137 votes)
332 votes total Vote Now