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481 Apartments for rent in San Francisco, CA

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South Of Market
Tenderloin
Nob Hill
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Last updated January 17 at 02:02pm
South Beach
33 Units Available
399 Fremont
399 Fremont St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,793
532 sqft
1 Bedroom
$4,114
890 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,933
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 January 17 at 02:02pm
Mission Bay
21 Units Available
Channel Mission Bay
185 Channel St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,595
489 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,838
713 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,274
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 January 17 at 02:02pm
Mission Bay
18 Units Available
Edgewater
355 Berry Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,197
540 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,427
747 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,845
1082 sqft
In the heart of San Francisco’s Mission Bay and SoMa trendy neighborhood, Edgewater boasts stylish amenities and upscale floor plans.
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Last updated January 17 at 02:02pm
South Beach
11 Units Available
388 Beale
388 Beale Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,982
849 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,936
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 January 17 at 04:22pm
South Beach
24 Units Available
Jasper
45 Lansing St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,364
612 sqft
1 Bedroom
$4,435
858 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,568
1236 sqft
High-rise living in Rincon Hill, with easy access to world-class restaurants, shopping and entertainment. Laundry and dry cleaning service, personal shoppers, dog walking and grooming, and on-site movie theater.
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Last updated January 17 at 06:57pm
South of Market
3 Units Available
Olume
1401 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,555
586 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,155
907 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.
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Last updated January 17 at 05:07pm
South of Market
23 Units Available
Mosso
900 Folsom St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,400
533 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,435
689 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,385
1078 sqft
Convenient to Interstate 80, Moscone Center, Treasure Island and much more, this beautiful community offers a picnic area, fitness center and bike storage. Apartments include in-unit laundry, carpeting and window covers.
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Last updated January 17 at 07:09pm
Lower Pacific Heights
58 Units Available
Fillmore Center
1475 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,546
471 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,126
589 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,679
883 sqft
Great location in a bustling San Francisco neighborhood close to shopping and dining. Air conditioning, granite counters, hardwood floors and recent renovations make these apartments feel luxurious. 24-hour maintenance available.
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Last updated January 17 at 07:09pm
South Beach
17 Units Available
33 Tehama
33 Tehama St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$4,561
592 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,811
1695 sqft
Hi-rise living close to the Bay and within walking distance of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Amenities include a fitness center and rooftop solarium.
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Last updated January 17 at 07:09pm
South Beach
65 Units Available
Bayside Village
3 Bayside Village Pl, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,650
502 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,284
679 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,010
1043 sqft
Great location in Bayside Village, close to I-80 and convenient for commuters. Units include patio or balcony, fireplace, dishwasher and air conditioning. Luxury community boasts 24-hour maintenance, clubhouse and courtyard.
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Last updated January 17 at 01:00pm
Mission Bay
12 Units Available
Avalon at Mission Bay
255 King St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,504
782 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,405
1128 sqft
Apartment building in the heart of downtown San Francisco featuring a 24-hour gym, clubhouse, conference room and game room. Units come with granite counters, hardwood floors, patio or balcony, and stainless steel appliances.
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Last updated January 17 at 01:00pm
Lower Nob Hill
9 Units Available
Ava Nob Hill
965 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,910
602 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,275
866 sqft
Community amenities include dog park, parking, on-site laundry and clubhouse. Units feature air conditioning, dishwasher and extra storage. Located close to Highway 101, so convenient for commuters.
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Last updated January 17 at 01:00pm
Inner Sunset
9 Units Available
Avalon Sunset Towers
8 Locksley Ave, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,125
332 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,235
688 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,700
983 sqft
Upscale apartment building in a very walkable neighborhood. Building provides garbage disposal and package receiving service, and on-site laundry. Units feature walk in closets, hardwood floors and dishwasher. Pets welcome for an additional fee.
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Last updated January 17 at 01:00pm
Diamond Heights
9 Units Available
eaves Diamond Heights
5285 Diamond Heights Blvd, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,002
615 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,915
995 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,087
1265 sqft
Great location close to George Christopher Playground. Units feature hardwood floors, patio or balcony, dishwasher and fireplace. Luxury community includes parking, sauna, BBQ grill and 24-hour gym.
Verified
Last updated January 17 at 01:00pm
Dogpatch
19 Units Available
Avalon Dogpatch
800 Indiana St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,150
522 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,355
679 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,635
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.
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Last updated January 17 at 01:00pm
South of Market
10 Units Available
AVA 55 Ninth
55 9th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,344
548 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,432
742 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,426
978 sqft
Huge picture windows and city views. Stainless steel countertops, hardwood floors and modern accents. In-home laundry. Bike storage and media room on site. Brand new construction. Near the 101.
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Last updated January 17 at 01:00pm
Westwood Park
9 Units Available
Avalon Ocean Avenue
1200 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,150
545 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,575
795 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,320
1172 sqft
Chic apartments with dark wood cabinets and stainless steel appliances. In-unit laundry and hardwood floors. Pet-friendly community with courtyard lounge and garage parking. Elevators. Near I-280.
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Last updated January 17 at 01:00pm
Hayes Valley
10 Units Available
Avalon Hayes Valley
325 Octavia St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$4,260
647 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,485
1029 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.
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Last updated January 17 at 06:59pm
South of Market
8 Units Available
Vara
1600 15th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,317
520 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,197
694 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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This beautiful community is a short drive from Franklin Square and the Soma StrEat Food Park. Inside, residents enjoy in-unit laundry, quartz countertops and hardwood flooring. Shared amenities include a fitness center, clubhouse and courtyard.
Verified
Last updated January 17 at 06:20pm
Civic Center
5 Units Available
Argenta
1 Polk St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$4,249
727 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$5,610
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 January 17 at 07:09pm
Civic Center
21 Units Available
150 Van Ness
150 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,116
425 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,668
648 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,294
945 sqft
Residents of this luxury community enjoy two rooftop decks, a swimming pool and concierge service. Apartments feature balconies, floor-to-ceiling windows and in-unit laundry. Property is near the Herbst Theatre, San Francisco Symphony and much more.
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Last updated January 17 at 07:09pm
South of Market
10 Units Available
Soma Residences
1045 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,631
325 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,670
570 sqft
Live this side of SOMA!!! SOMA Residences offers quality apartments in a vibrant location in the best city - San Francisco! Residents experience a true urban lifestyle! Our community is located near the best that San Francisco has to offer.
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Last updated January 17 at 07:37am
Russian Hill
1 Unit Available
1320 Lombard
1320 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$4,200
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Just blocks from the San Francisco Bay, within walking distance to shops, restaurants, museums, cafes, art galleries, and more. These recently renovated apartments offer hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in closets. Near George Sterling Park.
Verified
Last updated January 17 at 07:18am
Russian Hill
1 Unit Available
1360 Lombard
1360 Lombard St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$4,100
1 Bedroom
Ask
2 Bedrooms
Ask
A sun-filled apartment complex in Russian Hill, breathing distance from San Francisco's cultural treasures. Units have carpets, refrigerators and stainless steel appliances. Internet access, bike storage and garage.

Average Rent in San Francisco

Last updated Dec. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $2,458, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,088.
Studio
$2,000
1 Bed
$2,458
2 Beds
$3,088
3+ Beds
$4,154
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!

January 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the January 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.

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January 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the January 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 declined significantly over the past month

San Francisco rents have declined 0.4% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,458 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,088 for a two-bedroom. This is the fourth straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in August. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 1.1%, as well as the national average of 1.4%.

    Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

    While rents have remained steady in the city of San Francisco throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 7 of 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.

    • Oakland has seen rents fall by 1.1% over the past month, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,202.
    • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.6%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,797, while one-bedrooms go for $2,227.
    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,449; rents were up 0.3% over the past month and 1.4% over the past year.

    Similar cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Francisco

    Rent growth in San Francisco has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases. 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 1.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.2% in San Diego, 1.0% in San Jose, and 0.4% in Los Angeles.
    • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $3,088 is above the national average of $1,192. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.4% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in San Francisco.
    • While rents in San Francisco remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.8%), Austin (+3.1%), and Dallas (+2.2%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,099, $1,471, and $1,136 respectively.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most other large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,099, where San Francisco is more than two-and-a-half times that price.

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

    City
    Median 1BR price
    Median 2BR price
    M/M price change
    Y/Y price change
    San Francisco
    $2,460
    $3,090
    -0.4%
    0.1%
    Oakland
    $1,750
    $2,200
    -1.1%
    -0.1%
    Fremont
    $2,990
    $3,750
    0.4%
    0
    Hayward
    $2,230
    $2,810
    0.8%
    1.7%
    Concord
    $2,410
    $3,020
    -0.6%
    0.6%
    Berkeley
    $2,090
    $2,620
    0.8%
    -0.2%
    Richmond
    $2,230
    $2,800
    -0.1%
    5.6%
    Antioch
    $2,620
    $3,290
    -0.2%
    2.3%
    Daly City
    $2,680
    $3,370
    1.4%
    0.8%
    San Mateo
    $3,540
    $4,450
    0.3%
    1.4%
    Livermore
    $2,250
    $2,820
    -1.2%
    -0.2%
    Redwood City
    $2,810
    $3,540
    0.2%
    2.4%
    San Ramon
    $3,040
    $3,820
    0.2%
    2.1%
    Pleasanton
    $2,890
    $3,630
    -0.1%
    -1.7%
    Union City
    $2,810
    $3,530
    -0.2%
    2.1%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,460
    $3,100
    -0.6%
    1.3%
    South San Francisco
    $2,640
    $3,310
    0.5%
    -2%
    Pittsburg
    $2,550
    $3,200
    -0.4%
    0.9%
    San Rafael
    $2,570
    $3,220
    1%
    -1.3%
    Novato
    $2,670
    $3,350
    -0.6%
    3.5%
    Dublin
    $3,050
    $3,830
    0.8%
    0.6%
    San Bruno
    $2,770
    $3,490
    2.4%
    -0.8%
    Pacifica
    $3,050
    $3,830
    0.1%
    1%
    Martinez
    $2,470
    $3,110
    0.1%
    1.5%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,720
    $3,420
    2.6%
    0.5%
    Burlingame
    $2,670
    $3,360
    1.5%
    3.4%
    Belmont
    $2,850
    $3,570
    0.7%
    1%
    Larkspur
    $2,940
    $3,690
    1.7%
    -8.5%
    Emeryville
    $2,380
    $2,990
    0.6%
    -1%
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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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