What $6,300 rents you in San Francisco right now


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: $6,300.

↑ Anyone yearning for a shingled facade in Pacific Heights is in luck, as this “unique penthouse flat” is all yours for $6,300/month. The whole place is three bedrooms and two baths on Lyon Street, two blocks south of the Presidio. The ad dubs it an “architect designed, full top floor flat in classic shingled Victorian building,” although it neglects to namedrop which architect they’re talking about. The ad is nearly identical to one in the same building that ran for $6,000/month for a two bedroom place back in August, so from an oddball point of view, $300 for a bedroom in Pacific Heights is kind of a bargain. The deal is not sweet enough to include pet permissions, though.

↑ And speaking of pricey rental opportunities in cushy neighborhoods, a pad at a similar price point has opened up in Sea Cliff, this one also a three-bed and two-bath apartment in a “luxury top floor” spot on 26th Avenue. These photos frankly make the unit look a little more stark than its classy 1922 exterior, but they’re trying to show off the goods of the advertised renovation that’s kicked the asking price up to $6,275. The finished version sports “hardwood floors and luxury finishes,” “chandeliers in every bedroom,” and appliances that are “brand new, still with the plastic on it.” Pets are “negotiable,” so bring a hard bargain to the open house.

In the past, Curbed SF has noted that the Montgomery building at 74 New Montgomery Street—which these days tries to call itself “The Monty”—demands top dollar for some of the smallest living spaces on this side of town thanks to its bustling locale. In this case though, the number 702 apartment is at least a respectable 1,069 square feet between two bedrooms and two baths for $6,195, here called a “rarely available 7th floor residence” in the 1914 building with “14 foot ceilings.” Sadly, there’s no room leftover in any of that for cats and dogs. For the curious, this same unit sold for $1.41 million in 2014.

↑ What more does a house with five full bedrooms need? Even more rooms, it seems, as there’s even a “bonus room” in this Marina-style Excelsior house, which also notes “actual closets” in all five rooms (no faux closets to be found). The big catch—other than the fact that a house like this runs $6,250, of course—is that between all of those other rooms there’s only one very in-demand bathroom to go around. Yikes. Some careful planning and scheduling will need to go into any household that actually fills this place up. The lease also allows pets—i.e., the only tenants who won’t tie up that single bathroom.

↑ And finally, this three-bed, two-bath house in Merced Manor (just north of SFSU and just south of Stern Grove) is trying to offer a little extra incentive for anyone eyeing it and its $6,300/month price tag, promising the place “fully furnished with European-made furniture.” Also: run don’t walk, fuchsia lovers, as this place has it in spades. No mention of pets, by the way.


Which Rental Would You Choose?

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  • 39%

    Pacific Heights Flat

    (133 votes)

  • 26%

    Sea Cliff Apartment

    (89 votes)

  • 20%

    Financial District Apartment

    (69 votes)

  • 8%

    Excelsior House

    (29 votes)

  • 6%

    Merced Manor House

    (21 votes)

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