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462 Apartments for rent in San Francisco, CA

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South of Market
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Last updated August 22 at 04:37am
Lower Pacific Heights
61 Units Available
Fillmore Center
1475 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,532
471 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,799
598 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,238
882 sqft
Great location in a bustling San Francisco neighborhood close to shopping and dining. Air conditioning, granite counters, hardwood floors and recent renovations make these apartments feel luxurious. 24-hour maintenance available.
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Last updated August 22 at 03:16am
South of Market
81 Units Available
The Rise Hayes Valley
1699 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,165
484 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,615
622 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,900
973 sqft
The Rise Hayes Valley is at the epicenter of the Mission, Upper Market and Hayes Valley neighborhoods in San Francisco. Sitting at the corner of Market St. and Valencia St.
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Last updated August 22 at 03:15am
South of Market
6 Units Available
Wilson Building
973 Market St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,850
406 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,390
609 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Enjoy many great on-site amenities, such as the rooftop lounge, fitness center, yoga studio, dog park and more. Property sits in the heart of San Francisco surrounded by City Hall, Financial District and Union Square.
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Last updated August 22 at 03:15am
South of Market
27 Units Available
L Seven
350 8th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,395
468 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,845
747 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,765
1172 sqft
Contemporary apartments with plush carpet and in-unit laundry. The pet-friendly complex has a dog park. Located within walking distance of several bars, restaurants and coffee shops.
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Last updated August 22 at 05:45am
Mission Bay
34 Units Available
855 Brannan Apartments
855 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,540
597 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,865
741 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,710
1128 sqft
Luxury community features rooftop deck, views of San Francisco skyline and fitness facilities. Residents enjoy units with private balcony, Caesarstone counters and A/C. Located in bustling SoMa, close to East and South Bay.
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Last updated August 22 at 05:45am
Potrero Hill
18 Units Available
Potrero 1010
1010 16th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,431
715 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,870
1059 sqft
Pet-friendly studio and 1-2 bedroom apartments just steps from CalTrain. Near I-280, College of the Arts and UCSF Mission Bay. Units feature modern kitchens, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and patio/balcony. Gym, garage parking, elevator, courtyard.
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Last updated August 22 at 04:37am
South Beach
32 Units Available
33 Tehama
33 Tehama St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,693
592 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$6,177
1695 sqft
Hi-rise living close to the Bay and within walking distance of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Amenities include a fitness center and rooftop solarium.
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Last updated August 22 at 03:16am
Bayview
5 Units Available
Waterbend
5880 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,030
657 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,685
900 sqft
Leafy Bayview apartment complex, close to Travis Air Force Base. In-unit laundry facilities, hardwood floors and granite counters come as standard. On-site playground, garage and hot tub. Located between Sacramento and San Francisco.
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Last updated August 22 at 03:16am
South of Market
38 Units Available
NEMA
8 10th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,183
610 sqft
1 Bedroom
$4,434
855 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$7,065
1347 sqft
Prime location close to trendy restaurants and shops. Two spacious lobbies, landscaped terraces, and a huge fitness center. Units have keyless entry doors, modern kitchens, and programmable thermostats.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 03:15am
Dogpatch
9 Units Available
Potrero Launch
2235 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,007
373 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,578
605 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,542
926 sqft
Stunning views of the Central Waterfront area and near I-280. On-site parking, hot tub and game room. Dog park, bike storage and 24-hour concierge service available. Updated interiors feature granite countertops and extra storage.
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Last updated August 22 at 03:15am
South Beach
4 Units Available
ARC Light
21 Clarence Pl, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,881
330 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,905
571 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,842
755 sqft
Luxury living just steps from AT&T Park and South Beach Harbor. Open floor plans with real brick walls and hardwood flooring. Walk-in closets. Green community with media room and bike storage.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 12:02am
South of Market
8 Units Available
Vara
1600 15th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,991
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,939
704 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,506
1048 sqft
This beautiful community is a short drive from Franklin Square and the Soma StrEat Food Park. Inside, residents enjoy in-unit laundry, quartz countertops and hardwood flooring. Shared amenities include a fitness center, clubhouse and courtyard.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 05:45am
South of Market
7 Units Available
77 Bluxome Apartments
77 Bluxome St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,518
210 sqft
Large, sleek studio apartments with easy access to I-80. Artistic design, stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. Extra storage. Garage parking available. Building has elevator.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 05:45am
Showplace Square
17 Units Available
One Henry Adams
1 Henry Adams St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,517
583 sqft
1 Bedroom
$4,070
693 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,960
1035 sqft
On-site restaurant. Community rooftop lounge with city views, 24-hour gym, car-charging stations, pool and racquetball court. One-, two- and three-bedroom apartments have hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, walk-in closets and stainless steel kitchen appliances. Floor-to-ceiling windows.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 03:15am
Mission Bay
2 Units Available
Strata At Mission Bay
1201 4th St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,944
766 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,357
1153 sqft
Stunning views of the Bay. Ultra-contemporary design including hardwood floors and granite countertops. On-site valet service, 24-hour gym, concierge service and conference room. Pet-friendly. Garages available. A stone's throw from Mission Creek Park.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 03:15am
Parkmerced
19 Units Available
Parkmerced
3711 19th Ave, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,751
730 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,822
906 sqft
Community features 150 acres of lawns, tree-lined streets and gardens. Close to Fort Funston, the Muni M-Line and downtown San Francisco. Apartments feature stainless steel, granite counters and private patio/balcony.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 05:45am
South Beach
29 Units Available
SoMa Square
1 Saint Francis Pl, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,180
533 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,316
669 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,196
1079 sqft
Great location for commuters, close to the Metreon Center, Highway 101, I-280 and the Bay Bridge. Units feature laundry, granite counters and hardwood floors. Community includes sauna, pool and gym.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 04:37am
South Beach
32 Units Available
Bayside Village
3 Bayside Village Pl, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,800
502 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,295
679 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,560
1043 sqft
Great location in Bayside Village, close to I-80 and convenient for commuters. Units include patio or balcony, fireplace, dishwasher and air conditioning. Luxury community boasts 24-hour maintenance, clubhouse and courtyard.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 01:11am
South of Market
6 Units Available
Stevenson Lofts
529 Stevenson St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,400
539 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Located in the SOMA Technology District near Union Square. Apartments provide stainless steel appliances, quartz countertops and European-style cabinetry. High ceilings throughout. Pet-friendly. Walkable community.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 04:37am
Castro
2 Units Available
2175 Market
2175 Market St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$4,212
534 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,158
792 sqft
Located in the heart of the Castro neighborhood, just steps from shopping, dining and public transportation. One- and two-bedroom apartments, all with hardwood flooring, stainless-steel appliances and patio/balconies. Off-street parking with fee. Elevator.
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Last updated August 22 at 04:37am
South of Market
12 Units Available
Soma Residences
1045 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,614
325 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,895
570 sqft
Live this side of SOMA!!! SOMA Residences offers quality apartments in a vibrant location in the best city - San Francisco! Residents experience a true urban lifestyle! Our community is located near the best that San Francisco has to offer.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 04:37am
Presidio National Park
8 Units Available
The Presidio Landmark
1801 Wedemeyer St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,775
655 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,115
1200 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Elegant one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments in restored historic building, surrounded by Presidio National Park. All units have fireplaces, granite counters and hardwood flooring. Outdoor parking included; garage parking available with fee.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 03:16am
South of Market
10 Units Available
923 Folsom
923 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
Ask
1 Bedroom
$3,795
692 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,469
954 sqft
A boutique-style community ideal for the urban professional. The apartments feature stainless steel appliances and modern cabinetry. On-site coffee bar, fitness center, dog washing area and beer brewing area provided.
Verified
Last updated August 22 at 04:37am
Civic Center
33 Units Available
150 Van Ness
150 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,489
425 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,795
648 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,575
947 sqft
Residents of this luxury community enjoy two rooftop decks, a swimming pool and concierge service. Apartments feature balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and in-unit laundry. Property is near the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco Symphony and much more.

Average Rent in San Francisco

Last updated Jul. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $2,487, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,125.
Studio
$2,024
1 Bed
$2,487
2 Beds
$3,125
3+ Beds
$4,205
City GuideSan Francisco
"It is a good thing the early settlers landed on the East Coast; if they’d landed in San Francisco first, the rest of the country would still be uninhabited." (Herbert Mye)

Truly one of the greatest cities in the world, San Francisco is overflowing with world-class culture, cuisine, and charm. It also has the house from Full House and, as you might imagine, any city that hosts the fictional antics of John Stamos is naturally going to be popular, San Francisco being no exception.

More than 800,000 people are condensed into the city’s 47 square miles. The climate is cool and often foggy but rarely bone-chillingly cold, and it’s remarkably consistent (July’s average high: 68 degrees, January’s: 58). With thriving financial, technology, and artistic sectors, there’s a high demand for living space. With breathtaking views, historic neighborhoods, and the thrill of living in a cutting edge city, your dreams are about to come true. Now, let’s find you an apartment!

Having trouble with Craigslist San Francisco? Can't find that special apartment for rent on Apartment Finder or Zillow? Apartment List is here to help!

It's hard to imagine a better view of the city than from the Golden Gate Bridge at night. Unless you're on a hill looking at the iconic architectural structure, of course!

Affectionately nicknamed the "Painted Ladies" by locals, this row of houses near Alamo Square Park are featured in every '90s baby favorite sitcom: Full House.

As it turns out, Pier 39 is not just a tourist trap - it's also a favorite sunning spot for sea lions (and a death trap for their fishy food).

Finding an Apartment in "The City"

The vacancy rate in San Francisco is a miniscule 2%, with a whopping 65% of the city being renter-occupied as opposed to homeowners. Take some of the following tips to heart and you’ll have a much better shot at finding a spot for your extensive record collection.

How much will it cost? Prices vary greatly depending on what neighborhood you’re looking at, but it’s not uncommon to see 1 bedroom units for $2000. Lucky for you, the city does have rent control laws in place for apartments built before 1979 (most were), so you won’t have to worry about dramatic annual spikes if you do end up in one of those buildings. If your place is newer, be sure to ask about their history of rent increases, as 20% rent hikes after the first year have been known to ruin many's mood.

When to rent: Winter is the quietest season for renting, while Spring and Summer are busy. But be prepared; finding an apartment in San Francisco will be a challenge—a challenge that could take weeks, months or hours. Hours? Yes, hours. You should be prepared to plunk down your money as soon as you start physically looking at places, because odds are if you like it, someone else will too, and they’ll snatch it up while you’re home “sleeping on it.” Don’t sleep on it.

What you need: Be prepared to raise your game. With the competition for places being über stiff, you’d be wise to treat your apartment search like a job search (and a job search in today's economy, at that). When you get an appointment with a landlord, be on time. Be friendly. Be professional. Have your documents ready. Remember that 3-ring binder? Yeah, get that and put inside of it your credit report, rental application, letter of employment (or your 2 most recent pay stubs), references, and if you’re bringing a pet, you might need a “pet resume”—something to show the management that your precious parakeet has had all her shots and doesn’t have a record of biting people’s earlobes off. Of course, have your checkbook ready too because you’ll need to be ready to act quickly. A security deposit paid on the spot speaks volumes.

San Francisco Neighborhoods

There’s no shortage of quality and quaint neighborhoods here. We’ll do our best to break some of the biggest nabes down for you here, but for in depth neighborhood overviews.

Bernal Heights: Next to the Mission (see below), Bernal Heights has parks and restaurants.

Castro: Remember Milk with Sean Penn? This is the ‘hood where Harvey Milk made history. It’s close to the Haight, close to the Mission, and there’s loads of great shopping and eating.

Chinatown: A famous downtown community jam-packed with shops, restaurants, vendors and history.

Cole Valley: Just a couple of blocks south of Haight-Ashbury, Cole Valley is a popular place with some very nice living options. Cole Valley is one of the smaller hoods in SF so only a few blocks worth of rentals will place you in this area.

Cow Hollow: Area near The Presidio & the Marina. It’s pretty much just the Marina.

Civic Center-Tenderloin: Neighborhood contains an array of restaurants, along with City Hall.

Financial District: The central business district of San Francisco and where the city gets its beautiful skyline from.

Haight-Asbury: It’s flat here, so great for walking and biking and you’re close Golden Gate Park & the Panhandle for a handful of sunny SF days. Upper Haight is a bit cooler temperature-wise (and more shopping/touristy heavy) than Lower Haight, which is just down the street past Buena Vista Park and Divisadero.

Hayes Valley: Somewhat of an unsung gem, this area boasts great restaurants and culture. Hayes Valley is fairly centrally located among the other hoods mentioned, so it would make for a nice walk to the Mission or Haight.

Hunters Point/Bayview: Located in the southeastern part of the city, this is where you’ll find the 49ers playing at Candlestick Park.

Marina District: Marina is a neighborhood with a great view of the bay and great food.

Mission District: Here you’ll find murals, great food, and some rad thrift, antique and used bookstores. If you can, look for a spot near Dolores Park as this is one of the choicest hangouts in the city and boasts one of the best views around.

Nob Hill-Russian Hill: These hilly, cable car-loving neighborhoods offer spectacular apartments and views. Some blocks lack the Victorian charm of many parts of the city, so if you're adamant about crown molding and vaulted ceilings you might want to take a gander at Google Street View before touring for yourself. Nob & Russian Hill offer big blocks of residential living, it’s a great spot to consider.

Noe Valley: Another primarily residential area.

North Beach: One of the classic San Francisco neighborhoods, you’ll find lots of restaurants, boutiques and tourists here. Washington Square Park is always packed on Saturdays, Sundays, and, well, most days. If you can find a spot, it’s a great choice.

Pacific Heights: There are many Victorian homes here, and Lower Pacific Heights can be a great find with convenient access to the park, Fillmore Street shopping & dining, and Japantown.

Richmond District: A residential area. It’s foggy here, but it’s less expensive than elsewhere.

Sunset District: Home to lots of parks and an increasing amount of surfers. Outer Sunset also has plenty of rental deals. Oh, and fog. The Sunset district is on the westernmost edge of San Francisco. Unlike elsewhere in SF, if you’re moving here (or the Richmond), you’ll probably want a car.

SoMA (South of Market): This is the perfect place to live if you work downtown. Filled with museums, hotels, and plenty of great restaurants, here you’ll find many loft style apartments, an eclectic energy, and baseball’s Giants. SoMA is home to many industrial and warehouse buildings & newer high-rise apartment complexes.

Western Addition: Home to the musically rich Fillmore neighborhood, this area also contains Japantown and has no shortage of Victorian homes. It’s primarily residential, but there are corner stores galore.

Life in San Francisco

It’s not “San Fran”, and don’t you dare call it “Frisco”

  • San Franciscans are a unique breed, and one that’s very protective of their home turf. “San Francisco” is just that, and nicknames of any variety (with the exception of “The City” and “SF”) are a dead giveaway for tourists. Also, Gough Street is pronounced “GOFF”, & and that “L” in Polk Street, that’s not just sittin’ there for kicks.
  • Because the city is just 7 miles by 7 miles, you’ll learn the streets well and in SF it’s common to use cross streets (as opposed to exact addresses) as a navigational means. Speaking of navigation...

The Hills Are Alive with the Sound of Muni

  • Public transportation is a major way of life here and there’re many options. Muni (San Francisco Municipal Railway) combines it all: light rail, subway, bus, trolley, carrier pigeon, you name it. Learn your neighborhood, ask around, and you’ll soon find the best combo of public transit. Be sure to order & fill a Clipper card online (or get one at a local Walgreens), as this is the form of payment most easily accepted on Muni vehicles.
  • For drivers, traffic can be an issue depending on where you live. If you plan on commuting to Silicon Valley, you’ll want to rent in the southeast section to ease your freeway access & minimize your drive time. Make sure to get an apartment with an assigned parking spot, too, as street spots are rare and parking tickets are not.
  • If you’re a fan of repeatedly putting one front in front of the other, you’ll love San Francisco; Walkscore.com ranked it America’s most walkable city in 2008. If you’re a fan of bicycles, great; you’ll have plenty of company with fellow commuters who pedal their way to work. If you’re a fan of forgetting to put your car in park – a very weird thing to be a fan of, we might add – then rethink your move here. Lots of hills mean lots of opportunities for things to roll down them.
  • For the true 21st century dudes and dudettes, check out Zip Car if you’re not planning on owning, but would still like to get behind the wheel occasionally, and be sure to download the “Transporter” app to your iPhone for real-time updates on Muni & BART arrivals.

In San Francisco, you’ll be treated to one of the world’s greatest cities, full of culture, history, open minds, and spectacular food. Congratulations on your move and best of luck finding that perfect pad!

August 2019 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Francisco rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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August 2019 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2019 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Francisco rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

San Francisco rents increase sharply over the past month

San Francisco rents have increased 0.7% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,488 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,126 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in May. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.1%, but trails the national average of 1.6%.

    Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Francisco, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,488; the city has also seen rent growth of 1.9% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
    • Over the past month, Daly City has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.3%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,354, while one-bedrooms go for $2,670.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,236; rents increased 1.1% over the past month but fell 0.3% over the past year.

    Comparable cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Francisco

    As rents have increased slightly in San Francisco, a few similar cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most other large cities across the country, San Francisco is less affordable for renters.

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.5% in San Jose, 0.5% in Los Angeles, and 0.5% in San Diego.
    • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $3,126 is above the national average of $1,191. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.6% over the past year compared to the 1.2% increase in San Francisco.
    • While San Francisco's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.7%), Austin (+3.3%), and Dallas (+2.1%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most similar cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,085, where San Francisco is more than two-and-a-half times that price.

    For more information check out our national report. You can also access our full data for cities and counties across the U.S. at this link.

    City
    Median 1BR price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    San Francisco
    $2,490
    $3,130
    0.7%
    1.2%
    Oakland
    $1,780
    $2,240
    1.1%
    -0.3%
    Fremont
    $3,020
    $3,800
    -0.5%
    1.6%
    Hayward
    $2,200
    $2,760
    -0.5%
    1%
    Concord
    $2,460
    $3,080
    1.8%
    0.7%
    Berkeley
    $2,090
    $2,630
    -1.1%
    0.2%
    Richmond
    $2,120
    $2,670
    0.5%
    0.2%
    Antioch
    $2,570
    $3,230
    0.8%
    -0.3%
    Daly City
    $2,670
    $3,350
    -1.3%
    1.3%
    San Mateo
    $3,570
    $4,490
    0.1%
    1.9%
    Livermore
    $2,300
    $2,890
    1.9%
    -0.6%
    Redwood City
    $2,830
    $3,560
    0.2%
    2.7%
    San Ramon
    $3,050
    $3,840
    -0.7%
    2.8%
    Pleasanton
    $3,010
    $3,780
    0.3%
    1.9%
    Union City
    $2,820
    $3,550
    -0.5%
    2%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,470
    $3,100
    0.8%
    1.7%
    South San Francisco
    $2,740
    $3,440
    -1.1%
    1.7%
    Pittsburg
    $2,600
    $3,260
    0
    2.7%
    San Rafael
    $2,590
    $3,250
    -1.5%
    1.9%
    Dublin
    $3,080
    $3,870
    -1%
    2%
    San Bruno
    $2,770
    $3,480
    -3.5%
    3%
    Pacifica
    $3,030
    $3,810
    -0.4%
    1.8%
    Martinez
    $2,490
    $3,120
    -0.4%
    4.1%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,720
    $3,420
    -2.1%
    2.3%
    Burlingame
    $2,630
    $3,310
    -1.1%
    3.6%
    Belmont
    $2,820
    $3,550
    -0.7%
    0.1%
    Emeryville
    $2,440
    $3,060
    0.9%
    1.6%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

    Data from private listing sites, including our own, tends to skew toward luxury apartments, which introduces sample bias when estimates are calculated directly from these listings. To address these limitations, we’ve recently made major updates to our methodology, which we believe have greatly improved the accuracy and reliability of our estimates.

    Read more about our new methodology below, or see a more detailed post here.

    Methodology:

    Apartment List is committed to making our rent estimates the best and most accurate available. To do this, we start with reliable median rent statistics from the Census Bureau, then extrapolate them forward to the current month using a growth rate calculated from our listing data. In doing so, we use a same-unit analysis similar to Case-Shiller’s approach, comparing only units that are available across both time periods to provide an accurate picture of rent growth in cities across the country.

    Our approach corrects for the sample bias inherent in other private sources, producing results that are much closer to statistics published by the Census Bureau and HUD. Our methodology also allows us to construct a picture of rent growth over an extended period of time, with estimates that are updated each month.

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

    Apartment List publishes monthly reports on rental trends for hundreds of cities across the U.S. We intend these reports to be a source of reliable information that help renters and policymakers make sound decisions, and we invest significant time and effort in gathering and analyzing rent data. Our work is covered regularly by journalists across the country.

    We are continuously working to improve our methodology and data, with the goal of providing renters with the information that they need to make the best decisions.

    Renter Confidence Survey

    Apartment List has released San Francisco’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "San Francisco renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Ap...

    View full San Francisco Renter Survey

    Here’s how San Francisco ranks on:

    B+
    Overall satisfaction
    C+
    Safety and crime rate
    A
    Jobs and career opportunities
    A-
    Recreational activities
    D
    Quality of schools
    A
    Social Life
    A
    Weather
    B-
    Commute time
    D
    State and local taxes
    A-
    Public transit
    C+
    Pet-friendliness

    Overview of Findings

    Apartment List has released San Francisco’s results from the third annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. This survey, which drew on responses from over 45,000 renters nationwide, provides insight on what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the country’s 111 million renters.

    "San Francisco renters expressed general satisfaction with the city overall," according to Apartment List. "However, ratings varied greatly across different categories, indicating that even though renters love San Francisco, some aspects can be better."

    Key Findings in San Francisco include the following:

    • San Francisco renters gave their city a B+ overall.
    • The highest-rated categories for San Francisco were social life, weather, and jobs and career opportunities, which all received A grades.
    • The areas of concern to San Francisco renters are affordability (F), quality of local schools (D) and state and local taxes (D).
    • San Francisco millennials are moderately satisfied with their city, giving it an overall rating of B-.
    • San Francisco earned similar scores to other tech hubs, including Austin (A-), Denver (B+) and Seattle (B+)
    • San Francisco did relatively well compared to similar cities nationwide, including Los Angeles (C+), Philadelphia (C+) and Miami (C+).
    • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction include Scottsdale, AZ, Irvine, CA, Boulder, CO and Ann Arbor, MI. The lowest rated cities include Tallahassee, FL, Stockton, CA, Dayton, OH, Detroit, MI and Newark, NJ.

    Renters say:

    • "I love the diverse food, ease of getting around, and all of the activities. But I hate the high cost of living." -Anon.
    • "San Francisco is a diverse city where everyone has a fair opportunity to succeed. On the downside, it seems like crime is rising at an alarming rate." -Richard
    • "I love the history, food, parks, and close places to go hiking. I hate that it’s so expensive and keeps getting more crowded." -Kandace B.
    • "SF is a good mix of residential neighborhoods, urban areas, and natural beauty." -Katie F.

    For more information on the survey methodology and findings or to speak to one of our researchers, please contact our team at rentonomics@apartmentlist.com.

    View our national survey results here.

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