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Last updated January 24 2020 at 3:54 AM

135 Apartments for rent in San Mateo, CA

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Hillsdale
North Central
Marina Lagoon
Northwest Heights
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Last updated January 24 at 03:51am
Hillsdale
20 Units Available
Park Place at San Mateo
1101 Park Pl, San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,064
725 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,943
1047 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,650
1376 sqft
Great location, close to Highway 101 and I-280. Residents enjoy units with fireplaces, vaulted ceilings and chef-caliber kitchens. Community offers 24-hour gym, clubhouse, game room and sauna.
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Last updated January 24 at 01:22am
Marina Lagoon
12 Units Available
Bridgepointe Apartment Homes
1987 Bridgepointe Cir, San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,910
767 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,695
1193 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$5,210
1425 sqft
One-, two- and three-bed apartments with views of the San Francisco skyline. Modern kitchens with appliances, big windows, child playground, spa, pool, electric vehicle charging station, on-site management.
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Last updated January 24 at 01:23am
Hillsdale
1 Unit Available
Field House at Bay Meadows
282 Pony Lane, San Mateo, CA
Studio
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1 Bedroom
$4,109
755 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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A green community with bike storage, basketball court and 24-hour maintenance service for residents. Units feature laundry, walk-in closets and fireplaces, among other amenities. Caltrain is a stone's throw away.
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Last updated January 23 at 03:17pm
Hillsdale
19 Units Available
Laurel Crossing Apartment Homes
203 Laurie Meadows Dr, San Mateo, CA
Studio
$2,340
504 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,400
664 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,110
999 sqft
Near Highway 101 and Laurie Meadows Park. Recently renovated with lots of storage, fireplaces and fully equipped kitchens. On-site amenities include two saltwater pools, a Jacuzzi, updated fitness center and two tennis courts.
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Last updated January 24 at 03:51am
Shoreview
7 Units Available
Creekside
1600 E 3rd Ave, San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,544
653 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,268
822 sqft
Apartments are close to Caltrain and 101 freeway. Building features 24-hour gym, clubhouse, pool and sauna. Units have in-unit laundry, bathtub, dishwasher and hardwood floors. Pets are welcome for an additional fee.
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Last updated January 24 at 03:51am
Beresford Park
9 Units Available
55 West Fifth Apartments
55 W 5th Ave, San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,848
690 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,339
1029 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,426
1607 sqft
This community is adjacent to Peninsula Golf and Country Club. It features a sauna, gym, hot tub and garage parking for residents to utilize. Apartments feature in-unit laundry, hardwood flooring and walk-in closets.
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Last updated January 23 at 07:20am
Hillsdale
3 Units Available
Mode
2089 Pacific Blvd, San Mateo, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,180
3 Bedrooms
$5,180
Easy access to freeways and commuting. On-site courtyards, grill area, dog park and clubhouse. Fitness center and yoga room available. Spacious interiors with various upgrades, including gourmet kitchens.
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Last updated January 24 at 01:23am
Hillsdale
6 Units Available
The Russell
3098 Kyne Street W, San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,547
720 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$4,661
1063 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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Within walking distance to Hillsdale Caltrain station. Also close to acres of parks and nature trails. Units feature floor-to-ceiling windows, wood floors and quartz counters. Property offers direct access to Town Square.
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Last updated January 24 at 12:16am
North Central
6 Units Available
Park Royal
651 N El Camino Real, San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
$3,003
620 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,768
849 sqft
Located in a desirable mid-Peninsula location, Park Royal is close to everything that makes the Bay Area such a great place to live.
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Last updated January 24 at 01:23am
Marina Lagoon
13 Units Available
Mosaic San Mateo
3110 Casa de Campo, San Mateo, CA
Studio
$2,600
550 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,795
680 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,250
1064 sqft
Bay Area apartments include modern kitchens, large windows, vaulted ceilings, fireplaces and in-unit laundries. Enjoy the swimming pool, gazebo area, barbeque and picnic area. Located near light rail. Pet-friendly.
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Last updated January 24 at 03:07am
Marina Lagoon
9 Units Available
Chesapeake Point Apartments
1633 Marina Ct, San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,987
650 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,663
1074 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$4,037
1079 sqft
Close to Lakeshore Park and Route 101. Recently renovated homes with patio/balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, and granite counters. Residents have use of a pool, gym, and hot tub.
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Last updated January 24 at 12:14am
Northwest Heights
2 Units Available
Hayward Park Terrace
33 Hayward Avenue, San Mateo, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,768
1200 sqft
Located in a quiet residential neighborhood in historic San Mateo, the charming community of Hayward Park Terrace features a tranquil courtyard with sparkling swimming pool and relaxing whirlpool spa.
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
Northwest Heights
1 Unit Available
320 Elm ST 309
320 Elm Street, San Mateo, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,600
1268 sqft
Secure Non-Smoking Building, Top Floor, Spacious 2 bedroom, 2 full bath unit, includes Master Suite, has balcony off living room, kitchen has all appliances, breakfast nook with skylight, plenty of storage even extra storage area! Freshly painted!
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
Northwest Heights
1 Unit Available
101 Arroyo CT 8
101 Arroyo Ct, San Mateo, CA
2 Bedrooms
$4,890
1475 sqft
This Penthouse Unit is nestled in a canopy of old growth oak trees, a stone's throw from downtown San Mateo, SM Public Library and CalTrain. This gorgeous, fully remodeled penthouse unit features a bright and open floor plan.
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
Northwest Heights
1 Unit Available
842 Highland AVE 2
842 Highland Avenue, San Mateo, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
1339 sqft
Highly desirable 2 Bedroom 2 bathroom. Updated finishes. 2 car garage w/ Electric Vehicle Charging. Very private triplex building. Quiet neighborhood. 3 block from Burlingame Avenue. Easy access to freeway, schools, restaurants, and shopping.
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
Hillsdale
1 Unit Available
3920 Branson DR
3920 Branson Drive, San Mateo, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,200
1080 sqft
Classic San Mateo Village Rancher! Dont miss out on this 3 bedrooms 1 bath 1,080 sq.ft. home nestled in the heart of in San Mateo Village.
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
Hillsdale
1 Unit Available
4267 George AVE 4
4267 George Avenue, San Mateo, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,150
1040 sqft
Top floor unit in desirable Lauriedale community with amenities galore is ready for immediate move-in! Multiple pools, tennis court, recreation room, and on-site laundry! This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit with views of the pool has vaulted ceilings
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
Northwest Heights
1 Unit Available
750 Edgewood RD
750 Edgewood Road, San Mateo, CA
4 Bedrooms
$7,950
2170 sqft
Charming remodeled 4BR/2BA home in prime San Mateo park location! Formal entry leads to large living room with windows looking out on the front yard. Adjacent Formal Dining room opens out to solarium with sliding doors leading to rear patio.
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
Northwest Heights
1 Unit Available
308 E Bellevue AVE
308 East Bellevue Avenue, San Mateo, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,600
1400 sqft
Charming English Tudor home with formal entry, hardwood floors & traditional fireplace in a formal living room. The property is very spacious and includes 2 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, a full 2 car side by side garage with electric opener & a fenced yard.
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
North Central
1 Unit Available
847 N Humboldt ST 307
847 North Humboldt Street, San Mateo, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,995
825 sqft
Corner 2 br unit located inside desirable resort style Woodlake Community.
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
Downtown San Mateo
1 Unit Available
555 Laurel AVE 317
555 Laurel Avenue, San Mateo, CA
2 Bedrooms
$6,800
1873 sqft
Updated one-level residence at The Gramercy with deeded parking and storage. Immaculate and verdant grounds, circular driveway entrance, expansive pool, gym and library/sitting room, on-site management and 24-7 doorman service.
Last updated January 24 at 02:19am
Hillsdale
1 Unit Available
2842 Catalino ST
2842 Catalino Street, San Mateo, CA
4 Bedrooms
$6,200
1980 sqft
Charming, bright, & spacious 4-year-new executive end-unit home. Located in highly desirable Bay Meadows, a live/work community close to Survey Monkey, Franklin Templeton and the renowned Nueva School.
Last updated January 24 at 02:13am
Sugarloaf
1 Unit Available
258 La Casa Avenue
258 La Casa Avenue, San Mateo, CA
4 Bedrooms
$5,480
2000 sqft
BRAND NEW REMODEL. Bright and Spacious. 4 Bed/2 Bath. Almost 2000 sq ft. Brand New kitchen with quartz countertops, New Cabinets, 2 dishwashers, large island perfect for family time and gathering. New Windows throughout the house.
Last updated January 24 at 03:10am
Hayward Park
1 Unit Available
114 Barneson Avenue
114 Barneson Avenue, San Mateo, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
1007 sqft
2bd / 1ba unit in a friendly apartment community with well lit interiors and, especially, a living room that opens on to a large private patio and sunny side yard. Combination of tile and carpet floors. Lots of kitchen cabinets for storage.

Average Rent in San Mateo

Last updated Dec. 2019
The average rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Mateo is $3,541, while the average rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $4,449.
Studio
$2,881
1 Bed
$3,541
2 Beds
$4,449
3+ Beds
$5,986
City GuideSan Mateo
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San Mateo, California

Salutations, one and all, and welcome to the online nerve center for your San Mateo, California apartment hunting escapades! Conveniently located just 15 miles from San Francisco, San Mateo is a scenic alternative to the hustle and bustle of the “City by the Bay.” So what do you say? Are you ready to join the 93,000-plus proud peeps who call San Mateo home? Of course you are! But before you pack your windbreaker and your 49ers jersey and hit the streets in search of your future home, take a few moments to learn what life is really like in arguably San Fran’s most aesthetic suburb …

San Mateo is a Landlord’s Market

Sorry, Left Coast leasers, but it’s true. Apartments are generally available in some capacity, but unlike much of the country, San Mateo isn’t experience a massive housing surplus at the moment (less than 2.5 percent of residential buildings are currently vacant). Because the supply and demand for rentals is about even, landlords very rarely offer dynamite move-in specials or other bargain-bin incentives to attract new leasers. On the bright side, it’s not like it’s impossible (or even all that difficult) to find available apartments, lofts, or even condos in San Mateo.

San Mateo Sells Itself

Property managers probably won’t admit it, but the greatest amenity of most San Mateo apartments is the city itself. True, there are some quality digs in the city, and more than a few feature snazzy amenities like balconies, vaulted ceilings, scenic city views, and live-in maids (not really on that last one; just checking to see if you’re still with us). However, you should know that, as a San Mateo renter, you’ll be paying more for what lies outside your walls than what lies within them.

San Mateo's neighborhoods

The city also boasts a number of distinct neighborhoods. San Mateo Park is an attractive part of the city, but it’s dominated by single-family houses. A few apartments can be found in the area. The downtown area puts renters in the hub of the city’s shopping and cultural destinations and is also located close to the BART and Caltrain stations that haul commuters expediently to both San Francisco and Palo Alto. San Mateo Hills showcases a mixture of freestanding houses, apartments, townhouses, and high rises. Hillsdale on the southern edge is a suburban stomping ground that features multiple high rise apartments, while other ‘hoods for renters include Hayward Park, Baywood, and Sugarloaf. Generally speaking, the more modern units are situated west of El Camino Real, while East San Mateo apartments are generally a bit older.

San Mateo is Convenient

San Mateo residents have easy access to the surrounding communities, which the BART and Caltrain rail services provide. The SamTrans fleet of city buses do an adequate job servicing the city itself, so it’s quite possible (especially if you live in the walker-friendly downtown or near a BART or Caltrain station) to survive in the city without a car. Traffic, unfortunately, can get ugly on the El Camino Real getting in and out of the city (especially during rush hour), so do yourself and your blood pressure a favor and hop aboard one of the rail lines for your daily commute if at all possible.

San Mateo is Attraction-Filled

Attractions include a vibrant downtown shopping district, an arboretum, a tea garden, performing arts center, numerous scenic hiking and biking trails, and a pair of beachside parks.

San Mateo is Going Fast

When an attractive apartment at a decent price becomes available, it’s usually not on the market for long before someone swoops in to claim it. In other words, if you’re lucky enough to find an amazing apartment deal, don’t hesitate too long to fill out a leasing application or wait around for the price to drop, because it’s not going to happen. As always, have the basics in tow when submitting a leasing app, including proof of income, banking info, and a list of previous residences.

And now it’s time to hit the streets and scour the interwebs for the perfect apartment for you, so best of luck and happy hunting!

January 2020 San Mateo Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2020 San Mateo Rent Report. San Mateo rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Mateo rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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January 2020 San Mateo Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2020 San Mateo Rent Report. San Mateo rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Mateo rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

San Mateo rents increased moderately over the past month

San Mateo rents have increased 0.3% over the past month, and have increased slightly by 1.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Mateo stand at $3,542 for a one-bedroom apartment and $4,449 for a two-bedroom. San Mateo's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.1%, but is in line with the national average of 1.4%.

    Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

    Throughout the past year, rent increases have been occurring not just in the city of San Mateo, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 7 of them have seen prices rise. 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.

    Many large cities nationwide show more affordable rents compared to San Mateo

    As rents have increased slightly in San Mateo, a few large cities nationwide have also seen rents grow modestly. Compared to most large cities across the country, San Mateo is less affordable for renters.

    • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, 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 Mateo's median two-bedroom rent of $4,449 is above the national average of $1,192. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.4% over the past year, which matches the increase in San Mateo.
    • While San Mateo's rents rose slightly over the past year, many cities nationwide also saw increases, including Phoenix (+3.8%), Austin (+3.1%), and Dallas (+2.2%).
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Mateo than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,099, where San Mateo is more than four 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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    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:

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    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.

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