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In case you need further proof that San Francisco has stolen our thunder as the most cripplingly overpriced real estate market in the country: The Daily Dot turned up this listing for a literal crawl space in the Pacific Heights area of the city, for the low price of $500 a month. Sigh.
But on the plus side, it was probably a joke? From the since-deleted Craigslist ad (you'll have to click through to the Daily Dot for photos):
"We aren't going to sugar coat this, as you can see by the photos, this is a basement crawl space and the ground is un-even. My roommate Neil has agreed to help out and level off the dirt crawl floor and we have some scraps of rug to throw down. There is a decent amount of room for a mattress and night stand and you can keep a dresser in the garage. You will be able to run an extension cord into the crawl space for light and the garage provides decent heat for those chilly SF nights or feel free to bring in a space heater."
The post-ees bill themselves as "two twenty something start-up guys," and as the Dot points out, it's hopefully satire, given the "air of sarcasm and snark in the posting that seems to be making fun of the crisis and tech bro culture of the city."
On the other hand, what better opportunity to scour NYC Craigslist's current offerings to see how things out here in our neck of the real estate woods. Per usual, it's mixed: On the one hand, there are decent-looking bedrooms asking $500 in Staten Island and Jersey City (they're roommate situations). On the other, someone in Harlem is trying to peddle a tiny bedroom with a shared hallway bathroom (most likely a former SRO) for $800/month.
Your move, San Franciscans.