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eaves San Rafael
300 Channing Way
San Rafael, CA
Updated January 21 at 12:55pm
Studio
$2,305
1 Bedroom
$2,225
2 Bedrooms
$2,935
Updated apartments near the 101. Studio, one-, and two-bedroom apartments with walk-in closets and stainless steel appliances. Air conditioning and fireplace. Green community with a pool and bike storage.
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McInnis Park
10 North Ave
San Rafael, CA
Updated January 21 at 02:01pm
1 Bedroom
$2,295
2 Bedrooms
$2,450
Apartments have unique floor plans. Kitchens are well-equipped and have plenty of counter and cupboard space. Complex has a gym and tennis court. Near the McGinnis Park Golf Club.
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The Lofts at Albert Park
155 Andersen Dr
San Rafael, CA
Updated January 21 at 01:29pm
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1 Bedroom
$2,386
2 Bedrooms
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Bright complex next to Albert Park near the 101. Fire pit and swimming pool on site. Buildings have elevators. In-unit laundry, air conditioning and walk-in closets. Two-story floor plans available.
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Rafael Town Center
1050 Court St
San Rafael, CA
Updated January 21 at 04:14pm
Studio
$2,252
1 Bedroom
$2,536
2 Bedrooms
$3,437
Located within walking distance of 30 restaurants, 20 retail stores and 10 entertainment centers. Residents enjoy units with dishwashers, hardwood floors, and patio or balcony. Community includes BBQ grill, elevator, fire pit, and pool.
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33 North
33 San Pablo Ave
San Rafael, CA
Updated December 3 at 07:09pm
1 Bedroom
$2,800
2 Bedrooms
$3,750
Luxury living with beautiful views of the natural hillside. Apartments offer a fireplace, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. On-site amenities include a gym, dog park, grill and lobby. Near Highway 101.
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Park Hill
1747 Lincoln Ave
San Rafael, CA
Updated October 13 at 10:19pm
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1 Bedroom
$1,850
Comfortable apartments have walk-in closets and fully equipped kitchens. Private parking provided. Located a short walk from Mountain Park and near bus routes on Lincoln Avenue.
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7 Castlewood Dr.
7 Castlewood Drive
San Rafael, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
3 Bedrooms
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4 Bedrooms
$4,200
433 Hickory Ln
433 Hickory Lane
San Rafael, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
3 Bedrooms
$3,750
382 Holly Drive
382 Holly Drive
San Rafael, CA
Updated January 21 at 03:50pm
3 Bedrooms
$3,650
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Larkspur Courts
100 Old Quarry Rd N
Larkspur, CA
Updated January 21 at 04:13pm
1 Bedroom
$2,757
2 Bedrooms
$3,553
3 Bedrooms
$4,118
Just off Highway 101 with views of Mount Tam and the Bay. On-site amenities include a sparkling pool, hot tub and playground. Updates in the apartments include granite countertops, a fireplace and stainless steel appliances.
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Serenity at Larkspur
700 Lincoln Village Cir
Larkspur, CA
Updated January 21 at 04:13pm
1 Bedroom
$3,155
2 Bedrooms
$3,235
Walk to Larkspur Ferry. Fantastic views of the Bay. On-site yoga, a pool, community garden and a tennis court. Recently renovated with granite countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. Car charging on site.
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Parkside
101 Sunny Hills Dr
San Anselmo, CA
Updated January 21 at 04:14pm
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,000
204 Cobblestone Drive
204 Cobblestone Drive
Lucas Valley-Marinwood, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
4 Bedrooms
$3,800
12 Altamira Ave.
12 Altamira Avenue
Kentfield, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
3 Bedrooms
$6,495
60 Via Cheparro
60 via Cheparro
Larkspur, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
3 Bedrooms
$7,000
250 Fawn Drive
250 Fawn Drive
Sleepy Hollow, CA
Updated January 21 at 09:39am
1 Bedroom
$1,750
60 Grande Paseo
60 Grande Paseo
Lucas Valley-Marinwood, CA
Updated January 21 at 03:50pm
4 Bedrooms
$3,500
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Preserve at Marin Apartment Homes
350 Robin Dr
Corte Madera, CA
Updated January 21 at 02:53pm
2 Bedrooms
$4,416
3 Bedrooms
$4,134
Huge apartments on top of Ring Mountain. Easy access to local trails. Dark hardwood floors and dramatic windows. Extra storage. Community has saltwater pool and wine bar. Elevator in building.
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Tam Ridge
199 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA
Updated January 21 at 01:49pm
1 Bedroom
$3,710
2 Bedrooms
$4,180
3 Bedrooms
$5,075
One- and two-bedroom apartments, three-bedroom townhomes with modern kitchens, stone counters, plank flooring, generous patio/balcony with views of Mt. Tamalpais, Marin Hills. Enjoy heated pool, spa, bocce ball court, fitness center. Walk to Town Center.
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Crooked Oak
130 Cielo Ln
Novato, CA
Updated January 21 at 01:13pm
1 Bedroom
$2,390
2 Bedrooms
$2,945
Just off Highway 101 and Highway 39. Recently renovated community featuring granite countertops, hardwood floors and walk-in closets. On-site pool, hot tubs and full concierge service. Garages available. Pet-friendly.
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Woodlark Residences
965 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA
Updated January 21 at 12:21pm
1 Bedroom
$2,745
2 Bedrooms
$3,295
Recently remodeled community in the heart of Marin. Contemporary interiors featuring espresso plank flooring, designer countertops, carpeting, and custom lighting. Close to I-101 and the Larkspur Ferry.
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The Cove at Tiburon
50 Barbaree Way
Tiburon, CA
Updated January 21 at 04:13pm
1 Bedroom
$3,315
2 Bedrooms
$4,620
3 Bedrooms
$6,665
Breathtaking ocean views from private patio or balcony of one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments. In-unit laundry, fireplace, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. Carport parking with car charging. Yoga and swimming pool on-site.
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16 S Knoll Rd 101
16 S Knoll Rd
Strawberry, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
112 Alta Vista Ave.
112 Alta Vista Avenue
Mill Valley, CA
Updated January 21 at 11:30am
3 Bedrooms
$6,250
City GuideSan 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???

January 2019 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 San Rafael Rent Report. San Rafael rents declined 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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January 2019 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the January 2019 San Rafael Rent Report. San Rafael rents declined 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 decline sharply over the past month

San Rafael rents have declined 3.1% over the past month, but have remained steady at 0.4% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Rafael stand at $2,600 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,270 for a two-bedroom. San Rafael's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 0.3%, but trails the national average of 0.9%.

    Rents rising across the San Francisco Metro

    While rents have remained steady in the city of San Rafael throughout the past year, cities across the metro have seen a different trend. Rents have risen in 8 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.

    • Daly City has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 11.1%. The median two-bedroom there costs $3,340, while one-bedrooms go for $2,660.
    • Over the past year, Antioch has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 10.1%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,220, while one-bedrooms go for $2,560.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,210; rents decreased 0.8% over the past month but were up 3.1% over the past year.
    • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,390; rents fell 0.9% over the past month but rose 4.4% over the past year.

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

    Rent growth in San Rafael has been relatively stable over the past year - some other large cities have seen more substantial increases. Compared to most large cities across the country, San Rafael is less affordable for renters.

    • Other cities across the state have seen rents slightly increase, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 0.3% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.7% in San Jose, 1.5% in San Diego, and 1.5% in Los Angeles.
    • San Rafael's median two-bedroom rent of $3,270 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 0.9% over the past year compared to the stagnant growth in San Rafael.
    • While rents in San Rafael remained moderately stable this year, similar cities saw increases, including Austin (+3.4%), Phoenix (+3.3%), and New York (+2.7%); note that median 2BR rents in these cities go for $1,430, $1,060, and $2,540 respectively.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Rafael than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,060, 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
    $2,460
    $3,090
    -0.3%
    2.4%
    Oakland
    $1,760
    $2,210
    -0.8%
    3.1%
    Fremont
    $2,990
    $3,750
    0.6%
    4.8%
    Hayward
    $2,200
    $2,760
    -4.3%
    -1.5%
    Concord
    $2,390
    $3,000
    -1%
    2.2%
    Berkeley
    $2,090
    $2,630
    0.7%
    2.4%
    Richmond
    $2,110
    $2,650
    -0.2%
    2.5%
    Antioch
    $2,560
    $3,220
    -10.2%
    -10.1%
    Daly City
    $2,660
    $3,340
    7.5%
    11.1%
    San Mateo
    $3,490
    $4,390
    -0.9%
    4.4%
    Livermore
    $2,250
    $2,820
    -7.5%
    -5.1%
    Redwood City
    $2,750
    $3,450
    -0.4%
    4.4%
    San Ramon
    $2,980
    $3,740
    0.1%
    4.4%
    Pleasanton
    $2,940
    $3,690
    0.4%
    2.6%
    Union City
    $2,750
    $3,450
    -0.1%
    6.6%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,430
    $3,060
    -1.9%
    -1%
    South San Francisco
    $2,690
    $3,380
    -2.8%
    -2%
    Pittsburg
    $2,520
    $3,170
    4.6%
    6.6%
    San Rafael
    $2,600
    $3,270
    -3.1%
    0.4%
    Novato
    $2,580
    $3,240
    -4.3%
    -3.3%
    Dublin
    $3,030
    $3,810
    0.3%
    6.5%
    San Bruno
    $2,800
    $3,510
    -6.1%
    1.5%
    Pacifica
    $3,020
    $3,790
    -1.2%
    2.5%
    Martinez
    $2,440
    $3,060
    -1.4%
    0.4%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,710
    $3,410
    3%
    4.1%
    Burlingame
    $2,580
    $3,240
    -7.2%
    -2.5%
    Belmont
    $2,820
    $3,540
    3.3%
    6.3%
    Emeryville
    $2,400
    $3,020
    0.4%
    3.1%
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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.