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480 Apartments for rent in San Francisco, CA

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South Of Market
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Polk Gulch
4 Units Available
1395 Union Street
1395 Union St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$5,395
774 sqft
Go ahead – stare. Who could blame you? The views from Russian Hill are impossible to ignore. Behold the Bay, Alcatraz and both bridges from atop this classic San Francisco neighborhood and you’ll be in good company.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
977 PINE Apartments
977 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,795
296 sqft
Incredible views in Nob Hill. Pet-friendly communicate. Homes feature high ceilings, gated entry, and hardwood floors. Minutes from Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park. Recently renovated community with iconic details.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
South of Market
1 Unit Available
35-41 Lafayette Apartments
35 Lafayette Street, San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,295
708 sqft
Tech entrepreneurs and artists walk the streets in tandem in this trendy neighborhood, where plenty of art galleries, eateries and museums line the streets.
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Nob Hill
2 Units Available
634 POWELL Apartments
634 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$2,695
329 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Nob Hill keeps it classy. With instagrammable views of the Bay and Downtown, it's easy to imagine why this area has been synonymous with glamour since the Gold Rush. Crowned by the city's top hotels, historic mansions and charming little plazas.
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Nob Hill
2 Units Available
1060 PINE Apartments
1060 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,295
561 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,495
653 sqft
Nob Hill was built by the barons of the Gold Rush, and today, it’s just as iconic as ever. Epic views, elegant mansions and luxury hotels roll out the red carpet for tourists and locals alike.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Nob Hill
3 Units Available
655 POWELL Apartments
655 Powell Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,095
375 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,295
785 sqft
This upscale community is located in an area with fine dining and boutique hotels. Historic building. Pet-friendly. Each apartment features efficient appliances, carpeting, a washer and dryer, and hardwood floors.
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Nob Hill
5 Units Available
Etta Apartments
1285 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,205
764 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,699
1173 sqft
Stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and walk-in closets. Amenities include bike storage, dog park, 24-hour maintenance and a fitness center. Pet-friendly. Excellent access to public transit.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Dolores Heights
1 Unit Available
1064 DOLORES
1064 Dolores St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,495
729 sqft
Recently renovated apartments with stainless appliances, hardwood floors and in-unit laundry. Amenities include a playground, carport, internet access and a garage. Located in family-friendly Noe Valley.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Tenderloin
1 Unit Available
455 Hyde
455 Hyde St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$2,895
474 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Built-to-last apartments in a tall tower in the Tenderloin district, near Union Square and Golden Gate Park. Apartments offer sweeping views, bathtubs, and ceiling fans. On-site laundry, media room, and lobby. Cats and dogs allowed.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
685 GEARY
685 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,595
290 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Only blocks from the Financial District, Union Square, and the San Francisco Bay, with plenty of shopping, dining and entertainment nearby. These pet-friendly apartments offer hardwood flooring and in-unit laundry connections. Elevator in building.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Civic Center
3 Units Available
345 Fulton
345 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,695
381 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Just west of Route 101 near Jefferson Square, this intimate community includes an elevator and convenient parking spaces. Hardwood floors, garbage disposal, and stainless steel appliances in units. Located in the historic Civic Center neighborhood.
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Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
969 BUSH
969 Bush St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,295
552 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Spectacular apartment complex smack dab in trendy Nob Hill, close to boutique stores and bars. Hardwood floors and huge closets come as standard. On-site laundry and elevator. Just footsteps from the bus stop.
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Tenderloin
1 Unit Available
434 Leavenworth St
434 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,295
330 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Located just blocks from Van Ness Avenue and Union Square, and within walking distance to bars, cafes, and retail. Studio apartments and one-bedroom units include new appliances, washer/dryer, and hardwood floors.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Nob Hill
4 Units Available
795 PINE
795 Pine St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,695
318 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,495
712 sqft
Pet-friendly, furnished studio and one-bedroom apartments in iconic Nob Hill. Recently renovated with modern kitchens, hardwoods, in-unit laundry, expansive windows. Cable included. Victorian-era building on transit lines. Access to Financial District, Union Square, shopping, entertainment.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
610 LEAVENWORTH
610 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,395
769 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and high ceilings. In the heart of downtown. A stone's throw from the Financial District, Union Square, restaurants and nightlife. Amenities include a media room, an alarm system and an elevator.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Downtown San Francisco-Union Square
1 Unit Available
124 MASON
124 Mason St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,195
280 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Recently renovated units with hardwood floors, in-unit laundry and stainless steel appliances. Easy access to BART and MUNI. Pet-friendly. In the heart of downtown. Near the Financial District and Union Square.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
South of Market
8 Units Available
1190 Mission at Trinity Place
1190 Mission St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,483
474 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,949
536 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,599
698 sqft
Your dream San Francisco apartment awaits you. Rising in SoMa with stunning views of downtown San Francisco, the second “Mission at Trinity Place” apartment building is as spectacular as its sister building next door.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
South Beach
5 Units Available
ARC Light
21 Clarence Pl, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,901
330 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,680
565 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,504
755 sqft
Luxury living just steps from AT&T Park and South Beach Harbor. Open floor plans with real brick walls and hardwood flooring. Walk-in closets. Green community with media room and bike storage.
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Last updated January 21 at 12:02am
Castro
1 Unit Available
2175 Market
2175 Market St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$5,235
824 sqft
Located in the heart of the Castro neighborhood, just steps from shopping, dining and public transportation. One- and two-bedroom apartments, all with hardwood flooring, stainless-steel appliances and patio/balconies. Off-street parking with fee. Elevator.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
Russian Hill
2 Units Available
1305 LOMBARD Street
1305 Lombard Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$6,500
1045 sqft
1 Bedroom
$6,000
1029 sqft
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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Mission District
2 Units Available
3440 20th St
3440 20th St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,395
549 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Pet-friendly, green community in famed Mission District. Recently renovated, with hardwood floors, modern kitchens, granite counters, in-unit laundry, bbq-ready balcony. On Bart, MUNI, and tech shuttle routes. Easy access to shopping, entertainment, James Lick Fwy.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Pacific Heights
1 Unit Available
1870 PACIFIC
1870 Pacific Ave, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,895
883 sqft
Gorgeous units have been recently renovated. Washers and dryers in apartments. Hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and walk-in closets. Building welcomes pets. Five minutes to Lafayette Park. Lots of dining mere blocks away.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Dolores Heights
4 Units Available
3659 20TH STREET
3669 20th St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$4,200
485 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Distinctive Dolores Heights community with uber-modern units. Features on-site laundry room and garage. Refrigerator, dishwasher and hardwood floors. Within walking distance from bars and shops. Pet-friendly.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Hayes Valley
1 Unit Available
520 Buchanan
520 Buchanan St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$3,195
448 sqft
Classic, recently renovated apartments with washer and dryer combo in a historic Hayes Valley building. Refrigerator and oven. On-site laundry, garage and parking. Close to Alamo Square and public transportation.

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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