While the premise of the fictional Party of Five living in a $5 million house might seem a bit difficult to believe (in 1999 dollars no less), how about eight twentysomethings moving to an $8 million rental on San Francisco’s Billionaires Row?
In April the sale closed escrow with a recorded sales price of $7,800,000. The property soon thereafter landed on Craigslist as a rental asking $14,000 per month.
Purchased by a trio of investors who have either built or re-built a fair number of high-end spec homes in San Francisco, the rental route is intended as a “short-term” strategy to help with cash flow as permits and plans to redo the home are negotiated and secured.
The list price for the rental was reduced and then reduced a little bit more.
Last listed on Craigslist for $10,000, it rented for $9,250 after a bit of negotiation to a group of eight twentysomething friends who are now in the process of moving on up to Billionaires Row. But not to worry, two are a couple so everyone will effectively have their own room.
The renters are busy ripping up carpet, stripping old wallpaper, painting, and refinishing a few of the hardwood floors on their own dime. But they’ll be living on Upper Broadway for at least 15 months. And with an average rent of $1,150 each, they’re not overly concerned.
Their only real problem, how to secure enough furniture to fill all the rooms. And their landlord’s only real edict, don’t piss off the neighbors (see sentence about permits).
In terms of what this says about the state of the upper-end market, we’ll let you decide.