We can find little fault with the interior of this studio, which features freshly refinished hardwood floors and a recently remodeled (if a tad generic) kitchen. So why so low? Our one guess would be that since the location is on Franklin instead of Hayes, it's bound to be somewhat noisier and a bit less savory compared to a block or so West. That said, the close proximity to Hayes Valley - one of our favorite neighborhoods in the city - makes it definitely worth a peak. Other cons would be that the unit is on the ground floor, no laundry facilities in the building (though there are apparently some in close proximity), and there's street parking only. But it's all about location, right?
Located at California and Buchanan, this Victorian mansion-turned-22 unit building looks like it could hold an amazing apartment inside. We say "looks like", because unfortunately the listing shows no interior photos. We're usually wary of such Craigslist posts, but at $1450, we think this one bedroom apartment is still worth checking out in person. There are a few details that sound pretty great, like the fact that the unit has two bathrooms and five closets - unusual features at that price point. The ad also mentions hardwood and carpeted floors, high ceilings and "lots of turn of the century charm".
Located near coffee shops, breakfast joints and a branch of Crunch Gym, this apartment is right in the thick of a particularly pleasant section of Upper Polk. The studio boasts hardwood floors and a recently remodeled bathroom and kitchen. There's a built-in dishwasher and garbage disposal, and laundry facilities are located in the building too. Even better? The building takes cats and dogs. $1450 Russian Hill Studio
This is the lowest monthly rent for a Craigslist deal we've done yet, and no, it's not in Bayview As a matter of fact, it's just two blocks from Union Street in Pacific Heights/Cow Hollow - not bad, right? This "XL" studio apartment features a separate kitchen and dinette area and two closets, one of which is a walk-in. You also get hardwood floors, 9-foot ceilings and laundry facilities in the building. Water, heat and garbage are all included in the rent, and for an extra $275 a month you can get your very own parking space. What else can we say? It sounds like a pretty sweet deal, especially for you cat types - up to two are allowed in the unit.
It's rare that we see any apartments downtown that are affordable, so even though this studio is slightly out of the price range we usually cover it seemed worth a peek. Its location at New Montgomery and Howard is just a hop, skip an a jump away from the Financial District, which, we're not going to lie, is the main thing the place has going for it. No hardwood floors or french doors here, folks - it's a studio furnished with a pull out-couch and (this one hurts) a "halogen torchiere lamp". Ouch.
The Victorian architecture and Castro locale of this week's Craigslist deal seem in many ways to make it the quintessential SF pad. Luckily, the only atypical aspect of the apartment is the price. Clocking in at just shy of $1600, this charming one bedroom is quite a steal. Its Storrie and 18th St location is a short walk to all the action on Castro but set in a quiet residential area that is just off the beaten path. Bay windows overlooking the street offer another classic touch, but the private outdoor area in back is an uncharacteristic aspect of city living that we'd happily accept.
Lake Street might be one of the best kept secrets in the city. Situated between the Presidio and Clement and just a short walk to Laurel Village, the street is an oasis of calm, pretty houses close enough to the action to forgo any 'burbs-like doldrums. And since it doesn't have the name cache of some other neighborhoods it can go unnoticed by many, though finding a rental can still be tough (hey, even a the best kept secrets get out in this small town). So when we saw this one bedroom located at Lake and Sixth Avenue for $1650, we knew it was worthy of a feature. The apartment has plenty going for it, with hardwoods floors, a well-kept kitchen and large windows looking out into the street.
Usually the apartments you find in SoMa are either uber-modern luxury numbers or former crack dens with a fresh coat of paint (if you're lucky). We like this one bedroom at Shipley Street between 5th and 6th because of its reasonable rent and well-kept interior. For $1475 a month you get an updated kitchen with granite countertops, wood floors throughout with berber carpet in the bedroom, a small balcony and access to a backyard area. The frequent use of the words "cozy", "charming", and "quaint" all scream teeny-tiny to us, but for one person this might be a great space. Check it out this Sunday from 1 to 2pm or Monday from 5 to 6pm to find out for yourself.
One block from Dolores Park. Excuse me? One block from Dolores Park. Now that summer's starting up, do we really have to say anything more? If we must, this is a really beautiful studio located at 17th and Dolores (that one block from Dolores Park, by the way) with hardwood floors, separate kitchen with stainless steel appliances, French double doors, walk-in closet, and it allows cats. Even the exterior of the building looks nice, and you get a storage locker, to boot. Seriously, we can't find a catch. Maybe there's no bathroom? Perhaps an angry monkey lives in the closet? We'll leave those discoveries up to you.
We'll admit, this place is all about the floors. Polished, brand spanking new, deep ebony-like hardwood that makes the whole place shine. We'd style the apartment in minimalist black and white with some Bertoia side chairs around a simple round table, a sharp day bed and several bergère-like chairs to keep things from looking too casual (as can often happen with studios).