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39 2 Bedroom Apartments for rent in San Rafael, CA

Last updated September 21 at 11:56am UTC
10 Professional Center Pkwy, #26
North San Rafael Commercial Center
San Rafael, CA
Updated September 8 at 9:43am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,800
Results within 1 miles of San Rafael, CA
2 ROSEBANK
Kentfield
Kentfield, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:29pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,300
46 Corte Oriental
North Larkspur
Larkspur, CA
Updated August 29 at 9:53am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,400
700 Lincoln Village Circle
East Larkspur
Larkspur, CA
Updated August 22 at 9:41am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,125
Results within 5 miles of San Rafael, CA
1400 Pinnacle Ct #212
Point Richmond
Richmond, CA
Updated September 19 at 12:33pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,200
486 Throckmorton Ave.
Cascade Canyon
Mill Valley, CA
Updated September 12 at 11:20am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$5,000
64 Park Terrace
Miller-Molino
Mill Valley, CA
Updated September 11 at 10:44am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$4,200
187 Solano Street
Tiburon
Tiburon, CA
Updated August 27 at 11:02am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$3,500
Results within 10 miles of San Rafael, CA
408A Bissell Ave
Iron Triangle
Richmond, CA
Updated September 16 at 1:08pm UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,200

September 2018 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2018 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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San Rafael

September 2018 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the September 2018 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 0.6% over the past month, but have increased moderately by 3.1% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Rafael stand at $2,660 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,340 for a two-bedroom. This is the second straight month that the city has seen rent decreases after an increase in June. San Rafael's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 1.0%.

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, 9 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 3.6% 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 $2,590.
  • Concord has seen the fastest rent growth in the metro, with a year-over-year increase of 5.5%. The median two-bedroom there costs $3,110, while one-bedrooms go for $2,480.
  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents of the largest cities in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,450; rents grew 0.1% over the past month and 2.2% over the past year.

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

As rents have increased moderately in San Rafael, 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 moderately in other cities across the state, with California as a whole logging rent growth of 1.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 2.4% in San Jose, 1.1% in Los Angeles, and 0.7% in San Diego.
  • San Rafael's median two-bedroom rent of $3,340 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.0% over the past year compared to the 3.1% increase in San Rafael.
  • While San Rafael's rents rose moderately over the past year, some cities nationwide saw decreases, including Seattle (-2.4%) and Chicago (-1.6%).
  • Renters will generally find more expensive prices in San Rafael than most large cities. For example, Phoenix has a median 2BR rent of $1,050, 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 $2,470 $3,100 0.5% 1.1%
Fremont $2,960 $3,720 -0.4% 2.6%
Hayward $2,290 $2,870 -0.1% 3.1%
Concord $2,480 $3,110 1.7% 5.5%
Berkeley $2,060 $2,590 -1.3% -3.6%
Richmond $2,140 $2,690 0.1% 4.8%
Antioch $2,880 $3,620 0.3% 0.9%
Daly City $2,470 $3,110 0.3% 3.7%
San Mateo $3,540 $4,450 0.1% 2.2%
San Leandro $2,180 $2,740 -0.1% 1.5%
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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.