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The Landing
1395 22nd Street
San Francisco, CA | Potrero Hill
1 Bedroom
$2,804
716 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,951
984 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 27 at 03:38 AM
At The Landing, we know luxury is more than the sum of its parts – it’s about a seamless daily experience that finds you where you are and offers a multitude of possibilities right at your fingertips. A rooftop terrace for sunrise yoga.
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1 Unit Available
3150 Franklin Apartments
3150 Franklin Street
San Francisco, CA | Marina District
1 Bedroom
$2,995
667 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
This peachy building is located on a prominent corner in the Marina District. With instant access to Fort Mason, you can get the best views of the bay from right outside your door.
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3 Units Available
1225 TAYLOR Apartments
1225 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA | Nob Hill
Studio
$2,295
324 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
1225 Taylor sits on a beautiful, tree-lined block in desirable, family-friendly Nob Hill. Home to some of the best views in the City, it hosts excellent food, drink, shopping, and entertainment, with even more San Francisco favorites nearby.
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1 Unit Available
845 PINE Apartments
845 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA | Nob Hill
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$5,295
928 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Conveniently located two blocks north of Union Square and directly across the street from three landmark hotels (Intercontinental, Fairmont, and Huntington) at the top of Nob Hill, this property is located just a short walk to public transit
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The Rise Hayes Valley
1699 Market Street
San Francisco, CA | South of Market
Studio
$2,375
484 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,135
622 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,150
973 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 03:38 AM
The Rise Hayes Valley is at the epicenter of the Mission, Upper Market and Hayes Valley neighborhoods in San Francisco. Sitting at the corner of Market St. and Valencia St.
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2 Units Available
825 Pine Street
825 Pine Street
San Francisco, CA | Nob Hill
Studio
$2,095
334 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,945
631 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Find studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom apartments for rent at 825 Pine Street in San Francisco. View photos, descriptions and more!
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1 Unit Available
726 Bush Street
726 Bush Street
San Francisco, CA | Nob Hill
2 Bedrooms
$2,795
549 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Lower Nob Hill has a casual, laid-back feel and tons of overlap appeal. Polk Street's bar scene, Union Square shopping, FiDi business buzz, and of course, Nob Hill's polished heights, are easy excursions from this central neighborhood.
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5 Units Available
NoPa
1856 Mcallister Street
San Francisco, CA | Western Addition
1 Bedroom
$1,475
109 sqft
Last updated September 22 at 11:42 PM
Get up to $200 off of your monthly rent rate for leases signed in January! Now available in NoPa! A new coliving community from Starcity- intentionally designed with brand new interiors, our NoPa community could soon be your new home.
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1 Unit Available
1599 Green Street
1599 Green Street
San Francisco, CA | Pacific Heights
1 Bedroom
$3,395
753 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 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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1 Unit Available
2927 Sacramento Street
2927 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA | Pacific Heights
1 Bedroom
$3,495
666 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Tucked away in the idyllic Pac Heights neighborhood, 2927 Sacramento offers a cozy experience in the midst of the bustle of the surrounding City.
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1 Unit Available
60/62 Grenard Terrace/1345 Lombard
60 Grenard Terrace
San Francisco, CA | Russian Hill
2 Bedrooms
$5,200
1156 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Straight out of central casting, Russian Hill is quintessential San Francisco. This photogenic neighborhood is home to many of the city's A-list attractions.
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1 Unit Available
1146 Taylor Street
1146 Taylor Street
San Francisco, CA | Nob Hill
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,495
315 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Nob Hill is so beautiful, it's hard to believe that people actually live here. But they do...and you can too. Hotels, boutiques and fine dining spots top the lofty locale.
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1 Unit Available
1142 MONTGOMERY Street
1142 Montgomery Street
San Francisco, CA | Telegraph Hill
1 Bedroom
$5,200
711 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Intellectuals and Italians made North Beach what it is today, one of the city's most adored areas. Chianti and marinara are "Little Italy's" original claim to fame, and the midcentury Beatnik movement cemented its counterculture icon status.
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4 Units Available
1474 Sacramento
1474 Sacramento Street
San Francisco, CA | Nob Hill
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,695
574 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,095
712 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
1474 Sacramento is a beautiful Edwardian classic set in the iconic Nob Hill neighborhood. It was built in 1907 as San Francisco rebuilt itself after the famous earthquake and has recently received an upgrade in exterior paint and lobby area.
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6 Units Available
1305 LOMBARD Street
1305 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA | Russian Hill
Studio
$5,200
1025 sqft
1 Bedroom
$5,200
1029 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Last updated September 27 at 03:37 AM
Wish you were here! Postcard-pretty Russian Hill has tons of personality. Binge-watch Hyde Street’s panoramic views of Alcatraz, both bridges and beyond. Next on the itinerary: Polk Street’s fine dining, cocktailing and shopping.
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1 Unit Available
500 BARTLETT Street
500 Bartlett Street
San Francisco, CA | Mission District
1 Bedroom
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3 Bedrooms
$5,900
1067 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 03:37 AM
It’s (almost) always sunny in the Mission – the fog burns off early, making this vibrant neighborhood a few degrees warmer than the rest of the city.
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2 Units Available
1610 LOMBARD Street
1610 Lombard Street
San Francisco, CA | Marina District
Studio
$2,795
482 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,895
468 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
1610 Lombard occupies a prime Marina location one block from vibrant Chesnut Street.
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2 Units Available
267 GREEN Street
267 Green St
San Francisco, CA | Telegraph Hill
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,095
543 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,395
604 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Step outside your front door to a surplus of italian eateries, focaccia bakeries and espresso shops, making North Beach prime Italian-foodie territory.
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2 Units Available
200 Arguello Blvd
200 Arguello Boulevard
San Francisco, CA | Presidio Heights
Studio
$2,195
382 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,395
800 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
200 Arguello is nestled between the Western Addition, Presidio Heights, and the Inner Richmond in a peaceful, picturesque slice of San Francisco.
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7 Units Available
50 JOICE
50 Joice Street
San Francisco, CA | Nob Hill
Studio
$2,495
461 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,795
549 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Nob Hill boasts sophistication and upscale charm on every corner. Flooded with classy restaurants, welcoming bars and quaint cafes you'll never run out of things to do or places to go.
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3 Units Available
520 SCOTT Apartments
520 Scott Street
San Francisco, CA | Alamo Square
1 Bedroom
$2,895
575 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
No filter needed in picturesque Alamo Square. Click-bait views and eye-candy Victorians like the "Painted Ladies" of Full House fame, surround its namesake park. Casual eateries and stylish shops dot nearby Divisadero.
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1 Unit Available
2238 HYDE Street
2238 Hyde Street
San Francisco, CA | Russian Hill
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$12,000
1099 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Picture yourself in Russian Hill, you look pretty good, don't you? The hilly streets are home to handsome apartment buildings, secret gardens and stunning views of the Bay and beyond.
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2 Units Available
2097-2099 Market Street / 211 Church Street
2097 Market Street
San Francisco, CA | Mission Dolores
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$5,895
1477 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
Look at the world through rainbow-hued glasses in the Castro, San Francisco's most colorful neighborhood. Lovingly revamped Victorians sit beside thumping clubs, chic men's boutiques and popular restaurants.
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1 Unit Available
355 Laguna Street
355 Laguna Street
San Francisco, CA | Lower Haight
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,495
736 sqft
Last updated September 27 at 07:00 AM
355 Laguna sits in the heart of San Francisco's vibrant Hayes Valley neighborhood.
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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.
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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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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 Guide

San 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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San 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!

Rent Report
San Francisco

October 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

Welcome to the October 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 5.2% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 20.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,240 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,592 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in February. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -4.6%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

    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, all 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 20.4%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,592, while one-bedrooms go for $2,240.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,092; rents decreased 2.1% over the past month and 9.3% over the past year.
    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $3,007; rents fell 3.7% over the past month and 11.9% over the past year.

    Other large 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.

    • With cities across the state seeing rents both rising and falling, California as a whole has logged -4.6% year-over-year decline. For example, rents have fallen by 1.4% in San Diego.
    • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $2,592 is above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 20.4% decline in San Francisco.
    • While rents in San Francisco fell sharply over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.4%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most similar cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,140, where San Francisco is more than twice 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
    $2,240
    $2,590
    -5.2%
    -20.4%
    Oakland
    $1,770
    $2,090
    -2.1%
    -9.3%
    Fremont
    $2,390
    $2,790
    -1%
    -4.4%
    Hayward
    $1,960
    $2,190
    -0.9%
    -3.1%
    Berkeley
    $1,700
    $2,180
    -2.7%
    -9.8%
    San Mateo
    $2,210
    $3,010
    -3.7%
    -11.9%
    Redwood City
    $2,120
    $2,700
    -4.3%
    -15.5%
    Pleasanton
    $2,070
    $2,820
    -0.1%
    -4%
    Union City
    $2,220
    $2,310
    -1.9%
    -8.7%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,040
    $2,330
    -0.1%
    -4.1%
    Dublin
    $2,680
    $3,310
    -1.1%
    -4.8%
    Emeryville
    $2,550
    $3,550
    -2.9%
    -10.3%
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    Methodology - Recent Updates:

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

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

    Methodology:

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

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

    Read more about our methodology here.

    About Rent Reports:

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

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

    Read More

    October 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 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

    October 2020 San Francisco Rent Report

    Welcome to the October 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 5.2% over the past month, and have decreased sharply by 20.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Francisco stand at $2,240 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,592 for a two-bedroom. This is the seventh straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in February. San Francisco's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of -4.6%, as well as the national average of -1.4%.

      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, all 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 20.4%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,592, while one-bedrooms go for $2,240.
      • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,092; rents decreased 2.1% over the past month and 9.3% over the past year.
      • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $3,007; rents fell 3.7% over the past month and 11.9% over the past year.

      Other large 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.

      • With cities across the state seeing rents both rising and falling, California as a whole has logged -4.6% year-over-year decline. For example, rents have fallen by 1.4% in San Diego.
      • San Francisco's median two-bedroom rent of $2,592 is above the national average of $1,106. Nationwide, rents have fallen by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 20.4% decline in San Francisco.
      • While rents in San Francisco fell sharply over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 3.4%.
      • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Francisco than most similar cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,140, where San Francisco is more than twice 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
      $2,240
      $2,590
      -5.2%
      -20.4%
      Oakland
      $1,770
      $2,090
      -2.1%
      -9.3%
      Fremont
      $2,390
      $2,790
      -1%
      -4.4%
      Hayward
      $1,960
      $2,190
      -0.9%
      -3.1%
      Berkeley
      $1,700
      $2,180
      -2.7%
      -9.8%
      San Mateo
      $2,210
      $3,010
      -3.7%
      -11.9%
      Redwood City
      $2,120
      $2,700
      -4.3%
      -15.5%
      Pleasanton
      $2,070
      $2,820
      -0.1%
      -4%
      Union City
      $2,220
      $2,310
      -1.9%
      -8.7%
      Walnut Creek
      $2,040
      $2,330
      -0.1%
      -4.1%
      Dublin
      $2,680
      $3,310
      -1.1%
      -4.8%
      Emeryville
      $2,550
      $3,550
      -2.9%
      -10.3%
      See More

      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.