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129 Apartments for rent in San Rafael, CA

Last updated May 28 at 6:13am UTC
42 Newport Way
Canal
San Rafael, CA
Updated May 27 at 10:24am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,750
32 Narragansett Cv
Canal
San Rafael, CA
Updated May 24 at 11:02am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,250
21 Pleasant Lane
Gerstle Park
San Rafael, CA
Updated May 22 at 12:29pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,500
10 Glenside Way
Rafael Meadows-Los Ranchitos
San Rafael, CA
Updated May 3 at 10:05am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$11,500
236 Mcnear Dr
Peacock Gap
San Rafael, CA
Updated March 28 at 11:25am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$12,000
Results within 1 miles of San Rafael, CA
190 Kent Ave.
Kentfield
Kentfield, CA
Updated May 23 at 10:04am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$5,000
2 ROSEBANK
Kentfield
Kentfield, CA
Updated May 22 at 12:24pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,450
509 S. ELISEO DR
North Larkspur
Larkspur, CA
Updated May 15 at 12:40pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,995
213 Lower Via Casitas
North Larkspur
Larkspur, CA
Updated May 4 at 11:07am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
Results within 5 miles of San Rafael, CA
11 San Marino Pl
Peacock Gap
San Rafael, CA
Updated May 3 at 10:03am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,000
5 Boulder Lane
San Anselmo
San Anselmo, CA
Updated May 22 at 12:31pm UTC
3 Bedrooms
$4,900
Esmeyer Drive
Terra Linda
San Rafael, CA
Updated May 19 at 7:31am UTC
4 Bedrooms
$3,750
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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???

May 2018 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2018 San Rafael Rent Report. San Rafael rents remained steady 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

May 2018 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the May 2018 San Rafael Rent Report. San Rafael rents remained steady 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 rent trends were flat over the past month

San Rafael rents have remained flat over the past month, however, they have increased slightly by 1.4% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in San Rafael stand at $2,590 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,250 for a two-bedroom. San Rafael's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 2.1%, as well as the national average of 1.5%.

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.

  • Berkeley has seen rents fall by 3.4% over the past year, the biggest drop in the metro. It also has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,580.
  • Berkeley has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,580; additionally, the city has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro over the past month (1.5%).
  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,340; rents remained steady over the past month.

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

As rents have increased slightly in San Rafael, large cities nationwide have seen rents grow more quickly. Compared to most large cities across the country, San Rafael is less affordable for renters.

  • Rents increased moderately 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 2.4% in San Jose, 2.1% in Los Angeles, and 1.9% in San Diego.
  • San Rafael's median two-bedroom rent of $3,250 is above the national average of $1,170. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.5% over the past year compared to the 1.4% increase in San Rafael.
  • While San Rafael's rents rose slightly over the past year, some cities nationwide saw increases as well, including Phoenix (+2.3%) and Dallas (+1.3%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Rafael than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,030, 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 $3,060 -0.0% 1.3%
Fremont $2,920 $3,670 1.4% 5.0%
Hayward $2,240 $2,820 0.4% 1.0%
Concord $2,440 $3,060 0.6% 1.9%
Berkeley $2,050 $2,580 1.5% -3.4%
Richmond $2,110 $2,650 0.3% 3.9%
Antioch $2,860 $3,600 -0.1% 4.3%
Daly City $2,430 $3,050 0.2% 2.5%
San Mateo $3,460 $4,340 0.3% 0.4%
San Leandro $2,170 $2,720 0.3% -0.8%
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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.