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33 Tehama
33 Tehama St
San Francisco, CA | South Beach
1 Bedroom
$2,821
592 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,242
1695 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:28 AM
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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10 Units Available
Ashton San Francisco
301 Executive Park Blvd.
San Francisco, CA | Candlestick Point State Recreation Area
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,542
1075 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,684
1626 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:27 AM
Units feature air conditioning, granite countertops, hardwood floor and walk-in closets. Residents enjoy community with 24-hour gym, 24-hour maintenance, coffee bar, concierge and valet service. Tucked into a hillside close to Candlestick Park.
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18 Units Available
The Civic
101 Polk St
San Francisco, CA | Civic Center
Studio
$2,930
441 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,833
577 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,401
859 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:27 AM
The Civic Center is home to many of San Francisco's largest and most impressive cultural institutions, from the golden-domed City Hall to the Asian Art Museum, Supreme Court, Opera House, and more.
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90 Units Available
100 Van Ness
100 Van Ness Ave
San Francisco, CA | Civic Center
Studio
$2,079
451 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,718
676 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,044
1051 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:27 AM
100 Van Ness combines elevation with elegance offering high rise living with sweeping views! Our amenity filled Rooftop Terrace elevates 374 feet above ground creating panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, Twin Peaks, and everything
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30 Units Available
Soma Residences
1045 Mission St
San Francisco, CA | South of Market
Studio
$1,748
325 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,461
570 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:27 AM
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.
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43 Units Available
SOMA at 788
788 Harrison St
San Francisco, CA | South of Market
Studio
$2,337
453 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,515
846 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,420
944 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:27 AM
Units feature air conditioning, extra storage and microwave. Community offers courtyard, doorman, elevator and gym. Located just a few blocks from dining, shopping and attractions.
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11 Units Available
The Presidio Landmark
1801 Wedemeyer St
San Francisco, CA | Presidio National Park
1 Bedroom
$2,395
655 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,880
1200 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 24 at 11:27 AM
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.
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112 Units Available
Bayside Village
3 Bayside Village Pl
San Francisco, CA | South Beach
Studio
$1,620
490 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,005
680 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,740
1036 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 11:27 AM
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.
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3 Units Available
Vallejo Street Apartments
2030 Vallejo Street
San Francisco, CA | Pacific Heights
1 Bedroom
$9,880
1100 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,500
1300 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 09:23 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at Vallejo Street Apartments in San Francisco. View photos, descriptions and more!
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2 Units Available
1720 Golden Gate
1720 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA | Western Addition
1 Bedroom
$2,495
460 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:02 AM
Built in 1900, this stately Victorian is in the charming NOPA neighborhood, just a few blocks from the picturesque Alamo Square Park. 1720 Golden Gate offers proximity to shopping and dining on Divisadero and easy access to public transit.
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3 Units Available
1445 Mason Street
724 Pine
San Francisco, CA | Russian Hill
1 Bedroom
$2,695
542 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,395
717 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,995
795 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:02 AM
1445 Mason sits in fabled Nob Hill on the edge of three equally legendary San Francisco neighborhoods - Russian Hill, North Beach, and Chinatown. Built in 1913, this unique structure stands out for its box windows and Italianate cornice detailing.
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1 Unit Available
Capp Street
983 Capp Street
San Francisco, CA | Mission District
3 Bedrooms
$4,200
1000 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 11:20 PM
This recently remodeled 3 bedroom apartment in the one of the best locations in the sunny mission. It boasts a small deck with a view of Potrero Hill and Mission murals. 2 minutes from 24th St. BART and MUNI, 10 minutes from the Valencia St.
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2 Units Available
900 Broderick
900 Broderick Street
San Francisco, CA | Western Addition
2 Bedrooms
$3,595
800 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:02 AM
900 Broderick is the perfect NOPA hideout. Built in 1931, this Art Deco beauty has trophy qualities throughout including its grand brick and bay window façade. The interior of each unit adds to the character of this classic building.
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1 Unit Available
350 Gough Apartments
350 Gough Street
San Francisco, CA | Civic Center
Studio
$2,195
360 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Last updated July 23 at 07:57 PM
Welcome to the 350 Gough Apartments, a 1911 building featuring beautifully remodeled studios and 1 bedroom apartments.
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1 Unit Available
1509 Golden Gate Avenue
1509 Golden Gate Avenue
San Francisco, CA | Western Addition
2 Bedrooms
$3,495
777 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:02 AM
1509 Golden Gate is nestled on a Victorian-lined street in charming Alamo Square. Residents of this peaceful and serene neighborhood are within walking distance to retail hotspots Divisadero Street and Hayes Street.
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1 Unit Available
510 Stockton
510 Stockton Street
San Francisco, CA | Chinatown
1 Bedroom
$2,895
586 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:02 AM
510 Stockton Street is situated between Pine and Bush Streets in one of the City's most desirable neighborhoods.
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3 Units Available
2975 Van Ness Apartments
2975 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA | Marina District
Studio
$2,595
413 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,695
413 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:02 AM
Something burning a hole in your pocket? Disposable income keeps the Marina's boutique-lined streets shopping by day and barhopping young professionals give it its nighttime buzz.
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3 Units Available
1920 Pacific Avenue
1920 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA | Pacific Heights
1 Bedroom
$3,495
682 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:02 AM
This 1961 mid-century modern building lies in the coveted Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.
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1 Unit Available
415 Buchanan
415 Buchanan Street
San Francisco, CA | Lower Haight
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,295
834 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Located in San Francisco’s trendiest neighborhood, Hayes Valley lies this 1900s gem. Surrounded by fashion boutiques, art galleries, popular restaurants, and thriving night life, you’ll never have to think long about how to spend your free time.
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114 Units Available
Alta Potrero
1301 16th Street
San Francisco, CA | Potrero Hill
Studio
$2,325
450 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,625
688 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,935
1045 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Ready to make the move to Potrero Hill? Please submit your information to schedule your tour or to learn more about living at Alta Potrero.
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68 Units Available
The Madelon
2000 Bryant St
San Francisco, CA | Mission District
Studio
$2,721
449 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,796
548 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,896
855 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 03:48 AM
Our team is currently available to schedule a self-guided onsite tour after a personalized virtual tour has been taken.
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1 Unit Available
North Beach
6 Nottingham Place
San Francisco, CA | North Beach
1 Bedroom
$1,475
90 sqft
Last updated August 26 at 10:22 PM
This community is situated on a quiet alley where North Beach intersects the Financial District and Chinatown.
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2 Units Available
1234 JONES Apartments
1234 Jones Street
San Francisco, CA | Nob Hill
1 Bedroom
$2,895
339 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:02 AM
1234 Jones is an amenity-filled standout perched at the top of historic, family-friendly Nob Hill.
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1 Unit Available
1700 Bush Street
1700 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA | Cathedral Hill
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1 Bedroom
$2,395
367 sqft
Last updated September 24 at 07:02 AM
Located just a few blocks away from Lafayette Park, this building is a pet owners dream. Perched on the corner of Bush street, this lavender midrise classes up the Lower Pac Heights neighborhood with its light filled rooms and sophisticated presence.
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How much is rent in San Francisco?
In San Francisco, the median rent is $1,914 for a studio, $2,352 for a 1-bedroom, $2,955 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,976 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Francisco, check out our monthly San Francisco Rent Report.
How much is rent in San Francisco?
In San Francisco, the median rent is $1,914 for a studio, $2,352 for a 1-bedroom, $2,955 for a 2-bedroom, and $3,976 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Francisco, check out our monthly San Francisco Rent Report.
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You can use the off-campus housing filters to find apartments near colleges located in or around San Francisco. Some of the colleges and universities in the area include California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, University of California-San Francisco, City College of San Francisco, and Golden Gate University-San Francisco.

Median Rent in San Francisco

Last updated Aug. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $2,352, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,955.
Studio
$1,914
1 Bed
$2,352
2 Beds
$2,955
3+ Beds
$3,976
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)
"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.

Finding an Apartment in "The City"
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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.

San Francisco Neighborhoods
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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!

Life in San Francisco
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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!

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"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)
"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.

Finding an Apartment in "The City"
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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.

San Francisco Neighborhoods
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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!

Life in San Francisco
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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!

Rent Report
San Francisco

September 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2020 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents declined 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 decline sharply over the past month

San Francisco rents have declined 1.5% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 5.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,353 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,956 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

    Rents falling across the San Francisco Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in San Francisco over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the San Francisco metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Over the past year, San Francisco proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 5.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,956, while one-bedrooms go for $2,353.
    • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,767, while one-bedrooms go for $2,202.
    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,362; rents went down 1.0% over the past month and 2.6% over the past year.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,181; rents decreased 0.4% over the past month and 3.2% over the past year.

    Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Francisco

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

    • Although rents across cities in California have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.0% in San Diego.
    • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $2,956 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in San Francisco fell sharply over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 1.7%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most similar cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,107, 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
    $2,350
    $2,960
    -1.5%
    -5.6%
    Oakland
    $1,740
    $2,180
    -0.4%
    -3.2%
    Fremont
    $2,960
    $3,720
    -0.4%
    -1.5%
    Hayward
    $2,230
    $2,800
    -0.1%
    1.7%
    Concord
    $2,420
    $3,040
    0.3%
    -2.9%
    Berkeley
    $2,080
    $2,610
    -0.7%
    0.2%
    Richmond
    $2,200
    $2,770
    0.2%
    3.4%
    Antioch
    $2,600
    $3,270
    0
    1.1%
    Daly City
    $2,610
    $3,280
    -0.6%
    -1.1%
    San Mateo
    $3,470
    $4,360
    -1%
    -2.6%
    Livermore
    $2,270
    $2,850
    -0.3%
    -2.4%
    Redwood City
    $2,730
    $3,430
    -1.1%
    -3.7%
    San Ramon
    $3,010
    $3,780
    0.2%
    -1.4%
    Pleasanton
    $2,870
    $3,610
    0
    -3.8%
    Union City
    $2,750
    $3,450
    -1.1%
    -2.8%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,430
    $3,060
    -0.5%
    -1.9%
    South San Francisco
    $2,560
    $3,210
    -1.8%
    -5.4%
    Pittsburg
    $2,570
    $3,230
    0.4%
    -0.9%
    San Rafael
    $2,540
    $3,190
    0.3%
    0.4%
    Novato
    $2,630
    $3,310
    0.6%
    -2.5%
    Dublin
    $3,030
    $3,800
    -0.3%
    -0.8%
    San Bruno
    $2,710
    $3,410
    -1.4%
    1%
    Pacifica
    $3,020
    $3,800
    -0.6%
    0.2%
    Martinez
    $2,490
    $3,120
    0.3%
    1%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,750
    $3,460
    0.1%
    3.1%
    Burlingame
    $2,660
    $3,340
    -1.3%
    2.3%
    Belmont
    $2,780
    $3,490
    -1.1%
    -1.1%
    Emeryville
    $2,320
    $2,910
    -1.3%
    -5%
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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.

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    September 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents declined 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.

    View full Rent Report

    September 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

    Welcome to the September 2020 San Francisco Rent Report. San Francisco rents declined 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 decline sharply over the past month

    San Francisco rents have declined 1.5% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 5.6% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,353 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,956 for a two-bedroom. This is the fifth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in March. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.1%, as well as the national average of 0.3%.

      Rents falling across the San Francisco Metro

      Rent prices have been decreasing not just in San Francisco over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the San Francisco metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

      • Over the past year, San Francisco proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 5.6%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,956, while one-bedrooms go for $2,353.
      • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.4%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,767, while one-bedrooms go for $2,202.
      • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,362; rents went down 1.0% over the past month and 2.6% over the past year.
      • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,181; rents decreased 0.4% over the past month and 3.2% over the past year.

      Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Francisco

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

      • Although rents across cities in California have been marginally on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.0% in San Diego.
      • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $2,956 is above the national average of $1,195. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
      • While rents in San Francisco fell sharply over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 1.7%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most similar cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,107, 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
      $2,350
      $2,960
      -1.5%
      -5.6%
      Oakland
      $1,740
      $2,180
      -0.4%
      -3.2%
      Fremont
      $2,960
      $3,720
      -0.4%
      -1.5%
      Hayward
      $2,230
      $2,800
      -0.1%
      1.7%
      Concord
      $2,420
      $3,040
      0.3%
      -2.9%
      Berkeley
      $2,080
      $2,610
      -0.7%
      0.2%
      Richmond
      $2,200
      $2,770
      0.2%
      3.4%
      Antioch
      $2,600
      $3,270
      0
      1.1%
      Daly City
      $2,610
      $3,280
      -0.6%
      -1.1%
      San Mateo
      $3,470
      $4,360
      -1%
      -2.6%
      Livermore
      $2,270
      $2,850
      -0.3%
      -2.4%
      Redwood City
      $2,730
      $3,430
      -1.1%
      -3.7%
      San Ramon
      $3,010
      $3,780
      0.2%
      -1.4%
      Pleasanton
      $2,870
      $3,610
      0
      -3.8%
      Union City
      $2,750
      $3,450
      -1.1%
      -2.8%
      Walnut Creek
      $2,430
      $3,060
      -0.5%
      -1.9%
      South San Francisco
      $2,560
      $3,210
      -1.8%
      -5.4%
      Pittsburg
      $2,570
      $3,230
      0.4%
      -0.9%
      San Rafael
      $2,540
      $3,190
      0.3%
      0.4%
      Novato
      $2,630
      $3,310
      0.6%
      -2.5%
      Dublin
      $3,030
      $3,800
      -0.3%
      -0.8%
      San Bruno
      $2,710
      $3,410
      -1.4%
      1%
      Pacifica
      $3,020
      $3,800
      -0.6%
      0.2%
      Martinez
      $2,490
      $3,120
      0.3%
      1%
      Pleasant Hill
      $2,750
      $3,460
      0.1%
      3.1%
      Burlingame
      $2,660
      $3,340
      -1.3%
      2.3%
      Belmont
      $2,780
      $3,490
      -1.1%
      -1.1%
      Emeryville
      $2,320
      $2,910
      -1.3%
      -5%
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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.

      San Francisco Renter Confidence Survey
      National study of renter’s satisfaction with their cities and states

      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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      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.