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587 Apartments for rent in San Francisco, CA

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Last updated April 6 at 04:09am
Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
786 Geary St
786 Geary Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,395
Jump into Downtowns entertaining fray. Union Square shoppers, FiDi workers and culture junkies crisscross the city center at a brisk clip. Fist pump your way over to Ruby Skyes thumping dance floor, hang with the theater geeks at S.F.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:29am
Noe Valley
1 Unit Available
660 Clipper
660 Clipper St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,695
Pet-friendly apartment community features elevator and carport parking. Modern charm with 1960s vibe. Modern kitchens, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry, generous windows and patio/balcony. On public transit line. Near Farmer's Market, shopping, dining, entertainment and parks.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:50am
Potrero Hill
33 Units Available
Potrero 1010
1010 16th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,209
722 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,281
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 April 6 at 01:30am
South of Market
14 Units Available
Vara
1600 15th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,123
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,220
694 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,382
1030 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.
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Last updated April 6 at 01:37am
Civic Center
8 Units Available
Argenta
1 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,289
727 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,674
1199 sqft
Just two blocks from Symphony Hall, these units offer hardwood floors, patios, bathtubs, new carpet, dishwashers, extra storage, garbage disposals, in-unit laundry, walk-in closets and more!
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Last updated April 6 at 01:18am
Castro
1 Unit Available
2175 Market
2175 Market St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,856
585 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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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 April 6 at 01:35am
South of Market
7 Units Available
Olume
1401 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,932
403 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,306
586 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,218
899 sqft
Enjoy spectacular views of the city from this community's fitness center. There's also an onsite pet park and EV charging station. Apartments feature sliding bedroom doors and quartz countertops. The San Francisco Symphony is nearby.
Verified
Last updated April 6 at 01:40am
Duboce Triangle
6 Units Available
The Duboce Apartments
2198 Market St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,851
603 sqft
1 Bedroom
$4,317
639 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,989
959 sqft
Convenient to the Mission District. Boutique-style apartments with plank floors, Caesarstone counters, dual-tone cabinets and stainless steel appliances. Property offers an expansive roof deck with heated spa. On-site retail and Zipcar for residents' convenience.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:50am
South Beach
33 Units Available
SoMa Square
1 Saint Francis Pl, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,103
533 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,148
669 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,393
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.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:50am
Mission Bay
34 Units Available
855 Brannan Apartments
855 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,300
597 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,450
741 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,625
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 April 6 at 03:50am
Showplace Square
13 Units Available
One Henry Adams
1 Henry Adams St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,244
582 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,974
693 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,607
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.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:50am
South Beach
18 Units Available
340 Fremont Apartments
340 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,466
531 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,992
783 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,000
1146 sqft
Brand-new apartments in a high-rise that looms over San Francisco's South Beach. Luxurious units have hardwood floors, walk-in closets, air conditioning and stainless steel appliances. Rooftop terrace, fitness center and clubhouse.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:50am
Mission Bay
11 Units Available
Azure
690 Long Bridge Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,800
749 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,131
1090 sqft
Private balconies, granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. Amenities include concierge service, a state-of-the-art gym, coffee bar and bike storage. Excellent transit. On the waterfront. Near At&T Park.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:50am
Lower Nob Hill
18 Units Available
Geary Courtyard
639 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,280
446 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,875
642 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,600
777 sqft
Located a few blocks away from Union Square with easy access to the Financial District, art museums and more. Modern apartments with fully-equipped kitchens, upgraded lighting and fitness center and pool.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:50am
Lower Nob Hill
13 Units Available
The Terraces
1330 Bush St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,150
415 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,782
716 sqft
Residents enjoy luxurious in-unit amenities like patio or balcony, granite counters, and hardwood floors. Community features parking, on-site laundry and lobby. Located close to BART and MUNI for commuters.
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Last updated April 6 at 03:50am
South of Market
14 Units Available
77 Bluxome Apartments
77 Bluxome St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,305
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 April 6 at 01:16am
Nob Hill
4 Units Available
Nob Hill Place
1155 Jones St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,350
381 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,995
562 sqft
Stainless steel appliances, in-unit laundry and carpet. Easy access to 1 California, California and 27 Bryant transit lines. Walk to Huntington Park and the Pacific Union Club.
Verified
Last updated April 6 at 12:41am
Nob Hill
10 Units Available
Pinnacle at Nob Hill
899 Pine St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,895
459 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,275
625 sqft
In the heart of Nob Hill, these contemporary apartments feature recessed lighting, tile and hardwood flooring, and stainless steel appliances. On-site internet cafe, concierge service and gym. Garage parking provided.
Verified
Last updated April 4 at 01:03pm
South Beach
65 Units Available
399 Fremont
399 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,122
532 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,986
915 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,556
1269 sqft
Studio and 1-3 bedroom luxury apartments in 42-story tower with stunning views. Modern kitchens, hardwoods and tile, walk-in closets and floor-to-ceiling windows. Enjoy pool, gym and clubhouse. Easy access to I-80 and Emerald Park. Pet-friendly.
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Last updated April 4 at 01:03pm
South Beach
21 Units Available
388 Beale
388 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$4,195
849 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,131
1296 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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388 Beale features premier resident services and luxury apartments in San Francisco. Now offering furnished and unfurnished apartments, these San Francisco apartments feature nine foot ceilings, wood floors, and full-size in-home washers and dryers.
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Last updated April 4 at 01:03pm
Mission Bay
33 Units Available
Channel Mission Bay
185 Channel St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,321
489 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,637
713 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,047
1054 sqft
When work morphs with life, you need to grab your own perks. So get your move on to Channel Mission Bay.
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Last updated April 4 at 01:03pm
Mission Bay
21 Units Available
Edgewater
355 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,335
540 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,375
747 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,595
1082 sqft
In the heart of San Francisco’s Mission Bay and SoMa trendy neighborhood, Edgewater boasts stylish amenities and upscale floor plans.
Verified
Last updated April 4 at 12:00pm
Dogpatch
23 Units Available
Avalon Dogpatch
800 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,965
522 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,585
679 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,045
1068 sqft
Pet-friendly apartments in a community with a dog run and a pet spa. Open-concept kitchens have granite counters and stainless steel appliances. Easy access to Interstate 280 and multiple public transit routes.
Verified
Last updated April 4 at 12:00pm
Hayes Valley
21 Units Available
Avalon Hayes Valley
325 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,190
479 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,620
657 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,490
1028 sqft
Close to the Van Ness Metro Station in the fashionable Hayes Valley district, this luxury apartment complex features 24-hour maintenance, elevator access, clubhouse and parking. Rooms include walk-in closets, hardwood floors and in-unit laundry.

Median Rent in San Francisco

Last updated Mar. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $2,469, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,102.
Studio
$2,009
1 Bed
$2,469
2 Beds
$3,102
3+ Beds
$4,174
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!

April 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2020 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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April 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the April 2020 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 held steady over the past month

San Francisco rents have increased 0.1% over the past month, but are down slightly by 0.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,469 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,102 for a two-bedroom. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.8%, as well as the national average of 1.9%.

    Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

    While rent prices have decreased in San Francisco over the past year, the rest of the metro is seeing the opposite trend. Rents have risen in 7 of the largest 10 cities in the San Francisco metro for which we have data. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 4.9%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,799, while one-bedrooms go for $2,228.
    • Over the past year, Concord has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 3.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,040, while one-bedrooms go for $2,420.
    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,491; rents were up 0.3% over the past month and 2.0% over the past year.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,211; rents increased 0.1% over the past month but fell 2.4% over the past year.

    Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Francisco

    As rents have fallen slightly in San Francisco, many other large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most similar cities across the country, San Francisco is less affordable for renters.

    • Other cities across the state have seen rents slightly increase, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.8% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.9% in San Jose, 1.1% in San Diego, and 0.5% in Los Angeles.
    • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $3,102 is above the national average of $1,197. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.9% over the past year compared to the 0.2% decline in San Francisco.
    • While rents in San Francisco fell slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw increases, including Austin (+3.5%), Phoenix (+3.4%), and New York (+2.7%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most other large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,106, 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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    San Francisco
    $2,470
    $3,100
    0.1%
    -0.2%
    Oakland
    $1,760
    $2,210
    0.1%
    -2.4%
    Fremont
    $3,020
    $3,800
    0.6%
    2.3%
    Hayward
    $2,230
    $2,810
    -0.1%
    3.1%
    Concord
    $2,420
    $3,040
    0.2%
    -3.6%
    Berkeley
    $2,090
    $2,630
    0.2%
    3.1%
    Richmond
    $2,230
    $2,800
    0
    4.9%
    Antioch
    $2,640
    $3,310
    0
    1.7%
    Daly City
    $2,680
    $3,360
    0.1%
    4.6%
    San Mateo
    $3,570
    $4,490
    0.3%
    2%
    Livermore
    $2,280
    $2,860
    1%
    -3.4%
    Redwood City
    $2,840
    $3,570
    0.4%
    1.5%
    San Ramon
    $3,030
    $3,810
    0.1%
    1.6%
    Pleasanton
    $2,950
    $3,710
    0.5%
    -1.4%
    Union City
    $2,830
    $3,560
    0.5%
    3.4%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,470
    $3,110
    0.5%
    0.2%
    South San Francisco
    $2,670
    $3,350
    0.6%
    -0.7%
    Pittsburg
    $2,540
    $3,190
    0.1%
    0.1%
    San Rafael
    $2,600
    $3,270
    0.2%
    5.9%
    Novato
    $2,710
    $3,410
    0.2%
    4%
    Dublin
    $3,080
    $3,870
    0.6%
    3.9%
    San Bruno
    $2,830
    $3,550
    0.5%
    6.9%
    Pacifica
    $3,070
    $3,860
    0.2%
    3.8%
    Martinez
    $2,480
    $3,120
    0.4%
    5%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,780
    $3,490
    0.8%
    9.3%
    Burlingame
    $2,730
    $3,430
    0.6%
    9.3%
    Belmont
    $2,880
    $3,620
    0.4%
    3.5%
    Emeryville
    $2,430
    $3,050
    0.6%
    1.3%
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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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