Clever photo project parodies San Francisco's insanely expensive rental market
San Francisco's rental market is pricey to the point of ridiculous. One photographer with a great sense of humor took it over the edge with this art project.
Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 12:01 PM
All Photos: Scot Hampton
The woes of renting in the current only-in-San-Francisco market is the all-night topic of dinner party conversation. And don't even get us locals started on the laugh-so-you-won't-cry adventures of even trying to find an apartment in the first place. As a San Francisco resident who is priced out and stuck for all eternity in my current apartment (unless of course I leave the city with no expectation of ever returning...) I can appreciate the salt-in-the-wound humor of this art project.
Photographer Scot Hampton took the pain that is the SF housing market and turned it into a humorous parody. Posting signs with the rental price and description on just about every surface with the remotest potential for housing life, Hampton takes a crack at the city's cost of shelter. After hearing about someone renting a shelf, yes a shelf, in someone's house to sleep on for $400 a month during the height of the dot com boom, some of Hampton's jokes don't seem that far from reality!
The For Rent sign of the photo above reads as follows:
Waterfront Condo - $5000
Waterfront condo in the highly desirable, up-and-coming mid-Market area. Luxurious living at its finest! Enjoy the sounds and smells of the UN Plaza fountain as you relax in your condo after a hard day of complaining about the homeless. Close to public transportation, Civic Center Farmers Market, @Twitter, the @Tenderloin and several aggressive seagulls. 33 SQ. FT. Utilities not included, nor available.
Read on for studios, penthouses and other desirable-ish apartments for rent.
Cozy "Studio" - $4100
Cozy "studio" with skylights right in the heart of the rapidly redeveloping mid-Market area. Daily housekeeping included! Right on several major Muni lines, and close to BART. Perfect for the daily commuter. Utilities not included. .83 SQ. FT.
Garden Penthouse Studio - $7350
Garden penthouse studio in mid-Market area. Light and Airy! You'll enjoy the fresh breezes of Market street as they blow through your perfectly manicured and landscaped garden. Coveted mid-market area, close to shops and right on the major Muni and BART lines. Landscaping included. Utilities not included.
Studio Loft - $3000
Government housing. Section 8 OK! Studio loft with vaulted ceiling! Located in Financial District, near Market street. Close to shops, food and public transportation. 2.17 SQ. FT. Utilities not included.
Quaint Inlaw Unit - $2100
Quaint Inlaw unit with open floor plan. Right on several major Muni lines. Close to UN Plaza, in highly desirable mid-Market area. 1.35 SQ. FT. Daily housekeeping included!
Basement 1 BR - $3500
Spacious basement apartment. Classic architecture; very Romanesque and gothic! Arched interiors! Close to public transportation. PG&E not included. Not ADA-compliant; requires the use of a ladder for entry.
Studio Container - $2000
Container living in SOMA! All the rage, modern container living right in SOMA! Studio container with open floor plan, built-in bench and rooftop garden. Close to SFMOMA, Yerba Buena Gardens, shops and public transportation. Utilities not included. Please DO NOT DISTURB current tenant!
And to show how too-close-to-reality these signs are, an ad Hampton placed on Craigslist has yet to be removed:
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