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287 Apartments for rent in San Rafael, CA

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Last updated August 10 at 08:41 PM
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8 Units Available
Civic Center
33 North
33 San Pablo Ave, San Rafael, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,950
1051 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,650
1680 sqft
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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7 Units Available
Downtown San Rafael
The Lofts at Albert Park
155 Andersen Dr, San Rafael, CA
Studio
$2,249
300 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,282
709 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,992
1541 sqft
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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Last updated August 10 at 06:41 PM
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20 Units Available
Marinwood
Highlands of Marin
1001 Cresta Way, San Rafael, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,328
800 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,149
1060 sqft
3 Bedrooms
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The Highlands of Marin offers remarkable amenities, premier resident services, and stylish apartments in San Rafael. Enjoy access to our on-site fitness center, business center, dog park, and swimming pools with cabanas and sun deck.
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Last updated August 10 at 06:36 PM
5 Units Available
Downtown San Rafael
Rafael Town Center
1050 Court St, San Rafael, CA
Studio
$2,265
470 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,565
531 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,330
906 sqft
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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Last updated August 10 at 06:23 PM
10 Units Available
Smith Ranch
McInnis Park
10 North Ave, San Rafael, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,295
698 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,700
936 sqft
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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Last updated August 10 at 06:21 PM
8 Units Available
Lincoln-San Rafael Hill
Park Hill
1747 Lincoln Ave, San Rafael, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,895
440 sqft
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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Last updated August 10 at 12:06 PM
19 Units Available
North San Rafael Commercial Center
eaves San Rafael
300 Channing Way, San Rafael, CA
Studio
$2,265
495 sqft
1 Bedroom
$2,275
808 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$2,635
1045 sqft
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.
Last updated August 10 at 09:15 PM
1 Unit Available
Country Club
387 Margarita Drive
387 Margarita Drive, San Rafael, CA
4 Bedrooms
$19,500
4860 sqft
Nestled in outrageously beautiful nature, this is luxury at its highest level! Located in Marin's historic Country Club, dazzling views of the sunrise over the San Francisco Bay greet you upon awakening.
Last updated August 10 at 01:29 PM
1 Unit Available
West End
1829 2nd Street Unit 2
1829 2nd Street, San Rafael, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,295
600 sqft
VIDEO - Open Floorplan, Close to Downtown San Rafael and San Anselmo - FOUNDATION - View our Video Walkthrough: https://youtu.
Last updated August 10 at 01:29 PM
1 Unit Available
Canal
6 Newport Way
6 Newport Way, San Rafael, CA
3 Bedrooms
$4,300
1920 sqft
3br - 1920 ft - Beautiful, Bright & Spacious Home - Property Id: 131643 Freshly painted, well maintained, supper clean, spacious and sunny 3 bed, 2.5 bath home with cathedral ceilings, fireplace and a great layout with over 1920 sq ft.
Last updated August 10 at 01:28 PM
1 Unit Available
Canal Waterfront
15 Mooring Rd.
15 Mooring Road, San Rafael, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,950
1400 sqft
Modern Remodel, Upper level 2bd/2ba Open concept design. Shared veg garden! - Video Tour - FOUNDATION- - Preview a custom video walk through of this property: https://www.youtube.
Last updated August 10 at 01:28 PM
1 Unit Available
North San Rafael Commercial Center
10 Professional Center Pkwy, #8
10 Professional Center Parkway, San Rafael, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,650
1118 sqft
TWO BEDROOM TWO-STORY CONDO WITH GREAT VIEWS IN SAN RAFAEL - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKWi5pqgV_g Two bedroom, one and a half bath two-story condo in great location.
Last updated August 10 at 01:02 PM
1 Unit Available
Downtown San Rafael
7 F Street
7 F Street, San Rafael, CA
1 Bedroom
$1,750
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Last updated August 10 at 01:02 PM
1 Unit Available
Smith Ranch
301 North Ave.
301 North Avenue, San Rafael, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,100
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Last updated August 10 at 01:02 PM
1 Unit Available
Downtown San Rafael
107 G Street
107 G Street, San Rafael, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$4,275
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Last updated August 10 at 07:25 AM
1 Unit Available
Glenwood
79 Cottonwood Dr
79 Cottonwood Drive, San Rafael, CA
4 Bedrooms
$5,250
1936 sqft
Beautiful four bedroom, two bathroom Glenwood home on a corner lot. Large, fully fenced backyard with lawn and patio area. Lots of natural light throughout. Family room with built in shelves and fireplace, living room and formal dining room.
Last updated August 10 at 07:25 AM
1 Unit Available
Smith Ranch
401 North Ave Unit 308
401 North Avenue, San Rafael, CA
2 Bedrooms
$2,750
932 sqft
This 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom condo is located near McInnis Park in San Rafael. The unit has a quality feel to it, including granite counter tops, a fireplace, washer/dryer, 2 full bathrooms and tranquil views.
Last updated January 24 at 11:24 AM
1 Unit Available
Gerstle Park
45 Laurel Grove
45 Laurel Grove Ave, San Rafael, CA
3 Bedrooms
$10,500
2817 sqft
Lovely Laurel Grove Home - 2 OFFICES - VIEWS- POOL-FOUNDATION - Gorgeous custom-built home in coveted Laurel Grove neighborhood.
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Last updated August 10 at 06:36 PM
32 Units Available
East Larkspur
Larkspur Courts
100 Old Quarry Rd N, Larkspur, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,669
802 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,179
1086 sqft
3 Bedrooms
$3,684
1278 sqft
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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Last updated August 10 at 06:36 PM
3 Units Available
San Anselmo
Parkside
101 Sunny Hills Dr, San Anselmo, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,375
775 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
1065 sqft
Situated on lushly landscaped grounds, our beautifully maintained property is within walking distance of shopping, schools, parks, restaurants, hiking trails, and transportation.
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East Larkspur
Serenity at Larkspur
700 Lincoln Village Cir, Larkspur, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,900
708 sqft
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
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.
Last updated August 10 at 01:29 PM
1 Unit Available
San Anselmo
39 Cedar St Apt B
39 Cedar Street, San Anselmo, CA
1 Bedroom
$2,095
658 sqft
2 Bedrooms
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Apartment B Available 09/04/20 Lovely and Serene One Bed/One Bath Apartment w/Balcony, in San Anselmo Awesome San Anselmo location just a block from San Anselmo Ave, close to Comforts restaurant and many others, several coffee shops, Safeway, and
Last updated August 10 at 01:29 PM
1 Unit Available
North Larkspur
616 VIA Casitas
616 Via Casitas, Larkspur, CA
2 Bedrooms
$3,495
954 sqft
(For interested applicants, please provide a mobile number for listing inquiries) Welcome to the peaceful and quiet neighborhood in Greenbrae where your elegant and contemporary condo home property rental awaits you! This furnished, 2-bedroom,
Last updated August 10 at 01:29 PM
1 Unit Available
San Anselmo
19 Belle Avenue
19 Belle Avenue, San Anselmo, CA
1 Bedroom
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2 Bedrooms
$3,250
1025 sqft
Beautiful lower level, two bedroom/one bathroom apartment available in the heart of San Anselmo. Convenient to downtown, situated on a charming tree-lined street.

Median Rent in San Rafael

Last updated Jul. 2020
The median rent for a 1 bedroom apartment in San Rafael is $2,535, while the median rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $3,184.
Studio
$2,062
1 Bed
$2,535
2 Beds
$3,184
3+ Beds
$4,285
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???

August 2020 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2020 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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August 2020 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the August 2020 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 steady over the past month, but have decreased significantly by 2.0% year-over-year. Currently, median rents in San Rafael stand at $2,535 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,185 for a two-bedroom. San Rafael's year-over-year rent growth lags the state average of 0.0%, as well as the national average of 0.2%.

    Rents falling across the San Francisco Metro

    Rent prices have been decreasing not just in San Rafael over the past year, but across the entire metro. Of the largest 10 cities in the San Francisco metro for which we have data, 6 of them have seen prices drop. Here's a look at how rents compare across some of the largest cities in the metro.

    • Over the past year, San Francisco proper has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 4.0%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,001, while one-bedrooms go for $2,389.
    • Richmond has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 3.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $2,763, while one-bedrooms go for $2,199.
    • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,189; rents went down 0.3% over the past month and 2.1% 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 $4,405; rents decreased 1.0% over the past month and 1.8% over the past year.

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

    As rents have fallen significantly in San Rafael, a few large cities nationwide have seen prices increase, in some cases substantially. Compared to most large cities across the country, San Rafael is less affordable for renters.

    • Although rents across cities in California have been slightly on the rise, the state's growth as a whole has held steady over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 0.1% in San Diego.
    • San Rafael's median two-bedroom rent of $3,185 is above the national average of $1,193. Nationwide, rents have held steady over the past year.
    • While rents in San Rafael fell significantly over the past year, the city of Phoenix saw an increase of 1.7%.
    • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Rafael than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,104, where San Rafael is more than two-and-a-half 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 Rent
    Median 2BR Rent
    M/M Rent Growth
    Y/Y Rent Growth
    San Francisco
    $2,390
    $3,000
    -1.1%
    -4%
    Oakland
    $1,740
    $2,190
    -0.3%
    -2.1%
    Fremont
    $2,970
    $3,730
    -0.3%
    -1.7%
    Hayward
    $2,230
    $2,800
    -0.1%
    1.3%
    Concord
    $2,420
    $3,040
    0.1%
    -1.5%
    Berkeley
    $2,090
    $2,630
    -0.3%
    0
    Richmond
    $2,200
    $2,760
    -0.1%
    3.5%
    Antioch
    $2,600
    $3,270
    -0.4%
    1.2%
    Daly City
    $2,630
    $3,300
    -0.3%
    -1.7%
    San Mateo
    $3,510
    $4,410
    -1%
    -1.8%
    Livermore
    $2,280
    $2,860
    0
    -1%
    Redwood City
    $2,760
    $3,460
    -1.1%
    -2.7%
    San Ramon
    $3,000
    $3,770
    0.3%
    -1.8%
    Pleasanton
    $2,870
    $3,610
    0
    -4.6%
    Union City
    $2,770
    $3,490
    -0.3%
    -1.7%
    Walnut Creek
    $2,450
    $3,070
    -0.5%
    -0.8%
    South San Francisco
    $2,600
    $3,270
    -1.4%
    -4.9%
    Pittsburg
    $2,560
    $3,220
    0.6%
    -1.3%
    San Rafael
    $2,540
    $3,180
    0
    -2%
    Novato
    $2,620
    $3,290
    -0.1%
    -2.4%
    Dublin
    $3,030
    $3,810
    0.3%
    -1.6%
    San Bruno
    $2,750
    $3,460
    -0.9%
    -0.7%
    Pacifica
    $3,040
    $3,820
    -0.2%
    0.2%
    Martinez
    $2,480
    $3,120
    0
    -0.2%
    Pleasant Hill
    $2,750
    $3,460
    0
    1%
    Burlingame
    $2,700
    $3,390
    -1.2%
    2.3%
    Belmont
    $2,810
    $3,530
    -1.2%
    -0.4%
    Emeryville
    $2,350
    $2,950
    -0.3%
    -3.6%
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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.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    How much is rent in San Rafael?
    In San Rafael, the median rent is $2,062 for a studio, $2,535 for a 1-bedroom, $3,184 for a 2-bedroom, and $4,285 for a 3-bedroom. For more information on rental trends in San Rafael, check out our monthly San Rafael Rent Report.
    What colleges and universities are located in or around San Rafael?
    Some of the colleges located in the San Rafael area include Dominican University of California, California College of the Arts, University of California-Hastings College of Law, California State University-East Bay, and University of California-Berkeley. If you are looking for off-campus housing near your school, follow the links above to see apartment listings in the area.
    What cities do people live in to commute to San Rafael?
    Some of the nearby cities that people commute to San Rafael from include San Francisco, San Jose, Oakland, Fremont, and Sunnyvale.

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