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Almaden Lake Village
1045 Coleman Rd
San Jose, CA
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700 Saratoga Ave
San Jose, CA
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City Guide
San Jose
The Skinny on SJ

Perched on the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay and circumscribed by the majestic Santa Cruz Mountains, San Jose is unarguably one of NoCal’s most aesthetically pleasing stomping grounds. But life in the hub of the Silicon Valley is about more than postcard-perfect vistas. A few facts about SJ life that might help make your migration easy breezy include the following:

Diversity: Even for California’s high standard for variety, San Jose is remarkably diverse. You’ll find peeps from all walks of life living there. Hispanics accounts for nearly a third of all residents, while more than 300,000 Asians and nearly as many American-born Caucasians call the South Bay home as well. Other neighborhoods boast large numbers of Vietnamese (head to “Little Saigon” for outstanding pho), Japanese, and African-Americans. In fact, more residents in San Jose speak Tagalog (no, doofus, it’s not a Girl Scout cookie—it’s the native language of over 30 million Filipinos) than anywhere else in California. Bottom line: if your dream city resembles a U.N. summit, you’re in the right spot.

Brains: High-tech engineering and computing conglomerates (hence, the chemical moniker “silicon”) dominate the economy as well as conversation, so brush up on your geek-speak before arriving. Also, bring your entrepreneur’s hat: San Jose witnesses more U.S. patent applications than any other American city, and the proximity of such genius-factories as Stanford and Berkeley only serves to further qualify this corridor as one of the smartest regions in the world.

Fun-ness: Sister-city San Francisco may be the City that Knows How, but when it comes to entertainment, San Jose is no slouch. Can you say… “Parks and gardens”? How about “trails”? “Festival grounds”? “Sporting events”? Shopping centers? Sidewalk-surfing hotspots? Museums? Theaters? Nightlife venues? Okay you get it: even those for whom “bored to death” is a frequent tweet aren’t likely to suffer from SJ-induced ennui. The bottom line here is to make sure you have a disposable income (and some tight pants).

Apartments: This housing market’s got its junk together. That means you ought to expect standardized options, such as lease length (6 months to a year), deposit ($350 and up, according to montly rent), pet-friendliness (small-uns, sure; big-uns, not usually), an application criteria (credit report, references, etc.; do yourself a favor and make an archive of copies of these documents to hand out at open houses). With any luck, you’ll get on a two-year waiting list in no time!

Logistics-That-Shall-Not-Be-Named: Harry Potter XVI isn’t the only blockbuster with one of these in the cast list. One by one:

  • Do you need a car? Yes, unless you attend SJSU and don’t plan on leaving campus or downtown except to go to San Fran. Expect to pay for parking at an apartment complex in the downtown/SJSU areas.

- What if I don’t own a car and actually enjoy looking down on all you fossil-fuel-enslaved suckas? The City of San Jose has a passable bus system and CalTrain gets you anywhere along the Bay. We hear the crowded bus platform, particularly as you heave your month’s worth of Trader Joe’s groceries onto it, is a fabulous place to practice nose-snubbing.

  • Is SJ “affordable”? For the nearsighted in the crowd, those are quotations. Around the word affordable. Why? Because the cost of living is relative. SJ is inexpensive compared to Beverly Hills, but expensive compared to Duluth, Minnesota. Expect to pay Northern California prices and taxes. ‘Nuff said.
  • How likely is an earthquake? Puh-leeease. You know the answer to that one. Earthquake-preparedness is gauged not in likelihood, but in possibility. You might need renter’s insurance, depending on the complex. You’ll certainly need a “go bag,” which contains essentials such as a headlamp or flashlight, bottled water, first-aid kit, pocket knife, local map, and other emergency items. (If you really want to get crazy, the City of San Francisco has created a helpful website with heaps more info.
A Seafarer’s Guide to South Bay Barrios

Ahoy, mateskis! In SJ, neighborhoods are like sea creatures. (Wasn’t that a line from Shrek?) Regardless, climb on into the SeaGazer 3000, our patented vehicular contraption for examining the curious sea life of the San Francisco Bay—and the worth-checking-out locales of SJ.

Behold, the mighty octopus! Downtown San Jose is a multi-faceted area, combining a studenty university feel with an urban skyline vibe. You may get inked after 3am on a weekend, but if you play nice this neighborhood will awe your friends and keep you in style. Rent range in this sector is just as eight-sided as its cultural appeal: luxury condos can start at $1500/month, but one might also find a room share in a student house for under $600/month. (It all depends on how you define “spacious.”)

Next, ladies and gents, cast your attention toward the elegant swordfish. Luna Park & Hyde Park present sophisticated alternatives to downtown residency. Commute times from these neighborhoods are as slim as the swordfish’s muzzle (and cocktail lounges as curvy as its… fins?). Heaps of townhouses and vintage buildings glut this market with 2BRs, which drives the prices down (expect around $1200/month for a 2BR townhome) if you’re into roommates. If you’re not into roommates, expect to drop $1400/month on a (luxury) single.

Perhaps the most eclectic area in SJ is Midtown. It ranges from the prickly blowfish district of Burbank to the old wealth neighborhood Willow Glen, akin to those elderly sea turtles from Finding Nemo (classic, but surfer dudes at core). If you’re keen on the scene, you’ll likely gravitate toward Burbank. That said, studios and 1BRs near Santana Row will still cost ya over $1000/month. On the other hand, if you love that polished look (check out the decorations on Lincoln Ave. at Christmastime if you need a refresher), settle in a 2BR/1BA brick townhome for between $1400 and $1800/month.

Folks love to ooh and ahh at the deepwater sea urchins. “Further out” San Jose usually means no further than Campbell, a cute, family-oriented district on the Los Gatos Creek bike path. One is more likely to purchase rather than rent in this corner of the South Bay, but young professionals can still find decent apartment living in “West SJ.” House shares run around $600-800/month and 1BRs over $1000/month. Beware that most of your neighbor urchins spend their workweek commuting to shallower waters, so finding community on Monday-Thursday might mean getting tea with the housekeepers. Watch yer fingers as we chug-a-lug back to the dock here, folks. Thanks for joining us on our brief voyage—we hope something caught your fancy. If not, strap on them flippers and snorkel about on your own. There’s no better way to find an apartment than to remember that adage your granny taught you: “Search the interwebs, silly!”

Rent Report
San Jose
May 2017 San Jose Rent Report

San Jose rents increased over the past month

San Jose rents grew by 1.1% over the past month, and prices are now 2.2% higher than last year. 1-bedrooms in San Jose have a median rent of $2,340, while 2-bedrooms cost $2,750.

San Jose is the 3rd most expensive city

  • San Francisco: San Francisco is the most expensive city for renters in California. 2-bedrooms there rent for $4,600, and 1-bedrooms run $3,400. Rent prices have decreased by 1.1% in the past year.
  • Los Angeles: Los Angeles has the 2nd highest rents in the state. A 2-bedroom in LA costs $2,750, while 1-beds go for $1,930. Rents in LA have grown by 4.9% in the past year.
  • San Diego: San Diego is the 5th most expensive city for renters in California. Median rents in San Diego are at $2,100 for 2-bedrooms and $1,550 for 1-bedrooms. San Diego rents grew by 0.2% over the past month.

Sacramento shows the fastest-growing rents

  • Sacramento: The state’s capital shows the fastest-growing rents in California, at a 6.3% increase over last year. A 2-bedroom in Sacramento runs a median rent of $1,400, and 1-bedrooms cost $1,180.
  • Long Beach: Rents in Long Beach have grown by 5.2% in the past year, though rent growth was flat over the past month. 1- and 2-bedrooms in Long Beach cost $1,450 and $2,000, respectively.
  • Fresno: With prices 3.6% higher than last year, Fresno shows the 5th fastest-growing rents in the state. 2-bedrooms in Fresno rent for $850, while 1-bedrooms have a median rent of $710.

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 1 BR price Median 2 BR price M/M price change Y/Y price change
San Francisco $3400 $4600 0.1% -1.1%
Los Angeles $1930 $2750 0.2% 4.9%
San Jose $2340 $2750 1.1% 2.2%
Oakland $2000 $2450 0.9% 2.4%
San Diego $1550 $2100 0.2% 3.7%
Long Beach $1450 $2000 0.0% 5.2%
Anaheim $1500 $1750 -0.3% 3.2%
Sacramento $1180 $1400 -0.6% 6.3%
Fresno $710 $850 -0.3% 3.6%
Bakersfield $700 $850 -0.1% 1.5%

San Jose Price Map


Apartment List Rent Report data is drawn monthly from the millions of listings on our site. 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom rents are calculated as the median for units available in the specified size and time period. Price changes are calculated using a “same unit” methodology similar to the Case-Shiller “repeat sales” home prices methodology, taking the average price change for units available across both time periods.

About Rent Reports:

Apartment List’s Rent Reports cover rental pricing data in major cities, their suburbs, and their neighborhoods. We provide valuable leading indicators of rental price trends, highlight data on top cities, and identify the key facts renters should know. As always, our goal is to provide price transparency to America’s 105 million renters to help them make the best possible decisions in choosing a place to call home.

San Jose Renter Confidence Survey
National study of renter confidence in the economy, homeownership, and cities
Here's how San Jose ranks on:
C- Overall satisfaction
C+ Safety and crime rate
A Jobs and career opportunities
B+ Recreational activities
F Affordability
B Quality of schools
A- Weather
C Commute time
D State and local taxes
B Public transit
C+ Pet-friendliness
Best Worst
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Overview of Findings

Apartment List has released results for San Jose from the second annual Apartment List Renter Satisfaction Survey. The survey, which drew on responses from over 30,000 renters, provides insight into what states and cities must do to meet the needs of the 105 million American renters nationwide.

“San Jose renters are somewhat satisfied with their city overall” says Andrew Woo, Director of Data Science at Apartment List. “Most categories received average ratings, with some exceptions.”

Key findings in San Jose include the following:

  • San Jose renters gave their city a C- overall in satisfaction.
  • The highest-rated categories for San Jose were local jobs and career opportunities (A) and weather (A-).
  • Renters seem to be generally satisfied with things like access to parks (B+), quality of local schools (B), and access to public transit (B).
  • The biggest sources for dissatisfaction here are state and local taxes (D) and affordability/cost of living (F).
  • San Jose renters are less satisfied with their city than renters in other California cities like San Francisco (A-) and San Diego (A-), and relatively on par with renters in other cities like Los Angeles (C) and Sacramento (C).
  • The top rated cities nationwide for renter satisfaction included Arlington, VA; Lincoln, NE; Pasadena, CA; Boston, MA; and Madison, WI. The lowest rated cities included Newark, NJ; Bronx, NY; Bridgeport, CT; Baltimore, MD; and Salinas, CA.

Renters say:

  • “I love how San Jose is a big city and there's a lot of opportunities just by living in the Silicon Valley but at the same time there's downfalls such as traffic when it comes to commuting to work and school.” —Anon.
  • “The Bay Area, specifically San Jose, has a lot happening currently and a lot going for it…I do love San Jose, and I'm so happy to be near San Francisco for the weekend adventure. I would recommend living here for anyone I know if they are interested in tech and business.” —Kate G.
  • “The thing I hate most about San Jose is how expensive it is to live here now. Jobs are very scarce, and the neighborhoods are beginning to look rundown because it is too expensive to maintain. Bottom line: everything is way too expensive and taxes are way too high.” —Phylicia
  • “Too crowded!! Too many people are coming here, and there is an outrageous amount of crime, etc…” —Anon.