Cozy: Usually a positive word suggesting snugness, comfort, or warmth. It's generally considered a compliment when describing a home, but not however, if stated in a Craigslist advertisement. There, "cozy" is code for "painfully small", plain and simple.
No doubt this studio in Nob Hill is tiny, but for $1395, that's to be expected. What's surprising is that it's got a recently renovated kitchen featuring stainless steel appliances and granite countertop, as well as a supremely sharp bathroom. (Marble mini subway tiles? Yes, please!)
We don't ask for much; give us a low price, workable kitchen, and (if we're lucky) some hardwood floors and we're interested. So when we find a Craigslist deal that has all that and is smack-dab in the middle of one of the most livable areas in the city, well, that's a nice surprise. Make the rent at least $200 less than would be expected and we're downright giddy. Located at California and Presidio, this one bedroom apartment is across the street from the Jewish Community Center, a short walk to Cal-Mart and Trader Joes, and only a block from the Vogue Theatre. You're steps from the California-1 to take you downtown, and several other bus lines are nearby.
1200 square feet in the city for under $2000? That's a Christmas gift we wouldn't mind receiving. But this big, newly remodeled apartment has plenty of other desirable details, besides just size. Inside you'll find crown molding, French double doors, hardwood floors, a classic (but colorful) paint job and an updated kitchen. It also includes panoramic windows in the bedroom and a walk-in closet, all located on the side of Russian Hill. What more could you ask for? Well, both cats and dogs are allowed in the unit (with an additional deposit), so it's perfect for any animal lovers out there too. It's available now and probably won't last long, so what are you waiting for?
Finding a pretty, pet-friendly apartment in this city is like discovering a four-leaf clover: If you're lucky enough to spot one, pluck it up immediately. Of course, you'll no doubt have to pay a little more for such a place, but what's a few extra dollars between you and man's best friend?
Given their small size, the drastic contrast a San Francisco neighborhood can have from one side to the other can be staggering. For example, apartment deals in Cole Valley usually place you directly along the N-line, which kind of goes against the peaceful vibe you might expect from the area. This week's Craigslist deal doesn't do you like that though. Located on quiet, residential Downey Street, it's just slightly off the beaten path but feels so secluded by comparison. You get a residential setting that's only blocks away from the Haight and Carl and Cole; the N-Judah isn't rattling your windows but it is still close enough for downtown commuters - really, it's the best of both words.
If the rental market is any indication, we believe that San Francisco might be facing its greatest shortage of collar poppers since the late 1960s. How else can we explain the rise in affordable apartments currently available in the Marina? Did they all move to SoMa? All joking aside, the plethora of inexpensive rental options north of Union hasn't gone undetected by our trained Craigslist eyes. Perhaps the neighborhood isn't as fashionable as its heyday (we're guessing the 80s and early 90s treated it very well), but that shouldn't detract deal hunters from checking out potential apartment openings in the area.
Last week we were proud to show you a 'junior one bedroom' that actually included a room for a bed. This week... well, we're back to the closet, but this place definitely still has potential. We'd ditch the bed-in-closet set-up (it only fits a full-size, after all) and treat the space like a studio. Use the closet space for what it's intended and stick the bed in the main living area - with rent at only $1300 a month, it'll be worth it.
In the city, "junior one bedroom" apartment listings often mean that you'll be sleeping in a closet. This week's Craigslist deal isn't going to do you quite like that. With a bedroom measuring 9' x 9', you'll be able to fit a queen-size bed in there, and since the room actually has a closet inside of it no one can dog you for sleeping where your clothes should go (we'll disregard that said closet has mirrored doors and the bedroom only three walls - you've got to pick your battles).
We know it may seem a little out of sync to have a two bedroom apartment for $1895 as a deal last week and follow it up with a one bedroom for $1800 today, but stick with us: This week's Craigslist deal is worthy of the name. Why? Well, for one, location. Situated smack-dab in the middle of Noe Valley at Noe and Alvarado (between 22nd and 23rd Street), it's a great spot that's within easy walking distance of 24th Street and is right over the hill from the Castro.