This San Francisco apartment building is having a Fleet Week party to rent units

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A new luxury apartment building in San Francisco is trying out a creative tactic to attract prospective renters this weekend. If you want to enhance your Fleet Week viewing experience and catch the air show from a rooftop, you can join their viewing party/open house, which features free food and drinks and even “prizes,” provided you take a tour of the shiny new units.

The party is happening Saturday from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the high-rise’s 13th floor roof, which will also show off the building's grills, ping-pong table and firepits. Planes are scheduled to start flying around 12 p.m., so you’ll have to take in the beginning of the show elsewhere, but since the fan-favorite Blue Angels start around 3 p.m., it could be good timing.

The advertisements for the event flooded Craigslist this week, showcasing all levels of units, with many offering 2.5 months of free rent in the title of the listing. That’s likely a lot more valuable than a couple of free beers on a rooftop, but keep in mind that luxury buildings are more likely to offer these types of deals to lure in renters only to have the rent increase after a year lease. 

Dubbed “Vance,” the building opened up in September at 830 Eddy St., featuring studios to three-bedrooms with luxury price tags to match. The Cathedral Hill apartments (which is a made-up neighborhood name employed to avoid calling it the Western Addition) have that all-white and steel aesthetic characteristic of these new high-end buildings, with the occasional concrete beam to break up the monotony. There’s also a fitness center and a working space, and the parking garage boasts electric vehicle charging stations — the new must-have among Bay Area home seekers.

Studios start at $2,749, according to the website, and three-bedrooms go for as much as $10,466 per month. Zumper reported the median rent of a three-bedroom apartment in the Western Addition is $4,325.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over San Francisco as part of a practice run for Fleet Week on Oct. 4, 2018.

The U.S. Navy Blue Angels fly over San Francisco as part of a practice run for Fleet Week on Oct. 4, 2018.

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