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480 Apartments for rent in San Francisco, CA

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Chinatown
2 Units Available
621 STOCKTON
621 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,495
577 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$11,995
1927 sqft
Located in Nob Hill, these apartments have hardwood floors, modern appliances and a balcony. Amenities include an elevator, on-site laundry and a courtyard. Across from the Ritz. Near Huntington Park, Union Square and Chinatown.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Cathedral Hill
2 Units Available
950 FRANKLIN
950 Franklin St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,295
573 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,995
833 sqft
Modern layouts with hardwood floors, large closets, high ceilings, and ample storage space. Washer and dryer in unit. Controlled access, night patrol, and easy access to public transportation.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Nob Hill
2 Units Available
1401 Jones
1401 Jones St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$4,500
583 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$7,695
1995 sqft
Pet-friendly complex in the Nob Hill community, within minutes of the Financial District, Union Square, Chinatown, and the Bay Bridge. Apartments include in-unit laundry, hardwood floors, and extra storage. Elevator in building.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Inner Richmond
1 Unit Available
4540 California
4540 California St, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,495
740 sqft
Apartment complex in diverse, bustling neighborhood, off Highway 1 and near Mountain Park. Recently renovated with bathtub, in-unit laundry, dishwasher and hardwood floors. Gym and parking on-site. Pet-friendly.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
1301 Leavenworth
1301 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA
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2 Bedrooms
$3,995
652 sqft
Must-have apartments in San Francisco's historic Nob Hill neighborhood, close to Union Square and Chinatown. Units feature walk-in closets, bathtub and oven. On-site laundry, lobby and garage. Pet-friendly.
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Last updated January 18 at 01:24pm
Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
814 CALIFORNIA
814 California St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,395
330 sqft
1 Bedroom
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An iconic community in the heart of a walkable community. On-site yoga available. Apartment units feature updates such as hardwood floors and in-unit laundry. Open floor plans. Pet-friendly.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Lower Nob Hill
5 Units Available
701 TAYLOR
701 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,495
399 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Pet-friendly building with internet access, elevator, and all utilities included, even cable! Furnished apartments feature modern kitchens, hardwood floors, and in-unit laundry. On public transit routes. Walk to shopping, dining, entertainment. Near St. Francis Memorial Hospital.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Marina District
1 Unit Available
1660 BAY
1660 Bay St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,795
950 sqft
Colonial-style complex with Golden Gate views, close to restaurants, shops and bars in San Francisco's desirable Marina District. In-unit laundry facilities, refrigerators and dishwashers. Lobby, swimming pool and clubhouse.
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Last updated January 20 at 01:27pm
Tenderloin
1 Unit Available
691 O'Farrell
691 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$2,595
532 sqft
Bright studio apartments in early 20th-century building, with hardwood floors and kitchen appliances. Building has a media room, pets are allowed and parking is available. Walk to work, shops, dining, nightlife, etc. Public transportation nearby.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Tenderloin
6 Units Available
601 O'FARRELL
601 Ofarrell St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,595
318 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,595
537 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,495
738 sqft
Granite countertops, stainless appliances, in-unit laundry and hardwood floors. Amenities include parking, elevator access, a garage and parking. In the heart of downtown. A stone's throw to Union Square and the Financial District.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Mission Dolores
1 Unit Available
235 CHURCH Street
235 Church Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,195
760 sqft
The Castro is a judgment-free zone where shops, restaurants and booming bars entice patrons to come out and play. Classic movie house, the Castro Theatre, is the main strip’s neon landmark. Legendary bars like Twin Peaks and Harvey’s anchor the area.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Tenderloin
1 Unit Available
676 Geary St
676 Geary St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,395
620 sqft
Charming studio, 1-2 bedroom units include hardwood floors, restored original cabinets, and walk-in closets. In the heart of the Tenderloin neighborhood, with both City Hall and Union Square just blocks away. Elevator, media room.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Outer Sunset
1 Unit Available
1290 20th Ave
1290 20th Ave, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$2,995
542 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Apartment building located one block from Golden Gate Park, with shopping, dining and more just steps away. Renovated units have hardwood floors, curved archways and in-unit laundry. Pet-friendly residence with alarm system and garage.
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Last updated January 15 at 10:17pm
Mission Dolores
5 Units Available
Dolores
1813 15th Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,550
80 sqft
Sandwiched between the Castro to the West and the Mission District to the East, Mission Dolores stands as one of the most vibrant and diverse neighborhoods in San Francisco.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
Lower Nob Hill
5 Units Available
798 Post St.
798 Post Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,195
203 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,295
514 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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In the heart of San Francisco blocks from Union Square, this building was built in 1913 and contains many period details including a grand foyer, marble entry, and classic elevator. It's amenties include on-site laundry and central location.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
Dogpatch
18 Units Available
777 Tenn
777 Tennessee Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,490
617 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,665
877 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$7,382
1202 sqft
This isn’t the living situation you expect unless you are predicting the unpredictable. 777TENN is rugged but sleek. Boutique yet established. Refined meets edgy.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
Dogpatch
5 Units Available
The Gantry
2121 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,695
644 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Great location in the Dogpatch area of San Francisco that is close to grocery stores and restaurants. Community has controlled gated access, resident lounge and fenced dog run. High ceilings and lots of light.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
South of Market
4 Units Available
Wilson Building
973 Market St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,870
406 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,279
609 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Enjoy many great on-site amenities, such as the rooftop lounge, fitness center, yoga studio, dog park and more. Property sits in the heart of San Francisco surrounded by City Hall, Financial District and Union Square.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
Tenderloin
3 Units Available
57 Taylor
57 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$1,895
187 sqft
1 Bedroom
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A pet-friendly apartment community with on-site laundry, high-speed internet, and covered parking. Homes feature hardwood floors and energy-efficient appliances. Located in the heart of the Tenderloin.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Western Addition
2 Units Available
925 PIERCE
925 Pierce St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,795
367 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Beautiful building with lots of amenities in San Francisco's Western Addition neighborhood. Internet access and bike storage available. Apartments have hardwood floors and walk-in closets. Two blocks from Alamo State Park.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Lower Nob Hill
2 Units Available
735 TAYLOR
735 Taylor St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,195
192 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Enjoy SanFran's Lower Nob Hill neighborhood in a historic building with on-site laundry. Welcomes pets. Granite counters and hardwood floors in unit. Surrounded by restaurants, bars, and boutiques.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:18am
Laurel Heights-Jordan Park
1 Unit Available
3715 CALIFORNIA
3715 California St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,195
459 sqft
Recently renovated, pet-friendly apartments on 1 California bus line. Walk to CPMC California Campus, local shopping, entertainment. Near Mountain Lake Park. Victorian-style building with hardwood and tile floors, equipped kitchens, updated baths, in-unit laundry.
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Last updated January 21 at 12:45am
Fishermans Wharf
1 Unit Available
2133 Stockton
2133 Stockton St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,274
Here on the corner of Bay and Stockton you're only a few blocks away from some of San Francisco's most famous sites -- Ghirardelli Square, Pier 39, The Cannery, Fisherman's Wharf and The City's cable cars.
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Last updated January 21 at 01:19am
Dogpatch
6 Units Available
The Martin
2051 3rd St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$3,150
460 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,950
1006 sqft
Luxury studios and one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments situated on the San Francisco waterfront and featuring stunning bay views and access to the local Third Street light rail corridor. Located in the sought-after Dogpatch district.

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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