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).
The Inner Richmond is like the sleeper hit of San Francisco - when you first move here it is by no means on your radar as a happening neighborhood, but after a while you begin to appreciate it more. After all, the area offers a friendly vibe, a few solid bars, close proximity to the park, and a few of the best dim sum spots in the city - basically all of our favorite aspects of living in SF rolled into one neighborhood. And did we mention it's cheap? That's why we had to feature this two bedroom available at 3rd and Clement. It is in a great part of the Inner Richmond and features two bedrooms plus an office, hardwood floors, and a washer and dryer. The kitchen looks nice and spacious, too.
If you're in the market for a studio in the Marina you're in luck, as we saw lots of viable apartments while finding this week's Craigslist deal. We chose this particular space, located on Chestnut about a block away from Fillmore, because it has been recently remodeled and features a more spacious common area than most of the other available places. We like that the kitchen is separate from the bedroom/living area and includes a little nook for a small dining table, so you don't have to eat a foot away from your bed. More snaps for all the storage space in the kitchen (love those white cabinets) and the included dishwasher and microwave.