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35 Apartments under 2500 for rent in San Rafael, CA

Last updated December 19 at 5:54am UTC
12 Leafwood Drive
Sun Valley
San Rafael, CA
Updated December 19 at 5:54am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,800
Results within 1 miles of San Rafael, CA
Parkside
101 Sunny Hills Dr
San Anselmo, CA
Updated December 19 at 3:17am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,255
2 Bedrooms
$3,000
250 Fawn Drive
Sleepy Hollow
Sleepy Hollow, CA
Updated December 19 at 5:54am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,750
Results within 5 miles of San Rafael, CA
149 W Richmond Ave.
Point Richmond
Richmond, CA
Updated December 19 at 3:53am UTC
1 Bedroom
$1,975
217 Water St
Point Richmond
Richmond, CA
Updated December 19 at 5:54am UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,000
16 Ramona Way
San Anselmo
San Anselmo, CA
Updated December 18 at 9:37pm UTC
1 Bedroom
$2,300
Results within 10 miles of San Rafael, CA
The Villas at Harbor Pointe
585 Sunnyview Dr
Pinole, CA
Updated December 19 at 1:23am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,325
3 Bedrooms
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2785 14th Street
San Pablo
San Pablo, CA
Updated December 19 at 3:53am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$2,100
922 Carlson Blvd
Eastshore
Richmond, CA
Updated December 19 at 3:53am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,790
5811 El Dorado St
El Cerrito
El Cerrito, CA
Updated December 18 at 11:18am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,100
613 S 21st St
Coronado
Richmond, CA
Updated December 18 at 8:31am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$1,700
1466 Carlson Blvd
Panhandle Annex
Richmond, CA
Updated December 15 at 10:25am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,199
1468 Carlson Blvd
Panhandle Annex
Richmond, CA
Updated December 15 at 10:25am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,199
1014 Coalport St - #A
San Pablo
San Pablo, CA
Updated December 19 at 5:18am UTC
3 Bedrooms
$1,800
5802 Madison Ave 5802
Richmond Annex
Richmond, CA
Updated December 14 at 10:19am UTC
2 Bedrooms
$2,125

December 2018 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the December 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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December 2018 San Rafael Rent Report

Welcome to the December 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 increased 0.1% over the past month, and have increased moderately by 3.2% in comparison to the same time last year. Currently, median rents in San Rafael stand at $2,680 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,370 for a two-bedroom. San Rafael's year-over-year rent growth leads the state average of 1.4%, as well as the national average of 1.3%.

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.

  • San Mateo has the most expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $4,430; the city has also seen rent growth of 4.4% over the past year, the fastest in the metro.
  • Over the past month, Concord has seen the biggest rent drop in the metro, with a decline of 1.5%. Median two-bedrooms there cost $3,040, while one-bedrooms go for $2,420.
  • Oakland has the least expensive rents in the San Francisco metro, with a two-bedroom median of $2,220; rents went down 1.2% over the past month but rose 2.8% over the past year.

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

As rents have increased moderately in San Rafael, a few 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 1.4% over the past year. For example, rents have grown by 3.2% in San Jose, 1.5% in Los Angeles, and 1.0% in San Diego.
  • San Rafael's median two-bedroom rent of $3,370 is above the national average of $1,180. Nationwide, rents have grown by 1.3% over the past year compared to the 3.2% increase in San Rafael.
  • While San Rafael's rents rose moderately over the past year, the city of Seattle saw a decrease of 0.4%.
  • 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 $3,100 -0.3% 1.8%
Oakland $1,770 $2,220 -1.2% 2.8%
Fremont $2,970 $3,730 0.5% 4.3%
Hayward $2,300 $2,880 0.2% 3.0%
Concord $2,420 $3,040 -1.5% 1.4%
Berkeley $2,080 $2,610 0.9% 3.0%
Richmond $2,110 $2,660 -1.0% 3.3%
Antioch $2,850 $3,590 -0.5% -0.6%
Daly City $2,480 $3,110 0.0% 3.8%
San Mateo $3,520 $4,430 -0.0% 4.4%
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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.