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480 Apartments for rent in San Francisco, CA

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Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
825 Pine Street
825 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,595
334 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Nob Hill was built by the barons of the Gold Rush, and today, its 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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Presidio Heights
3 Units Available
200 Arguello Blvd
200 Arguello Boulevard, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,895
461 sqft
1 Bedroom
$3,695
453 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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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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Chinatown
1 Unit Available
665 Pine Street
665 Pine Street, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,595
550 sqft
Fantastic views and urban charm. This community is gated with controlled access and offers a recycling program, garage, and laundry facilities. Homes include energy-efficient appliances, hardwood floors, and a washer and dryer.
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Tenderloin
1 Unit Available
320 Turk Apartments
320 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,095
372 sqft
1 Bedroom
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Conveniently located in Tenderloin near the Great American Music Hall and San Francisco City Hall. Air conditioned units with spacious bedrooms, modern kitchens, and hardwood floors. Community amenities include parking, garage, and laundry facilities.
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Nob Hill
2 Units Available
1016 WASHINGTON
1016 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,995
628 sqft
If Nob Hill were a person, she’d be dressed in a Chanel suit and a pair of Chucks. Crisscrossed by cable cars, the pristine streets atop Nob Hill boast postcard views, great restaurants and world-class hotels.
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Pacific Heights
1 Unit Available
2730 SACRAMENTO Apartments
2730 Sacramento St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,995
250 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Thoughtfully designed homes with high ceilings, cozy carpeting and patios/balconies. Residents can get laundry done on site. Close to festive Fillmore Street's shopping, dining and entertainment. By Alta Plaza Park.
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Polk Gulch
1 Unit Available
1658 SACRAMENTO
1658 Sacramento Street, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,895
556 sqft
The streets of Nob Hill were paved with Gold Rush riches. Topped by mansions, ritzy hotels and landmarks, like Grace Cathedral and Huntington Park, this tycoon territory keeps it classy.
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Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
1035 SUTTER
1035 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,795
421 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Vintage meets modern in lower Nob Hill neighborhood. Easy access to transit, Van Ness Avenue. Walk to local shopping, dining, bars, entertainment. Pet-friendly with renovated kitchens and baths, hardwood floors, on-site laundry. Cable included.
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Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
1050 POST
1050 Post St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,095
260 sqft
1 Bedroom
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This grand building houses premium apartments in the center of San Francisco's Nob Hill neighborhood, just minutes from Union Square. In-unit laundry facilities and hardwood floors. Media room and elevator.
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Tenderloin
1 Unit Available
540 LEAVENWORTH Apartments
540 Leavenworth St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,095
183 sqft
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
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Spacious, open layouts with skylight, washer and dryer, window coverings, hardwood floors, and fully equipped kitchens. Community amenities include night patrol, media room, recycling, and sundeck.
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Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
1126 BUSH
1126 Bush St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,395
483 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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A historic building transformed into a modern home. Green community that is pet friendly. Spacious apartments feature hardwood floors and updated appliances. Recently updated kitchens and bathrooms. Near many restaurants and Highway 101.
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Mission District
2 Units Available
500 BARTLETT Street
500 Bartlett Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$5,000
914 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,900
1067 sqft
Its (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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Russian Hill
1 Unit Available
2115 HYDE Street
2115 Hyde Street, San Francisco, CA
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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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Lower Nob Hill
1 Unit Available
1020 POST Apartments
1020 Post St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,195
305 sqft
1 Bedroom
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3 Bedrooms
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City living in the middle of Nob Hill, shouting distance from Union Square, Golden Gate and the Financial District. Rooms offer laundry facilities, bathtubs and dishwashers. Cats and dogs allowed. Close to Route 101.
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Russian Hill
1 Unit Available
1125 BROADWAY Apartments
1125 Broadway, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,595
450 sqft
Updated homes that are cable-ready. Kitchens are fully equipped. Residents get access to laundry facilities. A short walk to Chinatown and Lombard Street. Near public transportation.
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Western Addition
1 Unit Available
800 LYON Street
800 Lyon Street, San Francisco, CA
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2 Bedrooms
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3 Bedrooms
$4,995
894 sqft
Laurel Heights is a quiet enclave where strollers outnumber hover-boards and scooters.
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Nob Hill
5 Units Available
50 JOICE Street
50 Joice Street, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,700
549 sqft
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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Dolores Heights
2 Units Available
240 Cumberland
240 Cumberland St, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,995
378 sqft
1 Bedroom
$4,200
448 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Fully furnished one-bedroom apartments across from Dolores Park. Unit includes hardwood flooring, an in-unit laundry and a dishwasher. Off-street parking included in the lease. Small dogs and cats welcome with fee.
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Nob Hill
2 Units Available
1265 Washington Street
1265 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,695
750 sqft
Perched on the prestigious Nob Hill, lies this classic San Francisco building. Steps away from Grace Cathedral and Huntington park, and a walking distance away from Downtown proves that this apartment has the perfect location.
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Western Addition
1 Unit Available
1795 O'Farrell Apartments
1795 O'farrell Street, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,695
581 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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This gorgeous Marina-style building attracts attention to this Western Addition corner.
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Buena Vista
2 Units Available
65 Buena Vista
65 Buena Vista Ave E, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$3,995
482 sqft
Located off of Haight Street, near Buena Vista Park. Studio and one-bedroom apartments available in classic San Francisco building. All units have hardwood flooring, dishwashers and in-suite laundry facilities. Off-street parking available. Small pets welcome.
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Mission Dolores
3 Units Available
2097-2099 Market Street / 211 Church Street
2097 Market Street, San Francisco, CA
1 Bedroom
$5,700
1156 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$7,600
1554 sqft
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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Telegraph Hill
2 Units Available
267 GREEN Street
267 Green St, San Francisco, CA
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1 Bedroom
$4,500
593 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,500
604 sqft
Foggy with a chance of meatballs – Italian eateries, focaccia bakeries and espresso shops make North Beach “Little Italy” territory. Poets, activists and eccentrics of every flavor are this historic neighborhood’s special sauce.
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North Beach
2 Units Available
22 Vandewater
22 Vandewater Street, San Francisco, CA
Studio
$2,895
470 sqft
North Beach is San Francisco’s “Little Italy.” In other words, this means delicious food and perfect proximity to the best of San Francisco.

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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