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121 Apartments for rent in San Rafael, CA

Last updated July 22 at 3:29am UTC
304 Catalina Blvd
Canal
San Rafael, CA
Updated July 21 at 10:14am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,950
122 Surrey Lane
Terra Linda
San Rafael, CA
Updated July 19 at 9:45am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,300
3 Le Claire Court
Terra Linda
San Rafael, CA
Updated July 15 at 2:47am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,975
11 San Marino Pl
Peacock Gap
San Rafael, CA
Updated July 13 at 10:00am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
2 Salem Cove
Canal
San Rafael, CA
Updated July 12 at 9:37am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$3,950
10 Glenside Way
Rafael Meadows-Los Ranchitos
San Rafael, CA
Updated July 6 at 7:31am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$11,500
Results within 1 miles of San Rafael, CA
2 Toyon Terrace
San Anselmo
San Anselmo, CA
Updated July 21 at 10:12am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$6,250
2 Allemand Lane
San Anselmo
San Anselmo, CA
Updated July 17 at 9:22am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,300
46 Corte Oriental
North Larkspur
Larkspur, CA
Updated July 15 at 10:32am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
Rosebank Ave. #4
Kentfield
Kentfield, CA
Updated July 14 at 9:40am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,600
160 Lower Via Casitas #8
North Larkspur
Larkspur, CA
Updated July 6 at 10:00pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
Results within 5 miles of San Rafael, CA
700 Lincoln Village Circle
East Larkspur
Larkspur, CA
Updated June 7 at 11:02am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,175
City Guide
San Rafael
Pretty as a painting by that one guy: San Rafael, California

Located a few minutes north of San Francisco, this small California town offers residents not just your typical picturesque landscapes, but also a strong business economy and a great quality of living. Situated perfectly between views of Mt. Tam, the valleys of wine country and the quirky chaos of San Francisco, San Rafael is a great choice for those who want it all. And who doesn’t?

San Rafael is a middle to upper-middle income area located in Marin County. It’s home to two major attractions—the Marin County Civic Center, Frank Lloyd Wright’s last structure, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area which holds the title of largest outdoor park in the world. These behemoths of recreation and culture draw in tourists and locals alike. San Rafael is also home to almost 60,000 content residents who delight in its prime location, astoundingly great weather and all-around spectacular quality of life.

Speaking of the weather, it really is great here. The year round averages are right on the money, allowing residents to explore parks and risk broken legs and concerned mothers in a plethora of outdoor activities. It also allows local agriculture to grow well, providing fresh goods to residents in the ever-popular farmer’s markets. If ever there were an Edenic paradise this side of heaven, San Rafael is probably it.

But where to choose, where to choose?

With the presence of college campuses both in the city itself and nearby, as well as major businesses and a diverse population, the housing options and neighborhoods in San Rafael are as appealing and different as the views. The largest city in wealthy Marin County, San Rafael isn’t short on great neighborhoods. In fact, the only way to truly choose is to take a stroll around for yourself. You can bet that the apartment offerings will be stellar in whatever area you like, but as per California standards, will seldom ring in under $1200 for a 1bd or $1500 for 2bd. Units typically are pet-friendly, however, and full of upgraded amenities, so the only thing hard about finding an apartment here (after saving the money) is deciding whether you want a condo or a townhome, a bay view or a mountain view. Oh, the tyranny of choice!

Downtown Living downtown provides residents the ability to live in the cultural center of the city, most likely in a mixed-use development. Here, you can live in an apartment over the top of your favorite restaurant or retail shop while enjoying the nightlife, the weekend activities and the proximity to the 101 and public transit.

Dominican

If traditional California homes with classic, Spanish-inspired architecture are your passion, consider the city’s historic Dominican neighborhood. Dominican University is here, so there will be no lack of youthful escapades and more than a few roomshares had here. One bedroom units can go as low as maybe $1100 on a good day, even for students, so you’d better have your financial aid lined up before you get here.

Gerstle Park and Peacock Gap

If waterfront Victorians and canal front living is appealing, head toward Gerstle Park or the Peacock Gap (east/northeast). Gorgeous views and golf course access abound, with plenty of renovated historical buildings comprising most of the rentals. Two bedrooms in this affluent area won’t dip lower than maybe $1400 for 700 sq ft, but everyone will agree that the location is amazing.

North Rafael

Tree-lined streets and more modern homes are abundant in the North Raphael region, for those traveling with children or just looking for a more residential area to settle into. People here also rave about the schools (figures), so your kids and their malleable young minds are in good hands.

This can’t be real. Nowhere is this perfect.

Everyone knows that the Golden State is known for its eclectic towns and desirable neighborhoods, but San Rafael just so happens to be one of its little-known gems where you’re sure to find the perfect apartment and an outstanding quality of life. The truth is, no matter the neighborhood in San Rafael, you’ll be surrounded by friendly neighbors and amazing scenery. It may sound too good to be true, but almost disgustingly, it isn’t! So what are you waiting for???

July 2018 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2018 San Rafael Rent Report. San Rafael rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Rafael rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

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San Rafael

July 2018 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the July 2018 San Rafael Rent Report. San Rafael rents increased over the past month. In this report, we'll evaluate trends in the San Rafael rental market, including comparisons to cities throughout the metro, state, and nation.

San Rafael rents increase sharply over the past month

San Rafael rents have increased 0.9% over the past month, and are up significantly by 4.8% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Rafael stand at $2,680 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,360 for a two-bedroom. This is the third straight month that the city has seen rent increases after a decline in March. San Rafael's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 2.1%, as well as 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 Rafael, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities that we have data for in the San Francisco metro, 8 of them have seen prices rise. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,410; the city has also seen rent growth of 1.0% over the past month, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past year, Berkeley has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 5.2%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $2,650, while one-bedrooms go for $2,110.
  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,200; rents went down 0.9% over the past month but rose 2.5% over the past year.

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

As rents have increased significantly in San Rafael, other large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more modestly, or in some cases, even decline. Compared to most large cities across the country, San Rafael is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased slightly in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 2.1% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 1.7% in San Jose, 1.6% in Los Angeles, and 1.0% in San Diego.
  • San Rafael's median two-bedroom rent of $3,360 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.4% over the past year compared to the 4.8% rise in San Rafael.
  • While San Rafael's rents rose significantly over the past year, many cities nationwide saw decreases, including Seattle (-2.0%), Chicago (-1.3%), and DC (-0.1%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Rafael than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,040, where San Rafael is more than three 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 $2,440 $3,070 -0.0% 1.0%
Oakland $1,750 $2,200 -0.9% 2.5%
Fremont $2,980 $3,750 0.9% 5.7%
Hayward $2,280 $2,870 0.7% 2.9%
Concord $2,370 $2,980 -1.2% -0.1%
Berkeley $2,110 $2,650 0.9% -5.2%
Richmond $2,140 $2,690 -0.5% 3.7%
Antioch $2,850 $3,580 -0.2% 3.9%
Daly City $2,460 $3,080 0.6% 3.3%
San Mateo $3,510 $4,410 1.0% 1.2%
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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.