I have received the same email below for multiple units I inquired about, all over the city... Just the landlord name is different. When I replied early on they sent me a message out sending a deposit now to hold the unit and that is was currently unavailable to view and went on about the highly competitive SF rental market...
Bottom line I learned quickly, if it sounds too good to be true, it is too good to be true and move on!
here is a sample of the type of email I received:
Thanks for contacting me, this apartment is available for short and long term lease.
690 Market St Unit: 2402
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA 94104
1 Bedroom, 1.5 Bathrooms
3063 Square Ft
One of the most incredible penthouses in San Francisco, this tech lover's dream sits perched atop the Ritz Carlton Residences--the epitome of luxury. Breathtaking views surround the genius of design, brilliantly melding every function into a tapestry of seamless beauty. Incredible home automation commands audio, video (7 screens and displays!), climate, lighting, and shades. Impeccable location with a Walk Score of 98, bathed in world class Ritz Carlton pampering: 24/7 concierge, 2-level gym, 2-car valet parking, resident lounge/terrace, and more! If you are looking for the best--the absolute best--this is it.
Kitchen: Gas Range, Built-In Oven, Refrigerator, Dishwasher, Microwave, Island.
Laundry Appliances: Washer/Dryer, In Laundry Room
Other Rooms: Den/Study, Laundry Room
Views: Panoramic, City Lights, Water, Bay, San Francisco, Downtown, Hills, Twin Peaks
Heating/Cooling: Central Heating, Central Air
Fireplaces: 1, Gas Burning
Square Ft: 3063
Parking Spaces: 2
Garage Spaces: 2
Lease plan: A month, 3 months, 6 months and A year for a start.
Monthly rental fee: $2,500
Security deposit: $1,000
Included in rent: Water, Electricity, Sewer, Cable, Trash and Gas