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What $6,000 rents you in SF right now

No two quite the same, but which one to choose?

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: $6,000.

For renters who yearn for the Russian Hill lifestyle, this house on Francisco Street comes fully furnished throughout its three bed, two and a half bath layout. If you like what you see here, rest assured it’s all included. The master bedroom features a private deck and an ensuite half-bath. Note that that’s in addition to another deck downstairs. City records date this home to 1948, and the ad suggests that it “sleeps six to eight people.” Pets are allowed “on a case by case basis.” The rent is $5,995 per month.

History best remembers the Rousseau brothers for their work in the Sunset District, but they did branch out into other parts of the city, including in Lone Mountain, right next to NoPa and Angelo Rossi Park, with this gorgeous circa-1937 single-family home offering a generous 2,000 square feet of living space with two beds and two and a half baths. There’s a formal dining room, two-car garage, “classic plaster moldings and details,” and recently remodeled kitchen and bathrooms. It’s hard not to be smitten with the arched windows in the living room. The lease smites for $6,000 monthly, and the deal allows for cats but not dogs.

Some buildings are timeless. Such is the Oriental Warehouse on Delancey Street, an SF architectural antique with a name that’s awkward by modern standards but interiors that remain persistently delightful in any era. As the plaque fixed to this old-school SF treat reads, “Built in 1867, the Oriental Warehouse is all that remains in San Francisco of the [...] firm that was the first to establish regular mail, passenger and trade service between the U.S. and the Orient.” These days the only things stored here are gorgeous interiors, as with this two bed, two bath, 1,550-plus square foot loft with a brick kitchen and amazing woodwork. In keeping with the building’s mercantile history, the market price for a home like this is apparently $6,000 these days—no word on pets.

The Infinity Building in the East Cut isn’t far away geographically from the South Beach spot, but very much a departure in terms of style, jockeying for the title of the purest distillation of new construction high-rise SF condo energy on the skyline. Open floor plans are very much the norm in this day and age, but in cases like this there’s so much space—1,307 feet overall—that the kitchen’s center island looks like nothing so much as a lone iceberg adrift in some arctic sea. The condo packs two bedrooms and two baths, as well as the equally modern and high-end price of $5,999 per month.

Finally, the Inner Sunset offers a “tastefully updated” single-family house of nearly overwhelming proportions, advertised as 2,500 square feet overall and featuring four full bedrooms—although just one and a half baths between them, which could involve some jockeying for personal time if all of those bedrooms end up occupied. There’s even a three-car garage—how many three-car garages even exist in most SF neighborhoods? There’s an in-law unit too, although it’s already occupied and not part of the deal, and there are no pets allowed despite clearly having room for them. The ad does mention that the house is rent-controlled, fixed near the stratum of $5,995 per month.


Which rental would you choose?

This poll is closed

  • 24%
    Russian Hill House
    (168 votes)
  • 9%
    Lone Mountain House
    (63 votes)
  • 29%
    Oriental Warehouse Loft
    (200 votes)
  • 8%
    East Cut Condo
    (55 votes)
  • 28%
    Sunset House
    (197 votes)
683 votes total Vote Now