At The Madelon in Mission-Potrero, apartment rents are down 30 percent and come with two months free rent for new move-ins.

Apartment Porn: The Madelon's artsy Mission dwellings start under $2,500

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Every storm cloud has a silver lining. While it feels gross to think that anything good could have come of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is an upside for San Francisco renters: The high, high cost of renting has come down, down, down.

Yes, this is in part due to the so-called exodus out of SF. But in a weird turn of events, remaining SF apartment dwellers have been able to upgrade to bigger homes, and some folks who've been displaced to farther flung parts of the Bay Area are even making their way back to the City.

So, welcome to our new column: Apartment Porn, a look at the very best apartments your rental dollars will get you in San Francisco now.


At The Madelon, rental prices are down 30 percent year over year, and new move-ins are coming with eight to 10 weeks free rent. This deal is made extra sweet given its location—in the pocket hood of Mission-Potrero with Tartine Manufactory, Heath Ceramics, Universal Cafe, and Mission Cliffs as neighbors.

The updated complex has a mix of bright homes, work lofts, and ground floor retail; stylish public spaces for hanging out; and views of Bernal Heights and Sutro Tower.

The Madelon - A1 Layout www.youtube.com


Housed in a large brick building at the corner of 18th and Bryant, The Madelon has a number of resident lounges with plush seating, tiled fireplaces, a curated art collection, and glittering chandeliers. There are landscaped private gardens, a roof terrace and outdoor entertainment space, a gym stacked with Pelotons, and an attended lobby with concierge services by Alfred.

The apartments themselves aren't too shabby, with studios, one- and two-bedroom residences, and artist and maker lofts available. Designed in a modern black and white palette, the spaces all have open floor plans and high, warehouse-style windows that both lend an artsy appeal and shed ample natural light to inspire creative vibes.

Kitchens are fitted with quartz countertops, custom soft-close cabinetry, and islands with bar seating that allows for easy flow between the dining and lounging areas.

Bedrooms and bathrooms are clean and minimal and have walk-in closets and a tub/shower combo. Homes also come with Electrolux washers and dryers.

Take a closer look in the slideshow below.

Part of the communal dining room.


Size: 449-963 sq. ft.

Bedrooms: 0-2

Bathrooms: 1-2

Asking price: $2,446 - $5,286

// The Madelon, 2000 Bryant St. (Mission); for more information, visit themadelon.com.

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