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    Creekside
    1600 E. Third Avenue, Shoreview
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,080
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,525
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    (650) 445-0816
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    Archstone San Mateo
    1101 Park Pl., Hillsdale
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,435
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $3,295
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $4,795
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    (650) 445-0814
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    55 West Fifth Apartments
    55 West 5th Avenue, Beresford Park
    • Studio
      $2,405
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    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,405
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    • 2 Bedrooms
      $3,035
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    • 3 Bedrooms
      $3,835
    (650) 445-0755
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    CitySouth
    3055 La Selva, San Mateo
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,450
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    • 2 Bedrooms
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    (650) 288-6929
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    Bay Terrace
    3204 Casa De Campo Way, San Mateo
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,339
      +
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $2,887
      +
    (720) 400-8757
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    888 San Mateo
    888 N San Mateo Dr, North Central
    • Studio
      $2,150
      +
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,450
      +
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $3,275
      +
    (650) 389-9082
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    Furnished Studio - San Francisco - San Mateo - SFO
    1830 Gateway Drive, Marina Lagoon
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,805
    (650) 389-9345
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    2089 Pacific Blvd
    2089 Pacific Blvd, Hillsdale
    • 1 Bedroom
      $2,890
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    2089 Pacific Blvd
    2089 Pacific Blvd, Hillsdale
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $3,585
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    1515 Day Avenue, Unit D
    1515 Day Avenue, Unit D, Marina Lagoon
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $3,100
    (650) 947-4526
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    1803 Randall RD
    1803 Randall RD, Western Hills
    • 5 Bedrooms
      $6,000
    (650) 627-3799
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    107 10th BD
    107 10th BD, Hayward Park
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,900
    (650) 627-3799
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    1009 Shoal Drive
    1009 Shoal Drive, Marina Lagoon
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $3,200
    (408) 873-2100
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    817 Kathryne AV
    817 Kathryne AV, Shoreview
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,500
    (650) 759-7885
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    843 N Delaware St.
    843 N Delaware St., North Central
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,450
    (415) 967-1890
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    2089 Pacific Blvd
    2089 Pacific Blvd, Hillsdale
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $4,545
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    Lindbergh St
    Lindbergh St, Shoreview
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $3,950
    (408) 703-5015
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    602 Cypress #1
    602 Cypress #1, North Central
    • 2 Bedrooms
      $2,595
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    2359 S norfolk
    2359 S norfolk, Marina Lagoon
    • 3 Bedrooms
      $3,095
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    Enchanted Way
    Enchanted Way, Baywood Park
    • 4 Bedrooms
      $8,500
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San Mateo is a Landlord’s Market

Sorry, Left Coast leasers, but it’s true. Apartments are generally available in some capacity, but unlike much of the country, San Mateo isn’t experience a massive housing surplus at the moment (less than 2.5 percent of residential buildings are currently vacant). Because the supply and demand for rentals is about even, landlords very rarely offer dynamite move-in specials or other bargain-bin incentives to attract new leasers. On the bright side, it’s not like it’s impossible (or even all that difficult) to find available apartments, lofts, or even condos in San Mateo.

San Mateo Sells Itself

Property managers probably won’t admit it, but the greatest amenity of most San Mateo apartments is the city itself. True, there are some quality digs in the city, and more than a few feature snazzy amenities like balconies, vaulted ceilings, scenic city views, and live-in maids (not really on that last one; just checking to see if you’re still with us). However, you should know that, as a San Mateo renter, you’ll be paying more for what lies outside your walls than what lies within them.

San Mateo's neighborhoods

The city also boasts a number of distinct neighborhoods. San Mateo Park is an attractive part of the city, but it’s dominated by single-family houses. A few apartments can be found in the area. The downtown area puts renters in the hub of the city’s shopping and cultural destinations and is also located close to the BART and Caltrain stations that haul commuters expediently to both San Francisco and Palo Alto. San Mateo Hills showcases a mixture of freestanding houses, apartments, townhouses, and high rises. Hillsdale on the southern edge is a suburban stomping ground that features multiple high rise apartments, while other ‘hoods for renters include Hayward Park, Baywood, and Sugarloaf. Generally speaking, the more modern units are situated west of El Camino Real, while East San Mateo apartments are generally a bit older.

San Mateo is Convenient

San Mateo residents have easy access to the surrounding communities, which the BART and Caltrain rail services provide. The SamTrans fleet of city buses do an adequate job servicing the city itself, so it’s quite possible (especially if you live in the walker-friendly downtown or near a BART or Caltrain station) to survive in the city without a car. Traffic, unfortunately, can get ugly on the El Camino Real getting in and out of the city (especially during rush hour), so do yourself and your blood pressure a favor and hop aboard one of the rail lines for your daily commute if at all possible.

San Mateo is Attraction-Filled

Attractions include a vibrant downtown shopping district, an arboretum, a tea garden, performing arts center, numerous scenic hiking and biking trails, and a pair of beachside parks.

San Mateo is Going Fast

When an attractive apartment at a decent price becomes available, it’s usually not on the market for long before someone swoops in to claim it. In other words, if you’re lucky enough to find an amazing apartment deal, don’t hesitate too long to fill out a leasing application or wait around for the price to drop, because it’s not going to happen. As always, have the basics in tow when submitting a leasing app, including proof of income, banking info, and a list of previous residences.

And now it’s time to hit the streets and scour the interwebs for the perfect apartment for you, so best of luck and happy hunting!

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